Was Henry’s an expensive jump?


1. Did Paul Henry jump or was he pushed?

2. How much did it cost TVNZ?

3. Did Unite understand the irony of lobbying for an employees dismissal without going through due process?

4.Do the MPs who called for Henry’s dismissal understand employment law?

5.Who will replace Henry?

6. What will it do for ratings?

Henry’s staement is here, Rick Ellis’s statement is here.

Word of the day


Resipiscence – acknowledgement of a mistake; recognition of error, change to better frame of mind; widsom derived from experience.

Did you see the one about . . .


Brilliance from my very good friend Tim – Eye to the Long Run on paraprosdokians.

The importance of low inflation and tax cuts – Kiwiblog shows why wage rises aren’t enough by themselves.

You know you’re living in 2010 when. . .  Laughy Kate on 21st century life.

Stuck – Today Is My Birthday on the dangers of forgetting your key.

Not all social media is bad – Quote Unquote finds humour on Twitter.

Random Wodehouse quotes (Hat Tip: Beattie’s Book Blog).

Two Photographs


Two versions pf  Two Photographs  by Geoffrey Lehmann were chosen for this Tuesday’s poem.

The first is a 1970s one, the second a 2010 one.

Among the links in the side bar is one to Helen Heath’s post on shedding belongings and responses to it.



I was in the archway theatre at Otago University at some stage on 7.7.77 because I can remember doodling the date.

I have no idea where I was on 6.6.66 but if it was a week day I’d have been at primary school. 

I was probably at home being domestic with a three year old on 8.8.88. What I was doing and where I was doing it on 9.9.99 escapes me.

The only thing of great moment I have planned for 10.10.10 is continuing to read Joy Cowley’s memoir, Navigation. I’m only a few pages into it and am already entranced.

Fine country fare at Centrewood fete


It was almost raining when we parked at Centrewood Estate for its inaugural spring fete yesterday morning. But once we were inside the shelter of the mature trees which surround the historic homestead we forgot about the weather.

The 140 stalls lining the manicured lawns presented a dazzling display of clothes, rugs, home ware, plants, garden accessories, jewellery, food, books, toys, gifts, art and sculpture.

The range of goods for sale was wide and the quality high.

We spent more than four hours happily wandering from stall to stall, catching up with friends, sampling the fine food and wine and generally enjoying ourselves.

Don’t muck it up, Len


Down here in the rural South Island we might joke that supercity and greater Auckland are oxymorons, but we do understand its importance.

If a city with more than a quarter of the country’s population doesn’t run well it’s hard for the rest of the country to compensate for it.

It’s too late to argue whether or not uniting the disparate entities that are now Auckland was a good idea.

The mayor and councillors all reckoned they could do a good job when thery were campaigning, it’s now up to them to do it.

Don’t muck it up Len. There’s a lot riding on you and your team.

 It’s not just the people of Auckland who need your city to succeed, the rest of the country does too.

October 10 in history


On October 10:

680  Battle of Karbala: Hussain bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, was decapitated by forces under Caliph Yazid I.

Karbala battle.jpg 

732  Battle of Tours: The leader of the Franks, Charles Martel and his men, defeated a large army of Moors, stopping the Muslims from spreading into Western Europe. The governor of Cordoba, Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi, was killed during the battle.

Steuben - Bataille de Poitiers.png

1471  Battle of Brunkeberg: Sten Sture the Elder, the Regent of Sweden, with the help of farmers and miners, repelled an attack by Christian I, King of Denmark.

1575 Battle of Dormans: Roman Catholic forces under Duke Henry of Guise defeat the Protestants, capturing Philippe de Mornay among others.

1580  After a three-day siege, the English Army beheaded over 600 Irish and Papal soldiers and civilians at Dún an Óir, Ireland.

1780 The Great Hurricane of 1780 killed 20,000-30,000 in the Caribbean.

A map showing most of the Lesser Antillies in red. Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic is also red.

1813 Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer, was born (d. 1901).

1830 Queen Isabella II of Spain, was born (d. 1904).

1845  In Annapolis, Maryland, the Naval School (later renamed the United States Naval Academy) opened with 50 midshipmen students and seven professors.


1868  Carlos Céspedes issued the Grito de Yara from his plantation, La Demajagua, proclaiming Cuba’s independence.


1900 Helen Hayes, American actress, was born (d. 1993).

1911  The Wuchang Uprising led to the demise of Qing Dynasty, the last Imperial court in China, and the founding of the Republic of China.


1911  The KCR East Rail commenced service between Kowloon and Canton.

1913  President Woodrow Wilson triggered the explosion of the Gamboa Dike, ending construction on the Panama Canal.

1920 The Carinthian Plebiscite determined that the larger part of Carinthia should remain part of Austria.

1923 Nicholas Parsons, English actor, was born.


1930 Harold Pinter, English playwright, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 2008)

1933  United Airlines Chesterton Crash: A United Airlines Boeing 247 was destroyed by sabotage

1935 A coup d’état by the royalist leadership of the Greek Armed Forces tak overthrew the government of Panagis Tsaldaris and established a regency under Georgios Kondylis, effectively ending the Second Hellenic Republic.

1938 The Munich Agreement ceded the Sudetenland to Nazi Germany.

1943  Double Tenth Incident in Japanese controlled Singapore.


1944 Holocaust: 800 Gypsy children were murdered at Auschwitz concentration camp.

1945  The Chinese Communist Party and the Kuomintang signed a principle agreement in Chongqing about the future of post-war China – the Double-Ten Agreement.

1950 Nora Roberts, American novelist, was born.

1957  U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologised to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he was refused service in a Dover, Delaware restaurant.

1957 – The Windscale fire in Cumbria –  the world’s first major nuclear accident.


1963  France ceded control of the Bizerte naval base to Tunisia.

1964  The opening ceremony at The 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, was broadcast live in the first Olympic telecast relayed by geostationary communication satellite.

1967 The Outer Space Treaty, signed on January 27 by more than sixty nations, comes into force.

1970  Fiji became independent.

1970 – In Montreal, Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte became the second statesman kidnapped by members of the FLQ terrorist group.

1971 London Bridge reopened in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.


1973  Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with federal income tax evasion.


1975 The government created the Waitangi Tribunal to hear Maori claims of breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi by successive New Zealand governments.

Waitangi Tribunal created

1985  United States Navy F-14 fighter jets intercepted an Egyptian plane carrying the Achille Lauro cruise ship hijackers and forced it to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily.


1986 An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale in San Salvador killed an estimated 1,500 people.

1997  An Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashed and exploded near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74.

1998  A Lignes Aériennes Congolaises Boeing 727 was shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 41 people.

2006  The Greek city of Volos flooded in one of the prefecture’s worst recorded floods.

2008 The 10 October 2008 Orakzai bombing killed 110 and injured 200 more.


2009  Armenia and Turkey signed protocols in Zurich, Switzerland to open their borders which had been closed for about 200 years.

Sourced from NZ history Online & Wikipedia

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