Word of the day

December 30, 2011

Aby –  to pay the penalty for; make ammends, expiate, atone for; suffer, endure.


Fleur

December 30, 2011

Her restaurant is called Fleurs Place (without an apostrophe) and it is Fleur who makes it special.

We’ve never had a bad meal there but the ones when she is there are better. Her personality makes it more than just a very good restaurant with wonderful food and good service.

That personality shines through in her autobiography, Fleur, the life and times of pioneering restaurateur Fleur Sullivan.

She was a woman ahead of her time in her appreciation of the importance of history and heritage; her enthusiasm for good local food and the part it plays in tourism; and also in setting up and running businesses while bringing up her children.

The book chronicles her adventures and ventures in business and life neither of which have been without their challenges.

It is a fascinating and inspiring read generously supplemented with photographs, including many recent ones by Aaron McLean.

 

Fleur, the life and times of pioneering restaurateur Fleur Sullivan,  with Nathlaie Brown, published by Random House.


Thursday’s quiz on Friday

December 30, 2011

1. Am I the only one who finds it hard to keep track of the days this week?

2. What was your most interesting Christmas present (not necessarily this year).

3. It’s vacances in French,  vacanza in Italian, vacación in Spanish and haratei in Maori, what is it in English?

4. If you could choose anywhere in the world to have a summer holiday where would it be?

5. Have you had time to read this week and if so what?


Lost faith, lost values

December 30, 2011

Mark Loper, the detective in charge of the case against the youth charged with the vicious attack on a five year-old girl said: “New Zealand society needs to have another good look at itself if we have juveniles of this age committing these kinds of offences.”

Could one of the factors be that too many have neither faith nor the values that went with it?

You don’t have to have  a religious faith to believe in and adhere to the values which under-pin our legal system and used to under-pin society – responsiblity for yourself and your actions and respect for other people, their property and the law.

The attack on this child might have been a random act of evil but child abuse is not isolated.

This case was different because the victim was a tourist on holiday but the statistics on children abused in their own homes is shameful and might not be unrelated to this case.

Chances are the accused was, and might still be, a victim of abuse himself and that he was brought up without the values which used to be regarded as normal.

Someone to whom abuse is normal is far more likely to abuse. Someone brought up without values doesn’t know right from wrong.

That wouldn’t excuse the crime but it would help explain it.

I agree with the frustration Detective Loper is expressing, but it’s long past time for society to look at itself. It’s time for action and that action must include a return to the values which keep everyone safe.


December 30 in history

December 30, 2011

39  Titus, Roman emperor was born  (d. 81).

1066 Granada massacre: A Muslim mob stormed the royal palace in Granada, crucified Jewish vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela and massacred most of the Jewish population of the city.

1460  Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield.

1835 Charles Darwin left New Zealand after a nine day visit.

Charles Darwin leaves NZ after 9-day visitThis red gurnard was collected by Charles Darwin when the Beagle visited the Bay of Islands.

1865 – Rudyard Kipling, English writer, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 1936).

1916 The last coronation in Hungary was performed for King Charles IV and Queen Zita.

1919 – Lincoln’s Inn in London admitted its first female bar student.

1922  Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed.

1924 Edwin Hubble announced the existence of other galaxies.

1927  The Ginza Line, the first subway line in Asia, opened in Tokyo, Japan.

1928 – Bo Diddley, American singer and musician, was born (d. 2008).

1931  Skeeter Davis, American singer, was born  (d. 2004) .

1937 Noel Paul Stookey, American folk singer (Peter, Paul & Mary), was born.

1940 California opened its first freeway the Arroyo Seco Parkway.

1942 – Michael Nesmith, American singer and musician (The Monkees) was born.

1944 King George II of Greece declared a regency, leaving the throne vacant.

1945  Davy Jones, English singer (The Monkees), was born.

1947 King Michael of Romania was forced to abdicate by the Soviet-backed Communist government of Romania.

1947 Jeff Lynne, English musician (ELO), was born.

1948  The Cole Porter Broadway musical, Kiss Me, Kate (1,077 performances), opened at the New Century Theatre and was the first show to win the Best Musical Tony Award.

1950 Bjarne Stroustrup, Danish computer scientist, creator of C++, was born.

1953 The first ever NTSC colour television sets went on sale for about USD at $1,175 each from RCA.

1959 Tracey Ullman, English actress and singer, was born.

1961 – Bill English, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister, was born.

1965  Ferdinand Marcos became President of the Philippines.

1975 Tiger Woods, American golfer, was born.

1993  Israel and the Vatican established diplomatic relations.

2004 A fire in the República Cromagnon nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina killed 194.

2005  Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the open Atlantic Ocean.

2006  Madrid’s Barajas International Airport was bombed.

2006 Deposed President of Iraq Saddam Hussein, convicted of the executions of 148 Iraqi Shiites, was executed.

2009 – The last roll of Kodachrome film was developed by Dwayne’s Photo, the only remaining Kodachrome processor at the time, concluding the film’s 74-year run as a photography icon.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


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