The marketing people must be thrilled when ads get at least as much attention as the action.
Budweiser’s Super Bowl ad is a case in point:
The marketing people must be thrilled when ads get at least as much attention as the action.
Budweiser’s Super Bowl ad is a case in point:
Oxter – to support by the arm, walk arm in arm with; to take or carry under the arm; to embrace, put one’s arm around; armpit; in coal-mining, a reëntrant corner in a working face.
Thursday’s questions were:
1. Who said: If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
2. What substance turns hydrangeas blue or pink?
3. It’s récolter in French, raccogliere in Italian, cosechar or recolectar in Spanish and kotinga in Maoir, what is it in English?
4. What are the common names for Pisum sativum and Lathyrus odoratus?
5. Which flowers would you pick from your garden to give to a friend?
Points for answers:
Andrei got 3 1/2 and a bonus for music.
Alwyn got 4 1/2 which is enough to win a virtual punnet of raspberries. I thought the odoratus and pairing with pea might have been enough of a clue for #4 but it obviously wasn’t
Answers follow the break:
. . . There have been reports Mr Sabin was being investigated by police over assault-related allegations, although neither Mr Sabin, the police or Prime Minister John Key would confirm that.
Mr Sabin announced in a short statement that he had decided to resign “due to personal issues that were best dealt with outside Parliament.”
He succeeded long-serving National MP John Carter in 2011. He had been a police officer then worked campaigning against drug abuse.
A resignation under these circumstances is unfortunate but it is the right thing to do.
The resignation will trigger a by-election.
Dr Norman, whose third child was born two days ago, gave no explanation beyond a generic statement that he wanted to seek his next challenge and spend more time with his family.
His statement to media:
I am announcing today that I will not be standing for Co-leader of the Green Party at our AGM in May.
This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change.
This is something I have considered for some time and over the summer break I have had the space to think hard about my future.
I concluded that after nearly a decade, it is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family, and now is also a good time for new leadership for the party.
Norman said at his 11am press conference he would stay on as an MP until the next election. . .
The job of MP places big pressure on families and a desire to spend more time with his should not be questioned.
One could however wonder what new challenges he’ll be seeking and how he’ll be doing that while remaining an MP being paid from the public purse.
That aside, Norman has been co-leader since 2006 and entered parliament then by leapfrogging up the party list.
He can take some of the credit for the increase in Green MPs since then.
The party had dropped from 9 MPs in 2002 to 6 in 2005, went back up to 9 in 2008, gained 14 MPs in 2011 and retained that number, with a slightly lower percentage of the vote, in 2014.
However, he also must shoulder some of the blame for his party’s inability to capitalise on Labour’s low polling last year and for its failure to be part of a government.
The Greens were more effective as an opposition than Labour for much of the last three term and were aiming for more MPs as a result of that.
That they couldn’t do it when Labour was at its lowest point must have been a huge disappointment to them and indicates a need for change.
National has managed to renew and refresh its caucus while in government.
That Labour hasn’t is one its problems and Norman’s decision indicates he might have learned from that.
The Hilux NZ Rural Games are being held in Queenstown next weekend.
They start with the Running of the Wools and a waka race on Friday February 6th.
A variety of other events including dog trials, wood chopping, speed shearing, speed hand milking, gum boot throwing, cherry stone spitting, highland games, coal shovelling, tree climbing and wine barrel rolling will take place on the Saturday and Sunday.
There will be opportunities for crowd participation.
An outdoor concert starring Jody Direen, James Reid of the Feelers and the Topp Twins will take place on Saturday evening.
You can buy tickets in advance or pay a bit more on the day.
I chair the trust which is running the Games.
Esteemed academic Peter Munz once said to me, “The wonderful thing about the humanities is the lack of one answer to any issue, there is always debate, there must always be discussion and there may not ever be consensus.”
I’m reminded of this as I watch, with a mix of admiration and dismay, the debate fuelled by Eleanor Catton’s comments about the political state of our nation and her feeling that she is a victim of a ‘tall poppy’ syndrome. I am interested in listening to all of it, but wish only to comment, as the convenor of the judging panel of the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014, on the continuing conversation surrounding our decision-making.
