Word of the day

December 1, 2011

Nosism –  the editorial or royal we; the use of we when referring to oneself.

Parker pulls out of leadership race

December 1, 2011

David Parker has pulled out of the race for the Labour Party leadership and is backing David Shearer.

New Zealand has yet to have a list MP lead the country. There is no reason why one couldn’t but losing three electorate races in a row doesn’t say much for Parker’s popularity.

He is making no further statement but could well be hoping to be deputy or finance spokesman if Shearer is successful.

Who killed Rico

December 1, 2011

The appeal of Air New Zealand’s furry mascot Rico escaped me so I won’t be joining those who mourn his demise.

However, it appears foul-play was involved in his death while hosting a housewarming party in Los Angeles and Air New Zealand wants to find out who did it.

There are several suspects and Air NZ has teamed up with the makers of Cluedo to give fans the chance find out which of the suspects is the guilty party.

Air New Zealand is offering the winner return airfares for two to Los Angeles , five nights accommodation at a four star hotel and passes to Universal Studios and Disneyland . If the winner comes from Los Angeles , they’ll win a similar trip but to New Zealand including accommodation and tours.

You can find out more at byebyerico.


December 1, 2011

7/10 in NZ History Online’s quiz.

You show me yours . . .

December 1, 2011

Keeping Stock has shown us his stats for a record month and Lindsay Mitchell also recorded an increase in visitors.

There’s no doubt the election was good for readership.

I can’t compete with the popularity of  Kiwiblog and Whaleoil whose stats here and here show almost as many readers a week as I got in the month. But the number of visitors to this blog in November was the highest yet:

This Year's Visits and Page Views by Month

UPDATE: Open Parachute has the sitemeter blog rankings here.

New leader for how long?

December 1, 2011

As the three Davids and assorted hangers-on strive to lead the Labour Party, iPredict suggests the winner might not get the ultimate prize:

After last night’s TVNZ debate, David Cunliffe is now favoured to be the next leader of the Labour Party, with 42% probability, followed by David Shearer and David Parker who are both on 31% probability. 

But, while iPredict also gives Labour a slightly better chance of winning the next election (53% probability), Cunliffe isn’t the favourite to be Prime Minister:

David Shearer has a 23% probability of being Prime Minister by 1 January 2015, compared with Bill English (14%), David Cunliffe (13%) and David Parker  (7%).

Labour’s leadership is only one of its problems.

Changing leaders won’t by itself solve the rest. It’s possible whoever wins this leadership battle could be a casualty of the inevitable fallout from the hard decisions that need to be taken and won’t be leader long enough to become Prime Minister.

Thursday’s quiz

December 1, 2011

1. Who said, “Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob

2. What was the name of the ship which took Scott on his last, and fatal, expedition to the South Pole?

3. It’s été in French, estate in Italian, verano in Spanish and raumati in Maori, what is it in English?

4. In which of the arts would you find the terms  cambré, entrechat, jeté and plié?

5. What is a capon?

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