Word of the day

February 26, 2011

Bouleversement –  convulsion, overthrow, overturning, ruin, turmoil, tumult, violent uproar or disturbance, upset.


Waltjim Bat Matilda

February 26, 2011

This Saturday’s smiles’ post comes by way of a song – Waltjim Bat Matilda by Ali Mills. 

Dedicated to our neighbours who are donating money and people power to help with the earthquake relief efffort.

Keep an ear out for the baaaas.

Thanks to regular commenter Richard who alerted me to it.


Keep them going

February 26, 2011

A friend I spoke to in Christchurch yesterday said it’s still horrific but it helps to know that people all over the country are doing what they can to help.

Among the initiatives is keepthemgoing.

It’s an opportunity for Dunedin people to contribute to the recovery effort by providing pre-packed lunches of non-perishable food for the student army of more than 1,000 volunteers who are helping throughout the city.

Federated Farmers is working with Fulton Hogan and Civil Defence and had called for farmers with;

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    •  Loader tractors
    •  Front end loaders
    •  Tip trucks
    •  Small to medium sized excavators
    •  Above all else, we need the skilled staff to operate them.

Roads aren’t yet in a suitable condition for the vehicles. In the meantime Feds is asking for people with shovles, spades and wheelbarrows to join the volunteer army.


A gown awaits its bride

February 26, 2011

Text messages to friends in Christchurch telling them I’d be passing through on Thursday if they needed anything resulted in a request from just one who wanted fresh fruit and vegetables.

I detoured into Oamaru to pick up supplies on my way north and packed them in chilly bags.

These friends live on the west side of the city, not far from the airport and the roads to their home were unscathed. Their house had no serious structural damage and they had both power and water.

They were heeding calls to conserve water,  flushing the loo only once a day, had only had a two minute shower and hadn’t washed clothes or dishes. Her elderly mother was unhurt but they couldn’t get to her because the roads round her house were impassable. Their daughter, son-in-law and wee baby were also safe but had major damage to their house, no power and no water.

The friend makes wedding dresses.  A bridesmaid had turned up as expected on Wednesday but a bride who had an appointment to pick up her gown on Tuesday still hadn’t been in contact by Thursday evening.

Like so many others my friends are waiting and hoping that it’s other priorities in the wake of the earthquake or a problem with transport and phones that is stopping the bride getting to the gown which awaits her.


February 26 in history

February 26, 2011

On February 26:

747 BC Epoch of Ptolemy‘s Nabonassar Era.

 

364 Valentinian I was proclaimed Roman Emperor.

 

1266 Battle of Benevento: An army led by Charles, Count of Anjou, defeated a combined German and Sicilian force led by King Manfred of Sicily who was killed.

The Battle of Benevento from Giovanni Villani's Nuova Cronica.

1361 Wenceslaus, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Bohemia, was born (d. 1419).

 

1564 Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist, was born (d. 1593).

1658 Treaty of Roskilde: After a devastating defeat in the Northern Wars (1655-1661), King Frederick III of Denmark-Norway was forced to give up nearly half his territory to Sweden to save the rest.

1794 Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen burnt down.

 

1802 Victor Hugo, French writer, was born (d. 1885).

 

1815 Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from Elba.

Photo of a coastline with the sea, greyish cliffs, vegetation and beige buildingsNapoleon’s Villa Mulini on Elba

1829 – Levi Strauss, German-born clothing designer, was born  (d. 1902).

1844 Two Wellington lawyers, William Brewer and H. Ross, undertook a duel as the result of a quarrel that had arisen from a case in the Wellington County Court. When the two men faced off in Sydney Street, Brewer fired into the air but ‘received Mr. Ross’ ball in the groin’. He died a few days later.

'Pistols at dawn': deadly duel in Wellington
 
1846 William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, American frontiersman, was born  (d. 1917).

1848 The second French Republic was proclaimed.

   

1852 John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon, advocate of dietary reform, was born  (d. 1943).

1861  Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary, Lenin’s wife, was born (d. 1939).

 

1863 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed the National Currency Act into law.

1866 Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist, was born (d. 1930).

1870 In New York City, a demonstration of the first pneumatic subway opened to the public.

 

1885 The Berlin Act, which resulted from the Berlin Conference regulating European colonization and trade in Africa, was signed.

1887 – At the Sydney Cricket Ground, George Lohmann became the first bowler to take eight wickets in a Test innings.

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1909  Fanny Cradock, English food writer and broadcaster, was born (d. 1994).

1914 Robert Alda, American actor, was born (d. 1986).

1914 HMHS Britannic, sister to the RMS Titanic, was launched at Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast.

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1916  Jackie Gleason, American actor, writer, composer, and comedian, was born (d. 1987).

1917 The Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded the first ever jazz record for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.

1919 An act of the U.S. Congress established most of the Grand Canyon as the Grand Canyon National Park.

 

1928 Fats Domino, American musician, was born.

1928 Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister, was born.

1929 The Grand Teton National Park was created.

1932 Johnny Cash, American singer, was born (d. 2003).

1935 The Luftwaffe was re-formed.

1935 The Daventry Experiment, Robert Watson-Watt carried out a demonstration near Daventry which led directly to the development of RADAR in the United Kingdom.

1936 Adolf Hitler opened the 1st Volkswagen plant in East Germany.

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1936 – In the February 26 Incident, young Japanese military officers attempted to stage a coup against the government.

 

1947 Sandie Shaw, English singer, was born.

1949 Elizabeth George, American novelist, was born.

1950 Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, was born.

 

1952 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that his nation had an atomic bomb.

1954 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey, was born.

1954 Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, heir to the deposed Kingdom of Hanover and a husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco., was born.

1955 Andreas Maislinger, founder of Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service, was born.

 Andreas Maislinger in middle

1958 Susan J. Helms, Astronaut, was born.

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1966 Apollo Programme: Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket.

Saturn Apollo insignia

1968  Tim Commerford, American bass player (Rage Against the Machine), was born.

1971  U.N. Secretary Generlal U Thant signed the United Nations’ proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.

1972 The Buffalo Creek Flood caused by a burst dam killed 125 in West Virginia.

 

1987 Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebuked President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.

1990 The Sandinistas were defeated in Nicaraguan elections.

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1991  Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announced the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait.

1993 World Trade Centre bombing: A truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center exploded, killing 6 and injuring more than a thousand.

1995 The United Kingdom’s oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapsed after a securities broker, Nick Leeson, lost $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts.

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2000 Mount Hekla in Iceland erupted.

 

2001 The Taliban destroyed two giant statues of Buddha in Bamyan, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Statua di Budda 1.jpg

2003 War in Darfur started.

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2004 – F.Y.R.O.M. President Boris Trajkovski was killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

2005 Hosni Mubarak the president of Egypt ordered the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections before September 2005 by asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


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