Word of the day

March 12, 2016

Incondite – badly put together; carelessly or inexpertly made; crude; rough; unmannerly.


366 days of gratitude

March 12, 2016

If I didn’t have to cook for my farmer I’d rarely bother with potatoes.

But he likes them so we have them with most dinners.

The ones in the garden can no longer be classed as new – their skin doesn’t rub off and they tend to crumble when boiled.

But they make good wedges when cooked with a little olive oil and a lot of rosemary.

I’m of the firm view that if God had wanted me to peel potatoes he’d have called them oranges.

Potatoes which become wedges don’t need peeling, for which I’m grateful.


Saturday’s smiles

March 12, 2016

An old geezer became very bored with retirement and decided to open a medical clinic.

He put a sign up outside that said: “Dr. Geezer’s Clinic. Get your treatment for $500, if not cured, get back $1,000.”

Doctor Young, who practised near by was concerned about the competition and was also positive that this old geezer didn’t know anything about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000.

He made an appointment and went to the clinic and said,  “Dr.Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me?

Dr Geezer responded,  “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr Young’s mouth.”

“Aaagh !! This is petrol,” Dr Young said,

Dr  Geezer smiled,  “Brilliant! You’ve got your taste back. That will be $500.

Dr Young was annoyed but went back after a couple of days figuring he’d recover his money.

This time he said, “I’ve lost my memory, I cannot remember anything.”

Dr Geezer called the nurse. “Please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient’s mouth.”

Dr Young said, “Oh, no you don’t, – that’s petrol!”

Dr Geezer smiled, “Wonderful! You’ve got your memory back. That will be $500.”

Dr Young left in a temper but returned for another appointment a few days later.

This time he said, “My eyesight has deteriorated, I can hardly see anything!”

Dr Geezers replied,  “Well, I don’t have any medicine for that so, here’s your $1000 back.” And handed his patient a $10 note.

Dr Young looked at it and said,”But this is only $10!”

Dr Geezer smiled,  “Marvellous! You got your vision back! That will be $500.”

Moral of the story – Just because you’re Young doesn’t mean that you can outsmart an old Geezer.


Tweeting for The Nation

March 12, 2016

I’m on The Nation’s Twitter panel at 9.30 this morning.

#nationtv3

… In the week that Landcorp pulled back on dairy, the milk price dropped and the Reserve Bank cut the OCR to a record low, we bring together the leaders of Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens to debate the state of the economy. How worried should we be? Or is it just a blip? Labour’s Andrew Little, New Zealand First’s Winston Peters and the Green Party’s James Shaw are live with Lisa Owen.

Then, an exclusive TV interview with Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos Horta. New Zealand spent millions and lost five soldiers helping bring peace to Timor Leste, then East Timor. What difference did we make? How real are concerns that it could become a failed state inside a decade? And does Helen Clark have much chance at getting the top UN job?

And, we look at the battle over Auckland housing. Is it being driven by NIMBYism or are we trying to cram too much into our biggest city? Phil Vine reports on the inter-generational battle for the soul… and density… of Auckland.

We’ll discuss all this and more with our panel: economist Shamubeel Eaqub, NZME Business Editorial Director Fran O’Sullivan, and Sunday Star-Times Editor Jonathan Milne.


Saturday soapbox

March 12, 2016

Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
Sue Fitzmaurice, Author's photo.

Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And the it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine.

Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful. LR Knost.


March 12 in history

March 12, 2016

538  Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths ended his siege of Rome leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Roman general, Belisarius.

1622  Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, was canonized a saint by the Catholic Church.

1689 The Williamite war in Ireland began.

1821  Sir John Abbott, third Prime Minister of Canada, was born  (d. 1893).

1831 Clement Studebaker, American automobile pioneer, was born  (d. 1901).

1832 The Filippo Taglioni ballet La Sylphide received its première performance at the Paris Opéra.

1832 Charles Boycott, British land agent and source of the term to boycott, was born (d. 1897).

1864 Arthur’s Pass was “discovered”.

 Arthur's Pass 'discovered'

1868 Henry O’Farrell attempted to assassinate Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.

1880 Henry Drysdale Dakin, British-American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction, was born (d. 1952).

1881 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, first President of Turkey was born (d. 1938).

1881 Andrew Watson made his Scotland debut as the world’s first black international football player and captain.

1894  Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time.

1908 Rita Angus, New Zealand painter, was born  (d. 1970).

1912 The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) were founded in the United States.

1913  Canberra Day: The future capital of Australia was officially named Canberra.

1918 Moscow became the capital of Russia again after Saint-Petersburg held this status for 215 years.

1928 The St. Francis Dam in California failed, killing over 600 people.

1930 Mahatma Gandhi led a 200-mile march, known as the Dandi March, to the sea in defiance of British opposition, to protest the British monopoly on salt.

1932 Barbara Feldon, American actress and model, was born.

1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation for the first time as President of the United States in the first of his “fireside chats“.

1934 Konstantin Päts and General Johan Laidoner staged a coup in Estonia, and banned all political parties.

1938 Anschluss: German troops occupied Austria.

1940 Finland signed the Moscow Peace Treaty with the Soviet Union, ceding almost all of Finnish Karelia.

1946 Liza Minnelli, American singer and actress, was born.

1947 The Truman Doctrine was proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism.

1948  James Taylor, American musician, was born.

1957 Marlon Jackson, American singer and musician (The Jackson 5), was born.

1966 Suharto became President of Indonesia.

1968  Mauritius achieved independence.

1971 The March 12 Memorandum, was sent to the Demirel government of Turkey and the government resigned.

1992 – Mauritius becomes a republic while remaining a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

1993 Several bombs exploded in Mumbai killing about 300 and injuring hundreds more.

1993 North Korea said it planned to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and refused to allow inspectors access to its nuclear sites.

1993 – The Blizzard of 1993 – Snow began to fall across the eastern portion of the US with tornadoes, thunder snow storms, high winds and record low temperatures.

1994 The Church of England ordained its first female priests.

2003 –  Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia, was assassinated in Belgrade.

2004 – A President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, was impeached by its national assembly for the first time in the nation’s history.

2005 – Tung Chee Hwa, the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong, stepped down from his post after his resignation was approved by the Chinese central government.

2009 – Financier Bernard Madoff admitted to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street history.

2011 – A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melted and exploded and released radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan’s earthquake.

2014 – An explosion in the New York City neighbourhood of East Harlem killed 8 and injured 70 others.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia


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