Word of the day


Palpebrate – having eyelids; to blink or wink, espeically repeatedly.

Mystery solved?


Roarprawn has a biscuit mystery:

Kayes Kitchen in Southland is producing rugby ball-shaped bikkies but they’re not saying who the client is.

But Credo Quia Absrudum Est reckons he’s worked it out.



Saturday smiles


A traveller drove his car into a ditch in a isolated area. A local farmer came to help with a large draught horse.

She hitched the horse up to the car and yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull.” The horse didn’t move.

Then the farmer hollered, “Pull, Buster, pull.” The horse didn’t respond.

Once more the farmer commanded, “Pull, Jennie, pull.” Nothing happened.

Then the farmer nonchalantly said, “Pull, Bullet, pull.” The horse pricked its ears, slowly inched forwards and dragged the car out of the ditch.

The motorist was very appreciative and very curious. He asked the farmer why she called her horse by the wrong name three times.

The farmer said, “Well now, Bullet is blind, and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn’t even try”

Lost case but gained publicity


OurNZ  failed to gain an injunction against TVNZ for not including its co-leader and candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Kelvyn Alp, in a by-election debate.

But the party and Alp gained publicity in the process which was porbably the object of the exercise.


Youth rates provide opportunity


If you had two applicants for the same job with little between them except that one had some work experience and was a bit older than the other which would you take?

At the moment most employers would take the older applicant which is why the youth unemployment is so much higher than that of the rest of the population.

But if you were able to pay the younger, inexperienced worker a bit less while they gained some work experience and work habits and grew up a bit, which would you take?

Youth rates might be enough to give the younger applicant a chance which is why National’s indication that youth rates might be on its election agenda should be welcomed by would-be workers and employers.

Our staff range from late teens to 81 and none is on the minimum wage so re-introducing youth rates is unlikely to impact directly on us.

But there are a lot of businesses where being able to employ a younger person on youth rates would make a difference.

The first job is often the hardest to get. Requiring employers to pay immature, inexperienced people the same as older workers makes it much harder for younger ones to get that first job.

Planet wins but doesn’t beat us


This week we’ve been reminded again that nature rules, or as Jim Hopkins said:

No power on earth can regulate the power of earth. The planet wins. It always does. And has for 4 billion years.

The ground beneath us quaked and the air above us was full of ash.

Australia to the west or the islands to the north come most readily to mind when we talk of neighbours. But the eruption of Puyehue-Cordón Caulle reminded us that over the fence and across the sea to the east is South America and what happens there can affect us here.

And when things happen we like to do something about it. To quote Hopkins again:

Fatalism does not sit well with Kiwis. We’re a DIY, GSI (Get Stuck In) bunch, wedded to the optimistic idea that there’s nothing a bit of No. 8 wire can’t fix or recreate.

Much as we’d like to we can’t stop the earth shaking nor can we stop the volcano spewing.

But bad as this week has been for so many, there have also been many reminders that nature’s worst encourages people’s best:

 “Stuff happens. We’ve just got to deal with it.” And we do. And we will. Because we can. That much we do control. The best time to laugh is when you want to cry.

The planet always wins but it doesn’t always beat us. People whose homes are in ruins, who are living without power, running water, functioning sewers or dealing with the frustrations of cancelled flights have shown that they can not only bear the unbearable they can keep on doing it. 

They couldn’t control what happened but they can and do control how they react.

This week there have been understandable tears and tantrums. But even when people have had more than enough they have also been strong, resilient, selfless, determined and shown that while the planet won they haven’t been beaten.

June 18 in history


618  Li Yuan became Emperor Gaozu of Tang, initiating three centuries of Tang Dynasty rule over China.


1178  Five Canterbury monks seawwhat was possibly the Giordano Bruno crater being formed. It is believed that the current oscillations of the moon’s distance from the earth (on the order of metres) are a result of this collision.

