Word of the day


Entermete – to interfere, meddle.

Blue to the end


He was committed, dedicated, determined, hard working,  loyal, loving, passionate, had an infectious grin, a wicked sense of humour and invented onions and ice cream.

He was also blue to the end – in the middle of the flowers on his coffin was a National Party rosette.

About choices not rights


Strong words, from Gordon Brown:

. . . But I am anti-bludging. Let’s call it what it is.

It’s about a small but growing group of people who think they have a right to make any decision they like and we should pay for their consequences.

It’s not about rights, it’s all about choices.

I have nothing but the greatest admiration for those couples, and women, who went without to give their children a good upbringing. Anyone over the age of 30 or so will know what I mean. They, like us, never received a cent from the Government (or us) for childcare. My wife worked, we paid the costs and what was left over went towards our savings to buy our first house.

It may come as a shock to the likes of Ms Moroney to know that women generally planned their pregnancies and the last thing on their minds was a Government hand-out.

Just why we should pick up the tab and somehow be jointly responsible for anyone else’s child isn’t the sign of a more enlightened society. It is a symptom of a reluctantly indulgent society, which simply can’t afford such profligacy, that allows others who abdicate their own responsibilities to bludge off the rest of us.

When welfare began it was not universal and was based on need.

Gradually it has evolved so that benefits have become entitlements given not just to those in need but also some in want or even greed; and the first recourse for people whose budgets are stretched is not to cut their costs but to expect a top-up from the public purse.

Supply up price down


Increased supply of milk from New Zealand, Europe and the USA has led to an inevitable fall in the price in this morning’s GlobalDairyTrade auction.

The 9.9% drop in the trade weighted index is the biggest since mid-2010.

The Real GDT-TWI, which is the GDT-TWI deflated by a measure of the US consumer price index, fell below its 10-year average for the first time since 2009.

The decline in prices comes as commodity prices hold near their lowest levels this year, based on the Thomson Reuters/Jefferies CRB Commodity Index of 19 globally traded commodities. The index most recently rose 0.4 percent to 302.09. Commodity prices have softened on signs demand may slow in China, the world’s fastest-growing major economy.

The average winning price for whole milk powder fell 11 percent to US$2,847 a metric tonne and skim milk powder fell 7.6 percent to US$2,871 a tonne.

Anhydrous milk fat dropped 6.9 percent to US$3,304 a tonne. Cheddar fell 12.1 percent to US$2,937 a tonne and milk protein concentrate declined 3.9 percent to US$4,520 a tonne. Rennet casein fell 11.9 percent to US$6,424 a tonne.

This isn’t welcome news but nor is it unexpected in the wake of reports of higher production heroverseeing other countries.  When the supply goes up, prices usually come down.

We benefit from investment


Quote of the day:

“Both sides see our future in the dynamic markets of Asia. At issue in this Forum was how we could work to make this a reality.  There was agreement that business needs to step up to articulate this vision more forcefully to domestic stakeholders, to develop new business models connecting with regional supply chains and to work with governments to promote both the development of Asia-relevant skills as well as a range of policy instruments which will foster greater economic integration in the region.

‘Be open to investment in rural land’

“Chief among these is the need to maintain an open and welcoming environment for foreign investment, including in agricultural land,” Ling said.

“Calls for a more restrictive environment for foreign investment can only hinder business development by making it harder to access capital and develop key relationships in Asia and beyond. The cost will be slower economic growth and fewer jobs,” he said. Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum co-chair and Fletcher Building CEO Jonathan Ling

April 18 in history


1025 Bolesław Chrobry was crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.

1480 Lucrezia Borgia, Florentine ruler and daughter of Pope Alexander VI, was born  (d. 1519) .

1506 The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica was laid.

1518  Bona Sforza was crowned as queen consort of Poland.

1738 Real Academia de la Historia (“Royal Academy of History”) founded in Madrid.

1775  American Revolution: The British advancement by sea began; Paul Revere and other riders warned the countryside of the troop movements.

1783 Fighting ceased in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began.

1797 The Battle of Neuwied – French victory against the Austrians.

1831 The University of Alabama was founded.

1847 A Maori raid on the Gilfillan farm at Matarawa, near Wanganui, left four family members dead.

Gilfillan killings near Wanganui

1848 American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opened the way for invasion of Mexico.

1880 An F4 tornado struck Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100.

1881  Billy the Kid escaped from the Lincoln County jail.

1889 Jessie Street, Australian suffragette, feminist, and human rights activist, was born (d. 1970) .

1899 The St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.

1902  Quetzaltenango, second largest city of Guatemala, was destroyed by Earthquake.

1906 The 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire destroyed much of San Francisco.

1906 – The Los Angeles Times story on the Azusa Street Revival launched Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement.

1909 Joan of Arc was beatified in Rome.

1912  The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brought 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.

1915 Joy Gresham Lewis, American writer, wife of C. S. Lewis, was born (d. 1960) .

1915 French pilot Roland Garros was shot down and glided to a landing on the German side of the lines.

1923 Yankee Stadium, “The House that Ruth Built,” opened.

1924 Simon & Schuster published the first Crossword puzzle book.

1930 BBC Radio infamously announced that there was no news on that day.

1930 Clive Revill, New Zealand born actor, was born.

1940 Mike Vickers, British guitarist and saxophonist was born.

1942 World War II: The Doolittle Raid – Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe and Nagoya bombed.

1942 – Pierre Laval became Prime Minister of Vichy France.

1943 World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was killed when his aircraft was shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island.

1945 More than 1,000 bombers attackedthe small island of Heligoland, Germany.

1946 Hayley Mills, English actress, was born.

1946 The League of Nations was dissolved.

1949  The Republic of Ireland Act came into force.

1954 Gamal Abdal Nasser seized power in Egypt.

1955 Twenty-nine nations met at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference.

1958 A United States federal court ruled that poet Ezra Pound was to be released from an insane asylum.

1961 CONCP was founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.

1971 David Tennant, Scottish actor, was born

1974 The prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto inaugurated Lahore Dry port.

1980 – The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) came into being, with Canaan Banana as the first President.

1983 – A suicide bomber destroyed the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.

1988 The United States launched Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II.

1992 General Abdul Rashid Dostum revolted against President Mohammad Najibullah of Afghanistan and allied with Ahmed Shah Massoud to capture Kabul.

1993President of Pakistan, Ghulam Ishaq Khan dissolved the National Assembly and dismissed the Cabinet.

1996 In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces shelled the UN compound at Quana where more than 800 civilians had taken refuge.

2007  The Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.

2007 – A series of bombings, two of them suicides,  in Baghdad, killed 198 and injured 251.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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