A table for six, delicious food, entertaining conversation and lots of laughs made for a wonderful Saturday’s evening for which I’m grateful.
Cankerfret – corroded surface on metal; especially verdigris on copper; a cankerous sore or blister in the mouth; copperas; to eat into like a canker.
* Doesn’t expecting the unexpected make the unexpected expected?
* People are the only living beings who cut trees, make paper, and write “SAVE TREES” on it.
* I don’t have an attitude problem, you have a perception problem.
Sincerely, the opportunist.
* Whoever said that nothing was impossible obviously never tried slamming a revolving door.
* I live in my own world but it’s okay. I know me there.
* Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good evening’, and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
* 129% of people exaggerate.
* For every action there is an equal and opposite government programme.
* Is there anything more annoying than two people talking while you’re trying to interrupt?
Councils’ reliance on rating slammed as ‘abhorrent’ – Sally Rae:
Federated Farmers national president Katie Milne says councils need new ways to diversify their funding and the reliance on rating is “abhorrent” and needs addressing.
In her report to the rural lobby organisation’s national conference, Ms Milne said that would be particularly helpful for councils with a small rating base.
Central government must also make sure councils were reasonable in how they rated “and not bleed the public for projects which may never get off the ground or pet ideas that only serve the ideologies of the few rather than the many”.
“There is a belief we are all rich farmers but this is just a myth,” she said. . .
Early winners are still leading – Hugh Stringleman:
Hugh Stringleman looks back on the initial decade of the Young Farmer Contest and catches up with some of those who took part.
Winning the Young Farmer Contest’s national honours opened many doors to farming success and primary industry leadership for champions from the first decade.
Between 1969 and 1978 competition was very keen among thousands of Young Farmers Club members nationwide to achieve a place in the four-man grand finals, as they were then.
Every member was encouraged to participate to build public speaking skills, increase their industry knowledge and try to progress through club, district, regional, island and grand finals. . .
(BusinessDesk) – Fonterra Cooperative Group said it supports a target aimed at mitigating and stabilising methane emissions, but not seeking to reduce them to zero, in its submission on the productivity commision draft report on transitioning to a low-emissions economy.
“Agricultural emissions make up approximately half of New Zealand’s emissions and we support policies being set to help transition agriculture to a low emissions economy,” it said in the recently published submission. Submissions on the commission’s draft report – presented in April – were open until June 8 and the commission aims to present a final report to the government by August. . . .
Gallagher Group has taken out the supreme award for the 2018 Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards for Auckland and Waikato regions.
Judges were impressed with the way the Hamilton-based business has become the leading technology company in animal management, security and fuel system industries over the past 80 years.
Founded in 1937, Gallagher’s was initially a 10-person business which designed and delivered New Zealand’s first electric fence solution. Today, it employs 1100 people across a global network of 10 countries through three business units. . .
NFU President Minette Batters has welcomed comments made by Michael Gove in his keynote speech at the NFU’s Summer Reception at the House of Commons on 25 June.
Defra’s Secretary of State for food and the environment said he had ‘heard, received and understood’ the NFU’s call on government to uphold the high-quality produce that he said was a ‘hallmark of British agriculture’ in post-Brexit trade agreements.
He said that British farmers are ‘better equipped than anyone’ to fulfil the national and global demand for high-quality food. . .
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.
Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self-respect springs. – Joan Didion
1422 Battle of Arbedo between the duke of Milan and the Swiss cantons.
1520 The Spaniards were expelled from Tenochtitlan.
1559 King Henry II of France was seriously injured in a jousting match against Gabriel de Montgomery.
1651 The Deluge: Khmelnytsky Uprising – the Battle of Beresteczko ended with a Polish victory.
1688 The Immortal Seven issued the Invitation to William, continuing the struggle for English independence from Rome.
1758 Seven Years’ War: The Battle of Domstadtl.
1859 French acrobat Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
1860 The 1860 Oxford evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
1864 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln granted Yosemite Valley to California for “public use, resort and recreation”.
1882 Charles J. Guiteau was hanged for the assassination of President James Garfield.
1886 The first transcontinental train trip across Canada departs from Montreal.
1905 Albert Einstein published the article “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies”, in which he introduced special relativity.
1908 – Winston Graham, British writer, was born (d. 2003).
1908 The Tunguska explosion in SIberia – commonly believed to have been caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet fragment at an altitude of 5–10 kilometres (3.1–6.2 mi) above the Earth’s surface.
1912 The Regina Cyclone hit Regina, Saskatchewan, killing 28.
1913 – Alfonso López Michelsen, Colombian lawyer and politician, 24th President of Colombia, was born (d. 2007).
1914 – Francisco da Costa Gomes, Portuguese general and politician, 15th President of Portugal, was born (d. 2001).
1917 – Susan Hayward, American actress, was born (d. 1975).
1917 – Lena Horne, American singer and actress (d. 2010).
1930 – Thomas Sowell, American economist, philosopher, and author, was born.
1934 The Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler’s violent purge of his political rivals took place.
1935 The Senegalese Socialist Party held its first congress.
1936 Emperor Haile Selassie of Abbysinia appealled for aid to the League of Nations against Mussolini’s invasion of his country.
1939 The first edition of the New Zealand Listener was published.
1941 World War II: Operation Barbarossa – Germany captured Lviv, Ukraine.
1943 Florence Ballard, American singer (The Supremes). was born (d. 1976).
1944 Glenn Shorrock, Australian singer-songwriter (Little River Band) was born.
1944 World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ended with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces.
1950 Leonard Whiting, British actor, was born.
1953 Hal Lindes, British-American musician (Dire Straits) was born.
1953 The first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.
1956 – A TWA Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 (Flight 718)collided above the Grand Canyon killing all 128 on board the two planes.
1959 A United States Air Force F-100 Super Sabre from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, crashed into a nearby elementary school, killing 11 students plus six residents from the local neighborhood.
1960 Murray Cook, Australian singer (The Wiggles) was born.
1960 Congo gained independence from Belgium.
1962 Julianne Regan, British singer and musician (All About Eve), was born.
1966 Mike Tyson, American boxer, was born.
1966 Marton Csokas, New Zealand actor, was born.
1968 Credo of the People of God by Pope Paul VI.
1969 Nigeria banned Red Cross aid to Biafra.
1971 – Ohio ratified the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, lowering the voting age to 18, thereby putting the amendment into effect.
1972 The first leap second was added to the UTC time system.
1985 Thirty-nine American hostages from a TWA Flight 847 jetliner were freed in Beirut after being held for 17 days.
1986 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Bowers v. Hardwick that states can outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults.
1987 The Royal Canadian Mint introduced the $1 coin, known as theLoonie.
1990 East Germany and West Germany merged their economies.
1992 Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher joined the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher.
1997 The United Kingdom transferred sovereignty over Hong Kong to China.
2007 A car crashed into Glasgow International Airport in an attempted terrorist attack.
2009 Yemenia Flight 626 crashed off the coast of Moroni, Comoros killing 152 people and leaving 1 survivor.
2013 – – 19 firefighters died controlling a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona.
2015 – A Hercules C-130 military aircraft with 113 people on board crashed in a residential area in the Indonesian city of Medan, resulting in at least 116 deaths.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
When it’s still dark long after 7am and the temperature is hovering around 0 it’s easy to find excuses not to go for a walk.
But in spite of the temptation to stay inside, I’ve been maintaining the routine of a 90 minute walk most mornings.
Even when I’m not so keen on doing it, I always feel better for having done it and I’m grateful for that.