Monsterful – extraordinary and wonderful; unnatural; an amazing event or occurrence; a prodigy, a marvel.
- What was the police officer’s baby’s first words ? Hello, hello, hello!
- What would you get if you crossed a new-born snake with a basketball? A bouncing baby boa.
- What did the Pharaohs use to keep their babies quiet? Egyptian dummies.
- When I hear a baby, I always write down the noises she makes, so when she learns to talk I can ask her what she meant.
- What does a baby computer call her father? Data.
- How can you tell if a snake is a baby snake? It has a rattle.
- What is a baby: A soft pink thing that makes a lot of noise at one end and has no sense of responsibility at the other.
- Baby: An inhabitant of Lapland.
- Out of the mouth of babes… usually when you’ve got your best clothes on.
An evening of rugby under cover at Forsyth Barr Stadium, catching up with friends, meeting some new people, having fun, a fast-paced exciting game, a win to the All Black and a safe trip home, for all of which I’m grateful.
(BusinessDesk) – New Zealand sheep farmers, whose fortunes in recent years have been overshadowed by their dairy farmer colleagues, are having a strong season with lamb prices approaching record levels, according to AgriHQ’s Monthly Sheep & Beef report for June.
“This season continues to move from strength-to-strength for sheep farmers, mainly due to the incredible heights slaughter prices are reaching,” AgriHQ analyst Reece Brick said in his report. “Winter contracts within the North Island and lower supplies in the South Island have pulled lamb slaughter prices up by 30 cents/kg in both regions.” . .
The key to successful farm environment plans – Jamie McFadden:
Before the Government decides whether Farm Environment Plans (FEPs) should be voluntary or compulsory we in the Rural Advocacy Network suggest a look at recent experience around New Zealand and overseas.
The voluntary farm plan approach is focused on actions to achieve outcomes. It has been very successful in regions like Taranaki where over two-thirds of hill country now has farm plans.
The key to the success of the voluntary model is trusted advisers working in partnership with landowners. Farm plans are tailor-made recognising that every farm is different and that people learn in different ways. The advisers have a wide range of practical knowledge covering all aspects of environmental management – biodiversity, wetlands, water quality, pests, erosion and sediment loss. It is a whole-farm approach. . .
Arable farmers welcome lift in wheat prices after two poor years – Heather Chalmers:
Central Canterbury arable farmers Syd and Chris Worsfold and their son Earl grow cereals in half their farm and are welcoming a $100 a tonne lift in wheat prices this season.
Syd Worsfold, named Federated Farmers’ arable farmer of the year after 30 years of industry involvement, said the increase was a return to more competitive pricing, after two years of poor returns.
Milling wheat contracts for the 2019 harvest were $420 to $450 a tonne, depending on the grade and variety sown, while feed grains were $380 to $400 a tonne. . .
Pig farmers question future – Annette Scott:
Market demand is slow and pig meat prices have taken a dive in recent weeks as pork producers seriously question their future.
Pig meat prices dropped 10 cents a kilogram in June with cost pressure really coming on from imported pig products, New Zealand Pork farmer spokesman Ian Carter said.
“Imports are coming in really cheap and compromising domestic prices.
“This is where Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) is very important to us,” Carter said.
Misleading domestic food industry advertising is also a concern. . .
Half a million litres of Pahiatua groundwater (about the same as 18 milk tanker loads) will be saved every day thanks to the development and installation of a ground-breaking reclaimed water system at the local Fonterra site.
The site team came up with an innovative way to reuse water from condensation that’s produced during the milk powder manufacturing process.
Robert Spurway, Fonterra’s COO Global Operations, says the water-saving initiative is a testament to the Pahiatua team’s innovative and can-do approach to sustainability. . .
Synlait has confirmed its new nutritional manufacturing site in Pokeno, Waikato, will be commissioned for the 2019 / 2020 season.
The functionality of Synlait’s first nutritional spray dryer at Pokeno has also been expanded as a result of forecast customer demand.
The nutritional spray dryer will be capable of producing a full suite of nutritional, formulated powders (including infant-grade skim milk, whole milk and infant formula base powders) and the capacity has increased to 45,000 metric tonnes (MT) from an initial 40,000 MT. . .
Presented by Miss Conception films, who focus on female-led stories, this fresh dispatch from the heartland introduces two legendary shearers – and three in the making – as they head for black-shirt glory at the Golden Shears.
