Word of the day


Anomia – the inability to recall names of people or objects or to recognise the written or spoken names of objects.

Go . . . ?


I was a day ahead of myself with yesterday’s post about the first two Rugby World Cup quarter-final games between Ireland and Wales and England and France.

Twenty four hours hasn’t helped me decide who to back so I’ll bow to Inventory 2 who knows much more than I do about rugby.

He’s picking wins by  the Irish and French.

He’s also picking Wanganui to beat East Coast in the Meads Cup.



7/10 in the Herald’s Question Time.



6/10 in the Herald’s round the world quiz.

In memory of Steve Jobs


You dont’ have to be an Apple user to appreciate the contribution Steve Jobs made to the company, communication, technology and business.

You will find better tributes than I could write in Celebrating Crazy  by  Roarprawn, Steve Jobs 1955-2011  by  Not PC and Steve Jobs – he lived by Liberty Scott.

I’ll stick to borrowing someone else’s pictures:

Are we sure it’s not too early for daylight saving?


The clocks went forward a couple of weeks ago but someone forgot to tell the weather it’s supposed to be warmer.

Metservice’s forcast for today is a national high of 15 degrees in Auckland and a low of 3 degrees in Manapouri.

They also have a special weather advisory:

Strong cold southwesterlies are expected to spread north across Southland, Otago and Canterbury early Saturday morning.  This should bring a brief burst of cold rain, and snow to relatively low levels for this time of the year.  Although conditions are not expected to be as bad as previously forecast, snow may briefly lower to 400 metres in Southland and eastern Otago, especially about the Catlins.  In Canterbury, the snow level may dip to about 500 metres soon after dawn on Saturday. In most places, less than 1 to 2cm of snow is likely to accumulate. Farmers should note that although snow amounts are not large, the combination of low temperatures, snow or rain and strong winds could stress stock. Also, travellers in these areas should be prepared for snow briefly affecting higher roads.

We were at a barbeque last night. Four layers of merino, gloves and a ski jacket weren’t enough to keep me warm.



7/10 in Stuff’s Biz Quiz.

Still stereotyping after all these years


Women who work in traditionally male professions aren’t seen as being as warm but the effect is neutralised when people find they are mothers or their behaviour is seen as feminine.

In 3 experimental studies, the authors tested the idea that penalties women incur for success in traditionally male areas arise from a perceived deficit in nurturing and socially sensitive communal attributes that is implied by their success . . . . Results indicated that the negativity directed at successful female managers-in ratings of likability, interpersonal hostility, and boss desirability-was mitigated when there was indication that they were communal . . . these penalties were averted when communality was conveyed by role information (motherhood status) or by behaviour (Study 3). These findings support the idea that penalties for women’s success in male domains result from the perceived violation of gender-stereotypic prescriptions.

I wonder how men in these professions are regarded when it comes to warmth?

Do misconceptions based on gender work both ways so men in traditionally female occupations are regarded as weaker in what might be regarded as masculine traits?

If so why we are still gender stereotyping after all these years?

The idea that women in positions of authority are less feminine and men in nurturing roles less masculine is antediluvian.

When men were hunters and women stayed back in the cave to look after the children there were good reasons for differences in masculine and feminine traits.

But now we’re in the 21st century isn’t it time we got over penalising people for perceptions about gender-based character traits and behaviour?


Holcim’s Weston plant decision postponed again


Holcim was set to build a new cement plant near Weston in North Otago in the 1980s.

Then the world went into recession and the plan was put on hold.

The company started planning again to build on the site again a few years ago and gained resource consent. But economic uncertainty around the world has led to another delay in the decision.

The plans have been dogged by controversy and strong opposition.

However, it has also had strong support.

The plant would provide around 120 full time permanent jobs which would bring economic and social benefits to the district while strict consent conditions would ensure the safeguarding of the environment.

The plant would replace Holcim’s plant at Westport where the loss of jobs and business for the port would be difficult for the town.

Even if the decision isn’t made to build the new plant next year, it is likely it will be built eventually as the Westport site is running low of raw materials while there are plentiful supplies of lime and coal near the Weston site.

October 8 in history


314 Roman Emperor Licinius was defeated by his colleague Constantine I at the Battle of Cibalae, and lost his European territories.

