Mondongo – a Latin American soup made from tripe; fortitude and determination.
Thanks to Andrei.
Mondongo – a Latin American soup made from tripe; fortitude and determination.
Thanks to Andrei.
A team of scientists has discovered threats to the manuka honey industry.
Manuka honey fetches a premium price overseas because it contains special bioactive compounds.
But research that is yet to be published by a consortium of universities and Crown research institutes has discovered those properties can be faked by adding chemicals to normal honey, such as regular clover or low grade manuka honey. . .
If the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme does get the go-ahead then it could have a significant impact on the way of life in parts of Hawke’s Bay.
The scheme’s advocates say more irrigation will allow for more intensive farming – which could have a huge impact on the region’s economy.
The proposed $660 million scheme will store 90 million cubic metres of water and take about three to four years to build.
With the social impacts of the dam in mind, a Socio-Economic Working Party has been established to help prepare the community for the changes the dam could bring. . .
Franks links with MIE as advisor – Alan Williams:
Commercial lawyer and former ACT Party MP Stephen Franks has joined the Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) group in an advisory role.
Franks had a background in advising on major agri-business issues, as well as having his own farming interests, MIE chairman Richard Young said.
He is the second appointment for the group, following that of agri-businessman Ross Hyland, who will oversee the setting up of an establishment group to work on meat-industry restructuring. . .
Country Life food for free – Robert Guyton:
Cosmo Kentish-Barnes, armed with microphone and recording device, visited Robyn and I recently.
Here’s the blurb from National Radio:
21:29 Robert and Robyn Guyton have planted a ‘Food Forest’ around their house in Riverton, Southland so no lawns need to be mowed and in season, the forest is dripping with organic fruit and nuts. . .
Beef + Lamb New Zealand and New Zealand Young Farmers are calling for applications for a unique agricultural scholarship.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand each year offer one New Zealand Young Farmer member the opportunity to receive the Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) Young Ranchers Scholarship and foot it with other young ranchers from Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United States at their annual conference.
“It’s a chance to gain valuable international connections to benefit New Zealand beef farming which is the driver for B+LNZ’s support and investment,” said Diane Falconer on the organisation’s behalf. . .
Wolf Blass has been awarded the title of ‘International Red Winemaker of the Year’ at last night’s International Wine Challenge in London.
This is the second time that Wolf Blass has been awarded this accolade, the first was in 2008.
The International Wine Challenge (IWC) is recognised as the world’s finest, most meticulously judged and most influential wine competition in the world. . .
After a tiring day, a commuter settled down in her seat and closed her eyes.
As the train rolled out of the station, the bloke sitting next to her pulled out his cellphone and started talking in a loud voice: “Hi sweetheart. It’s Eric. I’m on the train.”
“Yes, I know it’s the six-thirty and not the four-thirty, but I had a long meeting.”
“No, honey, not with that blonde from the accounts office. It was with the boss.”
“No, sweetheart, you’re the only one in my life.”
“Yes, I’m sure, cross my heart.”
Fifteen minutes later, he was still talking loudly.
When the young woman sitting next to him had enough, she leaned over and said into the phone, “Eric, hang up the phone and come back to bed.”
Eric doesn’t use his cell phone in public any longer.
Dr Teresa Belton told the BBC cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination
She quizzed author Meera Syal and artist Grayson Perry about how boredom had aided their creativity as children.
Syal said boredom made her write, while Perry said it was a “creative state”.
The senior researcher at the University of East Anglia’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning interviewed a number of authors, artists and scientists in her exploration of the effects of boredom. . .
And neuroscientist and expert on brain deterioration Prof Susan Greenfield, who also spoke to the academic, recalled a childhood in a family with little money and no siblings until she was 13.
“She happily entertained herself with making up stories, drawing pictures of her stories and going to the library.”
Dr Belton, who is an expert in the impact of emotions on behaviour and learning, said boredom could be an “uncomfortable feeling” and that society had “developed an expectation of being constantly occupied and constantly stimulated”.
But she warned that being creative “involves being able to develop internal stimulus”.
“Nature abhors a vacuum and we try to fill it,” she said. “Some young people who do not have the interior resources or the responses to deal with that boredom creatively then sometimes end up smashing up bus shelters or taking cars out for a joyride.” . . .
My generation was left to its own devices a lot more than children are today.
We didn’t have many toys, we didn’t have so many structured activities and we had a lot more freedom to explore our communities.
Adults too had more unstructured time.
Sundays in particular were very different from how they are for most people now. There was church in the morning for many, only essential tasks were attended too leaving time for reading or with family and friends at each others’ homes, the river or beach.
