Word of the day

October 7, 2014

Absonous – discordant; inharmonious; out of tune; dissonant; incongruous.


Nearly 1 in 10 want to quit dairy

October 7, 2014

Almost 1 in 10 dairy farmers are considering getting out of the industry:

According to DairyCo’s Farmer Intentions Survey, milk producers have lost confidence in the industry over the past year, with 9% planning to quit within the next two years.

This is in Britain, not New Zealand.

Only 32% of 1,230 UK respondents planned to increase production over the next couple of years, compared to 36% at the same time last year. “There was a noticeable increase in the proportion of farmers who were undecided on production levels two years hence, up from 5% in 2012 to 13% this year,” said the report. “This is likely to be a response to the difficulties faced during the 2012-13 milk year and the continued uncertainty on operating conditions for the upcoming year.” . . .

The high level of uncertainty meant 36% of farmers were undecided on investment plans for the next five years, up from 12% in last year’s survey. The number planning to invest nothing over the next five years increased from 12% to 29% over the same period. . . .

The forecast payout for the current season here is uncomfortably close to break-even for most farmers here.

But in spite of that the industry is in a much healthier state than it is in the UK and the medium to long term outlook is good.


Music is . . .

October 7, 2014

When was the last time you sang with others?

If you don’t attend church, aren’t a member of a choir or band nor have family and friends who regularly break into song,  you will be in the minority if it was recently.

My family wasn’t musical but we sang together in the car.

That started to change when cars got radios and now with personal listening devices it’s not unusual to have people in a vehicle listening to their own individual choices of music.

Fewer people go to church and social occasions when singing is encouraged are few and far between for most of us.

When I’m a celebrant for weddings and funerals I try to encourage at least one song because it provides the opportunity for all those attending to literally unite in one voice and be a harmonious and vocal part of the ceremony.

Families organising funerals do usually choose a song but sadly many of the couples I marry say they can’t think of anything to sing.

Music is an important part of any culture and I think it’s unfortunate that the opportunities to sing together are no longer common place.

 

DavidRose McKenzie's photo.


October 7 in history

October 7, 2014

3761 BC – The epoch of the modern Hebrew calendar (Proleptic Julian calendar).

336  Pope Mark died, leaving the papacy vacant.

1513  Battle of La Motta: Spanish troops under Ramón de Cardona defeated the Venetians.

1542  Explorer Cabrillo discovered Santa Catalina Island off the California coast.

1571  The Battle of Lepanto – the Holy League (Spain and Italy) destroyed the Turkish fleet.

1763 George III  issued British Royal Proclamation of 1763, closing aboriginal lands in North America north and west of Alleghenies to white settlements.

1776 Crown Prince Paul of Russia married Sophie Marie Dorothea of Württemberg.

1777 American Revolutionary War: The Americans defeated the British in the Second Battle of Saratoga, also known as the Battle of Bemis Heights.

1780  American Revolutionary War: Battle of Kings Mountain American Patriot militia defeat Loyalist irregulars led by British colonel Patrick Ferguson in South Carolina.

1800  French corsair Robert Surcouf, commander of the 18-gun ship La Confiance, captured the British 38-gun Kent inspiring the traditional French song Le Trente-et-un du mois d’août.

1826  The Granite Railway began operations as the first chartered railway in the U.S.

1828  The city of Patras, Greece, was liberated by the French expeditionary force in Peloponnese under General Maison.

1840  Willem II became King of the Netherlands.

1864  American Civil War: Battle of Darbytown Road: the Confederate forces’ attempt to regain ground that had been lost around Richmond is thwarted.

1864 American Civil War: U.S.S. Wachusett captured the CSS Florida Confederate raider ship while in port in Bahia, Brazil.

1868  Cornell University held opening day ceremonies; initial student enrollment was 412, the highest at any American university to that date.

1870  Franco-Prussian War – Siege of Paris: Leon Gambetta fled Paris in a balloon.

1879  Germany and Austria-Hungary signed the “Twofold Covenant” and created the Dual Alliance.

1900 Heinrich Himmler, German Nazi official, was born (d. 1945).

1912  The Helsinki Stock Exchange‘s first transaction.

1914 Sarah Churchill, British actress, was born (d. 1982).

1916 Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland University 222-0 in the most lopsided college football game in American history.

1917 Count Felix Graf von Luckner, the German “Sea-Devil” was imprisoned in New Zealand.

German 'Sea Devil' imprisoned in NZ

1919  KLM, the flag carrier of the Netherlands, was founded. It is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.

1920  The Suwalki Agreement between Poland and Lithuania was signed.

1931  Desmond Tutu, South African archbishop and Nobel Laureate, was born.

1933  Air France was inaugurated, after being formed from a merger of 5 French airlines.

1934  Aeromexico was inaugareted 75 years after it becomes the # 1 airline in Mexico.

1939 – John Hopcroft, American computer scientist was born.

1940  World War II: the McCollum memo proposed bringing the United States into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.

1942  World War II: The October Matanikau action on Guadalcanal began as United States Marine Corps forces attacked Japanese Army units along the Matanikau River.

1944 World War II: Uprising at Birkenau concentration camp, Jews burned down the crematoria.

1949  German Democratic Republic (East Germany) formed.

1952 Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister and former President of the Russian Federation, was born.

1955  Beat poet Allen Ginsberg read his poem “Howl” for the first time at a poetry reading in San Francisco.

1958  President of Pakistan Iskander Mirza, with the support of General Ayub Khan and the army, suspended the 1956 constitution, imposed martial law, and cancelled the elections scheduled for January 1959.

1959 U.S.S.R. probe Luna 3 transmitted its first ever photographs of the far side of the moon.

1962  U.S.S.R. performed nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya.

1963  John F. Kennedy signed ratification for Partial Test Ban Treaty.

1977  The adoption of the Fourth Soviet Constitution.

1982  Cats opened on Broadway.

1985  The Achille Lauro was hijacked by Palestine Liberation Organization.

1993  The Great Flood of 1993 ended at St. Louis, Missouri, 103 days after it began.

2001  The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan started with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.

2004 King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicated.

2003 – An historic recall election took place in California in which the sitting Governor Gray Davis a Democrat was overwhelmingly voted out of office. Actor/bodybuilder and Republican candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected to be the 38th Governor of California over fellow Republican Tom McClintock and Democrat Cruz Bustamante who at the time was the sitting Lt. Governor of California.

2006 – Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya was shot and killed outside her home in Moscow.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia


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