Word of the day

May 28, 2013

Crapehanger – a morose, gloomy, or pessimistic person; doomsayer; killjoy.

Wonderful words we should revive

May 28, 2013

Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass this afternoon was sparked by 27 delightful obsolete words it’s high time we revived.

They include:

Groak – To silently watch someone while they are eating, hoping to be invited to join them.

Crapulous – To feel ill because of excessive eating/drinking.

Grumpish – Sullen. An alternative to grumpy.

Jargogle – To confuse, bamboozle.

Apricity – The sun’s warmth on a cold winter’s day.

Twattle – To gossip, or talk idly.

Grogonize – To have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on someone.

Cockalorum – A little man with a high opinion of himself.

Curglaff – The shock one feels upon first plunging into cold water.

Callipygian – Having beautifully shaped buttocks.

Fuzzle – To make drunk, intoxicate.

Quockerwodger – : A wooden puppet, controlled by strings.

Curmuring – A low rumbling sound produced by the bowels.

Lumming – : Heavy rain.

But it’s not just the words which appealed. Each is illustrated by a photo of an owl reacting to or looking like the word which adds to the fun.


Rural round-up

May 28, 2013

Alliance eyes Indian market:

The Alliance Group says the Indian market provides the group with a potentially lucrative export market.

Management from the meat company have just been visiting the country to get a better idea of the market and trading opportunities for the company’s Pure South lamb.

The company says it will be aiming its product at the five-star food service market in top hotels and restaurants. . .

Record returns delivered to New Zealand kiwifruit growers in the shadow of Psa:

Zespri’s annual results for 2012/13 show the highest-ever average Orchard Gate Return (OGR) returns of $51,153 delivered to New Zealand kiwifruit growers. However, the record result comes as the impact of Psa on individual orchards continues to be felt across the industry.

A highlight of the year’s returns was the performance of the Zespri Green category, which accounts for around 70 percent of Zespri’s exported volume. Average per-tray Green returns increased by 21 percent from 2011/12 to $4.62, their highest level since 2003/04. This strong result flowed through to Zespri’s highest-ever average returns per hectare for Green growers of $37,959. . .

Deer industry ponders name change for  venison in Europe:

The deer industry is considering whether to have another go at marketing New Zealand venison in Europe under the name Cervena.

It’s looking for a new approach to counter falling sales in its biggest export market, Germany, where New Zealand venison is under pressure from cheaper European venison coming from countries like Spain and Poland.

Cervena is an appellation for New Zealand farmed venison, developed about 20 years ago.

It’s been used successfully in the United States, as well as New Zealand and Australia. . .

Cardona sale marks first step in Singapore refocus

Vealls Ltd has named its preferred bidder for Cardrona Alpine Resort, the first step in a strategy to refocus on Singapore that is opposed by shareholder Elevation Capital Management.

Te Anau-based tourism company Real Journeys, whose businesses include the TSS Earnslaw and Milford Sound cruises, will make its first foray into skifields if the acquisition meets due diligence and gets shareholder approval.

Cardrona’s operating assets were valued at $A40.9 million, according to Vealls’ first-half accounts, and the skifield was the biggest source of earnings, at $A5.7 million, while the Australian company’s biggest asset, some $A57 million held on deposit with banks, generated just $A509,000, reflecting low interest rates. . .

Richie McCaw lends a hand to support launch Fonterra milk for schools in Christchurch:

Home-town hero Richie McCaw knows the milk being delivered to Christchurch’s Burnside Primary School children as part of Fonterra Milk for Schools will be top-notch. That’s because the rugby legend understands the value of dairy nutrition as part of a balanced diet.

“Throughout my career, my nutritionists have made sure that dairy is a big part of my diet. The message I’ve always got from them is that when it comes to keeping my body in top shape, a few daily serves of dairy should always be on the menu.”  
Richie says it is great to know that kids from his home town will directly benefit from having milk every school day with the help of Fonterra farmers, the commitment of local schools and the support of the Christchurch community.  . .


Double GOLD for Cirro at 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards:

Cirro is on ‘cloud nine’ after recently being awarded two Gold medals in the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards for their 2012 Marlborough Sauvignon blanc and 2010 Marlborough Pinot noir.

