Wemble – to be undecided or indecisive, to switch back and forth between decisions, opinions, options, or directions; to invert a basin or pot on a shelf so dust doesn’t settle on the inside.
Sam and Beth had been to the festival of carols service at their local church.
When they got home they went to bed.
Some time later, when they were sound asleep, they were awoken by loud knocking on their front door. Sam wasn’t very happy about this. He went down stairs and unlocked the door to be confronted by disheveled man who was obviously the worse for drink.
Sshcuse me Sshir. Will you help me with a pusssh.”
“Help you with a push!” said Sam. “You drunken idiot! Get away from my house before I call the police! Irresponsible people like you should be banned from driving!” And slammed the door into the man’s face.
He went back to bed and was astonished to find himself being reprimanded by his wife.
“How could you be so mean and uncharitable.” Beth said. “Surely this evening’s sermon must still be ringing in your ears. How the innkeeper turned Joseph and Mary away on Christmas Eve. Here you are presented with a similar situation and you show yourself to be no better than that uncaring man. Shame on you.”
Sam was upset by the relationship between what he’d done and the Christmas story and was full of remorse. He ran down the stairs and opened the front door, but the man was no longer there. So, he ran down the path to his front gate to see if the man or his car was along the road; but there was no traffic or people at all.
On the off-chance that the man might still be around somewhere he shouted loudly. “Hey mister, needing a push, where are you?
The unmistakable drunken voice replied immediately. “Over here Sshir, on the sshwing.”
A small business in rural Hawke’s Bay is cashing in on global demand for its health and beauty ingredients made out of animal by-products such as placentas, brains, and eyes.
The ingredients manufactured at Agri-lab, tucked away in the small town of Waipukurau, are sent all over the world.
“We do all sort of placenta products … horse, sheep, pig, deer, and cow placenta,” said Agri-lab owner Angela Payne.
Ms Payne started the lab business in 1999, having previously worked as a veterinary nurse and on various jobs such as embryo transfer and parasitology.
In the first year turnover was $5000, but that figure has soared to an expected $2.5 million for the 2017/18 financial year.
New Zealand’s largest sheep meat processor, Alliance Group, is working overtime to keep up with an influx of sheep and lambs due to farmers off loading stock in preparation for a long dry summer.
Many regions are dealing with low soil moisture levels, slow pasture growth rates, and a lack of rain.
Alliance’s General Manager Livestock and Shareholder Services, Heather Stacy, said there could be some delays because many farmers were wanting the same space at the same time.
All of the Alliance plants were flat out with all of the plants and chains in operation and working extended hours. . .
Did ewe know . . . wool socks stink less as wool is naturally mildew and mould resistant.
Why are America’s farmers killing themselves in record numbers? – Debbie Weingarten:
The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help.
Mānuka honey testing introduced as UK accepts NZ trademark – Sophie Boot:
(BusinessDesk) – Mānuka honey will be given an official marker under a new testing regime issued by the Ministry for Primary Industries, as the UK recognises New Zealand’s rights to the name.
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced the new standard for the honey today. The mānuka honey industry is currently worth around $180 million to New Zealand every year, but there have been concerns about the authenticity of products sold as mānuka honey as more was being sold than was being produced in New Zealand, and it was until now not regulated. . .
An early Christmas present for New Zealand and its beekeeping industry has arrived in a landmark decision overnight by the UK Trade Mark Registry to accept the term Mānuka honey as a certification mark.
UMF Honey Association (UMFHA) spokesperson John Rawcliffe said the decision is a major milestone for all New Zealanders and, particularly, Maori.
“This is a critical foundation stone, as we look to protect the term Mānuka as being intrinsically intertwined with New Zealand and positioning our important Mānuka honey industry in world markets. . .
(BusinessDesk) – Moana New Zealand, the iwi-owned company that holds a half stake in Sealord Group, posted a little-changed full-year profit as improved returns from ready-to-eat products and aquaculture was offset by a weaker performance in fin fish and lobster.
Profit was $19.27 million in the 12 months ended Sept. 30 from $19.4 million a year earlier, the Auckland-based company said. It didn’t immediately provide a revenue figure. It will pay a dividend of $9.7 million, which it said was a record payout, from $8.2 million a year earlier.. . .
