366 days of gratitude

September 12, 2016

In Dunedin 10 days ago I tried to pay for lunch with my credit card. The transaction was cancelled.

I knew there was more than enough credit in the account so tried again. It was cancelled again.

I paid cash.

An hour or so later I tried to pay for a purchase at a shop with the credit card. It wouldn’t work.

I went to the bank, the teller put the card in the hole in the wall and got a message saying the chip was damaged.

She said that was happening to cards used to self-checkouts in supermarkets. That doesn’t make sense when the card thingees are the same as those at checkouts with staff but I didn’t argue with her.

She said the bank would send me a new card and that would take about seven working days.

I found the new card in the mail that had arrived when I was away at the end of last week when I got home yesterday and it worked at the supermarket where I used it for the first time today. I’m grateful for that and that being credit-cardless for 10 days wasn’t a problem because I know that for some people it would have been.

Word of the day

September 12, 2016

Spheromancy – the making of determinations or predictions using questionable or unscientific means; divination using a crystal ball.

Dot test

September 12, 2016

Can you pass the dot test?

You hit all the dots correctly which means that you have an incredible ability to understand what you see, analyze and calculate it immediately.
On top of that, you’re very patient when you need to be and that gives you the peace of mind to actually concentrate and reach the right conclusion instead of giving up and pick a random solution.
All these indicate that you’re officially smarter than most of the population. That’s pretty impressive and you should be proud of yourself. Woot woot!

It isn’t that hard if you can count.

Pascoe’s 2nd gold

September 12, 2016

Sophie Pascoe set a world record when she won the 200 metre individual medley. This is her second gold  following her win in the 100 metre backstroke and silver in the 50 metre freestyle yesterday.

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New Zealand is now 11th in the medal tally with four gold, three silver and two bronze.


Rural round-up

September 12, 2016

Shearing role an honour – Sally Rae:

Johnny Fraser has a busy few months ahead of him.

Mr Fraser, a North Otago farmer, has been selected as New Zealand team manager for a transtasman shearing test in Australia in October.

Next year, he is heading to the United Kingdom for nearly six weeks, to manage the New Zealand team.

Shearing has taken Mr Fraser around the world, yet he reckoned the appointment was the  highlight of a lengthy involvement in the sport. . . 

Hardest part out of the way – Hamish MacLean:

The North Otago Irrigation Company has not hit its target of a September 1 commissioning for all shareholders, but chief executive Robyn Wells says the work programme for its $57million expansion is now progressing well.

With a staged commissioning of lines, Mrs Wells said all farmers on the expanded scheme would have their water turned on before Christmas.

Installing the large 1200mm pipe making up the “main spine” of the expansion had been “the most difficult”, but was now complete.

Ten crews, or 138 workers, continued to work across a “significant area of North Otago”. . . 

Strong outlook for horticultural sector – Sally Rae:

An average price of $90 for a 17.5kg lamb is being picked by ANZ economists for 2016-17 — but there are down side risks from Brexit impacts.

The bank’s latest Agri Focus focused on the price outlook for New Zealand’s major agricultural sectors.

The expected environment still looked challenging for key livestock sectors, despite some expected improvement for the dairy industry.

In contrast, the main horticultural crops were on track to post near-record export volumes and still achieve solid prices.

It was a mixed outlook for sheepmeat prices. down side risks were possible due to Brexit impacts but on the positive side, tradeable supply was expected to tighten during New Zealand’s main production window. . . 

Nelson Honey’s sweet success with Rainbow Station lease :

Nelson Honey has bought Rainbow Station’s pastoral lease, securing long-term access to 8300-hectares of high country.

Managing director Philip Cropp said the 33-year lease, which was finalised at the end of August, was significant as it future-proofed its access to the high-country farm.

It would see the company increase hive numbers across the station from 600 to 800. The number was about a fifth of the total hives the company had out across the region, he said. . . 

Family puts cropping skills to good use on sheep and beef farm – Heather Chalmers:

The McLauchlan family has gone against the dairy flow to stock a Mid Canterbury farm with sheep and beef, writes Heather Chalmers.

When the McLauchlan family bought their Mid-Canterbury farm in 2011, they were starting with a clean slate.

There were no stock on the 430 hectare Glengyle when they purchased it, so the family initially relied on dairy support and crops to generate an income while they gradually built up sheep and beef numbers. They have since leased a neighbouring 300ha property. 

They bought Glengyle after selling their mixed cropping farm in North Canterbury to dairy interests. Don McLauchlan said they were keen to move to a sheep and beef area, and get away from irrigation and the intensive management it requires. . . 

Former All White Tim Brown gets $9.7m to expand shoe business – Chloe Winter:

A woollen footwear business founded by former All White Tim Brown has been given a multi-million dollar funding boost.

Brown’s company Allbirds originally launched in 2014 after successfully raising about $3.68 million through a global crowdfunding platform and a US investment fund.

On Thursday, the former Wellington Phoenix captain secured an additional US$7.25m (NZ$9.71m) from Maveron, a private equity fund established by Starbucks founder Howard Schultz. . . 

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The mooing of your cows/bulls at night are keeping my kids and family up late when they need to get up early for school. Please address this problem.

Third silver

September 12, 2016

Cyclists Emma Foy and Laura Thompson won silver in the 3000 metre individual pursuit.

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That takes New Zealand to 13th place in the medal table with three golds, three silvers and two bronze medals.

(This is a correction of an earlier post in which I omitted her pilot Laura’s name).


Quote of the day

September 12, 2016

Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. –  H.H. Asquith who was born on this day in 1852.

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