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1264 The Parliament of Ireland met at Castledermot in County Kildare, the first definitively known meeting of this Irish legislature.

1429  French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc defeated the main English army under Sir John Fastolf at the Battle of Patay.


1757  Battle of Kolín between Prussian Forces under Frederick the Great of Prussia and an Austrian Army under the command of Field Marshal Count Leopold Joseph von Daun in the Seven Year’s War.


1767  Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sighted Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island.

1778  American Revolutionary War: British troops abandoned Philadelphia.


1812  War of 1812: The U.S. Congress declared war on the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

1815  Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Waterloo leads to Napoleon Bonaparte abdicating the throne of France for the second and last time.

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1830  French invasion of Algeria

1858  Charles Darwin received a paper from Alfred Russel Wallace that included nearly identical conclusions about evolution as Darwin’s own.  which prompted Darwin to publish his theory.

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=

1859  First ascent of Aletschhorn, second summit of the Bernese Alps.

1873  Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.

1886 George Mallory, English mountaineer, was born  (d. 1924).

1887  The Reinsurance Treaty between Germany and Russia was signed.

1895  Minnie Dean’s trial for murdering a baby placed in her care began at the Invercargill Supreme Court.

Minnie Dean goes on trial

1900  Empress Dowager Longyu of China ordered all foreigners killed.

1904 Manuel Rosenthal, French conductor and composer, was born  (d. 2003).

1908 Japanese immigration to Brazil began when 781 people arrive in Santos aboard the Kasato-Maru ship

1908  The University of the Philippines was established.

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 1913  Sylvia Field Porter, American economist and journalist, was born  (d. 1991)

1915  Red Adair, American firefighter, was born (d. 2004) .

1920 Ian Carmichael, English actor, was born (d. 2010).

1923  Checker Taxi put its first taxi on the streets.


1927 Paul Eddington, English actor, was born  (d. 1995).


1928  Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean (she was a passenger,Wilmer Stutz was the pilot and Lou Gordon the mechanic).

1930  Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Franklin Institute were held.


1936 Denny Hulme, New Zealand race car driver, was born  (d. 1992).


1936 Ronald Venetiaan, President of Suriname, was born.

1940  Appeal of June 18 by Charles de Gaulle.

1940   “Finest Hour” speech by Winston Churchill.

1942 Paul McCartney, British singer, songwriter and musician (The Beatles, Wings), was born.

A man in his early sixties, wearing a white shirt and red suspenders during a concert on FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, 1 August 2009, standing in a pose of victory.

1945  William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) was charged with treason.


1946  Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, a Socialist called for a Direct Action Day against the Portuguese in Goa.

1953  The Republic of Egypt was declared and the monarchy abolished.

1953  A United States Air Force C-124 crashed and burned near Tokyo killing 129.

1954  Pierre Mendès-France became Prime Minister of France.

1959 Governor of Louisiana Earl K. Long was committed to a state mental hospital; he responded by having the hospital’s director fired and replaced with a crony who proceeded to proclaim him perfectly sane.

1965  Vietnam War: The United States used B-52 bombers to attack National Liberation Front guerrilla fighters in South Vietnam.

1972 Staines air disaster – 118 were killed when a plane crashes 2 minutes after take off from London Heathrow Airport.

1979 SALT II was signed by the United States and the Soviet Union.


1981 The AIDS epidemic was formally recognised by medical professionals in San Francisco, California.

1983 Space Shuttle program: STS-7, Astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.


1984 A major clash between about 5,000 police and a similar number of miners at Orgreave, South Yorkshire, during the 1984-1985 UK miners’ strike.

1994 The Troubles: the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) opened fire inside a pub in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland, killing six civilians and wounding five.

1996 Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, was indicted on ten criminal counts.

A man in a jacket with handcuffs

2001 Protests in Manipur over the extension of the ceasefire between Naga insurgents and the government of India.

2006  The first Kazakh space satellite, KazSat wa launched.

Sourced from NZ Histroy Online & Wikipedia

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