The New Zealand Post Book Awards is a multi-category, multi-genre competition. It is quite unlike the Man Booker competition, which considers only fiction. The Luminaries won the Man Booker competition, a thrilling achievement. Last year it went on to win the New Zealand Post Book Awards prize for fiction. In doing so, it won New Zealand’s equivalent of the Man Booker. It then went into contention for the supreme prize against three other exemplary finalists of different genres. It did not win that supreme prize; Jill Trevelyan’s book Peter McLeavey: The Life and Times of a New Zealand Art Dealer did.
I’m as impressed as I am bemused by Eleanor Catton’s belief that The Luminaries should have won the supreme prize. I’m impressed because we don’t have a proud history of owning our achievements, of proudly proclaiming our talents. Perhaps this is a by-product of a nation that did suffer a ‘tall poppy’ syndrome. Comments like Eleanor’s make me believe that this is changing. But I’m bemused because, putting aside that it diminishes the achievement of the supreme prize winner, Jill Trevelyan, it betrays a belief that our judging panel should have fallen into line with an international panel of judges. This is at odds with Eleanor saying that she grew up with the erroneous view that Kiwi writers, and by extension Kiwis generally, were somehow less than British and American ones; that we did not, and perhaps do not, back our own opinions or our own talent.
There was no sense on our judging panel that it was ‘someone else’s’ turn to win. We made a literary judgement, not a political statement. Given that our opinion did happen to align with the Man Booker judges and we did award The Luminaries our top fiction prize, it is at least churlish and, at most, mischievous to suggest that The Luminaries did not win its due in New Zealand.
But then, that’s the beauty of the humanities. Such decisions rightly inspire debate. Like the Man Booker judges, we were a group of individuals making a collective decision. We worked hard at the task in front of us and, in my view, we made wise and well-placed decisions. I was proud to honour Eleanor’s incredible work, The Luminaries. I was proud to award prizes to all the finalists that night of the New Zealand Post Book Awards, and to crown, as supreme winner, Jill Trevelyan’s book Peter McLeavey: The Life and Times of a New Zealand Art Dealer. It deserved to win. But in the grand tradition of debating and discussing the arts, I urge you to read all of our finalists before making up your own mind.
Well said and isn’t it good that she says it by way of addressing the criticism and not criticising the critic?
Catton . . . illustrated the old wisdom “artists are children,” and it is a little baffling why people seem to expect profundities about politics from them. In Catton’s case, she is only the latest in the long tradition of NZ literary types who feel their country is too grubby and philistine for them to bear for too long.
It is one of the most tiresomely adolescent aspects of the Kiwi arts scene, and it gets more intense whenever their fellow NZers are so uncouth as to elect National Govts.
Catton isn’t a “traitor” though, despite what talkback host Sean Plunket – increasingly resembling a retired Rotarian – called her on his programme. It is just another case of artists being a bit silly. There is no need for this sort of over-reaction.
Cabinet Ministers are getting to grips with the new spending processes Finance Minister Bill English is introducing in this year’s budget. Where departments previously put in bids for the amount they thought would be needed to finance particular programmes, they will now be expected to match the bid with an assessment of the return on the investment. This follows the changes initiated in delivering better public services, when departments were instructed to publish results their programmes were achieving. In effect the Govt is seeking to revolutionise the way ministries operate.
It requires different departments to work together, rather than in isolation, particularly in the field of health and community services. The Govt accepts the new processes will have to resolve complex problems such as privacy issues but the objective is to push Ministries towards targeting the money available to achieve tangible results. The Govt argues it has a duty to ensure funds raised from taxpayers are applied to maximise outcomes, rather than just for “nice-to-haves” Ministers or bureaucrats advanced in competition with each other.
