Word of the day

February 10, 2016

Samfie – a conman, swindler;  confidence trickster, especially one who pretends to have supernatural powers.


10/10

February 10, 2016

The flag referendum has educated me – 10/10 in the Flag Consideration Panel’s flag quiz.


366 days of gratitude

February 10, 2016

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.


Foundation for sustainable social dividends

February 10, 2016

John Key's photo.

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.


Quote of the day

February 10, 2016

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.


February 10 in history

February 10, 2016

1258 – Baghdad fell to the Mongols, and the Abbasid Caliphate was destroyed.

1306 Robert the Bruce murdered John Comyn, his leading political rival sparking revolution in the Scottish Wars of Independence.

1355 The St. Scholastica’s Day riot broke out in Oxford leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead in two days.

1567 An explosion destroyed the Kirk o’ Field house in Edinburgh. The second husband of Mary Queen of Scots, Lord Darnley was found strangled, in what many believe to be an assassination.

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.

1814 Battle of Champaubert

1840 Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

1846 First Anglo-Sikh War: Battle of Sobraon – British defeated Sikhs in final battle of the war.

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.

1920 – Jozef Haller de Hallenburg performed a symbolic wedding of Poland to the sea, celebrating restitution of Polish access to open sea.

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.

1933 The New York City-based Postal Telegraph Company introduces the first singing telegram.

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.

1962 Captured American spy pilot Gary Powers was exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.

1964 – The aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne (R21) collided with the destroyer HMAS Voyager (D04) off the south coast of New South Wales.

1967 The provision of free milk in schools ended.

End of free school milk

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.

1996 The IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov for the first time.

2008 The 2008 Namdaemun fire severely damaged Namdaemun, the firstNational Treasure of South Korea.

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


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