4/10, 5/10


A paltry 4/10 in the NZ Herald news quiz.

5/10 in the Osama Bin Laden quiz.

Word of the day


Malism – belief that the world is mostly bad.

Friday’s answers


Thursday’s questions were:

1. Who wrote the book April Fools Day about his son who was a haemophiliac and contrated Aids through a blood transfusion?

2. Who said: “It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a Hospital that it should do the sick no harm.”?

3. It’s chien inFrench, cane in Italian, perro in Spanish and kuri in Maori, what is it in English?

4. What’s the capital of Uruguay?

5. Which group sang Dance All Around the World?

Points for answers:

Inventory 2 got four and a bonus for knowing Blerta’s whole name, earning an electronic batch of biscuits.

Cadwallader got three and a bonus for naming band members.

Andrei got four and a bonus for extra information which also earn an electronic batch of biscuits  (but don’t write the book off, it was written nearly 20 years ago and is still a good read).

Paul got four with bonuses for extra information and [ h]umour ( doesn’t work  as [H] one  did- Ed) which earns an extra big electronic batch of biscuits (enough to share with Sonny Bill).

Adam got three.

Answers follow the break:

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Harawira to campaign on the dole? – Updated


Hone Harawira mentioned during a radio interview yesterday (which I haven’t been able to find online) that he’d be on the dole when he resigned from parliament.

# Isn’t there a stand-down period for the unemployment benefit if you resign?

# Don’t you have to use up your savings before you get the benefit?

# Hasn’t he been earning considerably more than the average income for nearly six years?

# What has he done with all that money?

# If  he can’t manage his own money how can he be trusted with the public’s?

# Shouldn’t he be leading by example?

# If this is his example, where’s he leading his followers?

# Or did I misunderstand his comment and was he admitting he might not win the by-election and therefore be unemployed after June 25?


# What will he tell his followers if, as looks very likely, the Mana Party won’t be registered before the by-election?


Thanks to Kaisern the quote is:

 “It is going to be tough because I go back on the dole. . . “

Sutton right man for big job


The appointment of Roger Sutton as the chief executive of Cera,  the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, is an inspired one.

The Press says:

Roger Sutton calls himself a “big picture guy”, but admits his new role heading the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) is going to require a wider lens.

As chief executive of Christchurch lines company Orion for the past eight years, Sutton has built a reputation as an approachable, communicative, analytical, creative and quirky business leader. . .

. . . In 2003, he beat 38 other applicants to the chief executive job.

He has made it his own through a tumultuous time in the energy industry.

Sutton said he relished the cross-over of engineering into wider society – economics, environment and regulation – and saw an opportunity to take those interests by applying to lead Cera.

“I didn’t initially apply but a lot of people talked to me about the role and suggested it would be a good thing if I applied, so in the end I did, so here I am,” he said.

He has taken a significant cut in salary to take the job. On Checkpoint last night he said he’d be dropping about $200,000.

That is a considerable financial sacrifice which shows his commitment to his city and its recovery.

It is a very big job and the wide approval across the political spectrum shows he is the right man for it.

Happy 75th


Dear National Party,

Happy birthday, you were formed 75 years ago today.

I hope you’ll take an IOU for your present – I”ll be working hard, albeit playing a very small part, in helping to deliver what you really want on November 26th.

Yours with smiles,



Today’s also the birthday of one of your MPs. She’s considerably younger than 75 but even so I’m not sure  she’d want me telling the world about it so you’ll have to guess who it is.

Update: Keeping Stock makes a mathematical point on this.

May 13 in history


1373  Julian of Norwich had visions which were later transcribed in her Revelations.


1497 Pope Alexander VI excommunicatesd Girolamo Savonarola.


1515 Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk were officially married at Greenwich.


1568 Battle of Langside: the forces of Mary, Queen of Scots, were defeated by a confederacy of Scottish Protestants under James Stewart, Earl of Moray, her half-brother.

1619 Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt was executed in The Hague after being convicted of treason.


1648  Construction of the Red Fort at Delhi was completed.

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1730  Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1782).


1779 War of Bavarian Succession: Russian and French mediators at the Congress of Teschen negotiated an end to the war.

1780  Cumberland Compact signed by leaders of the settlers in early Tennessee.

1787 Captain Arthur Phillip left Portsmouth with eleven ships full of convicts (First Fleet) to establish a penal colony in Australia.


