Google doodle: dafs and dragon

01/03/2012

When I’ve googled a couple of times today I’ve ended up on the New Zealand page on which it’s business as usual.

But if you go to google.co.uk you find the Google doodle depicts a dragon in a field of daffodils in honour of St David’s Day and Wales whose patron saint he is.

Google doodle: St David's Day dragon

St David :
or Dewi Sant, as he is known in the Welsh language, . . . was a Celtic monk, abbot and bishop, who lived in the sixth century. During his life, he was the archbishop of Wales, and he was one of many early saints who helped to spread Christianity among the pagan Celtic tribes of western Britain. . . Dewi was a very gentle person who lived a frugal life. It is claimed that he ate mostly bread and herbs – probably watercress, which was widely used at the time. Despite this supposedly meagre diet, it is reported that he was tall and physically strong. . . Dewi is sometimes known, in Welsh, as ‘Dewi Ddyfrwr’ (David the Water Drinker) and, indeed, water was an important part of his life – he is said to have drunk nothing else. Sometimes, as a self-imposed penance, he would stand up to his neck in a lake of cold water, reciting Scripture. . .
Hat Tip: The Guardian

Feds’ sections spar over Google doodles

23/10/2009

Federated Farmers Dairy and Meat & Fibre sections are sparring over the competition to design a Google 4 Doodle.

It started when Dairy Section chair Lachlan McKenzie issued a media release calling on people to vote for Molly Ploeg’s entry titled, ‘Moogle Google’: 

 “While more than a little biased, Federated Farmers Dairy gives Molly 10 out of 10 for her ‘Moogle Google’.  We honestly believe this ought to win. . .

“Molly wants to be a dairy farmer when she grows up and is the kind of person we want to see enter our industry.  The fact she attends an inner city school in Avondale is no barrier. . . “

Meat & Fibre chair Bruce Willis countered by encouraging people  to vote for the sheep which feature in all four age-groups of the competition.

He reckons this shows sheep are an integral part of the New Zealand psyche.

“It’s actually inspirational that so many young New Zealanders when asked to define New Zealand show affinity for agriculture. . .

“For me this shows how sheep still stand as an icon for all New Zealand agriculture.

“Agriculture remains the backbone of the New Zealand economy and these entries tell me that it defines our identity as New Zealanders.  That’s something to not just cherish, but to champion,” Mr Wills concluded.

The entries which feature sheep are:

Harrison Dykes’:

Atalya Fakavamoeanga’s:

Samantha Waters’:

Andrei Golovka’s:

 

Ashleigh Brown’s:

And Olivier Bartolomei’s:

You can see all the entries and vote for your choice here.

Google Doodles

19/10/2009

Google asked New Zealand school chidlren to come up with Google Doodles.

The winner will be used on the Google NZ page for a day next year.

The finalists are here  and you can vote for your favourite.

This by Andrei Golovka appealed to me:

So did this by Ashley Brown


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