Did ewe know . . . shearing is like a haircut! But this haircut is important for stopping sheep getting sick, improving metabolism and reducing heat stress.
The export price of butter reached a new high in the September 2017 quarter, to be up 8.8 percent from the June 2017 quarter, Stats NZ said today.
Export butter prices increased 75 percent in the year ended September 2017, and these gains were closely tracked in domestic butter prices in New Zealand shops.
Whole milk powder prices were down 2.0 percent and cheese fell 1.7 percent in the September 2017 quarter. Dairy product export prices as a whole increased 38 percent in the September 2017 year, despite dipping 0.9 percent in the September 2017 quarter. . .
The summer stonefruit season is only 10 weeks long, from mid-December to March, but New Zealanders certainly make the most of it.
Figures from Summerfruit NZ show that in the 2016-17 season, New Zealanders consumed 4,064 tonnes of nectarines; 3,579 tonnes of peaches; 2,366 tonnes of plums; 1,737 tonnes of apricots and 1,683 tonnes of cherries.
Export volumes are much lower – apart from cherries, which do well in Asian countries. Around 66% of New Zealand’s cherries are exported – some 3,396 tonnes last year. . .
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The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence. – Rabindranath Tagore
1431 Henry VI of England was crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.
1485 Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England, was born (d. 1536).
1497 Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.
1653 Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1707 Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.
1770 Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer was born (d. 1827).
1773 Boston Tea Party – Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawks dump crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.
1775 Jane Austen, English writer, was born (d. 1817).
1787 – Mary Russell Mitford, English writer, was born (d. 1855)
1790 King Léopold I of Belgium, was born (d. 1865).
1882 Sir Jack Hobbs, English cricketer, was born (d. 1963).
1883 Max Linder, French pioneer of silent film, was born (d. 1925).
1888 King Alexander I of Yugoslavia, was born (d. 1934).
1893 Antonín Dvořák‘s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From The New World” was given its world première at Carnegie Hall.
1899 Sir Noel Coward, English playwright, actor and composer, was born (d. 1973).
1905 Piet Hein, Danish mathematician and inventor was born (d. 1996).
1905 A great rugby rivalry was born when a last-minute try to All Black Bob Deans was disallowed, handing the Welsh victory.
1907 The Great White Fleet (US Naval Battle fleet) began its circumnavigation of the world.
1915 – Turk Murphy, American trombonist, was born (d. 1987).
1917 Sir Arthur C. Clarke, English writer, was born (d. 2008).
1920 The Haiyuan earthquake, magnitude 8.5, in Gansu province killed an estimated 200,000.
1938 Adolf Hitler instituted the Cross of Honor of the German Mother.
1943 Tony Hicks, English guitarist (The Hollies), was born.
1944 The Battle of the Bulge began with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest.
1946 Benny Andersson, Swedish musician, singer and songwriter (ABBA), was born.
1947 Ben Cross, English actor, was born.
1949 Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, later knons as SAAB, was founded in Sweden.
1952 Joel Garner, Barbadian West Indies cricketer, was born.
1955 – Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, was born.
1960 1960 New York air disaster: While approaching New York’s Idlewild Airport, a United Airlines Douglas DC-8 collided with a TWA Lockheed Super Constellation in a blinding snowstorm over Staten Island, killing 134.
1971 – Independence Day of the State of Bahrain from British Protectorate Status.
1972 Angela Bloomfield, New Zealand actress, was born.
1991 Independence of The Republic of Kazakhstan.
1997 Dennō Senshi Porygonan episode of Pokémon, was aired in Japan, inducing seizures in hundreds of Japanese children.
2003 President George W. Bush signed the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 into law. The law established the United States’ first national standards for the sending of commercial e-mail.
2012 – 2012 Delhi gang rape – A 23 year old woman was viciously gang raped on a bus in Delhi.
2013 – A bus fell from an elevated highway in Manila, Philippines, killing at least 18 people and injuring 20 others.
2014 – Militants belonging to Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan attacked an Army Public School in the Pakistani city of Peshawar killing 145 people.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.