We have a lot more choices for activities any day or night of the week now. That’s not all bad but we spend a lot more time doing and a lot less just being.
That can leave people of all ages not knowing what to do with themselves when left to their own devices and with a lot less time for creativity.
Australian winemakers get tax subsidies and guess what?
They’re producing too much wine.
Treasury Wine Estates chief executive David Dearie said the over-production was encouraged by an uneven tax and rebate system.
He has called for the Wine Equalisation Tax to be scrapped.
“It is widely rorted, underpins the excess supply that has blighted Australian wine,” he said.
“For a cost of circa $200 million in 2008-9, the WET rebate is now forecast to reach $310 million in 2015-16, something that should dismay us as an industry and as taxpayers.”
Any subsidies distort market signals, interfere with the natural relationship between supply, are very expensive and eventually harm the industry they’re trying to protect.
Saturday’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.
356BC Alexander the Great, Macedonean king and conqueror of Persia, was born (d. 323 BC).
911 Rollo laid siege to Chartres.
1304 Wars of Scottish Independence: Fall of Stirling Castle – King Edward I took the stronghold using the War Wolf.
1402 Ottoman-Timurid Wars: Battle of Ankara – Timur, ruler of Timurid Empire, defeated forces of the Ottoman Empire sultan Bayezid I.
1656 Swedish forces under the command of King Charles X Gustav defeated the forces of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth at the Battle of Warsaw.
1712 Riot Act took effect in Great Britain.
1738 French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vérendrye reached the western shore of Lake Michigan.
1822 Gregor Mendel, German scientist, father of modern genetics, was born (d. 1884).
1864 American Civil War: Battle of Peachtree Creek – Confederate forces led by General John Bell Hood unsuccessfully attacked Union troops under General William T. Sherman.
1866 Austro-Prussian War: Battle of Lissa – The Austrian Navy , led by Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, defeated the Italian Navy.
1881 Indian Wars:Sioux Chief Sitting Bull led the last of his fugitive people in surrender to United States troops at Fort Buford, North Dakota.
1885 The Football Association legalised professionalism in football under pressure from the British Football Association.
1892 – The Wellington and Manawatu Railway (WMR) Company’s locomotive No. 10 established a world speed record for the narrow 3 foot 6 inch (1067 mm) gauge, averaging 68 km per hour on a two-hour run and hitting a peak speed of 103 kph.
1893 George Llewelyn-Davies, English Peter Pan character model, was born (d. 1915).
1898 Spanish-American War: A boiler exploded on the USS Iowa off the coast of Santiago de Cuba.
1902 Jimmy Kennedy, Irish composer, was born (d. 1984).
1903 Ford Motor Company shipped its first car.
1907 A train wreck on the Pere Marquette Railroad near Salem, Michigan killed thirty and injured seventy.
1917 World War I: The Corfu Declaration, which led to the creation of the post-war Kingdom of Yugoslavia, was signed by the Yugoslav Committee and Kingdom of Serbia.
1918 Cindy Walker, American singer, was born (d. 2006).
1919 Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer and explorer, was born (d. 2008).
1921 Air mail service began between New York City and San Francisco.
1921 – Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson became the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives.
1924 Teheran, Persia came under martial law after the American vice-consul, Robert Imbrie, was killed by a religious mob enraged by rumors he had poisoned a fountain and killed several people.
1925 Jacques Delors, French President of the European Commission, was born.
1926 A convention of the Southern Methodist Church voted to allow women to become priests.
1928 The government of Hungary issued a decree ordering Gypsies to end their nomadic ways, settle permanently in one place, and subject themselves to the same laws and taxes as other Hungarians.
1930 Sally Ann Howes, English-born singer and actress, was born.
1932 In Washington, D.C., police fired tear gas on World War I veterans part of the Bonus Expeditionary Force who attempted to march to the White House.
1932 Crowds in the capitals of Bolivia and Paraguay demanded their governments declare war on the other after fighting on their border.
1933 Buddy Knox, American singer and songwriter, was born (d. 1999).
1933 In London, 500,000 marched against anti-Semitism.
1933 Two-hundred Jewish merchants were arrested in Nuremberg and paraded through the streets.
1934 Police in Minneapolis fired upon striking truck drivers, during the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934, killing two and wounding sixty-seven; Seattle police fired tear gas on and club 2,000 striking longshoremen, and the governor of Oregon called out the National Guard to break a strike on the Portland docks.
1935 A Royal Dutch Airlines plane en route from Milan to Frankfurt crashed into a Swiss mountain, killing 13.
1936 The Montreux Convention was signed in Switzerland, authorising Turkey to fortify the Dardanelles and Bosphorus but guaranteeing free passage to ships of all nations in peacetime.
