Go Silver Ferns


The Silver Ferns have an extra incentive to play well in Invercargill in the second of their two tests against England this evening.

Tonight’s second test promises to be a momentous occasion, with long-serving New Zealand coach Ruth Aitken guiding the Silver Ferns in her final test on home soil. Aitken will step down from the position after 10 years at the helm after New Zealand’s three-game away series against Australia this month. . .

Silver Fern legend Irene van Dyk will also tick off a significant milestone when she becomes the first international netballer to play 200 tests. The 39-year-old began her career with South Africa in 1994 and has racked up 127 appearances in the black dress after switching allegiances in 2000.

Invercargill always supports netball well and the milestones int he careers of these two women who have done so much for netball will make the match even more special.

Go Silver Ferns.

Thursday’s quiz


1. Who is Australia’s deputy Prime Minister?

2. Who said: “All our discontents about what we want appeared to spring from
the want of thankfulness for what we have.”?

3. It’s printemps in French; primavera   in Italian and Spanish and piringa in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Name the Greek goddess of love and beauty and god of music, healing, plague, prophecies, poetry, and archery

5. Where are the Barents and Arabian Seas?



Blush – only 3/10 in the NZ Herald’s changing world quiz.

Preparing for 2014


Could there be a simple answer to the question of why Labour isn’t using any photos of Phil Goff on their hoardings?

The party has no money to spare and it is very, very unlikely Goff will still be leader for long after this election.

Leaving his name and photo off their hoardings is merely preparing for the 2014 campaign – they’ll be able to store them and bring them out again, saving them the expense of having to buy new ones.

It’s the party vote that counts


It took National far too long to get to grips with MMP.

In 1996, 1999 and 2002 we were still running FPP elections with each electorate working more or less independently to win the seat and little national (or National) strategy for the party vote.

But anyone who has been involved with the party in subsequent elections is in no doubt that it is the party vote that counts.

Winning electorates will get the victors into parliament. But it’s winning enough of the party vote to form or be part of government that gets them into power.

It’s obvious from the blue hoardings which have sprouted up around the country that National wants the party vote.

It is much less clear what Labour is seeking.

Dene Mackenzie, pointed out  in the ODT that Labour MPs and candidates don’t regard being associated with Phil Goff as any help which explains why neither his name nor photo are on any hoardings outside his own electorate.

They are red and have the Labour logo but they do not expressly solicit party votes.

Anyone who doesn’t understand MMP and know the importance of the party vote – and there are still a lot of them – could well think they’re just being asked to vote for a candidate.

October 6 in history


105 BC Battle of Arausio: The Cimbri defeated the Roman army of Gnaeus Mallius Maximus.

69 BC Battle of Tigranocerta: Forces of the Roman Republic defeated the army of the Kingdom of Armenia led by King Tigranes the Great.

68 BC Battle of Artaxata: Lucullus defeated Tigranes the Great of Armenia.

1600  Jacopo Peri‘s Euridice, the earliest surviving opera, received its première performance in Florence, signifying the beginning of the Baroque Period.

1683  William Penn brought 13 German immigrant families to the colony of Pennsylvania, marking the first immigration of German people to America.

1762  Seven Years’ War: conclusion of the Battle of Manila between Britain and Spain, which resulted in the British occupation of Manila for the rest of the war.

1769 Ship’s boy Nicholas Young received a gallon of rum and had Young Nick’s Head named in his honour for being the first aboard the Endeavour to spot land.

Young Nick sights land

1789  French Revolution: Louis XVI returned to Paris from Versailles after being confronted by the Parisian women.

1849  The execution of the 13 Martyrs of Arad after the Hungarian war of independence.

1854 The Great fire of Newcastle and Gateshead started shortly after midnight, leading to 53 deaths and hundreds injured.

1884  The Naval War College of the United States Navy was founded in Newport, Rhode Island.

1889  Thomas Edison showed his first motion picture.

1903  The High Court of Australia sat for the first time.

1906  The Majlis of Iran convened for the first time.

1908 Austria annexed Bosnia and Herzegovina.

1910 Barbara Castle, British politician, first woman to be First Secretary of State, was born (d. 2002).

1914 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer was born.

1927  Opening of The Jazz Singer, the first prominent talking movie.

1928  Chiang Kai-Shek became Chairman of the Republic of China.

1930 Richie Benaud, Australian cricketer, was born.

1939  World War II: The  Polish army was defeated.

1942 Britt Ekland, Swedish actress, was born.

1945 Billy Sianis and his pet billy goat were ejected from Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series (see Curse of the Billy Goat).

1948 Gerry Adams, Northern Irish politician, was born.

1973  Egypt launched a coordinated attack against Israel to reclaim land lost in the Six Day War. The Ramadan War Yom Kippur War started at 2:05 pm that day.

1976  Cubana Flight 455 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean after two bombs, placed on board by terrorists with connections to the CIA, exploded. All 73 people on-board were killed.

1976 New Premier Hua Guofeng ordered the arrest of the Gang of Four and associates and ended the Cultural Revolution in China.

1976   Massacre of students gathering at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand to protest the return of ex-dictator Thanom, by a coalition of right-wing paramilitary and government forces, triggering the return of the military to government.

1977  In Alicante, Spain, fascists attacked a group of MCPV militants and sympathisers, and one MCPV sympathiser was killed.

1977 The first prototype of the MiG-29, designated 9-01, made its maiden flight.

1979 Pope John Paul II beaome the first pontiff to visit the White House.

1981 President of Egypt  Anwar al-Sadat was assassinated.


1985 PC Keith Blakelock was murdered as riots erupted in the Broadwater Farm suburb of London.

1987  Fiji became a republic.

1995 51 Pegasi was discovered to be the first major star apart from the Sun to have a planet (and extrasolar planet) orbiting around it.

2000 Yugoslav president Slobodan Milošević resigned.

2000  Argentine vice president Carlos Álvarez resigned.

2002  The French oil tanker Limburg was bombed off Yemen.

2007 Jason Lewis completed the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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