When a Kiwi girl sets her heart on becoming a shearer there’s not a lot that’s going to stop her, as the five women profiled in this lively doco happily testify. Central Otago’s Pagan Karauria admits it was tough getting a gig at the start, but with her champion dad staunchly behind her, she’s made the shearing shed the focus of her career, not just as a competitive shearer, but as an ace wool sorter and mentor to other young women. Catherine Mullooly, from the King Country, packs her skills for some enterprising OE. With whānau solidly backing them, each of these women strive, more than anything, to better themselves. . .
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.
Blow, blow thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man’s ingratitude. – William Shakespeare
1180 First Battle of Uji, starting the Genpei War in Japan.
1280 – – The Battle of Moclín took place in the context of the Spanish Reconquista pitting the forces of the Kingdom of Castile against theEmirate of Granada. The battle resulted in a Granadian victory.
1314 First War of Scottish Independence The Battle of Bannockburn, south of Stirling, began.
1611 The mutinous crew of Henry Hudson‘s fourth voyage set Henry, his son and seven loyal crew members adrift in an open boat in what is now Hudson Bay; they were never heard from again.
1713 The French residents of Acadia were given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia.
1757 Battle of Plassey – 3,000 British troops under Robert Clive defeated a 50,000 strong Indian army under Siraj Ud Daulah at Plassey.
1758 Seven Years’ War: Battle of Krefeld – British forces defeated French troops at Krefeld in Germany.
1760 – Seven Years’ War: Battle of Landeshut – Austria defeated Prussia.
1763 – Joséphine de Beauharnais, French wife of Napoleon I, was born (d. 1814).
1780 American Revolution: Battle of Springfield.
1794 Empress Catherine II of Russia granted Jews permission to settle in Kiev.
1812 War of 1812: Great Britain revoked the restrictions on American commerce, thus eliminating one of the chief reasons for going to war.
1812 – Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon I of France invaded Russia.
1860 The United States Congress established the Government Printing Office.
1894 King Edward VIII was born (d. 1972).
1917 In a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcherErnie Shore retired 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire.
1919 Estonian Liberation War: The decisive defeat of German Freikorps (Baltische Landeswehr) forces in the Battle of Cesis (Võnnu lahing). This day is celebrated as Victory Day in Estonia.
1926 – Annette Mbaye d’Erneville, Senegalese writer, was born.
1929 – June Carter Cash, American singer-songwriter and actress (Carter Family and The Carter Sisters), was born (d. 2003).
1936 – Richard Bach, American pilot and author, was born.
1937 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets), was born (d. 2004) .
1938 The Civil Aeronautics Act was signed into law, forming the Civil Aeronautics Authority in the United States.
1940 – Mike Shrimpton, New Zealand cricketer and coach, was born (d. 2015).
1940 Adam Faith, English singer and actor was born, (d 2003).
1940 Stuart Sutcliffe, English musician (The Beatles) , was born (d. 1962).
1941 Roger McDonald, Australian author, was born.
1942 World War II: The first selections for the gas chamber at Auschwitz took place on a train load of Jews from Paris.
1942 World War II: Germany’s latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 was captured intact when it mistakenly landed at RAF Pembrey in Wales.
1945 World War II: The Battle of Okinawa ended when organised resistance of Imperial Japanese Army forces collapsed.
1946 The 1946 Vancouver Island earthquake struck Vancouver Island.
1949 – Sheila Noakes, Baroness Noakes, English accountant and politician, was born.
1956 Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt.
1958 The Dutch Reformed Church accepted women ministers.
1959 A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim, Norway killed 34 people.
1961 The Antarctic Treaty, which set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and banned military activity on the continent, came into force after the opening date for signature set for the December 1, 1959.
1965 Paul Arthurs, British guitarist (Oasis), was born.
1967 Cold War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson met with Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin in Glassboro, New Jersey for the three-day Glassboro Summit Conference.
1969 Warren E. Burger was sworn in as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court by retiring chief justice Earl Warren.
1972 Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman were taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the Watergate break-ins.
1972 45 countries left the Sterling Area, allowing their currencies to fluctuate independently of the British Pound.
1973 The International Court of Justice condemned French nuclear tests in the Pacific.
1973 A fire at a house in Hull, England, which killed a six year old boy was passed off as an accident; it later emerged as the first of 26 deaths by fire caused over the next seven years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale.
1985 A terrorist bomb aboard Air India flight 182 brought the Boeing 747 down off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 aboard.
1988 James E. Hansen testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that it is 99% probable that global warming had begun.
1989 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a law passed by the U.S. Congress banning all sexually oriented phone message services was unconstitutional.
1991 Moldova declared independence.
1998 – Paul Reitsma resigned his seat in the British Columbia legislature; the first elected politician in the British Commonwealth to be removed from office by legally-binding petition.
2016 – The United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, by 52% to 48%.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia