Pirl – coil, curl; twist, twine, wind; spin, roll, cause to rotate, revolve; to eddy, ripple, swirl, wimple, whirl; to agitate, mix, stir; to fumble with the hands or feet, grope. fiddle, poke about; to move or work in an idle half-hearted way; to poke a fire; to fumble; to manoeuvre (a small object) by a series of light dabs or pokes with the finger, a stick, etc.; to bring a bird on the wing whirling to the ground; to drive the ball with quick light strokes or kicks, to dribble; to set sheaves at right angles to their neighbours in a stook to assist in the drying process; to work potatoes out of the ground by fumbling, without disturbing the haulms above; to select the largest of the young potatoes by feeling them with the fingers without pulling up the shaw; a ripple in water or air; an intricacy, difficulty, “knotty point”; a “twirly bit” or arpeggio in a piece of music.
Since there’s really never any way to know before it happens, it’s usually better to see how it actually goes instead of getting all worked up about it ahead of time. Energy Savings © 2016 Brian Andreas – posted with permission.
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Winner learned it all along the way – Nicole Sharp:
Debra Cruikshank is a woman on a mission, writes Nicole Sharp.
Winning the Supreme award at the Enterprising Rural Women Awards in Invercargill recently, Ms Cruikshank was overwhelmed.
The Tannacrieff Wines and DC Wines owner, as she puts it, sort of fell into winemaking.
From day one on her journey with her own business, she knew she had to create a niche market and she has done just that.
“Everything I’ve done, I’ve learned along the way.”
It is only a small business, so Ms Cruikshank puts her hand to everything and at busy times of the year turns into a bit of a superwoman.
Trying her hand with port, her most recent venture, she has had to teach herself a lot, she said. . .
Growers rapt about early fruit, weather – Tom Kitchin:
It’s looking like a bumper fruit season for Central Otago, and happy fruit producers may be in line to break some records.
Summerfruit New Zealand chairman and 45 South orchard CEO Tim Jones, of Cromwell, said everyone was talking about the record warm weather.
“We’re 10 to 14 days ahead of where we’d normally be. The only thing that would affect that right now would be substantial rain.
“It’s looking like a record crop for cherries.”
So far, his cherry orchard in Cromwell had plenty of people knocking on the door for work, he said, and that was fine, because he might need more workers than ever. . .
A record lambing percentage underpins a lift in lamb numbers, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) Lamb Crop 2017 report.
Research by B+LNZ’s Economic Service estimates the number of lambs tailed in spring 2017 was 23.7 million head, up 1.9 per cent (436,000 head) on the previous spring.
The average ewe lambing percentage for 2017 was 127.2, up 4.4 percentage points on last year and up 6.4 percentage points on the 10-year average (2008-09 to 2017-18) of 120.8 per cent.
Overall, this means 127 lambs were born per hundred ewes compared with an average of 121 over the last 10 years. For spring 2017, a one percentage point change in the New Zealand ewe lambing percentage is equivalent to 178,000 lambs. . .
Healthy velvet sales sought – Annette Scott:
The deer industry is embarking on a joint venture health project with one of South Korea’s largest pharmaceutical companies.
Deer Industry New Zealand had agreed to support Yuhan Corporation in its plan to develop and market a product with proven health benefits based on NZ deer velvet.
In a world first, Yuhan’s objective was to successfully develop, register and market a health food product containing scientifically validated components of NZ deer velvet.
Yuhan chief executive Jung Hee Lee and DINZ chief executive Dan Coup signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this month. . .
New Zealand needs to pull ahead of world on agri-innovation – Rebecca Howard:
(BusinessDesk) – New Zealand must pull ahead of the rest of the world in agri-food innovation in order to retain a competitive advantage, speakers told the Ministry for Primary Industry’s food and fibre innovation conference on Thursday.
“We need to be in a better position to respond to challenges like increased competition, potentially disruptive technologies such as synthetic alternatives and environmental and climatic impacts,” said Martyn Dunne, MPI’s director general. . .
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1800 – War of the Second Coalition: Battle of Hohenlinden, French General Moreau defeated the Austrian Archduke John decisively, coupled with First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte’s victory at Marengo effectively forcing the Austrians to sign an armistice and ending the war.
1838 Octavia Hill, British housing and open-space activist, was born (d. 1912).
1842 Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist, was born (d. 1899).
1854 – Eureka Stockade: More than 20 gold miners at Ballarat were killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences.
1857 Joseph Conrad, Polish-born British writer, was born (d. 1924).
1863 The Land Confiscation law was passed allowing the confiscation (raupatu) of Maori land as punishment of those North Island tribes who were deemed to have been in rebellion against the British Crown in the early 1860s.
1912 – First Balkan War: The Naval Battle of Elli.
1917 – Quebec Bridge opened to traffic.
1927 Andy Williams, American singer, was born (d. 2012).
1944 – Greek Civil War: Fighting in Athens between the ELAS and government forces supported by the British Army.
1948 Ozzy Osbourne, English singer, was born.
1949 Mickey Thomas, American singer (Jefferson Starship),was born.
1951 Nicky Stevens, British singer (Brotherhood of Man), was born.
1959 – The current flag of Singapore was adopted.
1964 – Berkeley Free Speech Movement: Police arrested over 800 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building in protest at the UC Regents’ decision to forbid protests on UC property.
1967 – At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carried out the first heart transplant on a human (53-year-old Louis Washkansky).
1971 – Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: Pakistan launched pre-emptive strike against India and a full scale war began.
1973 – Pioneer 10 sent back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
1976 – Byron Kelleher, New Zealand rugby union footballer, was born.
1976 Mark Boucher, South African cricketer, was born.
1976 – An assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley.
1979 – In Cincinnati, Ohio, eleven fans were suffocated in a crush for seats on the concourse outside Riverfront Coliseum before a Who concert .
1982 – A soil sample was taken from Times Beach, Missouri that would be found to contain 300 times the safe level of dioxin.
1984 – Bhopal Disaster: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal killed more than 3,800 people outright and injures 150,000–600,000 others (some 6,000 of whom would later die from their injuries) in one of the worst industrial disasters in history.
1990 – At Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Northwest Airlines Flight 1482 collided with Northwest Airlines Flight 299 on the runway, killing 7 passengers and 1 crew member aboard flight 1482.
1992 – UN Security Council Resolution 794 was unanimously passed, approving a coalition of United Nations peacekeepers led by the United States to form UNITAF, with the task of establishing peace and ensuring that humanitarian aid is distributed in Somalia.
1992 – The Greek oil tanker Aegean Sea, carrying 80,000 tonnes of crude oil, runs aground in a storm while approaching La Coruña, Spain, and spilt much of its cargo.
1997 – Representatives from 121 countries signed The Ottawa treatyprohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines.
1999 – NASA lost radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enteredthe Martian atmosphere.
1999 – Six firefighters were killed in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire.
2005 – XCOR Aerospace made first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California.
2007 – Winter storms caused the Chehalis River to flood many cities in Lewis County, Washington, also closing a 20-mile portion of Interstate 5 for several days and casuing at least eight deaths and billions of dollars in damages.
2009 – A suicide bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia, claimed the lives of 25 people, including three ministers of the Transitional Federal Government.
2012 – At least 475 people were killed after Typhoon Bopha, made landfall in the Philippines.
2012 – In Northern Ireland, 15 police officers were injured during riotingat Belfast City Hall following a vote to change Belfast City Council’s policy on flying the union flag.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia