It’s Tim Brooke-Taylor’s birthday so:
It’s Tim Brooke-Taylor’s birthday so:
From vodka to high country – Sally Rae:
Geoff and Justine Ross are best known as entrepreneurs and founders of the hugely successful 42 Below vodka company. But they have traded city life for a rural adventure at Lake Hawea Station where they are using the skills gained in business to apply them to the rural sector. They speak to agribusiness reporter Sally Rae.
Geoff Ross was always going to be a farmer.
But the career path he took to farm ownership was not necessarily what he envisaged growing up on a deer and dairy farm in the North Island.
His wife Justine recalls how she wanted to marry a farmer; in fact, she thought she was marrying a farmer. It did not quite pan out like that. . .
Keeping the farm in the family – Luke Chivers:
Kairuru farmer Amanda Henderson says there’s a whole lot more to farming than picking a paddock and putting some animals in it. The fourth-generation sheep and beef farmer is dedicated to shifting the perception of New Zealand’s primary sector. She spoke to Luke Chivers.
When people think of agriculture, not all think of science, innovation and technology.
But, thankfully, one South Islander is set on changing that.
“I believe education is critical in the agricultural sector,” 33-year-old Amanda Henderson says. . .
Southland farmers Mike and Kirsty Bodle are looking to create a point of difference – or X-factor – in their farming operation.
The couple moved south from the North Island 14 years ago and bought a drystock farm after deciding they liked the region.
After a few years, they bought a neighbouring property to convert to dairy but when the dairy market started experiencing volatility, they decided they needed to spread their risk to cover themselves during those times . .
Chewing out the vegetarian preachers – Steve Wyn-Harris:
I was a vegan myself once.
It was in India 40 years ago in a small village where it seemed everyone was vegan, going by the menus in the cafes.
But it was only for one day.
The next village appeared to eat meat and nothing else. . .
Kiwi healthcare company HoneyLab on the cusp of going global – Esther Taunton:
A decade after it was set up, healthcare company HoneyLab is on the cusp of going global, co-founder Dr Shaun Holt says.
A clinical study recently proved the company’s flagship kānuka honey jell, Honevo, is as effective in treating cold sores as well-known pharmaceuticals.
It was the second big win for the product, which has also been proven effective in treating rosacea, and growing international interest is keeping Holt busy. . .
Comedian Te Radar brings the light touch to agricultural events – Gerard Hutching:
After two decades on TV screens, the stage and the comedy circuit, beloved entertainer Te Radar has become the go-to jester for the agricultural crowd, and with good reason.
The funnyman has serious cred in rural circles; he grew up on a dairy farm in north Waikato, on the isthmus bordered by the Waikato River that juts into Lake Waikare. His father was a top elected official in Federated Farmers.
No stranger to the milking shed, he helped on the family farm until he was 20. But dairying held no long term attraction. . .
I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.
This girl today said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I’d swear I’ve never met herbivore.
I know a guy who’s addicted to drinking brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.
A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
I got some batteries that were given out free of charge.
A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
A will is a dead giveaway.
With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
Police were summoned to a daycare centre where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He’s all right now.
A bicycle can’t stand alone; it’s just two tired.
The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered.
He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed.
When she saw her first strands of gray hair she thought she’d dye.
Acupuncture is a jab well done. That’s the point of it.
I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
Did you hear about the crossed-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils?
When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.
When chemists die, they barium.
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.
I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can’t put it down.
Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.
I was going to write with a broken pencil but I realised it was pointless.
One of Monty Python’s best:
To give it a New Zealand political twist – he’s not sleeping, he’s in deep contemplation.
Some of the artists of the 60’s are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate ageing baby-boomers:
Herman’s Hermits – Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Walker
Ringo Starr – I Get By With A Little Help From Depends
The Bee Gees – How Can You Mend A Broken Hip?
Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face
Johnny Nash – I Can’t See Clearly Now
Paul Simon – Fifty Ways To Lose Your Liver
The Commodores – Once, Twice, 3 Times To The Bathroom
Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Hair
Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Napping
The Temptations – Papa’s Got A Kidney Stone
Abba – Denture Queen
Helen Reddy – I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore
Lesley Gore – It’s My Hormones & I’ll Cry If I Want To
Willie Nelson – On the Commode Again