How hot is it?


Those of you who haven’t had summer yet might get some comfort from this reminder that it can be too hot:

Translation: Is it hot outside?
                        Shut up.
(Found on Facebook).

Bad weather’s good and bad


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.

Cleaning from the inside


Quote of the day:

 This kind of tattoo is best removed from the inside outwards. Macdoctor

All that needs to be said about jokes


Quote of the day:

Anybody who can write a sentence like that wouldn’t recognise a joke if it was rolled very thinly and shoved up their nose. Jokes are innocent, airy little things. They don’t deserve to be jumped up and down on with hobnailed boots like that.

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).

Court of new beginnings reduces reoffending by 60%


Statistic of the day:

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.

Page turner


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.

January 14 in history


83 BC Marcus Antonius, Roman politician, was born (d. 30 BC).

1129 Formal approval of the Order of the Templar at the Council of Troyes.

1301 Andrew III of Hungary died, ending the Arpad dynasty.

1514  Pope Leo X issued a papal bull against slavery

1539 Spain annexes Cuba.

1639 The “Fundamental Orders“, the first written constitution that created a government, was adopted in Connecticut.

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.

Bob Fitzsimmons wins world middleweight boxing title
1904  Sir Cecil Beaton, English photographer, was born  (d. 1980).
1907 An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica killed more than 1,000.
1934  Richard Briers, English actor, was born.
1938 – Norway claimed Queen Maud Land in Antarctica.

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.

1952 NBC’s long-running morning news program Today debuted, with host Dave Garroway.

1967  The Human Be-In, takes place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, launching the Summer of Love. Between 20,000 to 30,000 people attended.

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.

1994  Samir Patel, American spelling bee winner, was born.

1998  Researchers in Dallas, Texas presented findings about an enzye that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis).

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.

2004 – The national flag of Georgia, the so-called “five cross flag“, was restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years.

2005  Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn’s moon Titan.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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