Word of the day


Ignavia – idleness, laziness, laxity,  sloth.

Saturday smiles


A couple of hikers were tramping through the countryside and lost their way.

By the time they arrived at the “George and Dragon“, the village pub where they’d arranged to stay the night, the doors were locked and the owners had gone to bed.

 They knocked timidly on the front door. A head appeared at an upstairs window and shouted, ‘Go away. Don’t you know what time it is? We’re closed,’ and the the window slammed shut.

Undeterred, the hikers knocked again. ‘What is it now?’ demanded the head. ‘Could we speak to George this time please?’ one of the hikers said.

Surrounded by zombies


Is this a comment on the Labour caucus?

. . . Don’t think I want to replace my profile pic with Zombiegirl. Not the best look. Fun though. Am surrounded by zombies and I’m not in parliament!

Followed by:
Am now being mudded and blooded #zombie
Y:  heheh… a bit like the labour caucus eh! :>

22 hours ago
Actually Y, unfortunately it’s a bit like politics in general.
For the benefit of certain colleagues who are snooty about these things and disapprove of me. Fantastic project and can’t wait for it to come out. Proud to have the final scene shot in SouthD


Zombies. Part 2: We have an important choice to make this year, we shldn’t be zombies and go with the flow. We are not the undead. We don’t have to be sucked in.
It’s from Dunedin South MP Clare Curran’s Facebook page.

Merino and pounamu suits PM


An innovative mixture of pounamu and merino has produced fabric for the suit Prime Minister John Key will wear at the wedding of next week’s royal wedding.

Two years ago Marlborough farmer Richard Bell imagined blending micro particles of jade, or pounamu, into his Haldon Range wool fibre used globally for upmarket fashion apparel.

He discussed the idea with jade sculptor Ian Boustridge of Greymouth and samples of the stone were sent to European clothmaker Dormeuil for testing on Haldon Range superfine wool.

“Trials showed that minute jade particles washed into the woven fibre created a finished cloth smoother and softer than any high fashion wool garment made previously,” Richard said.

“Its tactile qualities encouraged Dormeuil to manufacturer a new line of wool-jade cloth and make it available to leading tailors around the world.”

One of these, RJB Design of Auckland, has made the first suit from the cloth for the Prime Minister to wear to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Richard said the unique qualities of wool-jade cloth presented worldwide sales potential at the premium end of the apparel market.

Greenstone and fine wool is no ordinary combination and it has produced a very special fabric.

It would be difficult to find a better marketing opportunity for it than the suit the PM will wear to what promises to be the most-watched wedding of the year.

Milk too expensive for cheese?


Consumers have been concerned about the price of dairy products for some time – now a cheese maker is blaming the price of milk for the closure of a cheese factory:

Kaimai Cheese Company has closed its Te Mata factory and cafe in Havelock North.

Executive director Wyatt Creech says the state of the market makes it impossible for a company to be in anything except a very small artisan cheese business.

Mr Creech says the Fonterra dairy co-operative is able to back-charge if milk goes up during a season, which means the company has to sell a product without knowing what the final price of milk will be.

If milk is too expensive from Fonterra why doesn’t the company buy it direct from farmers or buy some dairy farms and produce its own raw ingredient?

When you’re in the middle of the market, one way to protect yourself is to get more control. The only way to take total control is vertical integration, owning the value chain from the cow up.

Fonterra sells most of its milk overseas which earns much-needed export income from the country. It’s required to sell milk to local competitors but it can’t be expected to subsidise them.

April 23 in history


On April 23:

215 BC A temple was built on the Capitoline Hill dedicated to Venus Erycina to commemorate the Roman defeat at Lake Trasimene.

1014 Battle of Clontarf: Brian Boru defeated Viking invaders, but was killed in battle.

Brian Boru

1229 Ferdinand III of Castile conquered Cáceres.

1343 St. George’s Night Uprising.

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1348 Edward III announced the founding of the Order of the Garter.


1521 Battle of Villalar: King Charles I of Spain defeated the Comuneros.


1564 – William Shakespeare, English writer and actor was born. (Traditional approximate birth date (in the Julian calendar) based on April 25th baptism) (d. 1616) .

1597  William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor was first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I in attendance.


1621 William Penn, English admiral was born (d. 1670).


1635 The first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, was founded.

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1660 Treaty of Oliwa was established between Sweden and Poland.


1661King Charles II  of England, Scotland and Ireland was crowned in Westminster Abbey.


1815 The Second Serbian Uprising – a second phase of the national revolution of the Serbs against the Ottoman Empire, erupted shortly after the annexation of the country to the Ottoman Empire.


1867 William Lincoln patented the zoetrope, a machine that showed animated pictures by mounting a strip of drawings in a wheel.

1895 Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand writer, was born  (d. 1982) .

1910 Theodore Roosevelt made his The Man in the Arena speech.

1920 The national council in Turkey denounced the government of Sultan Mehmed VI and announced a temporary constitution.

1920 The Grand National Assembly of Turkey was founded in Ankara.

Coat of arms or logo.

1923 1st official celebration of Children’s day, world’s only Children’s day that is offically being celebrated since 1923 and with international participation since 1979.

1928 – Shirley Temple, American actress and politician, was born.


1932  The 153-year old De Adriaan Windmill in Haarlem burned down.


1935  The Polish Constitution of 1935  was adopted.

1935 The first official Children’s day was celebrated in Turkey.

1940  The Rhythm Night Club fire at a dance hall in Natchez, Mississippi, killed 198 people.

1941 World War II: The Greek government and King George II evacuated Athens before the invading Wehrmacht.

1942  World War II: Baedeker Blitz – German bombers hit Exeter, Bath and York in retaliation for the British raid on Lübeck.

1948 1948 Arab-Israeli War: Haifa was captured from Arab forces.

1949 Chinese Civil War: Establishment of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.

People's Liberation Army Navy Jack and Ensign

1955 The Canadian Labour Congress was formed by the merger of the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada and the Canadian Congress of Labour.


1961  Algiers putsch by French generals.

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 1967 Soviet space programme: Soyuz 1 (Russian: Союз 1, Union 1) was a manned spaceflight, Launched into orbit carrying cosmonaut Colonel Vladimir Komarov.


1967 A group of young radicals was expelled from the Nicaraguan Socialist Party. This group went on to found the Socialist Workers Party.


1968  Vietnam War: Student protesters at Columbia University took over administration buildings and shut down the university.

1979 Fighting in London between the Anti-Nazi League and the Metropolitan Police’s Special Patrol Group resulted in the death of protester Blair Peach, a New Zealander.


1982  The Conch Republic was established.


1983 Prince William met Buzzy Bee.

Prince William meets 'buzzy bee'

 1985 Coca-Cola changed its formula and released New Coke. The response was overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula was back on the market in less than 3 months.


1987 28 construction workers died when the L’Ambiance Plaza apartment building collapsed while under construction.

1988 Pink Floyd’s album The Dark Side of the Moon left the charts for the first time after spending a record of 741 consecutive weeks (over 14 years) on the Billboard 200.

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1990  Namibia became the 160th member of the United Nations and the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Flag Coat of arms

1993 Eritreans vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia in a United Nations-monitored referendum.


1997  Omaria massacre in Algeria: 42 villagers were killed.

2003 Beijing closed all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus.

2009 The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 was observed for 10 seconds as the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe.

GRB 090423 NASA.jpg

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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