Photo finish in Melbourne Cup


Dunaden won the 151st Melbourne Cup in a photo finish from Red Cadeaux with Lucas Cranach in third place.

I may have to revist my aunt’s method of picking winners.

Going for the name, which sounds a bit like Dunedin adn the jockey wearing Otago colours, blue with yellow stars – ought to have tempted me.

Lies, holiday home omissions and parking


Websites covered on Critical Mass with Jim Mora today:

* Lies your English teacher told you Hat tip umm, I know I found that via another blog but I can’t remember which. If it was yours feel free to tell me so I can give you the credit.

* Things you should not have to ask when renting a holiday home.

* On gender and parking

The last one confirms that men do tend to be better at parking (though more likely to have accidents) than women.

I plead guilty to not being a confident parker, especially with my current car which slopes down at the front and back so I can’t see where it starts and ends.

I know I should be able to estimate how much car is sticking beyond what I can see but I don’t do it with any confidence.

What we need


Quote of the day:

And as for Labour, throwing money at desperate people from an ever-diminishing number of taxpayers will not save New Zealand. It’s vision and innovation and leadership. Kerre Woodham

Cunliffe channelling Muldoon


David Cunliffe wants the Reserve Bank to intervene to lower the value of our currency.

That would decrease the price of our exports, which isn’t all bad, but at the cost of increasing the cost of all imports including fuel, medicine and staple food ingredients like flour.

It would also increase our foreign debt and there is almost universal agreement that one of the priorities for strengthening our economy is reducing debt.

Labour’s industrial relations policy is going back to the 70s and now the finance spokesperson is channelling Muldoon’s finance policy.


Melbourne Cup Picks


One of my aunts used to nurse TB patients in the days they spent weeks in hospital.

On race days she’d organise sweepstakes to keep them amused, using the time-tested method her mother had taught her for picking favourites.

She’d write the name of each horse on a piece of paper, roll it into a ball throw all the balls along the floor, then rank the horses in the order they finished.

Using a similarly scientific method I’ve scanned the field for this afternoon’s Melbourne Cup, double checked the horses’ form and jockeys’ colours and am picking:

# 15 Lost In The Moment; # 17 At First Sight and # 4 Drunken Sailor.

My aunt is backing # 10 Mourayan.

A draw would have been a win for Key


It’s impossible for me to overcome my bias in judging whether John Key of Phil Goff did better in last night’s leaders’  debate on TV1.

The text poll – which is not scientific and easily influenced –  gave Key the win by 61% – 39%.

Key managed to be positive when he was campaigning from opposition before the last election, Goff sounded negative most of the time.

A draw would have been a win for Key because Goff has to do far better than him to register, and he didn’t.

But, as with the campaign openings, I wonder if any but a relatively few political tragics would sit through the whole hour and a half?

November 1 in history


996  Emperor Otto III issued a deed to Gottschalk, Bishop of Freising, which is the oldest known document using the name Ostarrîchi (Austria in Old High German).

1179  Philip II was crowned King of France.

1348  The anti-royalist Union of Valencia attacked the Jews of Murviedro on the pretext that they were serfs of the King of Valencia and thus “royalists”.

1512 The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, was exhibited to the public for the first time

1520 The Strait of Magellan, was first navigated by Ferdinand Magellan during his global circumnavigation voyage.
1604 William Shakespeare‘s tragedy Othello was staged for the first time, at Whitehall Palace.
1611  William Shakespeare‘s romantic comedy The Tempest was staged for the first time, at Whitehall Palace.

1612 Time of Troubles in Russia: Moscow, Kitai-gorod, was captured by Russian troops under command of Dmitry Pozharsky.

1755 Lisbon earthquake:  Lisbon was destroyed by a massive earthquake and tsunami, killing between sixty thousand and ninety thousand people.

1765 The British Parliament enacted the Stamp Act on the 13 colonies in order to help pay for British military operations in North America.

1790  Edmund Burke published Reflections on the Revolution in France.

1800  US President John Adams became the first President of the United States to live in the Executive Mansion (later renamed the White House).

1805 Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Austria during the War of the Third Coalition.

1814  Congress of Vienna opened to re-draw the European political map after the defeat of France, in the Napoleonic Wars.

1848 The first medical school for women, The Boston Female Medical School (which later merged with the Boston University School of Medicine), opened.