The duty becomes more onerous as the Govt strives to bring the Crown accounts back into long-term surplus, without any nasty spending blow-outs from programmes initiated in earlier years. An example where unintended consequences can spring out of the woodwork to damage spending projections lies in Employment Court decisions related to the care of aged people and the definition of work, as well as in pay equity. One decision concerned the definition of work as including driving to and from the places where aged-care providers are working, and another involves the principle of equal pay, with the concept aged care workers should be entitled to the same hourly rates as those in the Corrections Department. How the Govt deals with these complex issues will have long-term budgetary impacts.
National is often criticised for having no plan by people who don’t understand that a lot of what it is doing is being done quietly, like this requirement for a return on taxpayer investment.
1018 – The Peace of Bautzen was signed between Poland and Germany.
1648 Eighty Years’ War: The Treaty of Münster and Osnabrück was signed, ending the conflict between the Netherlands and Spain.
1649 King Charles I of England was beheaded.
1661 Oliver Cromwell, was ritually executed two years after his death, on the anniversary of the execution of the monarch he himself deposed.
1790 The first boat specializing as a lifeboat was tested on the River Tyne.
1806 The original Lower Trenton Bridge (also called the Trenton Makes the World Takes Bridge), was opened.
1826 The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world’s first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales, opened.
1835 In the first assassination attempt against a President of the United States, Richard Lawrence attempted to shoot president Andrew Jackson, but failed and was subdued by a crowd, including several congressmen.
1841 A fire destroyed two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
1847 Yerba Buena, California was renamed San Francisco.
1858 The first Hallé concert was given in Manchester marking the official founding of the Hallé Orchestra as a full-time, professional orchestra.
1862 The first American ironclad warship, the USS Monitor was launched.
1882 Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States, was born (d. 1945).
1911 An amendment to the Gaming Act at the end of 1910 banned bookmakers from racecourses in New Zealand. Bookies were officially farewelled at the now defunct Takapuna racecourse.
1911 The destroyer USS Terry (DD-25) made the first airplane rescue at sea saving the life of James McCurdy 10 miles from Havana.
1911 – The Canadian Naval Service became the Royal Canadian Navy.
1913 The House of Lords rejected the Irish Home Rule Bill.
1925 The Government of Turkey threw Patriarch Constantine VI out of Istanbul.
1929 Lucille Teasdale-Corti, Canadian surgeon and international aid worker, was born (d. 1945).
1930 Gene Hackman, American actor, was born.
1931 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author, was born.
1933 Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.
1937 Vanessa Redgrave, English actress, was born.
1941 – Dick Cheney, 46th Vice President of the United States, was born.
1945 World War II: The Wilhelm Gustloff, overfilled with refugees, sunk in the Baltic Sea after being torpedoed by a Soviet submarine, leading to the deadliest known maritime disaster, killing approximately 9,000 people.
1945 Raid at Cabanatuan: 126 American Rangers and Filipino resistance liberated 500 prisoners from the Cabanatuan POW camp.
1945 Hitler gave his last ever public address, a radio address on the 12th anniversary of his coming to power.
1947 Steve Marriott, English musician (Humble Pie, The Small Faces), was born (d. 1991).
1951 Phil Collins, English musician, was born.
1954 Queens Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh left New Zealand, bringing to an end the first tour by a ruling monarch.
1960 The African National Party was founded in Chad through the merger of traditionalist parties.
1960 Lily Potter, (fictional character) Mother of Harry J. Potter and Member of The Order of the Phoenix, was born.
1962 King Abdullah II of Jordan, was born.
1964 Ranger 6 was launched.
1968 Prince Felipe of Spain, was born.
1972 Bloody Sunday: British Paratroopers killed 14 unarmed civil rights/anti internment marchers in Northern Ireland.
1982 Richard Skrenta wrote the first PC virus code, which was 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot programme called “Elk Cloner”.
1989 The American embassy in Kabul closed.
1994 Péter Lékó became the youngest chess grand master.
1995 Workers from the National Institutes of Health announced the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease.
1996 Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, was killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
2000 Off the coast of Ivory Coast, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashed into the Atlantic killing 169.
2003 – The Kingdom of Belgium officially recognised same-sex marriages.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.