451  The first session of the Council of Chalcedon began.

1075  Dmitar Zvonimir was crowned King of Croatia.

1200  Isabella of Angoulême was crowned Queen consort of England.

1480  Great standing on the Ugra river, a standoff between the forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and the Grand Duke Ivan III of Russia which resulted in the retreat of the Tataro-Mongols and the eventual disintegration of the Horde.

1573  End of the Spanish siege of Alkmaar, the first Dutch victory in Eighty Years War.

1600  San Marino adopted its written constitution.

1806  Napoleonic Wars: Forces of the British Empire laid siege to the port of Boulogne by using Congreve rockets.

1813  The Treaty of Ried was signed between Bayern and Austria.

1821  The government of general José de San Martín established the Peruvian Navy.

1829  Stephenson’s The Rocket won The Rainhill Trials.

1847 Rose Scott, Australia social reformer, was born (d. 1925).

1856  The Second Opium War began with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River.

1860  Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opened.

1862  American Civil War: Battle of Perryville – Union forces under General Don Carlos Buell halted the Confederate invasion of Kentucky by defeating troops led by General Braxton Bragg.

1871  Four major fires broke out on the shores of Lake Michigan including the Great Chicago Fire, and the much deadlier Peshtigo Fire.

1879 War of the Pacific: the Chilean Navy defeated the Peruvian Navy in the Battle of Angamos, Peruvian Admiral Miguel Grau was killed.

1895 Zog I, King of Albania, was born (d. 1961).

1895 Juan Perón, Argentinean President, was born.

1895 Eulmi incident– Queen Min of Joseon, the last empress of Korea, was assassinated and her corpse burnt by the Japanese in Gyeongbok Palace.

1912 First Balkan War began when Montenegro declared war against Turkey.

1918  World War I: In the Argonne Forest in France, United States Corporal Alvin C. York led an attack that killed 25 German soldiers and captures 132.

1920 Frank Herbert, American writer, was born (d. 1986).

1925 Cubana de Aviación founded.

1928  Joseph Szigeti gave the first performance of Alfredo Casella‘s Violin Concerto.

1932  The Indian Air Force was established.

1939 Paul Hogan, Australian actor, was born.

1939  World War II: Germany annexed Western Poland.

1941  Stan Graham shot dead three policemen and fatally wounded two other men before escaping into the bush.

Stan Graham runs amok on West Coast

1941 US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson was born.

1943 US actor Chevy Chase was born.

1943 US children’s horror writer R.L (Robert Lawrence) Stine was born.

1944  World War II: The Battle of Crucifix HillCapt. Bobbie Brown received a Medal of Honor for his heroics.

1948 Johnny Ramone, American musician (The Ramones), was born (d. 2004).

1949 Sigourney Weaver, American actress, was born.

1952  The Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash killed 112 people.

1962  Spiegel scandal: Der Spiegel published the article “Bedingt abwehrbereit” (“Conditionally prepared for defense”) about a NATO manoeuver called “Fallex 62″, which uncovered the sorry state of the Bundeswehr (Germany’s army) facing the communist threat from the east at the time.

1965 C-Jay Ramone, American musician (The Ramones), was born.

1967  Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men were captured in Bolivia.

1968  Vietnam War: Operation Sealords – United States and South Vietnamese forces launched a new operation in the Mekong Delta.

1969 The opening rally of the Days of Rage, organised by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.

1970  Vietnam War: In Paris, a Communist delegation rejected US President Richard Nixon’s October 7 peace proposal as “a maneuver to deceive world opinion”.

1973  Yom Kippur War: Gabi Amir’s armored brigade attacked Egyptian occupied positions on the Israeli side of the Suez Canal  in hope of driving them away. The attack failed, and over 150 Israeli tanks were destroyed.

1974 Franklin National Bank collapsed due to fraud and mismanagement.

1978 Australia’s Ken Warby set the  world water speed record of 317.60mph at Blowering Dam, Australia.

1982  Poland banned Solidarity and all trade unions.

1990  Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Police killed 17 Palestinians and wounded over 00.

1998  Oslo’s Gardermoen airport opened.

2001 A twin engine Cessna and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) jetliner collided in heavy fog during takeoff from Milan, Italy killing 118.

2001  U.S. President George W. Bush announced the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

2005 –  Kashmir earthquake: Thousands of people were killed by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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