Perdegana – an agreement in certain games whereby the loser wins.
9/10 in the Herald’s QuestionTime – I knew Minto was standing in Maukau but not which point of the compass went with it.
I have conflicted loyalties over today’s Rugby World Cup match between Argentina and Scotland.
My father was a Scot and as far as we know all my mother’s antecedents who weren’t born in New Zealand were Scottish too.
All those tartan genes mean I’d be supporting Scotland against anyone other than New Zealand.
But, and it’s a very big but, we hosted an AFS student from Argentina 16 years ago and his family is now our family. Then our nephew married an Argentinean, adding to our affection for that country and its people.
The Celtic connection means I’ll be favouring Ireland against Russia and several wonderful holidays in Fiji make it easy to back them in the match against Samoa.
Choosing which team to support in the third game is much harder.
I’m definitely backing blue today – but should it be dark blue or light blue?
A few months ago Don Brash mused over whether he was better to join Act or start a whole new party.
A party is more than its MPs and candidates but they are its public face and with the announcement that John Bowscawen isn’t going to seek re-election for Act, it looks like Brash has effectively done both.
He joined Act but after the election, however well it does, it will have a completely new caucus , albeit that two of its members – John Banks, if he wins Epsom, and Brash himself, if there are enough party votes for a second MP, have been in parliament before as National MPs.
The question is: will this be Act 2, a different Act or a completely new Act altogether?
We were late home from Dunedin last night and to add insult to injury we lost an hour of much needed sleep when the clocks went forward.
Once more I’ve got the:
Daylight Savings Blues
Spring is here the grass has grown
It’s time to have my annual moan.
Why do the clocks move on so soon
And force us to rise by light of moon?
Spring equinox gives 12 hours of light
So we have to rise while it’s still night.
And what use is the extra evening sun
If it’s not there once dinner’s done?
The clocks moved on an hour last night
But the weather forecast’s not looking bright.
They say we’ll get rain, hail, sleet and snow
Blue sky and sun alas won’t show.
What’s the point of clocks gone for’ard
When every day the weather’s horrid?
Couldn’t they wait til winter’s past
And we no longer face its icy blast?
In summer’s heat I agree it’s fine
To change the clocks and gain play time.
But early spring’s still cold and dark
For those at work before the lark.
Delay the change by three weeks or four
Til there’s 14 daylight hours or more.
We could then rise after the sun
And have more light for night time fun.
Take heed of all the morning workers
And not those lazy evening shirkers.
Daylight saving makes sense in summer
But in spring it just makes us glummer.