Gökotta (Swedish) – dawn picnic to hear the first birdsong; to wake up early in the morning with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds sing.
Mixed feelings ond airy announcements – James Houghton:
There were several announcements last week in the dairy industry that kept everyone on their toes. There was Fonterra’s announcement that they are keeping the farmgate milkprice at $8.30, the Government’s release from the first round of their inquiry into the botulism scare and more recently Fonterra’s announcement that they are cancelling their colostrum collections.
Farmers will be happy to see the milk price confirmed but since 85 percent of the dividend payout goes to farmer-shareholders, they will have mixed feelings since its 22 cents per share haircut. Management needs to note the concerns we shareholders will have on the value-add, which seems to be struggling right now. While key markets continue to struggle for growth that is set against a backdrop of improving economic numbers, we farmers seem to be missing out? Whilst I prefer to see the Board under promising and leaving something in the tank, we are still awaiting management to over deliver on the value add. Farmers will need to budget conservatively going into the New Year. Farmers will once again be accessing the benefits of remaining loyal to Fonterra. . .
Thousands of people have invaded two farms in Mombasa after the government announced plans to buy them and settle squatters.
Residents have flocked to the 930-acre Waitiki farm and Kwa Bhulo since Deputy President William Ruto said the government will buy the two farms to settle over 100,000 squatters.
Some of the invaders are building houses and subdividing the properties to plots.
According to Mombasa county commissioner Nelson Marwa, some land dealers were illegally selling off empty spaces at the farm and the 86-acre Kwa Bhulo plot at Bamburi to unsuspecting buyers. . .
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) urges farmers to take care of their families and themselves during the upcoming holiday season by taking safety precautions with quad bikes.
Adult-size quad bikes are covered in manufacturer warnings stating children under the age of 16 should never operate the vehicle.
“Quad bikes are a major cause of deaths and injuries to Australian farmers and their children,” VFF Farmsafe Alliance manager Tim McKenzie said. “The trauma associated with a lot of these life-changing injuries is overwhelming. . .
SCIENTIFIC trials of poppies being undertaken across Victoria by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia are just one small step in what is a significant process before full-scale commercial production proceeds.
The Victorian trials began in July this year, following approval granted by the Victorian Government.
They involve small plots being growing in different areas of the state. . . .
Every School Should Have a Farm to Feed Its Students – Courtney Leeds:
Gunn Estate Reserve Pinot Gris has harnessed the best of the outstanding 2013 Marlborough vintage in a wine which is both complex and expressive.
The wine, released this week, is built on the strong winemaking tradition of the Gunn Estate brand, to showcase the essence of Pinot Gris as a varietal and the Marlborough origins of its fruit.
The Gunn Estate Reserve range was launched earlier this year with four wines from the 2012 vintage. They have quickly proved popular among Kiwi wine drinkers while attracting plaudits from many of the country’s wine writers for their quality and value for money. The 2012 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc also won a gold medal at the Spiegelau International Wine Show shortly after its release. . .
. . . on Saturday.
Thursday’s questions (on Friday) were:
1. From which book by which author does this quote come: “It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”?
2. Which carol begins Not on a starry night/By star of candle light/But on a sunny day . . . ?
3. It’s merveille in French; too easy in Italian, milagro in Spanish and merekara in Maori, what is it in English?
4. What’s the last line of this chorus? : Lots of toys for girls and boys load the Christmas sleigh
He will take the starlight trail along the Milky Way.
Hear the laughing children as they shout aloud with glee:
5. Do you have a real Christmas tree, a fake one or . . . ?
Andrei was the only one who provided answers. He scored three and wins an electronic Christmas cake for perseverance as, I think, the one who’s attempted most quizzes.
. . . when you start wondering if all this red and green at Christmas is an attempt to send subliminal messages so you choose cards, wrapping, ribbon and decorations with lots of blue.
Politically Correct Santa
‘Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck…
How to live in a world that’s politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to “Elves”,
“Vertically Challenged” they were calling themselves.
And labour conditions at the north pole
Were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.
Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.
And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid,
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!?
The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A. . . .
Read the rest here.
Labour’s poll support has slipped after an initial surge following David Cunliffe’s election as leader, the latest Herald-DigiPoll survey shows.
The Maori Party would hold the balance of power if the figures were translated to an election result.
With the left and right blocs fairly evenly split, it could be a close election next year.
Neither National nor Labour would be able to form a government without the Maori Party.
Labour has fallen 2.3 points in the survey to 35.4 per cent. In the September poll, it had a surge in support and could have formed a government with just the Greens and Mana.
National has risen 3.1 points and Prime Minister John Key has somewhat recovered in the preferred Prime Minister stakes, after taking a 9.4 point dive in the last poll.
. . . Mr Cunliffe was elected in September after the resignation of David Shearer in August.
Mr Shearer’s personal popularity in a Herald-DigiPoll survey peaked in March this year when he was preferred by 18.5 per cent, which Mr Cunliffe has yet to surpass, and the party vote at the time of 36.4 per cent was close to its current polling. . .