Peter Finch would have been 94 today.
Nomophobia – fear of being out of mobile phone contact.
Monday’s questions were:
1. Name five of the 12 members of OPEC.
2. In which of the arts would you find a cambré, an entrechat and a relevé?
3. Who said: If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.” ?
4. It’s primavera in Spanish and Italian, printemps in French and aroaromahana or kōanga in Maori, what is it in English?
5. What’s Bill English’s middle name?
Points for answers:
Robert got one for laughter for his first answer.
Gravedodger got four.
Bearhunter got four – with a bonus for extra information and so wins the electronic bouquet.
David got three right, a bonus for extra information – and I agree about the name (my farmer is also called by his middle name not his first one).
Tuesday’s answers follow the break:
When you learn a foreign language it pays to learn and take great care in using false friends. They’re the words which are the same or similar as words in your own language but have very different meanings.
In Spanish for example, embarazada looks and sounds a bit like embarrassed but it means pregnant.
Apropos of embarrassed, that’s how French MP Rachida Dati must have felt after making this blue:
Asked about overseas investment funds profiteering during a period of economic uncertainty, she said: ‘I see some of them looking for returns of 20 or 25 per cent, at a time when fellatio is almost non-existent.’
In French, fellatio – a sex act performed on a man – is ‘fellation’, which sounds a bit like inflation, which is the same word in French and English.
Hat Tip: Visible Hand who reckons this is why an education is economics is important.
I’m not disputing the importance of economics, but I think the problem in this instance was language.
Teachers at the NZEI conference yesterday responded to Education Minister Anne Tolley’s speech by holding up placards in silence.
Is this how grown ups act? Is this what they teach their pupils about good manners?
This wasn’t about education, it was about politics.
The reaction was pre-arranged. The teachers weren’t there to listen and learn, to ask questions or discuss, they were there with closed minds to protest.
It looked like it was unanimous too, but then given the bullying someone who dared question the union line got, it’s probable everyone who is working with National Standards as they’re supposed to be would have stayed away.
The Waitaki District Council is going to subsidise cloth napkins in an effort to cut down the amount of disposable nappies going into council landfills.
Solid waste officer Gerry O’Neill last week said that over a 12-month period, starting on October 22, new parents in the district would be offered cloth-nappy starter packs at a heavily discounted price.
“We have managed to secure a really good deal with four different suppliers, and when combined with a subsidy from the council, parents will be able to buy a cloth-nappy starter pack valued at more than $100 for just $10,” he said.
The council had more than 12 tonnes of nappies and sanitary waste going to the Oamaru landfill every week.
Any measure that reduced that was worthwhile in helping extend the life of the landfill and reducing its operation costs.
Let’s start by giving them points for talking about parents and not just mothers who usually get saddled with anything to do with napkins.
Let’s also acknowledge that waste reduction is a worthy aim.
But that isn’t enough to stop me thinking something about this nappy subsidy smells a bit iffy.
It sounds good in theory but will it work in practice?
Just $10 isn’t a big investment in cloth nappies. That should ensure a reasonable uptake, but who’s going to make sure they get used even some of the time?
What’s to stop someone buying a starter pack and selling the nappies. Anything more than $10 would be a profit for the seller and a bargain for the buyer.
Twelve tonnes of nappies and sanitary waste sounds like a lot. But what sort of reduction will this subsidy result in and at what cost to the ratepayer?
I wonder if the council looked at the option of composting instead which Envirocomp appears to do successfully?
On September 28:
48 BC Pompey the Great was assassinated on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt.
351 Battle of Mursa Major: the Roman Emperor Constantius II defeated the usurper Magnentius.
365 Roman usurper Procopius bribed two legions passing by Constantinople, and proclaims himself Roman emperor.
551: Confucious, the Chinese philosopher was born.
935 Saint Wenceslas was murdered by his brother, Boleslaus I of Bohemia.
995 Members of Slavník’s dynasty – Spytimír, Pobraslav, Pořej and Čáslav – were murdered by Boleslaus’s son, Boleslaus II the Pious.
1066 William the Conqueror invaded England: the Norman Conquest began.
1106 The Battle of Tinchebrai – Henry I of England defeated his brother, Robert Curthose.
1238 Muslim Valencia surrendered to the besieging King James I of Aragon the Conqueror.
1322 Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor defeated Frederick I of Austria in the Battle of Mühldorf.
1448 Christian I was crowned king of Denmark.
1542 Navigator João Rodrigues Cabrilho of Portugal arrived at what is now San Diego, California.
1571:Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was born.
1708 Peter the Great defeated the Swedes at the Battle of Lesnaya.
1779 American Revolution: Samuel Huntington was elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.
1781 American forces backed by a French fleet began the siege of Yorktown, Virginia, during the American Revolutionary War.
1787 The newly completed United States Constitution was voted on by the U.S. Congress to be sent to the state legislatures for approval.
1791 France became the first European country to emancipate its Jewish population.
1836 Thomas Crapper, English inventor, was born (d. 1910).
1844 Robert Stout, Premier of New Zealand and Chief Justice, was born.
1844 Oscar I of Sweden-Norway was crowned king of Sweden.
1864 The International Workingmen’s Association was founded in London.
1889 The first General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) defined the length of a meter as the distance between two lines on a standard bar of an alloy of platinum with ten percent iridium, measured at the melting point of ice.
1891 Club Atletico Peñarol was founded under the name of Central Uruguay Railway Cricket Club.
1899 Premier R.J. (‘King Dick’) Seddon asked Parliament to approve an offer to the British government of a contingent of mounted rifles to fight in Transvaal.
1901 US television host Ed Sullivan was born (d1974).
1916 Peter Finch, English-born Australian actor,was born (d1977).
1928 The U.K. Parliament passed the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing cannabis.
1934 French model and actress Brigtte Bardot was born.
1939 – Warsaw surrendered to Nazi Germany.
1944 Soviet Army troops liberated Klooga concentration camp in Estonia.
1946 English singer Helen Shapiro was born
1958 France ratified a new Constitution of France
1961 A military coup in Damascus effectively ended the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria.
1962 The Paddington tram depot fire destroyed 65 trams in Brisbane.
1971 The British government passed the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 banning the medicinal use of cannabis.
1973 The ITT Building in New York City was bombed in protest at ITT’s alleged involvement in the September 11 coup d’état in Chile.
1975 The Spaghetti House siege, in which nine people were taken hostage, took place in London.
1987 The beginning of the Palestinian civil disobedience uprising, “The First Intifada” against the Israeli occupation.
1994 The car ferry MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea, killing 852 people.
2000 Al-Aqsa Intifada: Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
2008 SpaceX launched the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.
2009 The military junta leading Guinea, headed by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, sexually assaulted, killed and wounded protesters during a protest rally in the Stade du 28 Septembre.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.