1938 – Dame Diana Rigg, English actress, was born.
1938 Natalie Wood, American actress, was born (d. 1981).
1940 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Hatch Act of 1939, limiting political activity by Federal government employees.
1941 Soviet leader Joseph Stalin consolidated the Commissariats of Home Affairs and National Security to form the NKVD and named Lavrenti Beria its chief.
1942 World War II: The first unit of the Women’s Army Corps began training in Des Moines, Iowa.
1943 Chris Amon, New Zealand racing driver
1943 Wendy Richard, English actress (d.2009).
1944 World War II: Adolf Hitler survived an assassination attempt (known as the July 20 plot) led by German Army Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg.
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt won the Democratic Party nomination for the fourth and final time at the 1944 Democratic National Convention.
1944 Attempt to assasinate Adolf Hitler at his Rastenberg headquarters as part of Operation Valkyrie.
1945 John Lodge, English musician (The Moody Blues), was born.
1945 The US Congress approved the Bretton Woods Agreement.
1946 World War II: The US Congress’s Pearl Harbor Committee said Franklin D. Roosevelt was completely blameless for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and called for a unified command structure in the armed forces.
1947 – The Viceroy of India said the people of the North-West Frontier Province overwhelmingly voted the previous day to join Pakistan rather than India.
1948 U.S. President Harry S. Truman issued a peacetime military draft amid increasing tensions with the Soviet Union.
1949 Israel and Syria signed a truce to end their nineteen-month war.
1950 Cold War: In Philadelphia, Harry Gold pleaded guilty to spying for the Soviet Union by passing secrets from atomic scientist Klaus Fuchs.
1951 King Abdullah I of Jordan was assassinated.
1953 Dave Evans, Australian singer (AC/DC), was born.
1953 Marcia Hines, American-born Australian singer, was born.
1954 Otto John, head of West Germany’s secret service, defected to East Germany.
1954 – An armistice was signed that ended fighting in Vietnam and divided the country along the 17th parallel.
1955 Jem Finer, English musician and composer (The Pogues), was born.
1958 Mick MacNeil, Scottish musician (Simple Minds), was born.
1959 The Organization for European Economic Cooperation admitted Spain.
1960 Ceylon elected Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister, the world’s first elected female head of government.
1960 – The Polaris missile was successfully launched from a submarine, the USS George Washington, for the first time.
1960 The head of the Physics Department at the Israel Institute of Technology, Kurt Sitte, was arrested for espionage.
1961 French military forces broke the Tunisian siege of Bizerte.
1964 Vietnam War: Viet Cong forces attacked the capital of Dinh Tuong Province, Cai Be, killing 11 South Vietnamese military personnel and 40 civilians (30 of whom were children).
1964 – The National Movement of the Revolution was instituted as the sole legal political party in the Republic of Congo.
1965 – Riots at Mt Eden prison followed a botched escape attempt and lasted into the next day.
1968 Special Olympics founded.
1969 Apollo Program: Apollo 11 successfully landed on the Moon.
1969 – A cease fire was announced between Honduras and El Salvador, 6 days after the beginning of the “Football War“
1974 Turkish occupation of Cyprus: Forces from Turkey invaded Cyprus after a “coup d’ etat”, organised by the dictator of Greece, against president Makarios.
1976 The Viking 1 lander successfully landed on Mars.
1977 Johnstown was hit by a flash flood that killed80n people and caused $350 million in damage.
1982 The Provisional IRA detonated two bombs in Hyde Park and Regents Park killing eight soldiers, wounding forty-seven people, and leading to the deaths of seven horses.
1984 Officials of the Miss America pageant asked Vanessa Lynn Williams to quit after Penthouse published nude photos of her.
1985 The government of Aruba passed legislation to secede from the Netherlands Antilles.
1996 In Spain, an ETA bomb at an airport killed 35
1999 Falun Gong is banned in China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched.
2000 – In Zimbabwe, Parliament opened its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade.
2000 Carlos the Jackal sued France in the European Court of Human Rights for allegedly torturing him.
2001 The London Stock Exchange Group plc went public.
2001 The 27th Annual G8 summit opened in Genoa and Carlo Giuliani, was shot by police.
2002 A fire in a discotheque in Lima, Peru killed more than 25 people.
2003 Sixteen people were injured after two bombs exploded outside a tax office in Nice.
2006 Ethiopian invasion of Somalia – Ethiopian troops entered Somalian territory.
2012 – During a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, a gunman opened fire at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 58.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia