Word of the day


Iamatology  – branch of medicine which deals with remedies.



30/50 in Stuff’s Christmas quiz.

Daffinition #1


Committee – a group which takes minutes and wastes hours.



8/10 in the Herald’s quiz on David Shearer.

Will he, won’t he


Quote of the day:

There are two very different theories on how Peters will conduct himself in the coming Parliament.

One is that he will spend the next three years rebuilding his somewhat tarnished reputation and seek to become the feisty elder statesman.

The other is that he will come out with all guns blazing seeking vengeance on those who he believes did him wrong. . .

. . . His performance in Parliament will be interesting.

Peters was a master of the use/misuse of Standing Orders (the rules of Parliament) to make has mark and in particular using points of order to make political points.

Those rules have changed a great deal in Peters three year absence, as has Lockwood Smith’s interpretation of them.

It is unlikely that Peters will agree with the changes and it is hard to imagine him keeping his displeasure to himself. Ian Llewellyn

Will he act with reason and decorum or won’t he?

Or should the question be not if he’ll act true to form but when?

Punters at iPredict reckon there’s a 52% probability Lockwood Smith or another presiding officer will throw Winston Peters out of the House of Representatives by 17 March 2012 and a 69% probability Mr Peters will be ordered to leave the House of Representatives by 31 March 2012

Shearer competition


Kaikoura MP Colin King was a champion shearer in a past life and has been having a bit of fun on Facebook:

Colin King

What would you know – I got competition – Labour has got a shearer!!!

To which some of his friends responded:

  • § not much competition at that

11 hours ago ·

  • § Labour = fleece the middle class
  • § Give him a battle!

11 hours ago ·

  • § must be speed shear time

10 hours ago ·

  • § I guess it’s a socialist plan to pull the wool over hard working NZer’s eyes again

10 hours ago · ·

  • § Time to shear it and sell it! Its the only way we can pay for there plans

9 hours ago ·

  • § gee… didn’t Grant Robertson look sheepish today….. plotting away….

9 hours ago ·

  • § Is it true that David Shearer & Helen Clarke did an Overseas Job Exchange back in 2008? Seems he’s now renegged on the deal and want’s to keep her seat!

Diversity good, tokenism not


Question of the day:

The question does have to be asked: is diversity for the sake of diversity what we really need? Does the deliberate attempt to include a broader range of people actually improve  representation?   Amelia Romanos 

The answer to the first question is no – that’s not diversity but tokenism.

The answer to the second is it could but doesn’t always.

Judith Collins, Paula Bennett and Hekia Parata have added to the gender and ethnic diversity of National’s front bench and they have won their places through merit not tokenism.

If the broader range includes people who deserve to be through ability and for the contribution they will make, as it is with these three, that is good. If it includes people who are not there for their skills and ability but only for what they contribute to diversity it isn’t.


December 14 in history


1287 St. Lucia’s flood: The Zuider Zee sea wall in the Netherlands collapsed, killing more than 50,000 people.

1503 Nostradamus, French astrologer, was born (d. 1566).

1542 Princess Mary Stuart beccame Queen Mary I of Scotland.

1751 The Theresian Military Academy was founded as the first Military Academy in the world.

1782  The Montgolfier brothers’ first balloon lifts on its first test flight.

1843 The first Auckland A&P Show was held.

First Auckland A and P Show

1895  King George VI was born (d. 1952).

1896 The Glasgow Underground Railway was opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company.

1900  Max Planck presented a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law.

1902 The Commercial Pacific Cable Company laid the first Pacific telegraph cable, from Ocean Beach, San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii.

1903 The Wright Brothers made their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

1911  Roald Amundsen‘s team, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting and Amundsen, became the first to reach the South Pole.

1918 Friedrich Karl von Hessen, a German prince elected by the Parliament of Finland to become King Väinö I, renounces the Finnish throne.

1922 Don Hewitt, American creator of 60 Minutes, was born (d. 2009).

1932  Charlie Rich, American musician, was born (d. 1995).

1946 Patty Duke, American actress, was born.

1948  Kim Beazley, Australian politician, was born.

1949 Cliff Williams, English bassist (AC/DC), was born.

1951 – Lindsay Perigo, New Zealand broadcaster, first leader of Libertarianz Party, was born.

1958  The 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition became the first expedition to reach The Pole of Relative Inaccessibility in the Antarctic.

1958   Scottish singer-songwriter (The Waterboys), was born.

1958 Spider Stacy, English musician (The Pogues), was born.

1960 – Ian Meckiff of Australia was run out by the West Indies, causing the first Tied Test in the history of cricket.

1962  NASA‘s Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.

1963 – Baldwin Hills Reservoir wall burst, killing five people and damaging hundreds of homes in Los Angeles.

1964  Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States – The United States Supreme Court rules that the U.S. Congress can use its Commerce Clause power to fight discrimination.

1972 Apollo programme: Eugene Cernan was the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt completed the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) of Apollo 17. This was the last manned mission to the moon of the 20th century.

1981  Israel‘s Knesset passes The Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the area of the Golan Heights.

1994 Construction began on the Three Gorges Dam in the Yangtze River.

2004 The Millau viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, near Millau, France was officially opened.

2008 President George W. Bush made his fourth and final (planned) trip to Iraq as president and almost got struck by two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi during a farewell conference in Baghdad.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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