Teddy Bears’ Picnic

July 20, 2010

Jimmy Kennedy, Irish lyricist, was born on this day in 1902.


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

July 20, 2010

Happy birthday Sally Ann Howes, 80 today, and thank you for the pleasure this film gave me a decade or four ago.


Tuesday’s answers

July 20, 2010

Monday’s questions were:

1. What is  John Key’s middle name?

2. According to Jane Austen  a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of what, and which book does it come from?

3. Who is the Minister of Archives NZ?

4. What are the occipitofrontalis and occiptalis and what do they do?            

5. Who said: ” No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.”?

Andrei got two and a half (and I didn’t know we had one either until I went searching for a question for the quiz).

David got two and a half right and a bonus for being well connected and knowing more about biology than George Bernard Shaw.

Gravedodger got two and two halves right (which in this case is the same as two half right).

Bearhunter wins the electronic boquet with three and 2/3 right (got the muscle and raising eyebrow but msised the wrinkling) and  a bonus for honesty.

PDM got two right and a thank goodness his answer isn’t still in cabinet.

Paul got three right and a bonus for humour.

Tuesday’s answers follow the break:

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3/10

July 20, 2010

Definitely must do better – a lowly 3/10 in NZ History Online’s weekly quiz.


Just wondering . . .

July 20, 2010

. . . if it’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game which matters, why do football games continue until one team scores?


It’s not what you do . . .

July 20, 2010

If mining is already being undertaken on conservation land without a fuss, why did plans to allow prospecting on a further 7000 hectares cause such a fuss?

It looks like the plans will now be scrapped because it’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it.

Those opposing it grabbed the emotional high ground and no-one had enough facts for a counter attack.

Government’s which don’t listen to public opinion are doomed, but sometimes potentially unpopular policy can be accepted if it’s backed up by strong arguments.

This one wasn’t.


Synlait purchase indictment on NZ capital markets

July 20, 2010

 Bright Dairy & Food, China’s third biggest dairy company by volume, has signed up to buy  51% of Synlait’s milk processing subsidiary, Synlait Milk, for $82 million.

The deal is subject to approval in China and here.

Federated Farmers says it’s an indictment on our capital markets.

“After last year’s abandonment of an Initial Public Offering, it’s a damming indictment on our capital markets that Synlait couldn’t rely on New Zealand to provide the investment capital necessary to fund its expansion,” says Lachlan McKenzie, Federated Farmers dairy chairperson.

Another New Zealand company may get a welcome injection of foreign cash too. Singapore’s OlamInternational has agreed to buy PGG Wrightson’s 11.5 per cent stake in New Zealand Farming Systems Uruguay, subject to regulatory approval, and is making a full takeover offer on the same terms.

I will be surprised if this gets the same criticism that a Chinese company’s bid for the 16 Crafar farms has.

Synlait owns farms, but it is the processing arm not the producing one, in which Bright Dairy will be investing and NZFSU  owns land, but in South America, not here.

Many people are not keen on the idea of foreigners taking too big a stake in our land but they’re less likely to be so emotionally attached to these companies.


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