Those of you who haven’t had summer yet might get some comfort from this reminder that it can be too hot:
We woke to welcome rain yesterday and it was pretty well spread.
That’s great weather for pastures.
Most crops probably enjoyed the drink too but it’s not good for stone fruit which splits after rain.
It wasn’t good for driving other and could have been a contributing factor to at least one of the crashes in a horrific 24 hours on southern roads.
We know two of the people who died in one of those accidents, one of whom is dead and the other in hospital.
If the details given to us by a friend are correct the cause was a there-but-for-the-grace-of-God-go-I set of circumstances.
A friend who does some rally driving said he tries to concentrate just as hard when driving at any time as he does in rallies. It’s good advice but I doubt if any of us could say we do that for every second of every journey, especially on rural roads we travel often and rarely meet other traffic.
Quote of the day:
This kind of tattoo is best removed from the inside outwards. Macdoctor
Quote of the day:
Actually I withdraw that last remark. The best line I ever read about jokes came from a sacked BBC scriptwriter: “Jokes are evil, nasty and subversive. That’s why people like them.” That’s all that needs to be said about jokes. A.K. Grant.
(Though when I read it again I noticed the font changed for the last paragraph so maybe it’s also Stephen Stratford commenting on Grant. You can get the context and work it out at Quote Unquote).
Mr Coster says 80% of daylight anti-social behaviour in the city is caused by just 30 people.
But the Special Circumstances Court, also known as the Court of New Beginnings, was established in 2010 its programme to rehabilitate and support homeless people caught in a cycle of low-level offending, has resulted in 60% reduction in reoffending.
That’s good for them and good for society.
If you’ve ever wondered about the best way to turn the page of your nespaper of a morning, wonder no more.
Joseph Herscher has the answer (and he says the hamster is still alive):
TV3 has the story behind it.
83 BC Marcus Antonius, Roman politician, was born (d. 30 BC).
1301 Andrew III of Hungary died, ending the Arpad dynasty.
1514 Pope Leo X issued a papal bull against slavery
1724 – King Philip V of Spain abdicated the throne.
1761 The Third Battle of Panipat between the Afghans under Ahmad Shah Durrani and the Marhatas. The Afghan victory changed the course of Indian History.
1784 United States Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris with Great Britain.
1814 Treaty of Kiel: Frederick VI of Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden in return for Pomerania.
1875 Albert Schweitzer, Alsatian physician, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 1965).
1883 – Nina Ricci, Italian-born French fashion designer (d. 1970)
1886 Hugh Lofting, English author, was born (d. 1947).
1891 Bob Fitzsimmons won the world middleweight boxing title.
1940 Sir Trevor Nunn, English theatre director and film director, was born.
1941 Faye Dunaway, American actress, was born
1943 Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill began the Casablanca Conference to discuss strategy and study the next phase of World War II.
1943 – Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first President of the United States to travel via aeroplane while in office when he travelled from Miami, Florida to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill.
1950The first prototype of the MiG-17 made its maiden flight.
1970 Diana Ross & The Supremes’ final concert appearance at The Frontier Hotel- Las Vegas
1972 Queen Margrethe II of Denmark ascended the throne, the first Queen of Denmark since 1412 and the first Danish monarch not named Frederick or Christian since 1513.
1999 Toronto, Mayor Mel Lastman was the first mayor in Canada to call in the Army to help with emergency medical evacuations and snow removal after more than one meter of snow paralysed the city.