For the nurses


It’s International Nurses’ Day about which Health Minister Tony Ryall says:

“Nurses are hugely valuable and are part of the backbone of our health service. There are currently just over 49,000 nurses practising in New Zealand.

The theme for International Nurses Day this year is ‘’Closing the Gap: From Evidence to Action.”

“There are many great examples of nurses identifying areas in our health service that need improvement, researching a solution and then changing the way they do things to improve health services for patients.

“For example, Sandy Bryant, a nurse at Wellington Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit looked at their rates of bloodstream infections in babies, looked at the international best practice benchmarks and the unit has changed how they insert a central-line into a baby’s vein.

“Their rates are now below international benchmarks. Not only has this had significant benefit for babies and parents, the reduced infection rate also equates to around $500,000 a year in savings.

“Initiatives like this improve the quality of our services and better utilise our health resources.

District health boards are now employing 2,000 more nurses since November 2008.

Nurses usually appear well up any ranking of most-respected jobs, for very good reasons. It’s a highly skilled and demanding job – physically, emotionally and intellectually.

My mother was a nurse. Although, like most women of her generation, she stopped nursing when she married, she used nursing skills – and patience – in many ways throughout the rest of her life.


Word of the day


Leggiadrous – elegant; graceful; pleasing.

Saturday smiles


* My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I ‘ve just finished cleaning.”
*  My mother taught me RELIGION. “You’d better pray that someone can fix that.”

*My mother taught me LOGIC. “Because I said so, that’s why.”

* My mother taught me MORE LOGIC. ‘If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

*My mother taught me FORESIGHT. “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

*My mother taught me IRONY. “Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

*My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS. “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”
* My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM. “Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”
* My mother taught me about STAMINA. “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”

* My mother taught me about WEATHER. “This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”

*  My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY. “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”
*  My mother taught me about BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION. “Stop acting like your father!”
*. My mother taught me about ENVY. “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”
*My mother ! taught me about ANTICIPATION. “Just wait until we get home.”
* My mother taught me about RECEIVING. “You are going to get it when you get home!”
* My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE. “If you don’t stop making that face, the wind will change and it’ll stay that way.

* My mother taught me ESP. “Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”
* My mother taught me HUMOUR. “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
*My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT. “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

* My mother taught me GENETICS. “You’re just like your father.”
*My mother taught me about my ROOTS. “Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a tent?”
* My mother taught me WISDOM. “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”
* My mother taught me about JUSTICE. “One day you’ll have kids, and you’ll know just how I feel.”

* My mother taught me about UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. “I don’t always like you but I’ll always love you.”



Only 5/10 in Stuff’s Biz Quiz.

Call me over cautious . . .


. . .  but there are a few things in this email which make me a wee bit suspicious:

Dear Mr. Ele Ludemann
it’s my pleasure to contact you, I hope to have a solid business working relationship with you, I got your esteemed contact detail from the directory. I have investor who is keen to invest in your country. I have just been approached by him regarding funds investment he told me in strict confidence to look for an honest and straight forward person NZ who could receive funds for investment placements.  The code of conduct bureau in his country as senior civil servant does not permit them to own or operate a foreign bank account so he will be obliged to use  someone like you  who  have a good investment platform and experience to handle the funds .due to the ongoing anti graft verification and declaration of asset of  servicing senior  civil servants and politician in his country the owner want the funds to be move to you as trustee /partner ASAP to avoid any trace  of the funds to him.

Do contact me ASAP so that we can proceed with perfecting documentation to move the funds to your possession.

Yours sincerely,

Danso Larbi

Note to would-be fraudsters:

It pays to get the recipient’s gender and your English right if you’re going to have the remotest chance of finding anyone stupid enough to do anything but delete such messages.

Whatever it takes


Federated Farmers is urging the Ministry of Primary Industries to do whatever it takes to eliminate the threat of Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni).

Dr William Rolleston, Federated Farmers Vice-President and biosecurity spokesperson said:

“If action is needed we need to be quick and decisive about it.  This is truly a serious threat to horticulture and we’ve simply got too much to lose.

“Once we get on top of this incursion, there needs to a closer look at passenger entry at the border.  The risk is less from cargo and more from the millions who enter New Zealand each year. . . “

New Zealand and Australia have the strictest biosecurity controls I’ve encountered but no system is foolproof.

I’m always very careful about what I take from one country to another but once inadvertently brought an insect home from Argentina.

I’d wrapped wine bottles in bubble wrap on the floor before we left and when unwrapping them saw an insect crawl out. My daughter cut it in half with scissors and then I burned it.

No harm was done on this occasion but it has made me even more vigilant when I travel.

Not everyone takes biosecurity concerns  seriously, many don’t realise the danger posed by incursions. However, no matter how alert travellers are and how strict the screening is, the risk of breeches are ever present.


