Word of the day


Froligozene – rejoice, be happy.

All Blacks vs Derby Council


Only Monty Python could do this:

Who’s house?


All Black coach Graham Henry and French coach Marc Lievremont both die and enter the Pearly Gates.

St Peter takes Marc on a tour of heaven and ends up at a little two-bedroom cottage with a faded French rugby banner hanging from the front porch. “This is your house, Marc,” says St Peter, “You’re very lucky. Most people don’t get their own houses up here, you know.”

Marc looks at the house, then turns around and sees the huge mansion on top of the hill. A massive, multi-storey building with marble columns, balconies and attractive gardens.

All Black banners line both sides of the footpath and a huge New Zealand flag hangs between the entrance columns.

“Merci beaucoup, St Peter,” Marc says, “But let me ask you a question. How come I get this little two-bedroom cottage and Graham Henry gets a huge mansion with all those marble columns.”

St Peter looks up the hill and turns back to Marc: “That’s not Henry’s house,” he says . “That’s God’s house.”

Happy birthday Fonterra


Fonterra is celebrating its 10th birthday today with the Fonterra Shout.

They’re giving away sausages and ice cream in Invercargill, Ashburton, Palmerston North, Hawera, Hamilton, Auckland and Whangarei.

The company is owned co-operatively by nearly  11,000 dairy farmers and sells dairy products to more than 140 countries.

Assets NZ$14.1 billion
Annual Turnover NZ$16 billion
Milk Production – New Zealand 14.76 billion litres
Sales Volumes 2.31 million metric tonnes
Employees 15,600
Shareholders 10,537

Fonterra, and the dairy boom, have changed many communities.

There used to be nine houses on the roads which border our home farm, now there are 15.

It is dairy farms, their owners, staff and the people who service and supply them who keep spending money which means that towns like Oamaru are no longer so badly affected by droughts.

It is possible to have the economic and social gains from dairying without environmental degradation.

In our area good environmental practices on-farm with strict monitoring and action on breaches, has ensured we can still drink from and swim in our rivers.

Happy birthday, Fonterra.

Quote of the day


Failure is the dark underbelly of success; for every outstanding case of the latter, there are many cases of the former. Theodore Dalrymple

He wasn’t talking about rugby but he could have been.

Phew: All Blacks 8 – France 7


We won.

It wasn’t pretty and it certainly wasn’t easy, but we won.


The French who had lost two games in pool games saved their best for last.

They might not have deserved last week’s semi-final win but they played the final like they deserved to be there.

Maybe the All Blacks had played their best against Australia in the semi-final, because last night didn’t look like their best on attack.

But to hold off such a strong French attack in the last quarter, without conceding a penalties, took the best defence.

And that was enough.


They were the best team in the tournament though it’s debatable which was the best team in last night’s match..

In the last few minutes I was so scared we were going to lose that I pledged to give up chocolate for the rest of the year.

It was worth it to see the grins on the All Blacks faces.

We won.

October 24 in history


69  Second Battle of Bedriacum, forces under Antonius Primus, the commander of the Danube armies, loyal to Vespasian, defeated the forces of Emperor Vitellius.

1147  After a siege of 4 months crusader knights led by Afonso Henriques, reconquered Lisbon.

1260  The Cathedral of Chartres was dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France.

1260  Saif ad-Din Qutuz, Mamluk sultan of Egypt, was assassinated by Baibars, who seized power for himself.

1360  The Treaty of Brétigny was ratified at Calais, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years’ War.

1648  The Peace of Westphalia was signed, marking the end of the Thirty Years’ War.

1795 Partitions of Poland: The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was completely divided among Austria, Prussia, and Russia.

1812 Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets.

1857 Sheffield F.C., the world’s first football club, was founded.

1861  The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States was completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express.

1882  Dame Sybil Thorndike, British actress, was born (d. 1976).

1892  Goodison Park, the world’s first association football specific stadium was opened.

1901  Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

1911 Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a Wright Glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

1912  First Balkan War: The Battle of Kumanovo concluded with the Serbian victory.

1913 Violent clashes between unionised waterside workers and non-union labour erupted two days after Wellington watersiders held a stopwork meeting in support of a small group of striking shipwrights.

Violence flares on Wellington wharves

1917 Battle of Caporetto; Italy was defeated by the forces of Austria-Hungary and Germany. (Also called Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo).

1917 The day of the October revolution, The Red Revolution.

1919 South Island explorer Donald Sutherland died.
Death of South Island explorer Donald Sutherland

1926  Harry Houdini‘s last performance.

1929  ”Black Thursday” stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.

1930 A bloodless coup d’état in Brazil ousted Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, the last President of the First Republic. Getúlio Dornelles Vargas was then installed as “provisional president.”

1931  The George Washington Bridge opened to traffic.

1936 Bill Wyman, English musician (The Rolling Stones), was born.

1944  The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, and the battleship Musashi were sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

1945  Founding of the United Nations.

1946 A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first photograph of earth from outer space.

1947  Walt Disney testified to the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists.

1954  Dwight D. Eisenhower pledged United States support to South Vietnam.

1957  The USAF started the X-20 Dyna-Soar programme.

1960  Nedelin catastrophe: An R-16 ballistic missile exploded on the launch pad at the Soviet Union’s Baikonur Cosmodrome space facility, killing over 100.

1964 Northern Rhodesia gained independence and became the Republic of Zambia.

1973 Jeff Wilson, New Zealand rugby player and cricketer, was born.

1973 Yom Kippur War ended.

1980 Government of Poland legalised Solidarity trade union.

1986  Nezar Hindawi was sentenced to 45 years in prison, the longest sentence handed down by a British court, for the attempted bombing on an El Al flight at Heathrow.

1990  Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti revealed to the Italian parliament the existence of Gladio, the Italian “stay-behind” clandestine paramilitary NATO army.

1998  Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission.

2002  Police arrested spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, DC.

2003  Concorde made its last commercial flight.

2005  Hurricane Wilma made landfall in Florida resulting in 35 direct 26 indirect fatalities and causing $20.6B USD in damage.

2006  Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the “motive clause”, an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act.

2008  ”Bloody Friday“: many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.

2009  First International Day of Climate Action, organised with 350.org, a global campaign to address a claimed global warming crisis.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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