Take You Riding In My Car Car


Woodie Guthrie would have been 98 today.

Mouse On The Moon


Terry Thomas would have been 99 today.

More gold in them thar hills


Oceana Gold has confirmed the discovery of significant additional gold reserves in the Frasers underground mine,  near Macraes in East Otago.

Results to date are expected to extend (the) indicated resource boundary and therefore extend P2 Deeps reserves”, with the potential for an extra 18 months of mining operations at the mine, near the Macraes goldmine.

OceanaGold announced inferred resource of more than 0.5Mt last September in the P2 zone, with around 40% of that upgraded to provable reserves, with mine development starting in March.

The results from the latest drilling “appear as good or better than the current Panel 2 mining area.”

“It is expected that a significant portion of the current inferred resources will be upgraded to indicated resources and then integrated into the mine plan,” OceanaGold said.

The Macraes mine has created dozens of jobs with the positive financial and social spin off for the East Otago community.

Among the conditions of the company’s resource consent is a requirement about leaving the land in good condition when the mining is finished so the environment will be no worse, and possibly better than it was before mining started.

In a past life I wrote a newsletter for a company which serviced the mine and had to do research on the process of extracting gold for a story.

I’ve forgotten the details  but remember that improvements in technology had enabled the company to extract tiny amounts of the metal from large amounts of rock. That was more than 20 years ago, no doubt the process has got even better since then.



An “adequate” 11/15 in the Dominion Post’s political trivia quiz.

Landcorp not preferred bidder for Crafar farms.


Landcorp’s bid for the Crafar farms has been rejected by the receivers.

Receivers Michael Stiassny and Brendon Gibson of KordaMentha confirmed today that over 50 offers were submitted on all or parts of the portfolio from a range of buyers.

They were pleased with the strength of the offers, however Landcorp was not among the preferred tenders, they said in a brief statement.


The SOE should not be competing with private businesses and individuals in land acquisition and it should be gradually reducing its landholding, not increasing it.

As I said here and here, the  $1668.7m it has invested in farms returned only $10 million by way of  a dividend to the public coffers last year.

That capital would give a better return for agriculture and the country as a whole if it was spent in areas such as research and initiatives to encourage more students in agriculture and related fields.

Bastille Day


The French call it  le 14 juillet, the day on which the people stormed the Bastille.

I can drag up avery  little schoool French from the recesses of my memory when in France. However, bonjour, merci beaucoup, je m’excuse,  sil vous plait, fromage, pan. . . aren’t much use for wishing France and the French a joyous day.

The only vaguely relevant phrase I can think of  is viva la France!

July 14 in history


On July 14:

1223 Louis VIII became King of France upon the death of his father, Philip II of France.

1698 The Darien scheme began with five ships, bearing about 1,200 people, departing Leith for the Isthmus of Panama.


1769 The de Portolá Expedition established a base in California, and set out to find the Port of Monterey.

Point of San Francisco Bay Discovery

1771 Foundation of the Mission San Antonio de Padua  by the Franciscan friar Junípero Serra.

Mission San Antonio de Padua

1789  French Revolution: Citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille and free seven prisoners.

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1790  French Revolution: Citizens of Paris celebrated the constitutional monarchy and national reconciliation in the Fête de la Fédération.


1791  The Priestley Riots drove  Joseph Priestley, a supporter of the French Revolution, out of Birmingham, England.

Burning three-story house, surrounded by a mob. People are throwing things out of the windows and belongings are scattered on the street. 

1798  The Sedition Act became law in the United States making it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the government.

 1834  James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American painter (d. 1903).

1858  Emmeline Pankhurst, English suffragette (d. 1928)


1865  First ascent of the Matterhorn by Edward Whymper and party, four of whom died on the descent.


 1868  Gertrude Bell, English archaeologist, writer, spy, and administrator, was born (d. 1926).


1872 Albert Marque, French sculptor and doll maker, was born (d. 1939).

 1881 Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Pat Garrett outside Fort Sumner.

1853 New Zealand’s first general election began.

NZ's first general election begins

1900 Armies of the Eight-Nation Alliance captured Tientsin during the Boxer Rebellion.

Boxer Rebellion.jpg

1902 The Campanile in St Mark’s Square, Venice collapsed, also demolishing the loggetta.


1903 Irving Stone, American writer, was born (d. 1989).

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1910 William Hanna, American animator, was born  (d. 2001).

1911  Terry-Thomas, British actor, was born  (d. 1990).

1912 Woody Guthrie, American folk musician, was born (d. 1967).

1913 Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States, was born (d. 2006).

A man in a suit sits, arms folded, in front of a United States Flag and the Presidential seal.

1916 Start of the Battle of Delville Wood as an action in the Battle of the Somme.

Monochrome image on newsprint type paper. Pen and charcoal sketch of multiple= 

1918  Ingmar Bergman, Swedish film and theatre director, was born (d. 2007).

1921 – Leon Garfield, English children’s author, was born (d. 1996).

1924 – James W. Black, Scottish pharmacologist, Nobel laureate, was born.

1928 Nancy Olson, American actress, was born.

1930 Polly Bergen, American actress, was born.

1933 Gleichschaltung: In Germany, all political parties were outlawed except the Nazi Party.

Flag of Nazi Germany

1940 Susan Howatch, English author, was born.

1943  The George Washington Carver National Monument became the first United States National Monument in honor of an African American.


1948  Palmiro Togliatti, leader of the Italian Communist Party, was shot near the Italian Parliament.

1950 Sir Apirana Ngata died.

Death of Sir Apirana Ngata

1958  Iraqi Revolution:  the monarchy was overthrown by popular forces lead by Abdul Karim Kassem, who becomes the nation’s new leader.

1965  The Mariner 4 flyby of Mars took the first close-up photos of another planet.

Mariner 3 and 4.jpg

1969  Football War: after Honduras lost a soccer match against El Salvador rioting broke out in Honduras against Salvadoran migrant workers.

1969  The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills were officially withdrawn from circulation.


1992  386BSD was released by Lynne Jolitz and William Jolitz beginning the Open Source Operating System Revolution.

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2000 A powerful solar flare, later named the Bastille Day event, causef a geomagnetic storm.


2002  French President Jacques Chirac escaped an assassination attempt unscathed during Bastille Day celebrations.

2003  The United States Government admitted the existence of “Area 51“.

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2007  Russia withdrew from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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