May 12 in history


1191  Richard I of England married Berengaria of Navarre who was crowned Queen consort of England the same day.

1264 The Battle of Lewes, between King Henry III and the rebel Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, began.

1328 Antipope Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, was consecrated in Rome by the Bishop of Venice.

1364  Jagiellonian University, was founded in Kraków.

1551  National University of San Marcos, was founded in Lima.

1588 French Wars of Religion: Henry III fledParis after Henry of Guise enters the city.

1689  King William’s War: William III joined the League of Augsburg starting a war with France.

1743  Maria Theresa of Austria was crowned King of Bohemia after defeating her rival, Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor.

1797  First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquered Venice.

1812 Edward Lear, British author and poet was born (d. 1888).

1820 Florence Nightingale, British nurse was born (d. 1910).

1821  The first big battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occured in Valtetsi.

1828  Dante Gabriel Rossetti, British painter,was born (d. 1882).

1863  American Civil War: Battle of Raymond: two divisions of James B. McPherson‘s XVII Corps (ACW) turned the left wing of Confederate General John C. Pemberton‘s defensive line on Fourteen Mile Creek, opening up the interior of Mississippi to the Union Army during the Vicksburg Campaign.

1864 American Civil War: the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House: thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers died in “the Bloody Angle”.

1865  American Civil War: the Battle of Palmito Ranch: the first day of the last major land action to take place during the Civil War, resulting in a Confederate victory.

1870 The Manitoba Act was given the Royal Assent, paving the way for Manitoba to become a province of Canada on July 15.

1873  Oscar II was crowned King of Sweden.

1881  Tunisia became a French protectorate.

1885 North-West Rebellion: the four-day Battle of Batoche, pitting rebel Métis against the Canadian government, ended with a decisive rebel defeat.

1890  The first-ever official County Championship match begins. Yorkshire beat Gloucestershire by eight wickets at Bristol. George Ulyett scored the first century in the competition.

1907 Katharine Hepburn, American actress, was born (d. 2003).

1910 Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, British biochemist, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 1994).

1924 Tony Hancock, British comedian, was born  (d. 1968).

1926  UK General Strike 1926: In the United Kingdom, a nine-day general strike by ended.

1932  Ten weeks after his abduction, the infant son of Charles Lindbergh was found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey, just a few miles from the Lindberghs’ home.

1937 Susan Hampshire, British actress, was born.

1937 – George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon were crowned King and Queen.

1941 – Konrad Zuse presented the Z3, the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.

1942 – World War II: Second Battle of Kharkov – in the eastern Ukraine, Red Army forces under Marshal Semyon Timoshenko launched a major offensive from the Izium bridgehead.

1942 – Holocaust: 1,500 Jews were sent to gas chambers in Auschwitz.

1945 Ian McLagan, British keyboardist (Small Faces), was born.

1945  Argentinian labour leader José Peter declared the Federación Obrera de la Industria de la Carne dissolved.

1949 – The Soviet Union lifted its blockade of Berlin.

1949 – The western occupying powers approved the Basic Law for the new German state – the Federal Republic of Germany.

1952 Gaj Singh was crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur.

1958 Aformal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement was signed between the United States and Canada.

1962  Douglas MacArthur delivered his famous “Duty, Honor, Country” valedictory speech at the United States Military Academy.

1965 – The Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashes on the Moon.

1967  Pink Floyd staged the first-ever quadraphonic rock concert.

1971 A civic reception for 161 Battery on its return from Vietnam was disrupted by protesters.

Anti-Vietnam War protests in Queen Street

1975 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union footballer, was born.

Jonah Lomu (cropped).jpg

1975  Mayagüez incident: the Cambodian navy seized the American merchant ship SS Mayaguez in international waters.

1978  In Zaïre, rebels occupy the city of Kolwezi, the mining center of the province of Shaba.

1981  Francis Hughes starved to death in the Maze Prison in a republican campaign for political status to be granted to Provisional IRA prisoners.

1982 – During a procession outside the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, security guards overpower edJuan Fernandez Krohn before he  attacked Pope John Paul IIwith a bayonet.

1999 David Steel became the first Presiding Officer (speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament.

2002  Former US President Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro’s 1959 revolution.

2003  The Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, kill 26.

2003 – Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.

2006  Mass unrest by the Primeiro Comando da Capital began in São Paulo, leaving at least 150 dead.

2007  Karachi riots , which killed over 50 people in Karachi and above 100 injured, on the arrival of Chief Justice of Pakistan; Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in Karachi city.

2008 Wenchuan earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) in Sichuan, China, killed more than 69,000 people.

2010 – An Afriqiyah Airways Flight crashed, killing all but one person on board.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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