1951 Wellington-Lyttelton yacht race TV1 tonight

May 20, 2015

The Peninsula Cruising Club’s Canterbury centennial race from Wellington to Lyttelton is the subject of Descent from Disaster, on TV1 at 8:30 this evening.

Only one of the 20 starters finished the race and two yachts, Argo and Husky, were lost with all their crew.

Another race entrant, Astral, was dismasted. A trawler, Tawera, took the yacht in tow but as the weather worsened the tow rope chafed through.

My father was one of the crew on the Caplin. A newspaper report in his journal records the account of the trawler skipper, George Brasell:

A newspaper report in Dad’s journal records the account of the trawler skipper, George Brasell:

“Astral was carrying a light and all we could do was to stand by alongside her and keep her in view. This was a tremendous task as it was blowing a full gale and a light was only visible when she topped the seas. My crew were tried to their utmost that night and did a wonderful job i n trying to keep the Astral in sight. Visibility was very bad. We only picked up land once after leaving Lyttelton.

“About midnight on Friday the crew of the Astral signalled us to put oil on the water. We did as requested until daylight when we started to take the crew off by means of a line dragging each member through the water. Luckily the rescue was carried out successfully. I felt proud of my crew. The rescue was carried out at the height of the gale. . . “

 I posted on the race on its anniversary. Several people with memories of it or connections to it left comments.

Quote of the day

May 18, 2015

“Politics is not entertainment,” he says. “That’s a mistake of people who are acute followers of politics as commentators or people from withinthe Westminster village.

“For the voters it’s not entertainment, it’s a serious issue, it’s a serious thing that means a great deal to their lives. It is their future.”Lynton Crosby.

He was referring to British politics and those who comment on it.

His words could just as easily be about politics and at least some commentators here.

Cards, days and cardboard boxes

May 12, 2015

Discussion on Critical Mass with Simon Mercep today was sparked by:

* 8  non-traditional and wonderfully empathetic cards. I came across them at Upworthy which links to the site of their creator Emily McDowell.

* Days of the Year which celebrates serious and strange celebrations. Today is both Nurses Day and Limerick Day

* Poetry through the ages gives us the history of limericks and some examples of them.

And via Mums on Top I found 50 things to do with a cardboard box at Kids’ Activities Blog.

Quote of the day

May 1, 2015

. . . Even among some voters friendly to National there is querulous criticism the Govt does not have a “plan.” The demand is for more “visionary” policy. This is to overlook the essence of conservative philosophy: what it is not necessary to change should not be changed, a conservative attitude is always the baseline for true progress.

This Govt’s success stems from the policies it has implemented in putting NZ back on the road to sustainable growth. NZ has now experienced solid economic growth for five years and it has been achieved without any inflationary pressures building up. Even though the dairy industry has been hit hard by plunging global prices, the rest of the economy is showing no sign of slowing up. But the Govt now has to battle a media which views the current state of the Govt, and its leadership, through a different lens. . . Trans Tasman

How many watch?

April 10, 2015

The petition to save Campbell Live has attracted more than 20,000 signatures, but signing a petition isn’t what matters.

What does matter is how many watch the programme and Stuff shows the audience is declining:

. . . Last year, Seven Sharp pulled in an average of 430,000 viewers in the 5+ demographic per episode. In comparison, Campbell Live had 240,000, according to figures from ratings company Nielsen.

In the last week of March, when Campbell Live celebrated a decade on air, it also saw some of the worst ratings in its history. According to analysis by throng.co.nz, it averaged an audience of 154,576 per night for that week – a week in which Seven Sharp exceeded 500,000 viewers for the first time.

The number of viewers isn’t the only sign of a programme’s influence.

Other media has picked up on some Campbell Live campaigns, and the wish for a smile one to help children who require orthodontic work changed lives for the better.

But such campaigns don’t pay the bills.

Advertising pays for programmes. Advertising will follow the viewers and fewer are watching Campbell Live.

I don’t think I’ve ever watched it from start to finish but it’s not that I’m watching something else instead, I rarely watch television much at all now.

My farmer turns on the TV when he wakes in the morning and usually has it on TV3, I listen to it, though don’t usually watch it until I get up. If my farmer’s still in the living room when I get there the TV will be on but I usually turn it off when he goes.

I turn it back on when I’m preparing dinner and catch the news but don’t have a preference for either channel. If it’s just the two of us TV usually stays on while we eat (yes, shame on us) but as background noise rather than a focus.

We usually record The Nation and Q & A but don’t always watch them and if I do I usually use the fast forward option for at least some of the time.

In the evening if I’m at home I might flick through the channels but usually give up when I find nothing of interest and I can’t remember the last time I watched anything from start to finish. If I have time to spare I’d rather read a book.

The sad irony is that while there are more options on ever over what I could watch, there is less and less that I really want to watch.

Paul Henry 1

April 7, 2015

Paul Henry’s new programme won the battle of the breakfast shows in our house this morning.

But then we’d been watching TV3’s breakfast programme much more than TV1’s anyway.

Henry’s show is a multi-media one.

Radio, live streaming and TV are very different media. But I got all I needed to know listening with my eyes shut when my farmer turned the television on at 6am while I was still dozing.

Quote of the day

March 25, 2015

“I have built a confirmation bias so strongly into my own fabric that it’s hard to imagine a fact that could wonk me,” . . . . “At some level, the news has become a vast apparatus for continually proving me right in my pre-existing prejudices about the world.”Jesse Armstrong


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