Kvetch – to complain persistently; a chronic, habitual and/or whining complainer; a nagging complaint.
This is the weekend for Lunar New Year celebrations issuing in the Year of the Snake.
This 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.
CER, the Closer Economic Relationship between Australia and New Zealand is 30 years old and both countries are better for it.
The two Prime Ministers are in Queenstown for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ meeting.
Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Gillard acknowledged the 30th Anniversary of the Australia/New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Agreement (CER).
CER is widely acknowledged as the vehicle which has seen successive governments on both sides of the Tasman progressively remove barriers to trade in goods, services and investment between the two countries. . .
CER in effect gives us a domestic market of 20 million extra people instead of just our own 4 million.
The population advantage isn’t so great for Australians but the open borders make travel easier and give businesses on both sides of the Tasman more opportunities. Consumers benefit from more choice and often lower prices and/or higher quality.
The relationship has had the odd strain. An example of this was the non-trade barriers Australia tried to impose on New Zealand apples.
However, the World Trade Organisation ruled in our favour – and Ms Gillard had to swallow that when she lost a bet with our Prime Minister:
Ms Gillard made a bet with New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key on the outcome of the 2010 Rugby World Cup – a deal that would see the leader of whichever country lost eat an apple from the winning country.
Luckily for Mr Key, the All Blacks reigned supreme.
The bet was symbolic of the end of Australia’s 90-year ban on New Zealand apples, following a World Trade Organisation ruling that it must allow imports.
Ms Gillard finally honoured the bet during dinner with Mr Key, his wife Bronagh, and Ms Gillard’s partner Tim Mathieson in Queenstown, New Zealand, on Friday night.
“I’d have to say, of course, Australian apples are better,” Ms Gillard said.
She added that Mr Key had tried to serve her New Zealand apples on multiple occasions. . .
She would say that about the apples, but I don’t think all the consumers in her country would agree with her.
Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation.
You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, to muse or amuse.
1355 The St. Scholastica’s Day riot broke out in Oxford leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead in two days.
1763 The 1763 Treaty of Paris ended theFrench and Indian War and France ceded Quebec to Great Britain.
1775 Charles Lamb, English essayist, was born (d. 1834).
1798 Louis Alexandre Berthier invaded Rome.
1870 The YWCA was founded.
1893 Jimmy Durante, American actor/comedian, was born (d. 1980).
1894 Harold Macmillan, British Prime Minister, was born (d. 1986).
1906 HMS Dreadnought (1906) was launched.
1913 – News of the failure of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition to the South Pole was telegraphed secretly from Oamaru.
1923 Texas Tech University was founded as Texas Technological College in Lubbock.
1930 Robert Wagner, American actor, was born.
1931 New Delhi became the capital of India.
1934 Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet, was born.
1937 Roberta Flack, American singer, was born.
1947 Italy ceded most of Venezia Giulia to Yugoslavia.
1950 Mark Spitz, American swimmer, was born.
1952 Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, was born.
1955 – Greg Norman, Australian golfer, was born.
1967 The provision of free milk in schools ended.
1967 – The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified.
1981 – A fire at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino killed eight and injured 198.
1982 Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league player, was born.
1989 Ron Brown became the first African American to lead a major American political party when he was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
2009 – The communication satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251 collided in orbit, destroying both.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia