Did you see the one about . . .


There’s a certain slant of light – Craft is the New Black’s ode to winter.

I guess that means I also need to take my computer – Laughy Kate shares a gift from her mother.

The worm – Skeptic Lawyer finds a canker at the heart of political society.

Now this is what I call inspirational Not PC –  mixes fine art and fine words. While thereanyone who’s every practised work avoidance will relate to Procrastination.

Nine and a bit months – if Julie’s experience at The Hand Mirror was that of most women there’d be a lot more one-child families.

Miss Potter


Beatrix Potter was born 144 years ago today.

One night while reading Peter Rabbit to my then four-year-old niece I was doing a bit of abridging (as one does with bedtime reading after a long and busy day).

I was caught out and had to bo back and read it in full because she said indignantly, “You’ve missed Mr McGregor’s ‘scrith, scritch, scritch’.”

CaMMP not behind NZ First revival


The Campaign against MMP (CaMMP) denies allegations that it is behind plans for a resurrection of Winston Peters and New Zealand First.

CaMMP spokesperson Ms Wishful Thinking said the strategy had crossed their minds but they’d decided it wouldn’t work.

“I can’t say we weren’t tempted, we even had a slogan: “A vote for MMP is a vote for Winston”, she said.

“But we’re not that desperate and we really don’t want to be associated with him, even if we used him as something to vote against,” she said.

“Good grief, this is the man who said he wouldn’t take the baubles of office, then took them, clung to them when he was sacked, and even after he was kicked out of parliament.

“This is the man who ranted about secret funding of political parties who took anonymous donations and didn’t declare them as the rules require.

“This is the man who illegally used $158,000 of public money to campaign then voted to make it legal in retrospect, refused to pay it back, said he’d donated the money to charity instead but has given no proof of that.

“This is the man who was censured by a select committee and still couldn’t bring himself to admit he’d done wrong.

“This is the man who propped up a government which sent us into recession long before the rest of the world and disguised the parlous state of the economy by taxing and spending.

“We don’t want to give him the publicity he obviously craves and quite frankly no-one int heir right mind would want him near parliament again.”

When asked about people in their wrong minds, Ms Thinking said, “Quite frankly, I find it difficultto believe anyone could be that stupid and if they were we wouldn’t want them supporting us, anyway.”



13/15 with a couple of lucky guesses in this week’s Dominion Post political trvia quiz.

Though the answer to the question on the drink driving limit isn’t exactly right and I’m not sure the one on the retirement age is either.

Just one question


There are lots of questions we could ask about the news that Lazarus is about to crawl out of the political crypt.

But I’ll stick to the $158,000 one.

When is New Zealand First going to repay the public money it used to pay for its campaign in the 2005 election?

Employers respond to Kelly


Critics of the government’s planned improvements to employment law seem to think that employers in general, and those with bigger workforces in particular, are anti-union.

That may be a valid criticism of a few, but bigger employers usually prefer their staff to be unionised. It’s much easier to deal with a union representing tens or hundreds of workers than it is to negotiate with all those people in small groups of individually.

What employers object to is the sort of  ignorant attack on their integrity made by CTU president  Helen Kelly in her letter to Prime Minister John Key.

As the Employers and Manufacturers Association says in response to Kelly’s letter:

“The Council of Trade Union General Secretary Helen Kelly has gone over the top in bad mouthing employers,” said Alasdair Thompson, EMA’s chief executive.

“The vast majority of employers are fair and decent people as are their employees,” he said.

“Its simply not true that the CTU and other unions are under attack as Ms Kelly claims.

“The changes being proposed by the government conform to international norms and are comparatively mild.

“We say employers should have the right to question a person who consistently takes sick leave on Mondays or pay for them to visit a doctor.

“Since employers are responsible for what happens in the workplace we say it is important that union representatives seek permission when they enter a workplace.

“The anti-employer attitude expressed by Ms Kelly belongs to the early part of the last century and should stay there.

“The overwhelming majority of businesses know their success depends hugely on developing and maintaining excellent working relations between managers and employees.

