Word of the day

July 8, 2011

Cacaesthesia –  morbid sensation; abnormal dysfunctional sensations on the skin; such as numbness, tingling, prickling, or a burning or cutting pain; heightened sensitivity.


July 8, 2011

6/10 in the NZ Herald’s Maori Language quiz.

Bad grammar good sign

July 8, 2011

The advertisement said: Next time you need an electrician, why not get them to . . .

It’s bad grammar to have a plural pronoun in place of a singular noun but the bad grammar is a good sign.

A few years ago the advertisement would have used him  rather than them.  

That it doesn’t is a sign of progress indicating it’s no longer accepted that an electrician will automatically be a bloke.

Friday’s answers

July 8, 2011

Thursday’s questions were:

1.  Which novel opens:  “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” and who is the author?.

2. Who said: “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess “?

3. What are malbec  and tempranillo?

4. In which ocean is Madagascar?

5. It’s feu in French,fuoco in Italian,  feugo fuego in Spanish and ahi  in Maori, what is it in English?

Points for answers:

Paul scored four with a bonus for wit.

Andrei wins an electronic bottle of wine from Mendoza for five right.

PDM got one with a bonus for being right last week.

David got three with a bonus for extra information and deduction (I think au feu means on the fire which is how they cook it).

Cadwallader got 4 1/2 (right book but forgot to put the author).

Adam got two and a bonus for correcting my typo. (Terra del Fuego is a family joke because when we were in Argentina my farmer said that instead of hasta luego – which is a casual farewell statement, litterally until later).

Like Pooh Bear’s friend Rabbit I’m having a busy day. I’m writing this a few hours before you’ll see it. If you answered after I wrote it you’ll have to award yourself points.

Answers follow the break:

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July 8, 2011

6/10 in the NZ Herald’s Maori Language Week quiz. 

Would have been 7 had I thought before clicking on the earth mother one.

Agribusiness leadership award nominees sought

July 8, 2011

Nominations have opened for the Rabobank Agribusiness Leadership Award which recognises achievement in, and contribution to, Australia and New Zealand’s food, beverage and agribusiness industries.

The annual award recognises excellence among the senior leaders of agribusiness and agri-related industries on both sides of the Tasman.

Past award winners include Yalumba Wine Company proprietor and managing director Robert Hill Smith, pastoralist and company director Nick Burton Taylor and Incitec Pivot chairman John Watson, while last year’s recipient was the director of CSIRO’s Food Futures National Research program Dr Bruce Lee.

Rabobank Australia & New Zealand CEO Thos Gieskes said the Rabobank Leadership Award was designed to recognise individuals in leadership roles who had made significant contribution to Australia and New Zealand’s vitally-important food and agribusiness industries.

“Good leadership is of course essential for success in business. The recipients of the Rabobank Leadership Award, however, go beyond this to display truly outstanding leadership not only of their businesses, but of the industry and often in the wider community,” he said.

Judges will be looking for someone who has made a significant achievement as a senior leader in building, rejuvenating, or expanding a business in the food, agribusiness or beverage sectors; who develops and communicates a clear vision and direction for sustainable growth and prosperity at both a corporate and industry level; and is regarded as an outstanding corporate citizen who demonstrates social commitment.

Nominations forms are here.

Did the Greens make them do it?

July 8, 2011

Trans Tasman explains Labour’s decision to introduce a capital gains tax:

. . . a CGT would almost certainly be one of the Green Party’s coalition requirements. John Key was quick to damn the new policy, saying a CGT would “crush everyday NZers.” But the real criticism lies in the actual mechanics of the tax, which as papers prepared for the Tax Working Group showed could raise if applied across-the-board at 30% to all property, shares, and farms around $3.8bn a year, but only after about 15 years.

Any suggestion the introduction of a 15% CGT, applied only to investment property, would immediately yield $4.5bn a year, roughly the revenue gap to be filled will be laughed off the hustings. While left-wing commentators have hailed the prospect of a CGT as “bold,” and a “circuit-breaker,” others are asking why politicians as astute as Helen Clark and Michael Cullen always kicked the idea of a CGT deep into touch.

Keeping Stock pointed out it’s not just former Labour MPs who didn’t support a CGT.

Did the Greens make them do it? Not directly.

But perhaps Labour is attempting to front-foot the issue rather than risk being seen to give the Greens such a major concession during coalition negotiations should they be in a position to form a government after the election.

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