1804 Forces sent by Yusuf Karamanli of Tripoli to retake Derne from the Americans attacked the city.

1830 Ecuador gained its independence from Gran Colombia.

1842 Arthur Sullivan, English composer, was born(d. 1900).

1846 – Mexican-American War: The United States declared war on Mexico.

1848  First performance of Finland’s national anthem.

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186  American Civil War: Queen Victoria issueds a “proclamation of neutrality” which recognised the breakaway states as having belligerent rights.

1861 – The Great Comet of 1861 was discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales.

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1864American Civil War: Battle of Resaca began with Union General Sherman fighting toward Atlanta, Georgia.

A photograph of Union cavalry moving through a gap to attack Confederate infantry, with Union foot soldiers and cannons firing at the Confedereates on either side of the ridge

1865 American Civil War: Battle of Palmito Ranch – in far south Texas, more than a month after Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender, the last land battle of the Civil War ended with a Confederate victory.

1880 Thomas Edison performed the first test of his electric railway.

1883 Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear, was born (d. 1962).

1888 With the passage of the Lei Áurea (“Golden Law”), Brazil abolished slavery.

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1907  Dame Daphne du Maurier, English author, was born (d. 1989).


1909 The first Giro d’Italia took place in Milan. Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna was the winner.

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1912 The Royal Flying Corps (now the Royal Air Force) was established in the United Kingdom.

Royal Flying Corps roundel. The roundel was adopted by the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. The roundel has been adopted by Commonwealth air forces, replacing the red circle with a national symbol

1913 Igor Sikorsky became the first man to pilot a four-engine aircraft.

1917 Three children reported the first apparition of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal.


1922 Beatrice Arthur, American actress, was born (d. 2009).

1936 NZ National Party was formed.

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1937 Trevor Baylis, English inventor (wind up radio) was born.


1939 The first commercial FM radio station in the United States was launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut – it later became WDRC-FM.

1940 Bruce Chatwin, British writer, was born (d. 1989).


1940 World War II: Germany’s conquest of France started as the German army crossed the Meuse River. Winston Churchill made his “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech to the House of Commons.

1940  Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands fled the Nazi invasion in the Netherlands to Great Britain. Princess Juliana took her children to Canada.

1941 World War II: Yugoslav royal colonel Dragoljub Mihailović started fighting with German occupation troops, beginning the Serbian resistance.

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1943 World War II: German Afrika Korps and Italian troops in North Africa surrendered to Allied forces.

1947 Francis Hodgkins, the first New Zealand artist to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts, died.

Death of Frances Hodgkins

1948 Arab-Israeli War: the Kfar Etzion massacre was committed by Arab irregulars.


1950 Danny Kirwan, British musician (Fleetwood Mac), was born.

1950 Stevie Wonder, American singer and musician, was born.

1950 The first round of the Formula One World Championship was held at Silverstone.

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1952 The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, held its first sitting.

Coat of arms or logo.

1954 Johnny Logan, Irish singer and songwriter, was born.

1954 Anti-National Service Riots, by Chinese Middle School students in Singapore.

1958  During a visit to Caracas, Vice President Richard Nixon‘s car was attacked by anti-American demonstrators.

1958 The trade mark Velcro was registered.


1958 – May 1958 crisis: a group of French military officers lead a coup in Algiers, demanding that a government of national unity be formed with Charles de Gaulle at its head in order to defend French control of Algeria.

1960  Hundreds of UC Berkeley students congregated for the first day of protest against a visit by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Thirty-one students were arrested, and the Free Speech Movement was born.


1967 Dr. Zakir Hussain became the third President of India – the first Muslim President of Indian Union.


1969  Race riots in Kuala Lumpur.

1972  Faulty electrical wiring ignited a fire underneath the Playtown Cabaret in Osaka, Japan. Blocked exits and non-functional elevators cause 118 fatalities, with many victims leaping to their deaths.

1980  An F3 tornado hit Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

1981  Mehmet Ali Ağca attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

1985 Police stormed MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia to end a stand-off, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.

1986 Alexander Rybak, Norwegian Eurovision Song Contest winner, was born.

1989 Large groups of students occupied Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike.

1992 Li Hongzhi gave the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, China.


1994 Johnny Carson made his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.


1996 Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh killed 600 people.

1998  Race riots break out in Jakarta,  shops owned by Indonesians of Chinese descent were looted and women raped.


1998 – India carried out two nuclear tests at Pokhran.

2000 In Enschede, the Netherlands, a fireworks factory exploded, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage.

2005 The Andijan Massacre in Uzbekistan.

2006 A major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil.

2007 – Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria started.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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