“And we all know we need far more business success to deliver the jobs and the taxes that will advance our standard of living, and health, education and welfare.”

The existing law made life difficult for the majority of employers who value their staff to deal with the small minority of bad employers.

The proposed changes accept that most employers are fair and give them a little more flexibility in dealing with the minority of employees who aren’t.

It’s in employers’ interest to have a settled and happy workforce and all but a few know that requires them to treat their staff reasonably and fairly.

July 28 in history


On July 28:

1364  Battle of Cascina.


1540 Thomas Cromwell was executed at the order of Henry VIII on charges of treason.


1540  Henry VIII  married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.

1609 Bermuda was first settled by survivors of the English ship Sea Venture en route to Virginia.


1794 Maximilien Robespierre was executed by guillotine.


1809 Peninsular War: Battle of Talavera: Sir Arthur Wellesley’s British, Portuguese and Spanish army defeated a French force under Joseph Bonaparte.

Battle of Talavera map.jpg

1821  José de San Martín declared the independence of Peru from Spain.

1844 Gerard Manley Hopkins, English poet, was born (d. 1889).


1864  American Civil War: Battle of Ezra Church: Confederate troops made a third unsuccessful attempt to drive Union forces from Atlanta, Georgia.


1865  Welsh settlers arrived at Chubut in Argentina.


1866 Beatrix Potter, English author, was born (d. 1943).


1868  The 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was passed, establishing African-American citizenship and guaranteeing due process of law.


1879 Lucy Burns, American suffragist, was born (d. 1966)


1893 The third massive suffrage petition was presented to Parliament in three years, this one was signed by nearly 32,000 women − almost a quarter of the entire adult European female population of New Zealand.

Women's suffrage petition presented

1901 Rudy Vallee, American entertainer, was born (d. 1986).

1902 Karl Popper, Austrian-born philosopher, was born (d. 1994).


1907 Earl Tupper,  American inventor (tupperware) was born(d. 1983).


1909 Malcolm Lowry, English novelist, was born (d. 1957).


1914 World War I: Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia after Serbia rejects the conditions of an ultimatum sent by Austria on July 23 following the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand.

1929 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, First Lady of the United States, was born(d. 1994).


1935 First flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.


1936 Garfield Sobers, Barbadian West Indies cricketer, was born.


1942   Soviet leader Joseph Stalin issued Order No. 227 in response to alarming German advances into the Soviet Union. Under the order all those who retreated or otherwise left their positions without orders to do so were to be immediately executed.

 Soviet postage stamp with the famous phrase “Not a step back”.

1943 : Operation Gomorrah: The British bombed Hamburg causing a firestorm that killed 42,000 German civilians.

1943   Richard Wright, English musician, was born (Pink Floyd) (d. 2008).

1945 Jim Davis, American cartoonist, was born.

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1945  A U.S. Army B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building killing 14 and injuring 26.

1948 Gerald Casale, American musician and director (founding member of Devo), was born.

1948 The Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foiled a bullion robbery in the “Battle of London Airport”.

1949 Peter Doyle, Australian singer (The New Seekers), was born (d. 2001).

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1955 The Union Mundial pro Interlingua was founded at the first Interlingua congress in Tours, France.

Interlingua Logo

1957 Heavy rain and a mudslide in Isahaya, western Kyūshū, Japan, killed 992.

1965 Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his order to increase the number of United States troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.

1973  Summer Jam at Watkins Glen: 600,000 people attended a rock festival at the Watkins Glen International Raceway.


1976  The Tangshan earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 moment magnitude flattened Tangshan, China, killing 242,769 and injuring 164,851.


1996  Kennewick Man, the remains of a prehistoric man, was discovered near Kennewick, Washington.


2001 Australian Ian Thorpe became the first swimmer to win six gold medals at a single World Championships.

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2002  Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, were rescued after 77 hours underground.

2005 The Provisional Irish Republican Army called an end to its thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland.

2005  Tornadoes touched down in a residential areas in south Birmingham & Coventry causing £4,000,000 worth of damages and injuring 39 people.

2008  The historic Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare burned down for the second time in 80 years.


Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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