1859   Cape Lookout lighthouse was lit for the first time.

1861 American Civil War: US President Abraham Lincoln appointed George B. McClellan as the commander of the Union Army, replacing the aged General Winfield Scott.

1870  The  U.S. Weather Bureau (later renamed the National Weather Service) mafr its first official meteorological forecast.

1876  New Zealand’s provincial government system was dissolved.

1884 The Gaelic Athletic Association was set up.

1886 Ananda College, a leading Buddhist school in Sri Lanka was established with 37 students.

1887 – L. S. Lowry, British painter of industrial scenes, was born  (d. 1976).

1894  Nicholas II became the new Tsar of Russia after his father, Alexander III, died.

1896  A picture showing the unclad breasts of a woman appeared in National Geographic magazine for the first time.

1898 The New Zealand parliament passed the Old-Age Pensions Act.  A world first, the act gave a small means-tested pension to destitute older people ‘deemed to be of good character’; Chinese were specifically excluded. It is considered one of the major achievements of Richard Seddon’s Liberal government.

Old-Age Pensions Act passes into law

1911  The first dropping of a bomb from an airplane in combat, during the Italo-Turkish War.

1914 World War I: the first British Royal Navy defeat of the war with Germany, the Battle of Coronel, was fought off of the western coast of Chile, with the loss of HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth.

1916  Paul Miliukov delivered in the State Duma the famous “stupidity or treason” speech, precipitating the downfall of the Boris Stürmer government.

1918  Malbone Street Wreck: the worst rapid transit accident in US history with at least 93 deaths.

1918  Western Ukraine gained its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

1920  American Fishing Schooner Esperanto defeated the Canadian Fishing Schooner Delawana in the First International Fishing Schooner Championship Races in Halifax.

1922  The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed VI, abdicated.

1928 The Law on the Adoption and Implementation of the Turkish Alphabet, replacing the version of the Arabic alphabet previously used, came into force in Turkey.

1937  Stalinists executed Pastor Paul Hamberg and seven members of Azerbaijan‘s Lutheran community.

1938  Seabiscuit defeated War Admiral in an upset victory during a match race deemed “the match of the century” in horse racing.

1939  The first rabbit born after artificial insemination was exhibited to the world.

1941 American photographer Ansel Adams took a picture of a moonrise over the town of Hernandez, New Mexico that became one of the most famous images in the history of photography.

1942  Matanikau Offensive began during the Guadalcanal Campaign.

1943  Battle of Empress Augusta Bay, United States Marines, the 3rd Marine Division, landed on Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.

1944 – Oscar Temaru, President of French Polynesi, was born.

1944 World War II: Units of the British Army landed at Walcheren in the Netherlands.

1945 The official North Korean newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, was first published under the name Chongro.

1948   6,000 people were killed as a Chinese merchant ship exploded and sank.

1950 – Pope Pius XII claimed Papal Infallibility when he formally defined the dogma of the Assumption of Mary.

1951  Operation Buster-Jangle: 6,500 American soldiers were exposed to ‘Desert Rock’ atomic explosions for training purposes in Nevada.

1952  Operation Ivy – The United States successfully detonated the first large hydrogen bomb, codenamed “Mike” [“M” for megaton], in the Eniwetok atoll, in the Marshall Islands.

1954 The Front de Libération Nationale fired the first shots of the Algerian War of Independence.

1955 The bombing of United Airlines Flight 629 killed all 39 passengers and five crew members aboard the Douglas DC-6B airliner.

1957  The Mackinac Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge between anchorages at the time, opened to traffic connecting Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas.

1959 – In Rwanda, Hutu politician Dominique Mbonyumutwa was beaten up by Tutsi forces, leading to a period of violence known as the wind of destruction.

1961  50,000 women in 60 cities participated in the inaugural Women Strike for Peace (WSP) against nuclear proliferation.

1963 The Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, with the largest radio telescope ever constructed, officially opened.

1970  Club Cinq-Sept fire in Saint-Laurent-du-Pont, France killed 146 young people.

1981  Antigua and Barbuda gained independence from the United Kingdom.

1982  Honda becomes the first Asian automobile company to produce cars in the United States with the opening of their factory in Marysville, Ohio.

1993 The Maastricht Treaty took effect, formally establishing the European Union.

2005 First part of the Gomery Report, which discussed allegations of political money manipulation by members of the Liberal Party of Canada, was released in Canada.

2009  The inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Sourced from NZ History Online & WIkipedia

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