Pointers on self defence

July 21, 2010

Don Knotts would have been 86 today.

Morning Has Broken

July 21, 2010

Happy birthday Cat Stevens. 62 today.

This was a hit song in the 1970s. It  improved singing at my school assemblies where hymns weren’t generally regarded with much enthusiasm.

Did you see the one about . . .

July 21, 2010

I’m not finished with Duncan Garner yet – Brian Edwards gives credit where it’s due.

Dinner with the Stars – Not PC asks  where and in which period in history you’d pick as being the best in history in which you might get a large number of your heroes around a dinner party table.  He also has a post on the malapropisms of refudiation.

Vagrant spotted in Parnell – Inquiring Mind gets satirical.

Under Aotearoan skies – goNZo Freakpower takes us star watching.

Star the nineteenth – In A Strange Land continues her stellar effort for Dry July.

Question (and answer) of the day – Keeping Stock found a gem from question time.

The Shape Of Words

July 21, 2010

This Tuesday’s Poem is The Shape Of Words (desert love poem) by Odawni AJ Palmer.

It’s beautiful, and those who weren’t charmed by last week’s prose poem may be relieved to know this one is a poem poem (there has to be a better phrase than that).

One of the links in the sidebar led me to Stoatspring where Harvey McQueen had chosen A.R.D. Fairburn’s Song At Summer’s End.

The opening lines Down in the park the children play/rag-happy through the summer’s day . . .  took me back to third form English where we learned the poem by heart and were introduced to the power of metaphor.

Better to campaign with clothes on

July 21, 2010

The Australian election campaign has only just opened but it will be difficult to top this quote:

“It would be better to attend campaign events fully clothed.”

It came from Prime Minister Julia Gillard in response to a stunt by Conrad French, who works at ALP Victorian election campaign HQ, and who interrupted opposition leader Tony Abbot while dressed only in speedos.

It’s a reminder of  Don Brash’s  “I don’t want any candidates talking about their testicles, to be quite frank.” after a comment from then-Tauranga MP Bob Clarkson.

Things like this may be amusing for onlookers and the media but are very frustrating for parties and their leaders who are trying to keep campaigns focussed and positive.

Aimed at the few not the many

July 21, 2010

The people squealing in outrage at the proposed improvements to employment law labour under the misapprehension that all employers are bad and all employees are good.

They’re not. The changes are aimed at the few poor employees not the many good ones. That’s better than the existing regime which makes employing people harder for the many good employers because there are a few bad ones.

Employers aren’t going to request medical certificates, which they have to pay for, from every employee who takes a day or two off for illness once or twice. It will just be the few who abuse the system by regularly pulling sickies who are asked to prove they’re unwell.

When the law changed to allow workers to take up to three days off without needing proof of illness a meat company noticed a significant deterioration in employee health, particularly on Mondays and Fridays.

That came at considerable cost to the company and that ultimately impacts on its ability to pay its staff.


July 21, 2010

15/15  in this week’s Dominion Post political triva quiz.

Though Kiwiblog is right to say the answer given as correct to one question is subjective. For the answer given to be correct, the question should have been what was the most controversial issue from  the National Party conference not at it.

The planned changes to Labour laws may have upset the left outside the conference but were greeted with enthusiasm by delegates inside.

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