Scapegrace – a reckless and unprincipled reprobate; an idle mischievous person; a wild person; a complete rogue or rascal; a habitually unscrupulous person; scamp.
Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked by:
* Twenty money-saving tips from bankers and their wives (for which I tip a hat to A Bee of a Certain Age) and the comments which it provoked.
Among those comments were:
Kudos on finding that delicate balance between classism and sexism.
Mr. Moneybags | 4 days ago
Cancel your private health insurance and get paid to enrol the entire family in scientific experiments.
wysiwig | 4 days ago
You know, this is good, but I think you’re missing a few things that might really help the average wealthy investment banker take the sting out of tightening his belt. For example: . . .
– If you are not particularly fond of one or more of your younger children, there is a great way to kill two birds with one stone by cutting costs at home on food AND the mouths you need to feed. I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee or a ragout. Not to mention the guilt you will spare yourself by not having to put the little tyke into a private school. It may sound radical, but it’s just a modest proposal.
supernovashock | 4 days ago
I really like the assumption that all these bankers are men. What if there is a straight woman banker? Should she get her wife to iron her shirts? Should she just quit in an effort to apease the patriarchy so this article can hold true? I can’t believe this article was written by a woman. Shame on you, Sarah Butcher. It’s women like you who make it so much harder for the rest of us to to break out of the shitty mould society says we must fit.
Straight women bankers are a dying breed.
Maybe they’re dying in ironing accidents…
One way that I save myself money on a regular basis is by parking my private jet and just taking the bus to Vegas. A jet is not really necessary unless travelling over oceans. This method has saved me bucket loads of cash. I recommend you all to do the same, but if those smelly commoners are just too dirty for you to rub elbows with, you might also consider booking a personal car on the train.
Ashley | 2 days ago
We also looked at:
The survey by Horizon Research survey was released by the Financial Services Council which has a vested interest in people investing more.
But the results aren’t surprising, you’d have a very modest lifestyle if you thought $349 per week for an individual and $537 per week for a couple was anything more than barely adequate.
It was never designed to provide more than that and it is good that people realise they will have to make some provision for retirement income to top up the universal super.
Usually being the first woman to hold a prominent position is regarded as newsworthy.
Not so with the appointment of Dame Susan Devoy as the Race Relations Commissioner.
Instead, the huffing and puffing about her suitability, or not, for the role has got the headlines and her gender received hardly a mention.
If it meant that there are sufficient women in prominent positions that another one isn’t regarded as unusual that is a positive sign of evolution.
However, I suspect the lack of interest in Dame Susan being the first woman is because her perceived politics matter more to to those to whom these things matter than her gender.
Helen Clark often gets more acknowledgement for being New Zealand’s first elected female Prime Minister than Dame Jenny Shipley does for being the first woman to hold that office and Ruth Richardson rarely gets noted for being the first woman to be Minister of Finance.
To some being the first woman in a role isn’t regarded as noteworthy if you’re not also likely to be a darling of the left.
A pleasant exception to the huffing and puffing is this media release from the New Zealand Maori Council:
“We are pleased to welcome Dame Susan as Race Relations Commissioner, and look forward to a close and meaningful relationship,” stated Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie, co-chair of the New Zealand Maori Council. “The office of Race Relations Commissioner, formerly known as Conciliator, has a proud history of advocating on behalf of Maori and we are sure that Dame Susan will continue that tradition.” . . .
Maanu Paul, co-chair of the New Zealand Maori Council . . . said that Dame Susan had a proud history to live up to, as previous Race Relations Commissioners had striven to expose racism and set a better course for our nation. “We have watched her on the squash courts, on the road raising awareness and money to help people with muscular dystrophy and in company board rooms. She was unbeatable there, and we hope she will continue to inspire us into the future.”
My recollection of news about the Race relations Commissioner in recent times is that it has largely been negative.
Someone coming from another direction might well be able to change that and she should at least be given the chance to prove herself.
The prospect of free trade is worrying United States dairy producers.
Organisations representing rural America are urging the US government not to give Fonterra more access to their domestic dairy market – saying its unfair market power has the potential to seriously damage American livelihoods.
