Samfie – a conman, swindler; confidence trickster, especially one who pretends to have supernatural powers.
The flag referendum has educated me – 10/10 in the Flag Consideration Panel’s flag quiz.
The desks at my primary school had holes in them for ink wells.
When we were in standard two or three we graduated from pencils to pens, the nibs of which were dipped in the ink and transferred to the paper, almost inevitably accompanied by blots.
The ink wells were also used to grow daffodils which turned from yellow to green as they absorbed the blue ink. They could also be used to dunk rolled up bits of paper which were then flicked at their target by way of a bendy ruler.
Ballpoint pens were around but for a reason which defies me weren’t allowed to be used although a year or two later we were permitted to use fountain pens which also had a tendency to blot.
I still own a fountain pen and offer it to couples at whose weddings I officiate although so far they have all, wisely given the risk of blots, opted for ballpoints.
Today I’m grateful for pens that come with their own ink and, usually, without a propensity for blots.
As a country, we will never get wealthy, build a strong and growing economy, and create jobs but selling to ourselves. Trade is our lifeblood. – Prime Minister John Key.
He is right about why we need trade.
But it’s not just that trade is the way we earn our way in the world, it’s what the money we earn enables us to do – get wealthier as a country so we build a strong and growing economy and create jobs.
Trade is the foundation from which we get sustainable social dividends.
And trade with fewer tariffs and quotas which we will get under the Trans pacific Partnerhsip (TPP) is better than what we have now.
There are worse things than having behaved foolishly in public.
There are worse things than these miniature betrayals,
committed or endured or suspected; there are worse things
than not being able to sleep for thinking about them.
It is 5 a.m. All the worse things come stalking in
and stand icily about the bed looking worse and worse and worse.” ― Fleur Adcock who celebrates her 82nd birthday today.
1355 The St. Scholastica’s Day riot broke out in Oxford leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead in two days.
1763 The 1763 Treaty of Paris ended theFrench and Indian War and France ceded Quebec to Great Britain.
1775 Charles Lamb, English essayist, was born (d. 1834).
1798 Louis Alexandre Berthier invaded Rome.
1870 The YWCA was founded.
1893 Jimmy Durante, American actor/comedian, was born (d. 1980).
1894 Harold Macmillan, British Prime Minister, was born (d. 1986).
1906 HMS Dreadnought (1906) was launched.
1913 – News of the failure of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition to the South Pole was telegraphed secretly from Oamaru.
1923 Texas Tech University was founded as Texas Technological College in Lubbock.
1930 Robert Wagner, American actor, was born.
1931 New Delhi became the capital of India.
1934 Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet, was born.
1937 Roberta Flack, American singer, was born.
1947 Italy ceded most of Venezia Giulia to Yugoslavia.
1950 Mark Spitz, American swimmer, was born.
1952 Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, was born.
1955 – Greg Norman, Australian golfer, was born.
1967 The provision of free milk in schools ended.
1967 – The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified.
1981 – A fire at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino killed eight and injured 198.
1982 Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league player, was born.
1989 Ron Brown became the first African American to lead a major American political party when he was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
2009 – The communication satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251collided in orbit, destroying both.
2013 – Thirty six people were killed and 39 injured in a stampede in Allahabad, India, during the Kumbh Mela festival.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia