Word of the day


Gastrosophy – the science of good eating.

Another 5/10


5/10 in the Herald’s travel quiz.

Brave Blossoms yesterday, backing blue today


Headline of the day: Brave Blossoms no match for All Blacks.

Is this the first time in the history of the English language that that adjective and noun have been used together?

There was no surprise in the All Blacks win last night, but Japan deserves credit for improvement and it’s a good sign for rugby that the game  didn’t end up with a cricket score.

Today I’m backing blue again taking the Pumas in their game against Romania.

It’s a bit harder to choose between the Wallaibes and Ireland but I’ll go for our southern neighbours as I usually do unless they’re playing us.

I’m sticking with neighbours in the other game too, backing Fiji against the Springboks.




5/10 in Stuff’s Biz Quiz.

Not what accused did but way police did it


The charges against the bulk of people arrested in the 2007 Urewera terror raids were dropped not because of the evidence but the way it was gathered.

. . . the Crown case relied heavily on video footage taken of the accused carrying out what was alleged to be “armed military training exercises” held in 2006 and 2007.

Police had gained search warrants to enter private Maori land and then installed hidden cameras. But they did not have authorisation for covert filming and so it could not be used as evidence in court.


Milk price probe premature – Feds


The select committee investigation into the price of milk began this week.

One of the first submissions came from Federated Farmers who say says the  process is premature.

Unsurprisingly, Federated Farmers recommends that the inquiry find New Zealanders are not paying too much for milk relative to other countries and that our market is operating effectively,” says Willy Leferink, Federated Farmers Dairy chairperson.

“The fact is MAF, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Treasury are doing work that could vitally inform any future Select Committee. This work was started some months before the Commerce Select Committee decided to look into milk and will continue well after this Committee reports. . .

“Federated Farmers knows there’s a huge amount interest of interest in the price of milk. This interest has come from members of the public concerned about the retail price of milk. Its also come from independent processors concerned about the price they have to pay for raw milk.

“However, our submission shows that milk isn’t some smoking gun. Despite public concern, the retail price of milk has not increased by more than many other foods, many non-food items in the consumer price index.

“The Commerce Commission has also considered this question and found that such an inquiry ‘was not warranted’.

“The Commission also noted, “it is questionable whether Fonterra has scope to exercise substantial market power in relation to the supply of raw milk to other processors. The [Raw Milk] Regulations provide an access regime for raw milk and are designed to counter Fonterra’s market power.”

“There’s also nothing stopping other processors from entering the consumer milk market.

“While we do not agree this inquiry is necessary, it gives us a chance to put some facts across from the farmer’s perspective. New Zealanders are not paying too much for milk relative to other countries and our market is operating effectively,” Mr Leferink concluded.

Anyone who does grocery shopping will have noticed the price of food has increased.

But the price of milk hasn’t gone up more than other food.

I think part of the problem is that milk is compared with other liquids like soft drinks. But milk is a food containing protein, calcium and other nutrients. Soft drinks are just water, flavour and colour.

Feds’ submission on the price of milk is here.

Its submission on raw milk regulations is here.

September 17 in history


1111 Highest Galician nobility led by Pedro Fróilaz de Traba and the bishop Diego Gelmírez crowned Alfonso VII as “King of Galicia“.

1176  The Battle of Myriokephalon

1462  The Battle of Świecino (also known as the Battle of Żarnowiec) during Thirteen Years’ War.

1577  The Peace of Bergerac was signed between Henry III of France and the Huguenots.

1631  Sweden won a major victory at the Battle of Breitenfeld against the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years War.


1683  Antonie van Leeuwenhoek wrote to the Royal Society describing “animalcules“: the first known description of protozoa.

1778  The Treaty of Fort Pitt was signed, the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe (the Lenape or Delaware Indians).

1787 The United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia.

1809  Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War, the territory which became Finland was ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn.

1859 Joshua A. Norton declared himself “Emperor Norton I” of the United States.


1862 American Civil War: George B. McClellan halted the northward drive of Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history.

1862  American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion resulted in the single largest civilian disaster during the war.

1883 William Carlos Williams, American writer, was born (d. 1963).

1894  The Battle of Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War.


1900  Philippine-American War: Filipinos under Juan Cailles defeated Americans under Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham at Mabitac.

1908  The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashed killing Selfridge who became the first airoplane fatality. 

1914  Andrew Fisher becamePrime Minister of Australia for the third time.

1916 Mary Stewart, English novelist, was born.


1916   World War I: Manfred von Richthofen (“The Red Baron”), a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, won his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.


1923 Hank Williams, American musician, was born (d. 1953).


1924  The Border Defence Corps was established in the Second Polish Republic for the defence of the eastern border against armed Soviet raids and local bandits.

1928  The Okeechobee Hurricane struck southeastern Florida, killing upwards of 2,500 people. 

1929 Sir Stirling Moss, English race car driver. ws born. 

1931 Anne Bancroft, American actress, was born (d. 2005).

1939  World War II: A German U-boat U 29 sank the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous

1939  Taisto Mäki became the first man to run the 10,000 metres in under 30 minutes, in a time of 29:52.6.

1941 New Zealand abolished the death penalty for murder.

Death penalty abolished...for the time being

1941  World War II: A decree of the Soviet State Committee of Defense, restoring Vsevobuch in the face of the Great Patriotic War, was issued

1944  World War II: Allied Airborne troops parachuted into the Netherlands as the “Market” half of Operation Market Garden.


1945 Bruce Spence, New Zealand actor, was born.


1948  The Lehi (also known as the Stern gang) assassinated Count Folke Bernadotte, who was appointed by the UN to mediate between the Arab nations and Israel.

1949 The Canadian steamship SS Noronic burned in Toronto Harbour with the loss of over 118 lives.

1956 Television was first broadcast in Australia.

1976 The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, was unveiled by NASA.

1978  The Camp David Accords were signed by Israel and Egypt.

1980  After weeks of strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, the nationwide independent trade union Solidarity was established. 

1980 Former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle was killed.


1983 Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America.


1991 – The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) was released to the Internet.

1992 An Iranian Kurdish leader and his two joiners were assassinated by political militants in Berlin. 

1993 Last Russian troops left Poland.

2001  The New York Stock Exchange reopened for trading after the September 11 Attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.

2004 Tamil was declared the first classical language in India.

2006  Fourpeaked Mountain in Alaska erupted, marking the first eruption for the long-dormant volcano in at least 10,000 years.

2007  AOL, once the largest ISP in the U.S., officially announced plans to refocus the company as an advertising business and to relocate its corporate headquarters from Dulles, Virginia to New York.


Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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