We took the long way home from the Wairarapa yesterday, going via Bulls.
En route, we passed through Eketahuna, home of Alf Grumble MP.
I didn’t spot him in town, perhaps he was busy in Wellington.
But I did see this sign which I presume points to his office:
If it does, I presume if people turn left they’ll be right.
On July 7:
1919 British actor Jon Pertwee was born.
1924 Arthur Porritt (later Sir) won a bronze medal at the Paris Olympics.
1928 sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillcothe Baking Company, Missouri.
1933 New Zealand athlete Sir Murray Halberg was born in Eketahuna.
If bloggers were lined up across the politcial spectrum, the erstwhile MP for Eketahuna Alf Grumble would generally be at the blue end and the women at the Hand Mirror would be at the pink to red end.
But today they are in accord over the quest for the hottest businessswoman and hunkiest businessman.
Much more fundamentally, Alf is flabbergasted that the Fairfax clowns have the gall to contend:
Here at BusinessDay we take business very seriously.
. . . Yes, Alf is only too aware of the recessionary bite. It is chewing up jobs and it is corroding people’s investments.
That’s precisely why he doesn’t give a toss about who is the hottest or the hunkiest. . .
Deborah at The Hand Mirror says:
Mind you, it is at least an equal opportunity *headdesk*. They’re promising a poll on NZ’s hottest businessman tomorrow.
There’s a place for judging people on their appearances but it’s not the business pages of media which wish to be taken seriously and there are far more intelligent ways to bring a bit of lightness and humour if they feel the need to counteract the economic gloom.
In spite of the findings of the UMR survey which found most rural people are happier with where they live that those in towns and cities, rural life isn’t for everyone.
A rural real estate agent told me she loves lifestyle blocks because people who buy them stay an average of three or four years then decide it’s not for them and put the property on the market again.
Some are put off when rosey dreams or rustic romance are thwarted by rural realities, like the former city slickers who was upset by what she thought was porn in the paddock. Some just find it’s not what they thought it would be.
But for others, like Bevan and Sharon Shannon who moved from a 17th floor flat in Battersea, London to Eketahuna, the transition from city to country more than lives up to expectations.
I’ve lived in town and country – from Great Mercury Island with a then human population of nine , to London and enjoyed them all because it’s not just where you are but what you’re doing and who you’re doing it with that contributes to making you happy.
But, that said, while I enjoy visiting towns and cities I’d prefer to live in the country and I think those of us who live in this part of the world are especially blessed.
Not convinced? Just look at at Peter Young’s brilliant scenes of rural New Zealand and tell me what’s not to love:
Hat Tip: Bull Pen
Oh dear, I don’t need any more excuses for work avoidance but Inquiring Mind has pointed me to Alf Grumble, the long-serving, hard working and obviously modest MP for Eketahuna North who has been driven to blogging by the MSM’s failure to notice him.
I’m delighted to have another provincial/rural voice in the blogosphere. While I still chortle over John Clark’s skit A Mystery in Eketahuna, and have passed through the town I’m not familiar with Alf’s electorate and have to confess I didn’t realise he was in the National caucus although this post suggests he is.
Somewhat further to the left, and without Alf’s sense of humour, is another newish blog, Kiwipolitico which has joined my list of daily reads. Today Anita is wanting to know who took down Winston?
For something usually sans politics but with plenty of humour, Laughykate is also worth a regular check.
Where poetry stars on Homepaddock on the last day of the working week, it’s Friday Frocks over at Craft Is The New Black (and who couldn’t like someone adicted to presents, chocolates, cherries and sun?).
On the subject of delicious things, Bitsontheside has discovered chocolate pencils.
Back to matters rural, The Bull Pen is another must-read.