Did you see the one about . . .


Real life social networks – Big News on the difference between virtual and real lives.

The wokman’s creed– Half-Pie woks.

Matt McCarten’s diatribe is drivel – Lindsay Mitchell on the difference between individualism and collectivism.

(Apropos of the target of this, I am sorry to learn that Matt has cancer.)

Octarine – Born On State Highway One on arty colours.

Mattock Matters – Robert Guyton has a new garden implement.

Knee-jerk legislation ‘should be slightly harder to introduce’ concede hysterical campaigners – Newsbiscuit hopes for rising standards to lower the kneejerks.

Myths about green jobs – Kiwiblog shows all that’s green isn’t as good as it’s painted.

Word of the day


Hamesucken – the felonious seeking and invasion of a person in his dwelling house.

Bad vibrations


Yesterday I added an update to a post on the earthquake saying Jim Anderton had said in an interview on Friday it would take an earthquake for him to lose Christchurch’s mayoral election.

ImperatorFish links to the video which shows that’s not what he said at all.

The assertion was picked up by several blogs after it appeared in the Herald which said:

Christchurch mayoral aspirant Jim Anderton told CTV on Friday that it would take an earthquake for him to lose the election race against incumbent mayor Bob Parker.

The Wigram MP says is able to see the funny side of what has happened.

He says there has been an earthquake, now he will just have to see how the campaign goes. He says he will ask that contributions he expected at a now-cancelled campaign fundraiser be donated to the mayor’s fund

The video clearly shows he didn’t say it but the second and third paragraphs suggest he thinks he did.

Did he think he did say that about an earthquake and his election chances? Or is the reaction quoted above not really from Anderton either but whoever the initial incorrect quote came from?

Monday’s quiz


1.  It’s  lágrima in Spanish, lame in French, lacrima in Italian and roimata in Maori – what is it in English?

2. Who said: “We learn geology the morning after the earthquake”?

3. Whose horses were: Black Bess, Rosinante, Silver and Trigger?

4. Who are the captains of the Silver Ferns and the Black Ferns?

5. The First Amendment to the Constitution of the USA gives the right to what?

NZ’s 4th consecutive World Cup


The Black Ferns’ fourth consecutive win in the women’s rugby World Cup makes them one of New Zealand’s most successful sporting teams.

Just wondering why if this is called the women’s rugby world cup the other one isn’t called the men’s rugby World Cup?

Quote of the week


Sentimentality is destroying us. No one has a right to be permanently happy. Children have to learn how to be bored. They could start by reading this.

Theodore Dalrymple John Crace concluding a satirical column on Theodore Dalrymple headlined: Spoilt rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality.

September 6 in history


On September 6:

394  Battle of the Frigidus: The Christian Roman Emperor Theodosiu I defeated and killed the pagan usurper Eugenius and his Frankish magister militum Arbogast.


1522 The Victoria, the only surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition, returned to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the world.


1620  The Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth on the Mayflower to settle in North America.


1628 Puritans settled Salem.


1634 Thirty Years’ War: In the Battle of Nördlingen the Catholic Imperial army defeated Protestant armies of Sweden and Germany.


1669 The siege of Candia ended with the Venetian fortress surrendering to the Ottomans.

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1729 Moses Mendelssohn, German philosopher, was born (d. 1786).

1757 Marquis de Lafayette, French soldier and statesman, was born (d. 1834).

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1781 The Battle of Groton Heights resulted a British victory.

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1800 Catharine Beecher, American educator, was born (d. 1878).


1847  Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond and moved in with Ralph Waldo Emerson and his family.


1860 Jane Addams, American social worker, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was born (d. 1935).


1870  Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming became the first woman in the United States to cast a vote legally.

1885 Eastern Rumelia declared its union with Bulgaria.


1888  Charles Turner became the first bowler to take 250 wickets in an English season.


1901 Anarchist Leon Czolgosz shot and fatally wounded US President William McKinley.


1919 Wilson Greatbatch, American inventor (cardiac pacemaker), was born.

1930 Argentine president Hipólito Yrigoyen was deposed in a military coup.


1937  Spanish Civil War: The start of the Battle of El Mazuco.

1939 World War II: The Battle of Barking Creek.

1940 King Carol II of Romania abdicated and was succeeded by his son Michael.



1943 Roger Waters, British musician (Pink Floyd), was born.

1943 The Monterrey Institute of Technology, was founded in Monterrey, Mexico.

1948 New Zealand citizenship was established.

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1948  Juliana became Queen of the Netherlands.


1949 Allied military authorities relinquished control of former Nazi Germany assets back to German control.

1955 Istanbul Pogrom: Istanbul’s Greek and Armenian minority were the target of a government-sponsored pogrom.


1957 José Sócrates, Prime Minister of Portugal, was born.


1963 Alice Sebold, American novelist, was born.


1965  India retaliated following Pakistan’s failed Operation Grand Slam which resulted in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.


1966 The architect of Apartheid, Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, was stabbed to death during a parliamentary meeting.

1968  Swaziland became independent.

1970 Two passenger jets bound from Europe to New York were simultaneously hijacked by Palestinian terrorist members of PFLP and taken to Dawson’s Field in Jordan.

1972  Munich Massacre: 9 Israeli athletes and a German policeman taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games by the Palestinian “Black September” terrorist group died  at the hands of the kidnappers during a failed rescue attempt.


1976   Soviet air force pilot Lt. Viktor Belenko landed a MiG-25 jet fighter on the island of Hokkaidō and requests political asylum in the United States.

1985  Midwest Express Airlines Flight 105, a Douglas DC-9 crashed just after takeoff from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing 31.

1986 In Istanbul, two terrorists from Abu Nidal’s organisation killed 22 and wounded six inside the Neve Shalom synagogue during Shabbat services.

1991 – The name Saint Petersburg was restored to Russia’s second largest city, which had been renamed Leningrad in 1924.

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1997  Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales  which was watched by a television audience of more than 2.5 billion.


Sourced from NZ History & Wikipedia

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