Day 18 of New Zealand Music Month – Split Enz with I Got You.
Split Enz reached #1 with I Got You 30 years ago today.
On March 14:
1489 The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sold her kingdom to Venice.
1647 Thirty Years’ War: Bavaria, Cologne, France and Sweden signed the Truce of Ulm.
1869 Defeat of Titokowaru.
1900 The Gold Standard Act was ratified, placing United States currency on the gold standard.
1905 Chelsea Football Club was founded.
1910 Lakeview Gusher, the largest U.S. oil well gusher near Bakersfield, California, vented to atmosphere.
1939 Slovakia declared independence under German pressure.
1945 World War II – The R.A.F. first operational use of the Grand Slam bomb, Bielefeld, Germany.
1951 Korean War: For the second time, United Nations troops recaptured Seoul.
1972 Italian publisher and former partisan Giangiacomo Feltrinelli was killed by an explosion.
1978 The Israeli Defense Force invades and occupies southern Lebanon, in Operation Litani.
1980 Split Enz reached No 1 with I Got You from their True Colours album.
1980 A plane crashesd during final approach near Warsaw killing 87 people, including a 14-man American boxing team.
1989 General Michel Aoun declared that he will act for the liberation of Lebanon.
1994 Linux kernel version 1.0.0 was released.
1995 Astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American astronaut to ride to space on-board a Russian launch vehicle.
1998 An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale hit southeastern Iran.
2005 Cedar Revolution: hundreds of thousands of Lebanese went into the streets of Beirut to demonstrate against the Syrian military presence in Lebanon and against the government.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
1. Jesus Christ Super Star at the Regent Theatre in Dunedin.
One of the characters sang, Close your eyes, close your eyes . . . and I did. We had young children at the time and sleep deprivation triumphed over the excitement of a night out.
2. ENZO (Or was it ENSO?) – Otago Museum. The NZ Symphony Orchestra and NZ Ballet playing & dancing to the music of Split Enz.
The bits I was awake for were amazing but again the need for sleep was greater than the desire to watch the entertainment.
3. Evita at the Regent Theatre in Dunedin.
Another wonderful performance but I still couldn’t resist the temptation to have some very long blinks.
4. Cats at the Regent Theatre in Dunedin.
As for 3.
5. Mama Mia at the TSB Arena in Wellington last night.
It’s been one of those fortnights this week and when the lights dimmed gravity pulled my eyelids down. That shouldn’t be regarded as a reflection on the show. I was wide awake for the second half and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Driving through Cadiz with only half an ear on the radio I realised something sounded familiar – it was Split Enz singing Weather With You.
Day 26 of the tune a day challenge for New Zealand Music Month.
Time for something classical – the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with Aotearoa Overture.
Round the other blogs:
Bic Runga sings Get Some Sleep at Inquiring Mind
Sisters Underground are In The Neighbourhood at Keeping Stock
Sweet Dreams from Split Enz at Rob’s.
and Nothing’s Gonna Happen from the Tall Dwarfs at Art & My Life.
Day 25 of the tune a day challenge for New Zealand Music Month.
Dame Malvina Major deserves a place in NZ Music Month for what she’s achieved in her career and for the assistance she’s given to training young artsits through the Dame Malvina Foundation.
Given this is a rural blog, a mention also needs to be made of her life with her husband on a Taranaki dairy farm.
This clip is a duet with Hayley Westenra.
Catching up on yesterday’s posts:
Inquiring Mind chose Split Enz singing Poor Boy
Keeping Stock continues his Christian Music Sundays with Juliagrace singing Carry Me Away
And Rob gave us Between the Lines from Danse Macabre and he also captures history with a clip of Karen Hay on Radio With Pictures with what he thinks was “pribablee the first rill koywoi accunt on the Tully“.
Brian Fallow quotes Split Enz: History never repeats.
There is always some difference that makes a difference. But the similarities can be instructive, too.
A couple of Reserve Bank economists, Michael Reddell and Cath Sleeman, have been looking at six previous recessions in New Zealand – the imbalances which preceded them, what triggered them and what made them worse.
They draw no conclusions about the situation now, beyond saying that “there is nothing in the material in this article to suggest any greater reason for optimism” than the downbeat view expressed in the bank’s June monetary policy statement.
They note the mitigating factors – fiscal stimulus and commodity boom – but say these factors “have much to mitigate”.
By my count 12, maybe 13, of the 17 recessionary factors they list are at work now, two of them – a global credit squeeze and a large rise in oil prices – in spades.
The recession which made the deepest impression on me was that of the mid 1980s. There are several differences between then and now.
Our economy was a mess before then – subsidies, tarrifs and import duties protected producers and manufacturers and increased costs for consumers; just about everything was regulated and/or taxed. Then came the 1984 Lange Government and Roger Douglas’s first budget.
Subsidies ended and farmers were brought kicking and screaming into the real world. The dollar was floated and rose on the back of high interest rates – at one stage we were paying more than 25% on seasonal finance – inflation raged, commodity prices fell but tarrifs kept the price of inputs up and the labour market was still heavily regulated.
North Otago was particularly hard hit by the ag-sag because too many farms were too small to be economic anyway and there was not much irrigation so we were forever suffering from recurring droughts. At one stage it cost more to transport stock to the freezing works than they were worth. Property prices plummeted and a lot of us were technically bankrupt, owing more than the value of what we owned.
As farmers retrenched those who worked for, serviced or supplied us were hit too and the problems spread to provincial towns. Meanwhile cities were booming on the back rising property prices and the sharemarket. It was only when the market crashed in October 1987 that cities began to feel the country’s pain.
A lot of economic fundamentals have changed since then. A small economy like New Zealand’s will always be at the mercy of international factors, but thanks to those “failed policies of the 80s and 90s” we are in a much stronger position to withstand the worst impact of them.
Another difference is that this time the problems are starting in the cities and, the impact of drought aside, the country is still doing well. Even though sheep farmers have had an appalling season, falling income has been cushioned by rising land prices.
While people are worried about what’s happening elsewhere, the North Otago economy is still growing and property prices are rising. There hasn’t been an empty shop on the main street for a couple of years and a retailer told me he’d paid more GST in the past two months than at any other time since he’d been in business.
People on low fixed incomes, and some earning more, are struggling with steeping rising prices of fuel and food. But the district’s economy as a whole is benefitting from development associated with increased irrigation and the dairy boom.
If we are in a recession right now, as many economists believe, it won’t be official until the June GDP figures are released in September.
And if the statistics mirror anecdotal evidence they will show that this time the recession is starting in the cities and the picture in the provinces is sitll pretty positive.