Autotonsorialist – someone who cuts or styles her/his own hair.
Duncan Garner opines:
I’ve watched politics closely for 25 years and this government is the least effective of them all, by some margin.
Warm words are no substitute for effective policy that makes a positive difference to individuals, families, communities and the country.
Theresa May has resigned as leader of the British Conservative Party having failed to get a Brexit deal passed by parliament.
Will her successor do any better?
The whole mess illustrates the risks of a referendum that required a black and white answer to a vague question, the consequences of which were understood by too few voters.
There’s a lesson here for all governments.
Any referendum on constitutional or other complex matters should require more than a simple majority to change anything.
Every referendum should clearly spell out the question and be accompanied by a comprehensive education campaign clearly explaining the issues so that voters understand not just what they’re voting for or against, but what will happen if those wanting change win.
We know there will be a referendum on decriminalising or legalising cannabis at next year’s election. We still don’t know exactly what the question we’ll be voting on is yet.
Without that knowledge the latest polls here and here show a majority aren’t in favour of change, though given how divergent both polls were on politics, it’s difficult to know how reliable those results are.
In reaction against the age-old slogan, “woman is the weaker vessel,” or the still more offensive, “woman is a divine creature,” we have, I think, allowed ourselves to drift into asserting that “a woman is as good as a man,” without always pausing to think what exactly we mean by that. What, I feel, we ought to mean is something so obvious that it is apt to escape attention altogether, viz: (…) that a woman is just as much an ordinary human being as a man, with the same individual preferences, and with just as much right to the tastes and preferences of an individual. What is repugnant to every human being is to be reckoned always as a member of a class and not as an individual person. – Dorothy L Sayers who was born on this day in 1893.
823 Charles the Bald , Holy Roman Emperor and King of the West Franks,was born (d. 877).
1249 – Coronation of Alexander III as King of Scots.
1373 – Anglo-Portuguese Alliance between England (succeeded by the United Kingdom) and Portugal – the oldest alliance in the world which is still in force.
1752 Fanny Burney, English novelist and diarist, was born (d. 1840).
1774 Rhode Island became the first of Britain’s North American colonies to ban the importation of slaves.
1777 American Revolutionary War: Marquis de Lafayette landed near Charleston, South Carolina, in order to help the Continental Congress to train its army.
1798 Mission San Luis Rey de Francia was founded.
1863 Lady Lucy Duff Gordon, English fashion designer, was born (d. 1935).
1865 William Butler Yeats, Irish writer, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 1937)
1866 The Burgess Gang murdered five men on the Maungatapu track, south-east of Nelson.
1881 The USS Jeannette was crushed in an Arctic Ocean ice pack.
1883 Henry George Lamond, Australian farmer and author was born (d. 1969).
1886 A fire devastated much of Vancouver.
1886 – King Ludwig II of Bavaria was found dead in Lake Starnberg south of Munich.
1893 Dorothy L. Sayers, English author, was born (d. 1957).
1893 Grover Cleveland underwent secret, successful surgery to remove a large, cancerous portion of his jaw; the operation wasn’t revealed to the public until 1917, nine years after the president’s death.
1898 Yukon Territory was formed, with Dawson chosen as its capital.
1910 Mary Whitehouse, British campaigner, was born (d. 2001).
1910 The University of the Philippines College of Engineering was established.
1917 World War I: the deadliest German air raid on London during World War I was carried out by Gotha G bombers and resulted in 162 deaths, including 46 children, and 432 injuries.
1927 – Slim Dusty, Australian singer, was born (d. 2003)
1927 Aviator Charles Lindbergh received a ticker-tape parade down 5th Avenue in New York.
1942 The United States opened its Office of War Information.
1942 The United States established the Office of Strategic Services.
1944 Ban Ki-Moon, South Korean United Nations Secretary-General, was born.
1944 World War II: Germany launched a counter attack on Carentan.
1944 – World War II: Germany launched a V1 Flying Bomb attack on England. Only four of the eleven bombs actually hit their targets.
1949 Dennis Locorriere, American singer and guitarist (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show), was born.
1952 Catalina affair: a Swedish Douglas DC-3 was shot down by a Soviet MiG-15 fighter.
1953 Tim Allen, American comedian and actor, was born.
1955 Mir Mine, the first diamond mine in the USSR, was discovered.
1966 The United States Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.
1967 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1970 Chris Cairns, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
1970 ”The Long and Winding Road” became the Beatles’ last Number 1 song.
1971 Vietnam War: The New York Times began publication of the Pentagon Papers.
1978 Israeli Defense Forces withdrew from Lebanon.
1981 At the Trooping the Colour ceremony a teenager, Marcus Sarjeant, fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.
1983 – Pioneer 10 became the first man-made object to leave the solar system.
1995 French president Jacques Chirac announced the resumption of nuclear tests in French Polynesia.
1996 The Montana Freemen surrendered after an 81-day standoff with FBI agents.
1997 Uphaar cinema fire, in New Delhi, killed 59 people, and over 100 people injured.
1997 American fugitive Ira Einhorn was arrested in France for the murder of Holly Maddux after 16 years on the run.
2000 Italy pardoned Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.
2005 A jury in Santa Maria, California acquitted pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch.
2007 The Al Askari Mosque was bombed for a third time.
2012 – A series of bombings across Iraq, including Baghdad, Hillah and Kirkuk, killed at least 93 people and wounds over 300 others.
2013 – Czech investigative authorities started a raid against organized crime, affecting the top levels of Czech politics.
2015 – The Wedding of Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland, and Sofia Hellqvist took place in Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 – A man opened fire at policemen outside the police headquarters in the Texas city of Dallas, while a bag containing a pipe bomb was also found. He was later shot dead by police.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia