Tuesday’s answers

July 6, 2010

Monday’s questions were:

1. What is  litotes?

2. What does Puketapu mean?

3. Who said: “New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human.”?

4. What are  the capitals of Paraguay and Uruguay?

5. What does the Scoville scale measure?

Andrei got three.

Gravedodger also got three right and a bonus for extra info for #2.

Paul got four plus a bonus for humour and inventiveness.

Mr Gronk got 1 1/2 – it was sacred.

Ray got two and a bonus for extra info – I knew the Palmerston hill was Puketapu but not why.

PDM got one right and I’ll give him 1/2 for # 2 & 3 plus a bonus for wit.

Bearhunter won the electronic boquet with a perfect score.

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Monday’s quiz

July 5, 2010

1. What is  litotes?

2. What does Puketapu mean?

3. Who said: “New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human.”?

4. What are  the capitals of Paraguay and Uruguay?

5. What does the Scoville scale measure?


Tuesday’s Answers

August 25, 2009

Monday’s questions were:

1. Who adopted Anne Shirley?

2. Who said, “People who life in New Zealand by choice as distinct from an accident of birth, and who are committed to this land and its people and steeped in their knowledge of both, are no less ‘indigenous’ than Maori.”?

3. Where is Colonia del Sacramento, (if there’s more than one, I’m looking for the World Heritage site).

4. What is a haugh?

5. How many teeth does a hogget have?

Paul Tremewan retains the winner’s crown, although loses a half point for getting the surname in 1 wrong (she married Gilbert). He gets a bonus for an alternative answer to 4.

Kismet gets a bonus for being first to answer anything.

Ray gets a bonus for his answer to 4 and for the full answer for 5.

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August 25 in history

August 25, 2009

On August 25:

1609 Galileo Gallei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.

Portrait of Galileo Galilei by Giusto Sustermans

 

1724 English painter George Stubbs was born.

A self portrait by George Stubbs

1768 Captain James Cook began his first voyage.

James Cook, portrait by Nathaniel Dance, c. 1775, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
 
1825 Uruguay  declared its independence from Brazil.

 

1949 English writer Martin Amis was born.

1958 a tornado killed three people and injured more than 80 when it struck Frankton.

1961 US singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus was born.

1991 Belarus declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia.


July 30 in history

July 30, 2009

On July 30:

762 Baghdad was founded.

1818 Emily Bronte was born.


Portrait by Branwell Brontë

 1930 Uruguay won the first Football World Cup.

1979 carless days were enforced on New Zealand motorists.

1980 Vanuatu gained Independence.

 

 Sourced from Wikipedia and NZ History Online.


SFF & PGW no longer good friends?

February 18, 2009

Silver Fern Farms is not impressed by the offer of $10 million from PGG Wrightson in compensation for failing to complete a partnership deal last year.

PGG Wrightson (PGGW) yesterday issued a statement offering mediation and $10 million in compensation to Silver Fern Farms.

Silver Fern chief executive Keith Cooper was caught unaware by PGGW’s press release, a tactic he said was antagonistic.

“It is particularly antagonistic to start playing negotiations via the media with something that appears to be heading towards the courts.”

When two parties start communicating via media release it’s a sure sign their relationship is deteriorating.

PGW’s half year report is due out next week and it’s unlikely to be very pretty.

The company’s offer to take a 50% stake in SFF upset a lot of its clients. It didn’t go down well with a lot of its staff either, some of whom have left the company and set up in opposition to it.

On top of that drought and other problems in Uruguay combined with the fall in the international price for milk will be hurting its dairying venutres there.


First bbq of the season

October 19, 2008

It’s very pleasant to pass a Friday evening with good friends, a glass or two of wine (Charles Wiffen sauvignon blanc) and the first barbeque of the season.

However, just a wee quibble, having been to Argentina,  no food from a gas barbeque – not even fresh asapragus – can match that from an asado like this. . .

. . . which was cooked by an Argentinean friend for a party at our place in February.

Or this in Argentina:

Or this in Uruguay:


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