Word of the day


Quotha – expression of surprise or contempt.

Right call Dr Smith


A wise man sometimes changes his mind and speaker Lockwood Smith has done that:

Speaker Lockwood Smith has backed down on keeping MPs’ travel expenses a secret and released information he withheld last week.

That’s the right call.

The next step is to hand the setting of all MPs’ remuneration over to an independent body.



This Tuesday’s poem is Truths by Helen Heath.

Alicia Ponder who selected it says:

On the surface it is straighforward, but underneath it has an elegance and grace that is quite breathtaking.  I could wax lyrical, but that is hardly necessary as the poem speaks for itself. It stands alone, a beautiful truth, as rare as any jewel,. . .

It is. I’ve read it six times since coming across it on Tuesday and each time I find something more in it.

Among the links to other Tuesday poets in the sidebar are:

if it be your will by Leonard Cohen at Type What You See.

Beyond Silence by Saradha Koirala at Lalialand.

What You Take With You by Mary Mcallum.

Rural Delivery by Vivienne Plumb at Winged Ink.

The Pensioner by Harvey McQueen.

Fonterra milk peak sets new record


Fonterra’s 26 sites processed 7608 million litres of milk last Wednesday, October 27, setting a new record for peak production.

Gary Romano, Managing Director – Fonterra Trade and Operations, says the new record is three million litres up on last year’s record peak.

“It’s a real credit to our teams and our plants that we processed all the milk so smoothly.

“It was a slow start to the season with wet weather in the Waikato and Taranaki and snow in the South Island. However, this recent spell of fine weather has seen a sharp increase in production on-farm. . .

“Since Fonterra was formed, we’ve increased our processing abilities by investing in new technology and plants such as ED4 – the most efficient powder plant in the world – to ensure we can keep ahead of milk production increases in an efficient and sustainable way.

“We’ve handled this growth while maintaining a strong focus on the quality of our products and the health and safety of our people and we’re setting internal quality benchmarks in a number of areas as we continue to focus on improving our performance.

Mr Romano said season-to-date, overall milk production was now slightly ahead of last year but, with the season only a third of the way through, it was too early to talk about actual production figures for the year.

Prices were stable in this morning’s globalDairy Trade auction with no change in the trade weighted index.

The price of whole milk powder was even at $3495 a tonne; skim milk powder dropped 1.1% to $3,021; anhydrous milk fat was up 4.5% to $5,394 and butter milk powder was down 1.8% to $3,011.

In a newsletter to shareholders Fonterra chair Henry van der Heyden said CWT (Co-operatives Working Together) in the USA have stopped culling cows in favour of export subsidies.

Cheese prices are likely to come under pressure as a result of subsidised product from there but butter is still in tight supply in the USA and Europe.

Production in Australia has been hit by wet weather in September.



8/10 in the Dominon Post weekly political trivia quiz.

(Would have been 9 if I’d read the question on the Mana by-election properly).

Quote of the week


IT IS IN LISTENING to other people talk that you learn to appreciate silence. What higher praise of a man could there be than that he is taciturn? People have only to talk for a short time for it to become obvious that the greatest of human rights is not freedom of opinion, but freedom from opinion. It is a mercy that there are so many languages that one does not understand.

                                                                           Theodore Dalrymple in Second Opinion: A Doctor’s Dispatches from the Inner City.

November 3 in history


On November 3:

644   Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second Muslim caliph, was martyred by a Persian slave in Medina.

1468  Liège was sacked by Charles I of Burgundy’s troops.

1783  John Austin, a highwayman, was the last person to be publicly hanged at London’s Tyburn gallows.

1783   The American Continental Army was disbanded.

1793   French playwright, journalist and feminist Olympe de Gouges was guillotined.

1801  Karl Baedeker, German author and publisher, was born (d 1859).


1812   Napoleon’s armies were defeated at Vyazma.

Battle vyazma.jpg

1817   The Bank of Montreal, Canada’s oldest chartered bank, opened.

File:Bank of Montreal Logo.svg

1838  The Times of India, the world’s largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper was founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce.

1848   A greatly revised Dutch constitution, drafted by Johan Rudolf Thorbecke, severely limiting the powers of the Dutch monarchy, and strengthening the powers of parliament and ministers, was proclaimed.

1867   Garibaldi and his followers were defeated in the Battle of Mentana and failed to end the Pope’s Temporal power in Rome.

T. Rodella - battaglia di Mentana - litografia acquerellata su carta - 1870s.jpg

1883    “Black Bart the poet” got away with his last stagecoach robbery, but left an incriminating clue that eventually led to his capture.


1886 Henry Reynolds launched his Anchor butter from a dairy factory at Pukekura, Waikato.

Birth of iconic Anchor butter brand

1887   Coimbra Academic Association, the oldest students’ union in Portugal, was founded.


1903   Panama separated from Colombia.

1911  Chevrolet officially entered the automobile market in competition with the Ford Model T.

Chevrolet Logo

1913   The United States introduced an income tax.

1918   Austria-Hungary entered into an armistice with the Allies, and the Habsburg-ruled empire dissolves.

1918  Poland declared its independence from Russia.


1930  Getúlio Dornelles Vargas became Head of the Provisional Government in Brazil after a bloodless coup.

1935   George II of Greece regained his throne through a popular plebiscite.

1942   Second Battle of El Alamein ended – German forces under Erwin Rommel were forced to retreat during the night.

1942  World War II: The Koli Point action began during the Guadalcanal Campaign.


1943   World War II: 500 aircraft of the U.S. 8th Air Force devastated Wilhelmshafen harbor in Germany.

1944  World War II: Two supreme commanders of the Slovak National Uprising, Generals Ján Golian and Rudolf Viest were captured, tortured and later executed by German forces.


1948  Lulu, British actress and singer, was born.

1952 Roseanne Barr, American actress and comedian, was boprn.


1954  Adam Ant, English singer, was born.


1957  The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2 with the first animal to enter orbit, a dog named Laika.

1964   Washington D.C. residents were able to vote in a presidential election for the first time.

1967   Vietnam War: The Battle of Dak To began.


1969  Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon addressed the nation on television and radio, asking the “silent majority” to join him in solidarity on the Vietnam War effort and to support his policies.

1973   NASA launched the Mariner 10 toward Mercury.

The Mariner 10 probe

1978   Dominica gained independence from the United Kingdom.


1979   Greensboro massacre: Five members of the Communist Workers Party were shot dead and seven were wounded by a group of Klansmen and neo-Nazis during a “Death to the Klan” rally in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1982   The Salang tunnel fire in Afghanistan killed up to 2,000 people.

1986   Iran-Contra Affair: The Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa reported that the United States had been secretly selling weapons to Iran in order to secure the release of seven American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon.

1986   The Federated States of Micronesia gained independence from the United States.

1988    Tamil mercenaries tried to overthrow the Maldivian government.

1996   Death of Abdullah Çatlı, leader of the Turkish ultra-nationalist organisation Grey Wolves in the Susurluk car-crash.

2007  Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule across Pakistan, suspending the Constitution, imposing a State of Emergency, and firing the chief justice of the Supreme Court.


Sourced from NZ History Online & WIkipedia

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