Eleven groups representing US dairy farmers and rural communities have written to the Senate finance committee arguing that the Trans-Pacifc Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement currently being negotiated threatens their dairy sector. . .
Farmers here were equally concerned when we lost subsidies and protection. But that was nearly three decades ago and I don’t know anyone who would want to go back to those bad old days.
US dairy farmers are a powerful lobby and their concern is understandable.
But there will be a lot more consumers who will benefit from the greater choice and lower prices that free trade will provide.
The nationwide drought has reduced Landcorp’s earnings by $12.3 million.
The company would break even for the year, though a change in the weather could alter that, chief executive Chris Kelly said yesterday.
However, the Government’s expectation of a year-end dividend would not be met. . . .
Landcorp is an SOE with about $1.6 billion of assets yet won’t be paying a dividend.
Why is the state still farming?
The company shouldn’t be sold as a whole but it should gradually sell its 122 farms and free up the capital for use in other assets which are core government business.
“When people ask me what I do, I tell them I don’t know but it takes all day to do it,” she said.
“But how can you not know what you do?” he said.
“That’s the thing with invisible work,” she said. “The only way to tell what you do is to not do it. Then, when you notice what hasn’t been done you can work out what you usually do.”
1026 Pope John XIX crowned Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor.
1484 William Caxton printed his translation of Aesop’s Fables.
1516 Conrad Gessner, Swiss naturalist, was born (d. 1565).
1552c Guru Amar Das became the Third Sikh Guru.
1636 Utrecht University was founded in the Netherlands.
1812 An earthquake destroyed Caracas, Venezuela.
1830 The Book of Mormon was published in Palmyra, New York.
1839 The first Henley Royal Regatta was held.
1859 Alfred Edward Housman, English poet, was born (d. 1936).
1874 Robert Frost, American poet, was born (d. 1963).
1881 Thessaly was freed and becomes part of Greece again.
1896 The Brunner Mine Disaster killed 65 men.
1905 Viktor Frankl, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, was born (d. 1997).
1911 Tennessee Williams, American dramatist, was born (d. 1983).
1913 Balkan War: Bulgarian forces took Adrianople.
1917 First Battle of Gaza – British troops were halted after 17,000 Turks blocked their advance.
1931 Leonard Nimoy, American actor and director, was born.
1934 The driving test was introduced in the United Kingdom.
1942 Auschwitz received its first female prisoners.
1942 Erica Jong, American author, was born.
1943 Bob Woodward, American journalist, was born.
1944 Diana Ross, American singer (Supremes), was born.
1945 World War II: In Iwo Jima, US forces declared Iwo Jima secure.
1948 Richard Tandy, British keyboardist (Electric Light Orchestra), was born.
1948 Steven Tyler, American singer (Aerosmith), was born.
1954 Curtis Sliwa, American founder of the Guardian Angels, anit-crime activist, was born.
1958 The United States Army launched Explorer 3.
1967 Ten thousand people gathered for one of many Central Park Be-Ins in New York City.
1968 James Iha, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle), was born.
1973 Lawrence E. Page, American search engine pioneer, was born.
1974 Gaura Devi leads a group of 27 women of Laata village, Henwalghati, Garhwal Himalayas, to form circles around trees to stop them being felled, thus sparking the Chipko Movement in India.
1975 The Biological Weapons Convention entered into force.
1979 Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter signed the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.
1982 A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was held in Washington, D.C..
1995 The Schengen Treaty went into effect.
1996 The International Monetary Fund approved a $10.2 billion loan for Russia.
1997 Thirty-nine bodies found in the Heaven’s Gate cult suicides.
1998 Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria: 52 people killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
1999 The “Melissa worm” infected Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.
2005 The Taiwanese government called on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People’s Republic of China. Around 200,000 to 300,000 attended the walk.
2006 In Scotland, the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places went into force.
2010 – 46 died as a South Korean warship sank, allegedly after an attack by North Korea.
2011 – At least 250,000 people attend the 2011 London anti-cuts protest.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia