Only 4/10 in NZ History Online’s quiz.

Friday’s answers


Thursday’s questions were:

1. Who said: “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”?

2. Who wrote Black Beech and Honeydew  and Died In The Wool?

3. It’s chemin in French, strada  in Italian, camino in Spanish and rori  in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Do you understand the give-way rules and are they an improvement on the old ones?

5. Marmite or vegemite?

Points for answers:

Alwyn wins an electronic batch of biscuits of her choice with five right and a bonus for extra information.

PDM got two and a bonus for deduction.

Adam got three – though I’ll give a fourth if  he has a source for Swift rather than Lewis for #1.

Grant got four with a bonus for extra information and the smile.

Teletext also wins an electronic batch of baking of her/his choice with five right and a bonus for the names rather than initials.

Gravedodger got four with a bonus for remembering fifth form English.


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Another late referral


The Electoral Commission has referred Mediaworks and the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party (ALCP) to Police for an overspend of ALCP’s broadcasting allocation for election programmes broadcast last year.

This is yet another late referral for an alleged breech of electoral law. There is a problem with the rules, the way the commission operates or it’s resources if suspected breeches of the law during the election period aren’t, or can’t be, dealt with before an election.


And another referral:

The commission  has also referred the display of an election advertisement on a billboard in Penrose, Auckland on 26 November 2011 to the Police.

That was election day when nothing likely to influence voters can be displayed.

Money doesn’t matter?


Kiwiblog has a table showing how much each party spent per vote gained in last year’s election.

The top spender was the Conservative Party at $31.71 a vote and the lowest was the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party at 34 cents per vote.

National spent $2.19 and Labour $2.91 for each vote gained.

This  doesn’t mean money doesn’t matter, but it does show that spending lots doesn’t guarantee success.

The figures are for  spending on the party vote campaign. Parties which had candidates in electorates would have some benefit from money spent on and effort put into those campaigns too.



Quote of the day:

Apparently there is a context in which making Molotov cocktails, working off IRA training manuals, and sending messages about “killing white Mother ****rs” is all harmless and above board. TransTasman

Daylight saving lasts too long again


The equinox took place a couple of days ago, the sun is now further north than south.

That is obvious to anyone who has to get up early in the morning when it is still dark – and darker than it would be had daylight saving not been unnecessarily extended until the first Sunday in April.

In the best of summers it’s getting too cold to enjoy more light in the evenings by now.

This hasn’t been the best of summers for most of the ocuntry and it’s a cool, wet autumn for many of us.

I second Lucia Maria who says bring on the end of daylight saving please.

March 23 in history


1174 Jocelin, abbot of Melrose, was elected bishop of Glasgow.

1568 Peace of Longjumeau ended the Second War of Religion in France. Again Catherine de’ Medici and Charles IX of France make substantial concessions to the Huguenots.

1645 William Kidd, Scottish sailor, was born (d. 1701).

1708  James Francis Edward Stuart landed at the Firth of Forth.

1775 American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivered his famous speech – “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” – at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.

1801  Tsar Paul I of Russia was struck with a sword, then strangled, and finally trampled to death in his bedroom at St. Michael’s Castle.

1806  After traveling through the Louisiana Purchase and reaching the Pacific Ocean, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their “Corps of Discovery” began their journey home.

1821 Battle and fall of city of Kalamata, Greek War of Independence.

1848 The immigrant ship John Wikcliffe anchored at Port Chalmers carrying the first Scottish settlers for Dunedin, New Zealand.

The John Wickliffe anchors at Port Chalmers

1848 Otago province was founded.

1857 Elisha Otis‘s first lift was installed at 488 Broadway New York City.

1862 The First Battle of Kernstown, Virginia, marked the start of Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign.

1868 The University of California was founded.

1879 War of the Pacific  between Chile and the joint forces of Bolivia and Peru. Chile successfully took over Arica and Tarapacá leaving Bolivia as a landlocked country.

1889 – The free Woolwich Ferry officially opened in east London.

1889 The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was established by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in Qadian India.

1896 The Raines Law was passed by the New York State Legislature, restricting Sunday sale of alcohol to hotels.

1903 The Wright Brothers applied for a patent on their invention of one of the first successful airplanes.

1905 Joan Crawford, American actress, was born (d. 1977).

1919  Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement.

1921 Donald Campbell, British car and motorboat racer, was born (d. 1967).

1929  Sir Roger Bannister, English runner, was born.

1933 The Reichstag passed the Enabling act of 1933, making Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany.

1935 Signing of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Philippines.

1939 Hungarian air force attacked the headquarters of Slovak air force in the city of Spišská Nová Ves, killed 13 people and began the Slovak–Hungarian War.

1942 In the Indian Ocean, Japanese forces captured the Andaman Islands.

1949 Ric Ocasek, American musician (The Cars), was born.

1956 Pakistan becamesthe first Islamic republic in the world. (Republic Day in Pakistan).

1956 José Manuel Barroso, Portuguese politician, president of the European Commission, was born.

1962 – NS Savannah, the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, was launched as a showcase for Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace initiative.

1965  NASA launched Gemini 3, the United States’ first two-man space flight.

1980  Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador gave his famous speech appealing to men of the El Salvadoran armed forces to stop killing the Salvadorans.

1982 Guatemala’s government, headed by Fernando Romeo Lucas García was overthrown in a military coup by right-wing General Efraín Ríos Montt.

1983 Strategic Defense Initiative: President Ronald Reagan made his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles.

1989 Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann announced cold fusion at the University of Utah.

1994 Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio was assassinated by Mario Aburto Martínez.

1994 – Aeroflot Flight 593 crashed in Siberia when the pilot’s fifteen-year old son accidentally disengaged the autopilot, killing all 75 people on board.

1994 – A United States Air Force (USAF) F-16 aircraft collided with a USAF C-130 at Pope Air Force Base and then crashes, killing 24 United States Army soldiers on the ground in the Green Ramp disaster.

1996 Taiwan held its first direct elections and elected Lee Teng-hui as President.

1999 Gunmen assassinated Paraguay’s Vice President Luis María Argaña.

2001 The Russian Mir space station was disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean.

2003 In Nasiriyah, Iraq, 11 soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company and 18 U.S. Marines were killed during the first major conflict of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

2005 – A major explosion at the Texas City Refinery killed 15 workeers.

2007 Burnley Tunnel catastrophe in Melbourne.

2007 – The Iranian Navy seizes Royal Navy personnel in the waters between Iran and Iraq.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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