If only supermarket shopping could be this entertaining:
If only supermarket shopping could be this entertaining:
Quite casually I wander into my plot, poke around with my characters for a while, then amble off, leaving no moral proved and no reader improved. – Thorne Smith who was born on this day in 1892.
He’s the author or Night Life of the Gods, a book that still makes me laugh out loud after many rereadings. That might disprove the quote because laughing leaves me much improved.
I haven’t watched the film which was adapted from the book and having enjoyed the reading so much and so often I’m not sure I want to watch it, but should you wish to have a peek you’ll find it on here on YouTube.
Through one of the marvels of modern Science, I am enabled, this Christmas Day, to speak to all my peoples throughout the Empire. I take it as a good omen that Wireless should have reached its present perfection at a time when the Empire has been linked in closer union. For it offers us immense possibilities to make that union closer still.
These are the opening lines of the first royal Christmas broadcast, made by King George V in 1932, the background to which you can read here.
Illustrating how far communication has come since then, this year’s royal Christmas speech is on YouTube.
Technological advances have made it much easier, and relatively cheaper, to communicate with people all around the world.
When I went on my OE in the early 80s, I made two phone calls home in 11 months. Our daughter’s on her OE now and we chat several times a week via Facetime or skype.
It is much easier for politicians to communicate through their own Facebook and Twitter accounts.
However, how much of these messages go much beyond those already supporting them or political tragics keeping up with the other side is a moot point – at least until they make a SMOG (Social Media Own Goal) when the message is likely to go far further than they’d like.
There is a downside to this easy communication though and that sometimes people ignore the people they’re with while concentrating on phones or other mobile devices.
As Einstein said:
I fear the day that technology will surpass our interaction the world will have a generation of idiots.
The mainstream media is being very careful to not divulge the contents of the so-called teapot tapes.
But it wouldn’t take anyone who knows their way around the internet long to find the YouTube clip of the conversation recorded between John Key and John Banks.
The MSM is constrained by police advice it is an offence to disclose private communication unlawfully intercepted.
That could apply to websites based here but lots aren’t. It’s all over Twitter and some blogs also have links to the clip or enough information to help people looking for it.
And people are looking:
Yesterday evening the top search terms for this blog were:
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Whether or not the old rules apply to new media might be debatable but the coverage the tapes are getting on the internet show that there is enough uncertainty to leave old media at a disadvantage.
However, without divulging the contents almost everyone agrees there was nothing of great moment on the recording.
That has led political opportunists to say that proves John Key was wrong to make an issue of it.
On the contrary it shows he was motivated not by a desire to hide something but by principle.
All of us, whether or not we are public figures, ought to be able to have a conversation without the risk it might be recorded and made public without our knowledge or permission.
The so called teapot tape has been released on YouTube..
It’s not easy to hear what is being said by John Key and John Banks in their pre-election conversation because of the background noise.
But from what I could hear and understand there is absolutely nothing to cause embarrassment or upset to anyone.
If that is all there is, the Herald on Sunday and TV3 who had the tape and made such a fuss about it really need to look at themselves, their standards and motivation.
inferred implied the contents were politically sensitive and potentially embarrassing.
They told us it was in the national interest to release them. If that’s all there is it wasn’t. They are simply boring.
The HOS and even more so TV3 turned a non-event into a potential scandal and then someone from one of those media outlets or Bradley Ambrose, the reporter who, inadvertently or not, recorded the conversation, gave something to Winston Peters which enabled him to do what he does best – manufacture outrage to generate attention.
The only embarrassment is to the media who created an issue out of nothing.
I am not linking to the recording because I am unsure of the legal position but if you can’t find it you’ll save yourself 10 minutes and 46 seconds of boredom.
On February 15:
509 Khosrau II is crowned king of Persia
1564 Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist, was born.
1812 Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweller, was born.
1820 Susan B. Anthony, American suffragist, was born.
1874 Sir Ernest Shackleton, Irish Antarctic explorer, was born.
1877 Louis Renault, French automobile executive, was born.
1882 The first shipment of frozen meat left New Zealand.
1891 AIK was founded at Biblioteksgatan 8 in Stockholm by Isidor Behrens.
1909 The Flores Theatre fire in Acapulco, 250 died.
1942 The Fall of Singapore. Following an assault by Japanese forces, British General Arthur Percival surrendered. About 80,000 Indian, United Kingdom and Australian soldiers become prisoners of war, the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history. The Sook Ching massacre began.
Lt Gen. Arthur Percival, led by a Japanese officer, walks under a flag of truce to negotiate the capitulation of Allied forces in Singapore, on 15 February 1942.
1944 The assault on Monte Cassino, started.
1951 Jane Seymour, British actress, was born.
1978 New Zealand beat England in a cricket test for the first time.
1982 The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sank during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 rig workers.
1989 Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan: The Soviet Union officially announced that all of its troops have left Afghanistan.
1991 The Visegrád Agreement, establishing cooperation to move toward free-market systems, was signed by the leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland.
2003 Protests against the Iraq war occurred in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between 8 million to 30 million people took part, making this the largest peace demonstration in the history of the world.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
Dr Who was first broadcast, on this day in 1963.
. . . why I posted videos to mark the birthdays of Petula Clark and Frida Lyngstad but not one for Mantovani’s, I decided that some things are best left to memory.
However, if you want to listen to the man and his orchestra, there’s plenty to choose from on YouTube.
Celebrating Cliff Richard’s birthday with Congratulations .
It was the Spanish canción del verano (summer song) in 1968. I’d have been at Intermediate school at the time.
The thoughts expressed in this clip are not those of the poster – but it did make me smile.
The search for something to mark Julie Andrew’s birthday led me to Thoroughly Modern Millie.
My best friend and I loved it when we saw it at the pictures, way back in the days when you stood for the National Anthem (which was then God Save The Queen) before the shorts which came on before the film.
The start of daylight saving coinciding with the 41st opening of the musical hair in London made Let The Sunshine In a logical choice:
John Key often speaks off the cuff, whether he’d rehearsed what he said when he appeared on the Letterman show or not, this comment would be hard to beat:
“Unlike the rest of the world, we like America”.
It might have been said with a smile, but there is a very serious message in that statement.
He will however, be hoping that no-one took him seriously when he said:
“New Zealand is a convenient 20-hour flight away” and “if you go in the next 30 days I’ll pick you up at the airport personally”.
New Zealand Stock Exchange boss Mark Weldon says ringing the bell is a highly coveted honour bestowed on visiting dignitaries.
Mr Weldon says the financial markets all cover the ringing of the bell and the prime minister will get great profile for New Zealand by doing it.
If my experience is anything to go by a lot of Americans won’t know where New Zealand is – and ignorance of our location or even existence isn’t confined to the US.
That said, we have a lot to gain from warmer relationships with the US. Hopefully a few of the people who do know where New Zealand is and are in a position to influence policy will have got Key’s message.
UPDATE: (Hat Tip Rob’s Blcockhead) The Top 10 List from the show:
The quote I linked to above got it wrong. Key said: “Unlike most of the world we still like Americans.”
Boggle’s Bogle’s birthday.
And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda is probably his best known song.
It’s Andrea Bocelli’s birthday which provides an excuse to listen to him sing Nessun Dorma from the Opera Turandot.
It’s Leonard Cohen’s birthday which provides an excuse for Hallelujah: