Word of the day


Grá  (Irish) – great love or affection for someone or something; swetheart.

Comment problems


Several people have let me know they’re having problems posting comments.

A couple of them have since managed to leave comments and one emailed to say a lengthy process involving much desk-banging when all else failed seems to have solved the problem.

It appears to be a problem with  email addresses associated with old WordPress accounts.

I could ask if anyone else is having problems but that’s a bit like asking can-you-hear-me in a crowded room.

Apropos of comment problems, I often have trouble leaving comments on Blogspot blogs and recently haven’t been able to leave any from a WordPress address though it usually works if I sign in with a Google address.


Friday’s answers on Saturday


Thursday’s questions were:

1. Who said: “The lack of moeny money is the root of all evil“?

2. Who wrote “Not A Penny More Not A Penny Less“?

3. Vexillology is the study of what?.

4. What is the English name for the mountain Maori call tititea?

5. Gaborone  is the capital of which country?

Points for answers:

Andrei got four.

Adam got three.

James earned an electronic wedge of Whitestone’s new Lindis Pass cheese with five right.

Teletext also earned an electronic wedge of Lindis Pass cheese with five right and a bonus for extra information.

PDM got two and a smile for #3.


Alwyn must have answered as I was posting the answers. She got five and an apology, I’m all out of electronic chocolate chippies. Would electronic chocolate brownie do instead?

Answers follow the break:

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Top o’ the morning


It’s St Patrick’s Day which provides an excuse for those with any link to the land of leprechauns to get all Irish.

As far as I know, I don’t have any Irish ancestry, but in the spiritof Celtic solidarity I offer this:


Paddy was driving his lorry along a country road when he saw a bridge with a sign saying 10 foot max. headroom.He slowed down wondering if he could drive under it or not , ‘A shure I’ll give it a go, he thought only to find that his lorry got stuck underneath it.

Paddy sat back in his seat, poured out a cup of tea and opened his newspaper.

A policeman arrived a short time later and knocked on the cab door which Paddy then opened, ‘what do you think you are doing? asked the policeman?

‘Sure I’m having me tea break, replied Paddy?

‘And what do you work at? asked the policeman.

‘Agh shure I deliver bridges,! smiled Paddy!

Best tribute character not words


Quote of the day:

The death of Jock Hobbs underscores why people say at funerals that the best tribute we can pay someone is not words but the character of our own lives. Trying to be better is the best way to recognise his life, and that of Owen McShane, whose funeral was on Tuesday.

Owen’s intellect and willingness to challenge the myths of his age were unsurpassed. It’s the measure of a small society that those who should have listened more closely, did not pay Owen greater heed when he was alive. Jim Hopkins

Aussies seek Asian investment


Trans Tasman reports:

While a battle rages in NZ over foreign investment in agriculture, Trade Minister Craig Emerson is calling for more Asian investment in Aust food production.

He says rising global food demand will provide lucrative opportunities for Aust but warns the scale of investment required to meet the demand will require offshore investment. He says in the same way foreign investment by Asian nations seeking energy security bankrolled the development of the booming resources industry, demand for food security could unleash a new wave of investment in Aust agriculture.

In backing the push for greater access to capital, the National FarmersFederation demanded more policies to boost productivity and strengthen the economy to help farmers rise to the production challenge. Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences research has found potential for Australia to lift the value of its agricultural exports by 140% by 2050 in real terms.

Emerson says drought-prone Aust needs major investment to improve water infrastructure and create enough equity for pastoral and agricultural companies to be able to access bank finance. He says Asian investment could be the catalyst for bringing Australian agriculture into the new economy.

There are similar opportunites in New Zealand.

We have the land, the produce and the expertise. They have the money.

There must be a way we can get together to our mutual advantage.

March 17 in history


45 BC Julius Caesar defeated the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.

180 Marcus Aurelius died leaving Commodus as the sole emperor of the Roman Empire.

624 Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeated the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr.

1337 Edward, the Black Prince was made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy made in England.

1473 King James IV of Scotland was born (d. 1513).

1756 Saint Patrick’s Day was celebrated in New York City for the first time (at the Crown and Thistle Tavern).

1776 American Revolution: British forces evacuated Boston, Massachusetts after George Washington and Henry Knox placed artillery overlooking the city.

1780 American Revolution: George Washington granted the Continental Army a holiday “as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence”.

1805 The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, became the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.

1834 Gottlieb Daimler, German engineer and inventor was born (d. 1900).

1845 The rubber band was patented.

1846 Kate Greenaway, English children’s author and illustrator, was born (d. 1901).

1860 The opening shots of the first Taranaki War were fired when imperial troops attacked a pa built by the Te Ati Awa chief Te Rangitake at Te Kohia.

First Taranaki war erupts at Waitara

1861 The Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946) was proclaimed.

1864 Joseph Baptista Indian Home Rule founder was born  (d. 1930).

1880 Lawrence Oates, English army officer and Antarctic explorer, was born (d. 1912).

1919 Nat King Cole, American singer, was born (d. 1965).

1920 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Founding Leader of Bangladesh, was born (d. 1975).

1938 Rudolf Nureyev, Russian-born dancer and choreographer, was born (d. 1993).

1938 Zola Taylor, American singer (The Platters), was born  (d. 2007).

1939 Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan started.

1941 The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC was officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1941 Paul Kantner, American musician (Jefferson Airplane) was born.

1942 The first Jews from the Lviv Ghetto were gassed at the Belzec death camp (eastern Poland).

1945 The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany collapsed, ten days after its capture.

1947 First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber.

1948 Benelux, France and the United Kingdom signed the Treaty of Brussels.

1950  Researchers at the University of California announced the creation of element 98, which they named “Californium.”

1951 Scott Gorham, American musician (Thin Lizzy) was born.

1954 Lesley-Anne Down, English actress, was born.

1957 A plane crash in Cebu killed Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.

1958 The United States launched the Vanguard 1 satellite.

1959 Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, fled Tibet for India.

1960 U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action programme that led to the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

1966  Off the coast of Spain, the Alvin submarine found a missing American hydrogen bomb.

1967 Billy Corgan, American musician (Smashing Pumpkins), was born.

1969 Alexander McQueen, British fashion designer, was born (d. 2010).

1969 Golda Meir became the first female Prime Minister of Israel.

1970 My Lai Massacre: The United States Army charged 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident.

1973 The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy was taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family.

1976 Stephen Gately, Irish singer, musician, and actor (Boyzone) was born (d. 2009).

1979 The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapsed during engineering works, killing two workers.

1988 A Colombian Boeing 727 jetliner, Avianca Flight 410, crashed into a mountainside near the Venezuelan border killing 143.

1988 Eritrean War of Independence: The Nadew Command, an Ethiopian army corps in Eritrea, was attacked on three sides by military units of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front in the opening action of the Battle of Afabet.

1992 Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires: Suicide car bomb attack killed 29 and injured 242.

2000 More than 800 members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God died in a mass murder and suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult.

2003 Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Robin Cook, resigned from the British Cabinet over his disagreement with government plans for the war with Iraq.

2004 –  Unrest in Kosovo: More than 22 killed, 200 wounded, and the destruction of 35 Serbian Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Nis.

2008 – Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer resigned after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson became New York State governor.

Sourced from NZ History and Wikipedia.

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