Word of the day

October 5, 2012

Dort – to sulk, take offence.


Final word for fisherfolk dialect

October 5, 2012

The last person fluent in the fisherfolk dialect of Cromarty has died.

It was a traditional dialect used for  centuries by fisherfolk.

But yesterday it emerged that the language of  Cromarty had finally died with the passing of its last speaker.

Bobby Hogg was the only person still fluent  in the age-old tongue of the Black Isle and his death at the age of 92 means it  will now exist only in audio recordings. . .

Some of the words in the dialect include:

Dialect Word       English Meaning 
     ablach                odd looking, awkward 
     amitan                   a fool 
     ammers                embers 
      back flan                 down draught 
 baldie boats                 type of fishing boat that Cromarty men took to the lochs 
 bauchles                      old ill fitting shoes or slippers 
 beetyach                     a small knife for beeting (mending) nets 
 belligut                      a greedy person 
 belwar                      layers of tangles
bendin                     the place where two pieces of long-line are joined 
  beouch                  dear 
  bicht                       a turn taken by a boat when shooting the lines 
   bladyach                sweet sounding 
   bladyach tang        sweet tongue


Friday’s answers

October 5, 2012

Thursday’s questions were:

1. Who said: “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.” ?

2.  From which poem does the following quote come and what is the last line: Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all . . .

3. It’s laid in French; brutto in Italian, feo  in Spanisha and kikino in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who said: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”?

5. Do you judge books by their covers?

Points for answers:

Andrei got four right.

Adam got three.

Alwyn wins an electronic bunch of daffodils with 4 1/2 (it was William but Morris not Barnes).

Rob got two and a bonus for humour.

Answers follow the break:

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Recoleta must-do in Buenos Aires

October 5, 2012

A visit to a cemetery isn’t always on the must-do list for tourists but Recoleta in Buenos Aires is well worth a visit.

It’s like walking through a miniature village with streets lined not with houses but crypts and mausoleums.

Situated in one of the city’s posher neighbourhoods, in what was the garden of a convent, the cemetery covers about five hectares.

Recoleta contains the remains of several of the country’s notable citizens including Eva Peron.


Let’s learn from Left

October 5, 2012

If  there’s one thing the political left does much better than the right, it’s submit.

That could be because people on the right are getting on with their lives and work and are less concerned about giving their views.

It could also be, at least for now, that they’re more likely to be supportive of proposed legislation and people are more likely to submit when they’re opposed to something than when they’re in favour of it.

Whatever the reason, it would be helpful if there was a bit more balance in submissions on legislation such as the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill.

This bill is an omnibus bill and amends the Crown Minerals Act 1991, the Conservation Act 1987, the Continental Shelf Act 1964, the Reserves Act 1977, and the Wildlife Act 1953. This bill aims to promote prospecting for, exploration for, and mining of Crown owned minerals for the benefit of New Zealand. . .

The Bill aims to:

. . . encourage the responsible development of Crown-owned minerals, so that they will contribute even more to New Zealand’s economic development. They will also streamline and simplify the regime where appropriate, bring it into line with the regulatory reform agenda, and make it better able to deal with future developments. The bill will insert a purpose statement into the Act that demonstrates the Government’s commitment to growth of the sector. The purpose of the Act will be to promote prospecting for, exploration for, and mining of Crown-owned minerals for the benefit of New Zealand, by providing for the efficient allocation rights to prospect for, explore for, and mine Crown-owned minerals, and for the effective management and regulation of the exercise of those rights, and for a fair financial return to the Crown for its minerals. . .

The left, and particularly the dark green section of the left, are sure to submit in force against the Bill.

It would be helpful to the government if people who support the Bill make submissions to give some balance to the inevitable debate.

You can find out how to make a submission on the first link above and find out more about the Bill at the second.

Submissions must be made by Friday November 2nd.

Submissions are also sought on the draft minerals programme. The close off for these is december 5th.


For the sake of the children

October 5, 2012

People taking part in today’s national day of action against welfare reforms are taking offence where none is intended.

The reforms aren’t directed at people in temporary need who are doing their best to find work.

They’re not aimed at people who will always require assistance nor at those who are already looking after their children well.

It’s aimed at people who could work and don’t and at those who take money for their children but don’t care and provide for them as they should.

I have only second-hand knowledge of what it’s like to be brought up in a family where parents don’t put their children first, ensure they have the health care they need and make the most of opportunities for education.

