Word of the day

27/12/2010

Favonian – of like or pertaining to the west wind; propitious; mild or favourable.


Did you see the one about . . .

27/12/2010

Happy Solstice Day Larvartus Prodeo celebrates the solstice with photos. While there check out All I want for Christmas – a list of rights and freedoms which are priorities for modern living.

The story I can’t really tell – Liberty Scott reminds us not everyone is free.

Trade and Farming – Anti Dismal on which came first.

How economics saved Christmas – Roger Kerr with a different version of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

Policy implications of happiness – Offsetting Behaviour on  exactly what the title says.


South has single scoops licked

27/12/2010

TV3 reckons Te Kao store in Northland has the biggest licks of the ice cream variety.

I haven’t come across the five or six scoop whopper stoppers the story mentions but three Otago stores are hard to beat when it comes to the size of their single scoop ince creams.

Jamie Mackay asked listeners to the Farming Show last year for their nominations for biggest ice creams and the Hilltop Store in Hampden (north of Moeraki, south of Oamaru) came first.

Since then I’ve found a couple to rival it: a dairy in Lawrence (on a bend on the left hand side of the road when you’re heading inland) and one in the middle of Roxburgh, also on the left hand side of the road when driving inland).

If you ask for a single scoop you get what passes for double or even triple scoop ice creams from other places.

The north can keep its whopper stoppers, the south has super-size single scoops licked.


Timely reminder of need to take care

27/12/2010

A sign warned us of a temporary reduction in the speed limit to 30kph.

We could see the charred remains of something ahead and feared the worst. As we got closer we saw it wasn’t the result of a car accident but what looked like a fire in a caravan.

Even though our initial fears of a major crash weren’t realised it was a timely reminder of the need to take care.

This clip Brutal – from Laughy Kate – reinforces that message (be warned it may be upsetting).


December 27 in history

27/12/2010

On December 27:

537  The Hagia Sophia was completed.

Hagia Sophia

1571 Johannes Kepler, German astronomer, was born  (d. 1630).

1773  George Cayley, English scientist, inventor, and politician, was born (d. 1857).

1822 Louis Pasteur, French scientist, was born (d. 1895).

1831 Charles Darwin embarked on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle.

Charles Darwin
Three quarter length studio photo showing Darwin's characteristic large forehead and bushy eyebrows with deep set eyes, pug nose and mouth set in a determined look. He is bald on top, with dark hair and long side whiskers but no beard or moustache. His jacket is dark, with very wide lapels, and his trousers are a light check pattern. His shirt has an upright wing collar, and his cravat is tucked into his waistcoat which is a light fine checked=

 1836 The worst ever avalanche in England occured at Lewes, Sussex, killing 8 people.

1845  Ether anesthetic was used for childbirth for the first time by Dr. Crawford Williamson Long in Jefferson, Georgia.


 

1901 Marlene Dietrich, German actress and singer, was born (d. 1992).

1915 William Masters, American gynecologist, was born (d. 2001).

1918 The Great Poland Uprising against the Germans began.

 

1922  Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō became the first purpose built aircraft carrier to be commissioned in the world.

Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō

1932  Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City.

Radio City Music Hall Factbook.jpgFront facade of the Radio City Music Hall

1941 Michael Pinder, British musician (Moody Blues), was born .

1943 Joan Manuel Serrat, Spanish musician, was born.

1945  The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations.

1948 Gérard Depardieu, French actor, was born.

1949 Indonesian National Revolution: The Netherlands officially recognised Indonesian independence.

1968 Apollo Program: Apollo 8 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, ending the first orbital manned mission to the Moon.

1951 Ernesto Zedillo, President of Mexico, was born.

1955 Brad Murphey, Australian racing driver, was born.

1978 Spain became a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.

1979  Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.

1987 Rewi Alley, friend of China, died of heart failure and cerebral thrombosis at his Beijing residence.

Rewi Alley dies

 2001  The People’s Republic of China was granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.

2004 Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reached Earth – the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.

SGR 1806-20 108685main SRB1806 20rev2.jpg This is where SGR 1806-20 would appear in the sky if it were visible to human eyes.

2007 – Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by a suicide bomber.

2008 – Israel launched 3-week operation on Gaza – Operation Cast Lead.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


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