Cirro wines are grown and produced in Marlborough, New Zealand. Winemakers David Tyney and Richard Green released their first vintage in 2009 after deciding to ‘join forces’ and combine their extensive winemaking experience. “From the beginning we wanted to create wines that epitomise the best of Marlborough, classic regional wines that over deliver on flavour and intensity” says David. . .

Forecast higher?

May 28, 2013

Fonterra will announce its forecast payout for the 2013-14 tomorrow.

Several pundits are suggesting it will be higher than this year’s $6.12 for a fully shared-up supplier.

That will be good news for suppliers and the wider economy.

Those competing for land-use,especially sheep and beef farmers, won’t be quite so happy.

Trans-Tasman tide turning

May 28, 2013

The Trans-Tasman job tide is turning:

ANZ has become the latest big Australian company to send more jobs overseas, replacing 70 call-centre jobs with positions in New Zealand as part of attempts to bolster profit through cost-cutting.

In another case of ”offshoring” by a big bank, ANZ last week told staff it would shift the jobs from Melbourne to New Zealand, where it is bulking up its 175-strong staff who respond to Australian customers’ queries.  . .

In another sign that our economy is strengthening while Australia’s is weakening, the New Zealand dollar may test 85 Australian cents this week as figures on Thursday have analysts mulling whether Australia’s mining boom is finally peaking, and as local interest rates become more alluring on this side of the Tasman.

This news might provide a psychological boost for those who get a kick out of Trans-Tasman rivalry. But Australia is a major trading partner and it’s better for us to have it doing well too.

Minding the baby

May 28, 2013

If a mother took a young baby into a casino late at night she’d be criticised and possibly reported to CYFS.

The debating chamber is hardly any more suitable a place for a wee one with a similar level of noise and artificial light.

If an official complaint was made about Nanaia Mahuta taking a baby into the chamber late at night, it hasn’t been made public but there’s been plenty of justified criticism of her and her party.

Rodney Hide points out that was nothing more than a poorly executed political stunt.

Mahuta complained, saying she was “forced” to attend a late-night Budget debate with her 5-month-old daughter but had to leave before the vote because her daughter started crying.

She complained to Speaker Carter, declaring: “No child should be in the workplace from nine ’til midnight”. Mahuta is exactly right. Babies at night should be tucked up nice and warm in bed. They certainly shouldn’t be sitting in Parliament.

But her complaint to Speaker Carter is grandstanding and false. Mahuta’s workplace is already the most flexible on the planet. It’s not the Dickensian workhouse that she portrays. There is absolutely no need nor requirement for a mum to be with her baby in the debating chamber until midnight.

Not one of Labour’s 33 MPs was required by Parliament’s rules to be in Parliament that night. The only requirement is for a presiding officer and a Government Minister. Two MPs on their own can conduct the business of the House.

Indeed, if no Labour MP had turned up the Budget and associated Bills would have quickly passed. Everyone would have gone home early. And Labour’s absence would not have made one jot of difference. The Budget and all Budget legislation were guaranteed to pass whether or not the Labour MPs turned up. . .

That Mahuta was in the house with her baby late at night was her choice, bad organisation by Labour Whips and/or a sign that none of her colleagues cares about her or her baby.

Whichever is the case it’s a very poor reflection on all of them and it’s done nothing for the cause of mothers in the paid workforce.

Andrei asked: Could a minimum wage, supermarket checkout operator take her suckling infant to her place of employment?

It’s not just a minimum wage worker or supermarket, what other workplace would be suitable for a mother and young baby? A classroom, a hospital ward, a courtroom, a radio station, a restaurant, an office, a factory?

I don’t think so.

Mothers working in few other places except for parliament would be able to take their babies to work, for the sake of the babies and the workplace.

It’s not being baby unfriendly, it’s simply that few workplaces are appropriate places for babies who need what they need when they need it. Late at night that includes quiet and low or no light.

Whatever Mahuta was thinking of it wasn’t her baby and if she was trying to make a political point on behalf of nursing mothers wanting to return to the paid workforce, she’s failed badly.

Instead she’s given ammunition to those who believe babies should be at home with at least one of their parents – for the sake of the babies if not their parents.


May 28, 2013

“What does forgiveness really mean?” he said.

“Freedom,” she replied.

“For the forgivee or forgiver?” he asked.

“Both,” she said.


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