This correspondent to The Listener (not on-line) has first-hand experience:

I wish the Government had introduced the new conditions for receiving a benefit when I was a child (Politics, September 22).  Then maybe I wouldn’t have had a childhood plagued with preventable illness, illness that has continued to affect me into adulthood.

Perhaps I would have gone to school. Maybe even learnt to value education and understood what it meant for my future. Maybe i would have stayed at school and gone on to university. Moved up the socio-economic ladder. Perhaps I would have felt someone cared about what happened to me.

Unless you’ve lived the life, you don’t understand it. Beneficiaries are in a different category of citizen. they lose themselves in the day-to-day dysfunction and chaos of their lives; their children’s health and welfare are often not a priority.

All the doo-gooders out there tut-tutting about the Government’s decision need to get a reality check. When it comes to a taxpayer-funded benefit, the rights of the parents don’t come into it. the priority should always be the health and welfare of the children.

This is one woman’s experience. It doesn’t mean that all beneficiaries don’t make their children a priority but it does show why there is a need to ensure that the right to a benefit is balanced by the responsibility to look after the children for whom at least some of the money is given.


October 5 in history

October 5, 2012

869  The Fourth Council of Constantinople was convened to decide about what to do about Patriarch Photius of Constantinople.

1143  King Alfonso VII of Leon recognised Portugal as a Kingdom.

1665 The University of Kiel was founded.

1789 French Revolution: Women of Paris marched to Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris.

1793 French Revolution: Christianity was disestablished in France.

1864 Louis Lumière, French film pioneer, was born (d. 1948).

1864 Calcutta was almost totally destroyed by a cyclone which killed  60,000 people.

1866 The Maungatapu murderers were hanged in Nelson.

Maungatapu murderers hanged in Nelson

1869  A strong hurricane devastated the Bay of Fundy in Canada.

1877 Chief Joseph surrendered his Nez Perce band to General Nelson A. Miles.

1895 The first individual time trial for racing cyclists was held on a 50-mile course north of London.

1903  Sir Samuel Griffith was appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O’Connor were appointed foundation justices.

1905 Wilbur Wright piloted Wright Flyer III in a flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes, a world record that stood until 1908.

1910  Revolution in Portugal, monarchy overthrown, a republic declared .

1914  World War I’s first aerial combat resulting in a kill.

1930  British Airship R101 crashed in France en-route to India on its maiden voyage.

1936  The Jarrow March set off for London.

1942 Richard Street, American singer (The Temptations), was born.

1943  Steve Miller, American musician (Steve Miller Band), was born.

1944  Royal Canadian Air Force pilots shot down the first German jet fighter over France.

1944 – Suffrage was extended to women in France.

1945  Hollywood Black Friday: A six month strike by Hollywood set decorators turned into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers’ studios.

1947  The first televised White House address was given by President Harry S. Truman.

1948  The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake killed 110,000.

1951 Irish singer Bob Geldof was born.

1953 The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous was held.

1962 – Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, was released.

1966  A partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration nuclear breeder reactor.

1968  Police baton civil rights demonstrators in Derry – considered to mark the beginning of The Troubles.

1969 The first episode of  Monty Python’s Flying Circus aired on BBC.

1970  The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) was founded.

1970 British Trade Commissioner James Cross was kidnapped by members of the FLQ terrorist group.

1973  Signature of the European Patent Convention.

1974  Guildford pub bombings: bombs planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) killed four British soldiers and one civilian.

1984  Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.

1986  Israeli secret nuclear weapons were revealed. The British newspaper The Sunday Times ran Mordechai Vanunu’s story on its front page under the headline: “Revealed — the secrets of Israel’s nuclear arsenal.”

1988  The Chilean opposition coalition Concertación (center-left) defeated Augusto Pinochet in his re-election intentions.

1990 After one hundred and fifty years The Herald broadsheet newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, was published for the last time as a separate newspaper.

1991 An Indonesian military transport crashed after takeoff from Jakarta killing 137.

1991 – The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, was released.

1999  The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London killed 31 people.

2000  Mass demonstrations in Belgrade led to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević.

2001  Robert Stevens became the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

2011 – The MV Rena  ran aground on the Astrolabe reef near Tauranga,  resulting in an oil spill.

NZ Defence Force assistance to OP Rena.jpg

2011 – In the Mekong River massacre, two Chinese cargo boats were hijacked and 13 crew members murdered in the lawless Golden Triangle region of Southeast Asia.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia


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