Word of the day

10/02/2012

Abulia –  loss or deficiency of will power, initiative, drive, ability to make decisions or act independently; reduction in speech, movement, thought, and emotional reaction, often as the result of a stroke.


7/13

10/02/2012

7/13 in the Herald’s changing world quiz.


Friday’s answers

10/02/2012

Thursday’s questions were:

1. Which book written by whom begins :”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. “?

2. Who said: “Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a contribution to the advance of peace, I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war.”?

3.  It’s  paix in French, pace in Italian, paz in Spanish and rongomau in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Which gem is associated with a 60th anniversary?

5. How many monarchs have there been in the House of Windsor?

Points for answers:

James got four.

Andrei got four and a bonus for details . (I thought of a Dickens theme in honour of his birthday but ran out of inspiration after question 1.)

Kate, Grant and Gravedodger also got four and a bonus for details.

Adam got three.

All of you win an electronic bag of black boy peaches .

UPDATE:

Apologies to PDM and Teletext, I wrote this post before you answered.

PDM got three and a bonus for more details and Teletext got all five  with a bonus for even more details. You both get the electronic peaches too.

Answers follow the break:

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Quote of the day

10/02/2012

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson


Where has all the tussock gone?

10/02/2012

A couple of years ago I asked where had the tussock gone?

There is even less tussock on the hills at the summit of the Lindis Pass now.

This land has been returned to the crown under tenure review and is managed by DOC.

The aim of the Lindis Pass Conservation Trust is to rid Lindis Pass Reserve of weeds, so that the snow tussock (Chionochloa rigida) can be enjoyed in its full glory. 

When it was farmed it was covered in tussock, now as these photos show it is not.

Is it an accident or deliberate?

Could the lack of stock and fertiliser have let hieracium and other weeds crowd out the tussock?

Does it mean that some of this sensitve land is really better farmed than not?

What’s going to save the hills from erosion by wind, rain and snow now the tussock cover has gone?


February 10 in history

10/02/2012

1306 Robert the Bruce murdered John Comyn, his leading political rival sparking revolution in the Scottish Wars of Independence.

1355 The St. Scholastica’s Day riot broke out in Oxford leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead in two days.

1567 An explosion destroyed the Kirk o’ Field house in Edinburgh. The second husband of Mary Queen of Scots, Lord Darnley was found strangled, in what many believe to be an assassination.

1763 The 1763 Treaty of Paris ended theFrench and Indian War and France ceded Quebec to Great Britain.

1775 Charles Lamb, English essayist, was born  (d. 1834).

1798 Louis Alexandre Berthier invaded Rome.

1814 Battle of Champaubert

1840 Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

1846 First Anglo-Sikh War: Battle of Sobraon – British defeated Sikhs in final battle of the war.

1870 The YWCA was founded.

1893 Jimmy Durante, American actor/comedian, was born  (d. 1980).

1894  Harold Macmillan, British Prime Minister, was born  (d. 1986).

1906 HMS Dreadnought (1906) was launched.

1920 – Jozef Haller de Hallenburg performed a symbolic wedding of Poland to the sea, celebrating restitution of Polish access to open sea.

1923 Texas Tech University was founded as Texas Technological College in Lubbock.

1930  Robert Wagner, American actor, was born.

1931 New Delhi became the capital of India.

1933 The New York City-based Postal Telegraph Company introduces the first singing telegram.

1934 Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet, was born.

1937 Roberta Flack, American singer, was born.

1947 Italy ceded most of Venezia Giulia to Yugoslavia.

1950 Mark Spitz, American swimmer, was born.

1952 Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, was born.

1955  – Greg Norman, Australian golfer, was born.

1962 Captured American spy pilot Gary Powers was exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.

1964 – The aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne (R21) collided with the destroyer HMAS Voyager (D04) off the south coast of New South Wales.

1967 The provision of free milk in schools ended.

End of free school milk

1967 – The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified.

1981 – A fire at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino killed eight and injured 198.

1982  Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league player, was born.

1989 Ron Brown became the first African American to lead a major American political party when he was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

1996 The IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov for the first time.

2008 The 2008 Namdaemun fire severely damaged Namdaemun, the first National Treasure of South Korea.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia


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