Necromancer – a person who practises necromancy; one who supposedly communicates with the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future; a wizard or magician.
The Herald opines:
Fairly or not, politicians are expected to have solid, unambiguous positions on every issue. Not for them the shades of grey that influence the decision-making of most people in everyday life. Consequently, it is unsurprising that the Auckland councillors who are thinking of abstaining to allow the council’s 10-year budget to pass are being strongly criticised. . .
The issue is too important for any councillor to choose not to choose. They were elected to provide a voice for the citizens of their ward. That should not be lost when they are so adamant about the budget’s shortcomings.
Abstaining would allow the budget and the extortionate rates rise it requires to pass.
In effect the councillors abstaining are voting for the budget without having the courage to commit themselves to it.
That is a gross failure of competence and dereliction of duty.
People are elected to governance positions to govern and these councillors are paid more than many full-time workers are to do their best for the city and the people they represent.
If they don’t have the intestinal fortitude to vote for or against the budget which is the most important vote each year, they shouldn’t be on the council.
The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.
There are more than 4000 in the gallery already.
This one is Aotearoa a flag for New Zealanders by William Hindmarsh.
The South Island has woken to the second morning in a row of sub–zero temperatures.
. . . It was -6.4degC in Queenstown at 6.30am and -8.1degC in Alexandra, while Wanaka was -3.7degC and Oamaru was -3.1degC. Dunedin was -0.5degC.
Omarama was sitting at -20degC while Tara Hills near Twizel was -18.9degC about 6.30am.
The all time record low is – 25.6degC, recorded in Ranfurly in 1903. . .
This is winter as it used to be.
Breaking ice on puddles and skating on icy patches on footpaths as we walked to school was a regular occurrence.
Back then it was cold outside and in.
We lived in uninsulated houses with little heating. We had a fire in the kitchen and in the very depths of winter a kerosene heater was lit in the hall to take the chill off the bedrooms before we went to bed.
It was colder still for my mother who was one on nine children in a house with too few bedrooms to accommodate them. The oldest ones slept on an open veranda winter and summer.
Children sleeping in conditions like that now would almost certainly be reported to welfare agencies.
Back then it wasn’t unusual although temperatures were regularly lower.
Were cold-related illnesses also normal and not reported, or has something else changed that people in cold houses and the health problems resulting from that have become news?
“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.” ― Robert Fulghum
972 Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces.
1128 Battle of São Mamede, near Guimarães:Portuguese forces led by Alfonso I defeated his mother D. Teresa and D. Fernão Peres de Trava.
1314 First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn concluded with a decisive victory of the Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce, though England did not recognise Scottish independence until 1328 with the signing of the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton.
1340 Hundred Years’ War: Battle of Sluys: The French fleet was almost destroyed by the English Fleet commanded in person by Edward III of England.
1374 A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and began to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion.
1441 King Henry VI founded Eton College.
1497 John Cabot landed in North America at Newfoundland; the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.
1542 St. John of the Cross, Spanish Carmelite mystic and poet, was born (d. 1591).
1571 Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founded Manila, the capital of the Republic of the Philippines.
1597 The first Dutch voyage to the East Indies reached Bantam (on Java).
1662 The Dutch attempted but failed to capture Macau.
1664 The colony of New Jersey was founded.
1692 Kingston, Jamaica was founded.
1717 The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), was founded in London.
1748 John Wesley and his brother Charles Wesley opened the Kingswood School in Bristol.
1793 The first Republican constitution in France was adopted.
1794 Bowdoin College was founded.
1812 Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon’s Grande Armée crossed the Neman River beginning his invasion of Russia.
1813 Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman and reformer, was born (d. 1887).
1813 Battle of Beaver Dams : A British and Indian combined force defeat the U.S Army.
1821 The Battle of Carabobo took place – the decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain.
1859 Battle of Solferino: (Battle of the Three Sovereigns). Sardinia and France defeat Austria in Solferino, northern Italy.
1866 Battle of Custoza: an Austrian army defeats the Italian army during the Austro-Prussian War.
1880 First performance of O Canada, the song that became the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
1893 Roy O. Disney, a founder of the Walt Disney Company, was born (d. 1971).
1901 First exhibition of Pablo Picasso‘s work opened.
1902 King Edward VII developed appendicitis, delaying his coronation.
1905 NZ Truth was launched.
1916 Mary Pickford became the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.
1916 World War I: The Battle of the Somme began with a week long artillery bombardment on the German Line.
1918 First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.
1922 The American Professional Football Association formally changed its name to the National Football League.
1928 With declining business, the International Railway (New York – Ontario) began using one-person crews on trolley operations in Canada.
1938 Pieces of a meteor, estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded, land near Chicora, Pennsylvania.
1944 Jeff Beck, English musician (The Yardbirds).
1945 The Moscow Victory Parade took place.
1947 Mick Fleetwood, English musician (Fleetwood Mac), was born.
1947 Kenneth Arnold made the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
1947 – Patrick Moraz, Swiss keyboard player (Yes) was born.
1948 Start of the Berlin Blockade. The Soviet Union makes overland travel between the West with West Berlin impossible.
1949 John Illsley, English bassist (Dire Straits) was born.
1957 In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that obscenity was not protected by the First Amendment .
1961 Curt Smith, English musician and songwriter (Tears for Fears), was born.
1963 The United Kingdom granted Zanzibar internal self-government.
1975 An Eastern Air Lines Boeing 727 crashed at John F. Kennedy Airport, New York. 113 people died.
1981 The Humber Bridge was opened to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
1982 British Airways Flight 9, sometimes referred to as “the Jakarta incident”, flew into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung, resulting in the failure of all four engines.
1994 A United States Air Force B-52 aircraft crashed at Fairchild Air Force Base, killing all four members of its crew.
2002 The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania killed 281, the worst train accident in African history.
2004 In New York state, capital punishment was declared unconstitutional.
2007 The Angora Fire started near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours.
2010 – John Isner of the United States defeated Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history.
2012 – The last known individual of Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii, a subspecies of the Galápagos tortoise, died, making the species extinct.
2013 – – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was found guilty of abusing his power and having sex with an underage prostitute, and is sentenced to seven years in prison.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia