Word of the day


Galeanthropy – the belief that one is a cat.

Would you vote for someone who doesn’t follow the rules?


Credo Quia Absurdum Est found most of those for peoplestanding for councils and the health board in Southland are unauthorised.

He says it’s small beer in the scheme of things but every candidate gets a little book covering election rules. It clearly states that every advertisement needs an authorisation statement.

Now, I’m not into wasting police time.  They’re busy enough.  But are you really going to vote for people who:

  • pay no attention to detail
  • and/or ignore the law
  • don’t fix things when they are brought to their attention?

. . . So it’s not necessarily that these potential Councillors and ILT members and Health Board wannabes are breaking the law (they are), it’s that if they can’t even be bothered to read the fine print, how the hell are they going to get on with an Annual Plan or an LTCCP?

Local government needs accountability and transparency, and people who are going to read and question the fine print.  Not lawbreakers.  Some people may say it’s petty, but it is still the law.

I’ve seen only three hoardings in North Otago and was driving past at 100 kph so didn’t notice whether or not they were authorised.

But CQAE makes a very good point about attention to detail.

Councillors and health board members have to follow legislation, make decisions and decide on policy all of which require them to pay attention to and understand a lot of detail.

If they don’t bother to read and follow the rules on electioneering how can we trust them to read the fine print in the often complex documents they’d have to deal with round the council or board table?

The Year of the Elephant


The Year of the Elephant by Michele Leggott is this week’s Tuesday’s Poem.

It was chosen by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman and like several of poems linked in the sidebar including his – September Quake – it’s about earthquakes.

We’re okay, we’ll be fine


I had to go into the centre of Christchurch on Monday. I was expecting mess and chaos but there was none.

 I saw some gaps where buildings used to be, I had to make a couple of detours round streets blocked by cranes and diggers, but apart from that it was very much business as usual.

Not PC has a letter from Christchurch and photos which back up my impressions of a city largely doing what it normally does .

It won’t be like that for the people whose homes and business places have been wrecked. But miraculously, they are the minority and everyone is doing what they can to help them clean up and rebuild as quickly as possible.

I talked about this with the friend I met for lunch.

She said, “The aftershocks are getting to us. But we’re okay and when the shaking stops we’ll be fine.”



8/10 in the Dominion Post’s weekly trivia quiz.

September 15 in history


On September 15:

668  Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II was assassinated in his bath at Syracuse, Italy.

Hexagram-Constans II and Constantine IV-sb0995.jpg

921  At Tetin Saint Ludmila was murdered at the command of her daughter-in-law.


994 Major Fatimid victory over the Byzantine Empire at the Battle of the Orontes.

1254 Marco Polo, Italian explorer, was born (d. 1324).


1616 The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe was opened in Frascati, Italy.

1649 Titus Oates, English minister and plotter, was born (d. 1705).


1762 Seven Years War: Battle of Signal Hill.


1820 Constitutionalist revolution in Lisbon.

1821  Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica jointly declared independence from Spain.

1830  The Liverpool to Manchester railway line opened.


1831  The locomotive John Bull operated for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad.


1835 HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reached the Galápagos Islands.

Longitudinal section of HMS Beagle as of 1842

1851  Saint Joseph’s University was founded in Philadelphia.

1857 William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States, was born (d. 1930).


1879 Joseph Lyons, 10th Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1939).


1881 Ettore Bugatti, Italian automobile engineer and designer, was born (d. 1947).


1883 The Bombay Natural History Society was founded in Bombay (Mumbai).

 1889  Robert Benchley, American author, was born (d. 1945).


1890  Agatha Christie, English writer, was born (d. 1976).


1894 First Sino-Japanese War: Japan defeated China in the Battle of Pyongyang.

Battle of Pyongyang by Mizuno To.jpg

1916  World War I: Tanks were used for the first time in battle, at the Battle of the Somme.



1928  Tich Freeman became the only bowler to take 300 wickets in an English cricket season.

1931 In Scotland, the two-day Invergordon Mutiny against Royal Navy pay cuts began.

1935 The Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of citizenship.


1935  Nazi Germany adopted a new national flag with the swastika.


1937 Fernando de la Rúa, 51st President of Argentina, was born.


1940 World War II: The climax of the Battle of Britain, when the Royal Air Force shot down large numbers of Luftwaffe aircraft.


1942  World War II: U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Wasp was torpedoed at Guadalcanal.



1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill met in Quebec as part of the Octagon Conference to discuss strategy.

1945 Hans-Gert Pöttering, German politician, President of the European Parliament, was born.


1945  A hurricane in southern Florida and the Bahamas destroyed 366 planes and 25 blimps at NAS Richmond.

1947  RCA released the 12AX7 vacuum tube.


1947  Typhoon Kathleen hit the Kanto Region in Japan killing 1,077.

1948  The F-86 Sabre set the world aircraft speed record at 671 miles per hour (1,080 km/h).

1952 United Nations gave Eritrea to Ethiopia.

1958 A Central Railroad of New Jersey commuter train ran through an open drawbridge at the Newark Bay, killing 58.

1959  Nikita Khrushchev became the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.

A middle-aged man and an older one confer with each other. 

1961  Hurricane Carla struck Texas with winds of 175 miles per hour.


1962  The Soviet ship Poltava headed toward Cuba, one of the events that sets into motion the Cuban Missile Crisis.

1963  The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing: Four children killed at an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama.

1966 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote a letter to Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

1968  The Soviet Zond 5 spaceship was launched, becoming the first spacecraft to fly around the Moon and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere.


1969 Iron and steel from local ironsand (titanomagnetite) was produced for the first time at New Zealand Steel’s mill at Glenbrook, south of Auckland.

First steel produced from local ironsand

1971 Nathan Astle, New Zealand cricketer, was born.

1972  A Scandinavian Airlines System domestic flight from Gothenburg to Stockholm was hijacked and flown to Malmö-BulltoftaAirport.

1974  Air Vietnam flight 727 was hijacked, then crashed while attempting to land with 75 on board.

1976 The Rangatira arrived in Wellington from Lyttelton for the last time, bringing to an end more than 80 years of regular passenger ferry services between the two ports.

Lyttelton–Wellington ferry service ends

1981 The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.


1981 – The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operated it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.

1983  Israeli premier Menachem Begin resigned.

מנחם בגין

1984 Prince Harry of Wales, was born.

1987  United States Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze signed a treaty to establish centers to reduce the risk of nuclear war.

1993  Liechtenstein Prince Hans-Adam II disbanded Parliament.

2008 Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

Lehman Brothers

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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