Archaism – something archaic, outmoded, very old or old-fashioned, especially a word or style of language or art; the use or conscious imitation of archaic styles or features in diction, language or art.
The US Air Force has an ultra-high- security, super-secret base in Nevada, known simply as “Area 51?”
Late one afternoon, the Air Force staff out at Area 51 were very surprised to see a Cessna landing at their “secret” base. They immediately impounded the aircraft and hauled the pilot into an interrogation room.
The pilot’s story was that he took off from Los Vegas, got lost, and spotted the Base just as he was about to run out of fuel. The Air Force started a full FBI background check on the pilot and held him overnight during the investigation.
By the next day, they were finally convinced that the pilot really was lost and wasn’t a spy. They fueled up his plane, gave him a terrifying “you-did-not-see-a-base” briefing, complete with threats of spending the rest of his life in prison, told him Los Vegas was that-a-way on such-and-such a heading, and sent him on his way.
The next day, to the total disbelief of the Air Force, the same Cessna showed up again. Once again, security surrounded the plane…this time there were two people in it.
The same pilot jumped out and said, “Do anything you want to me, but my wife is in the plane and you have to tell her where I was last night.”
Fish and Game do it again – Alan Emmerson:
Here was I listening to the radio to be shocked by the news that 82% of Kiwis saying they were concerned or very concerned about pollution of rivers and lakes.
Then we had Fish and Game chief Martin Taylor telling us that the problem was fair and square farmers fault.
Unsurprisingly I have issues with that.
For a start why don’t you get ten people in a room and ask them their concerns. I’ll lay you dollars to donuts that pollution of our rivers and lakes isn’t the major concern of eight of them.
Let’s take that a bit further. As the vast majority of us live in cities our exposure to rivers and lakes isn’t great. Certainly not eight out of ten. I’d be surprised if it was over two. . .
A-grade farming in a sensitive environment – Tony Benny:
A Canterbury dairy farmer is in tune with his environment. Tony Benny reports.
He says farming in a part of Canterbury regarded by many as too challenging environmentally Tony Dodunski has achieved an A rating for his farm environment plan audit and is achieving his production goals as well.
Tony and wife Clare farm 190ha next to Lake Ellesmere, which is rated the most at-risk in New Zealand with agriculture having a significant impact so farmers in the area are in the environmental spotlight. . .
Uncertainty remains for Telford staff as they approach a critical point in their future with the beleaguered agricultural institute.
Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, which provides courses at Telford, in Balclutha, and other on-farm campuses, was placed in interim liquidation on December 19.
At the time, liquidator Grant Thornton said it understood wages and salaries were up to date and the organisation would continue running “as per normal” over Christmas.
However, the Otago Daily Times has learnt Telford staff expect to receive their final wages on Wednesday, leaving them facing an uncertain future. . .
A government research programme has positioned New Zealand as a world leader in research into mitigating greenhouse gases from agriculture and adapting to climate change, a recent independent review has found.
The Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) research programme supports the generation of new climate change knowledge across NZ’s agriculture and forestry sectors. . .
Home buyers warned of sex and smell – Jono Edwards:
A Dunedin pig farmer is warning potential home buyers of the sex and stink that come with rural living.
Recently Pieter Bloem, who lives on the Otago Peninsula, noticed the property across from his on Highcliff Rd was for sale.
On Boxing Day he decided to place a sign on the road reminding interested parties what they were in for. . .
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.
One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilising or it will die – Evelyn Waugh
1477 – Battle of Nancy: Charles the Bold was killed and Burgundy became part of France.
1500 – Duke Ludovico Sforza conquered Milan.
1527 – Felix Manz, a leader of the Anabaptist congregation in Zürich, was executed by drowning.
1554 – A great fire started in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
1675 – Battle of Colmar: the French army beat Brandenburg.
1757 – Louis XV of France survived an assassination attempt by Robert–François Damiens, the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering, the traditional form of capital punishment used for regicides.
1767 Jean-Baptiste Say, French economist, originator of Say’s Law, was born (d. 1832).
1889 – Preston North End was declared winner of the original football league.
1902 – Stella Gibbons, English author, was born (d. 1989).
1910 Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete, was born (d. 1949).
1914 – The Ford Motor Company announced an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day’s labour.
1917 Jane Wyman, American actress, was born (d. 2007).
1918 – The Free Committee for a German Workers Peace, which became the Nazi party, was founded.
1925 – Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming became the first female governor in the United States.
1932 Umberto Eco, Italian writer, was born.
1933 – Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in San Francisco Bay.
1938 King Juan Carlos I of Spain, was born.
1940 Athol Guy, Australian singer, member of The Seekers, was born.
1943 Justice Mary Gaudron, first female judge of the High Court of Australia, was born.
1944 – The Daily Mail became the first transoceanic newspaper.
1946 Diane Keaton, American actress, was born.
1950 Chris Stein, American guitarist (Blondie), was born.
1960 Phil Thornalley, English bass guitarist (The Cure), was born.
1969 Marilyn Manson, American singer, was born.
1973 Phil Joel, New Zealand bassist (Newsboys), was born.
1974 – Warmest reliably measured temperature in Antarctica of +59°F (+15°C) recorded at Vanda Station.
1976 – Cambodia was renamed Democratic Kampuchea by the Khmer Rouge.
1977 The occupation of Bastion Point started.
1981 – Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby player, was born.
1993 – The oil tanker MV Braer ran aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil.
1993 – Washington state executed Westley Allan Dodd by hanging (the last legal hanging in America).
2005 – Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, was discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.
2014 – A launch of the communication satellite GSAT-14 aboard the GSLV MK.II D5 marksed the first successful flight of an Indian cryogenic engine.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.