GOOD ON YOU

2014 marks 121 years of women’s suffrage. In 1893, New Zealand became the first nation in the world to grant women the right to vote.

Let’s remember that Kate Shepherd was only one of many feisty women.

‘It is iniquitous that in a Christian country, anyone, male or female, should have it in their power to wrong and oppress others, under the shelter of the law'. In the case of my marriage 'I was the breadwinner whilst he had all the breadwinner's powers and privileges.' – Polly Plum (Mary Ann Colclough).

UNWELCOME FACTS

New Zealand as a whole is very similar in terms of both population and GDP to the US State of Kentucky. As far as the Wellington Region is concerned, the metro areas of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Tulsa, Oklahoma are reasonable comparators. Getting down to Wellington City itself, you can pair it off with Tacoma, Washington State or Oxnard, California.

ROAD PATROL

I was on road patrol this term.

My team Hannah and Claire

Did a great job.

I was supposed to have been

With my ten-year old son

Theo and his mate Otis.

Theo said: “please dad don’t

We’ll be fine”.

Anyhow, Hannah and Claire

Were always on time

And used the lollipops well

Weighing up the traffic

And the kids, mums and strollers

Carefully.

‘Poles out – Cross Now’

Looking left and right

And left again.

GHOSSES AND BOGARTS [BOGEYS]

My position is that I don’t believe in ghosts. That said I was reared in the Cheshire countryside of half a century or more back and there was plenty of talk of ghosts when I was growing up.

My farmer stepfather used to tell the humorous tale of ‘an old mon as got back wom late at neet wi a skin full an fund ‘isself wi a ghoss as skriked out “There’s only thee an me”. Well of course, the old man in question had been drinking and might even have had the DT’s.

MUG SHOTS

Rembrandt van Rijn painted

Dozens of self-portraits

He liked a good face look.

Some of these were ‘tronies’

Or mug shots -

Selfies without a smile.

But florid and pudgy

He was no oil painting

Most of the time

And as far as we know,

Thankfully, he never sat nude

For himself or his apprentices

‘Saved As’ to the Cloud on a Apple

Having given friends Permission

To Like on Facebook.

NZ STOCK TRADING SITE iPredict SEES SUPPORT FOR SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE DECLINE STEEPLY OVER LAST WEEK WITH THE LIKELIHOOD OF INDEPENDENCE NOW AT NO HIGHER THAN 1 IN 5

iPredict Contract: ‘Scotland to vote for Independence’

Last Trade Price: $0.2000

Last Trade Time: Saturday 13th September 2014 3:16pm

Today’s Volume: 1,206

Average Daily Volume: 66.7

Today’s Change: $0.05 (-20.00%)

Start Date: 24 Jan 2013

Close Date: 1 Jan 2015

Status: Active

This contract will close at $1 if a Scottish re

SCOTLAND THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHERE OIL IS A PROBLEM?

Following the Scottish Independence Debate from New Zealand, I have often pondered on the very different notions held in both countries on the question of oil extraction.

As a former economist working in the Petroleum and Minerals section of the NZ Ministry of Energy, I formed the view that much of the wider continental shelf of Zealandia [the submerged continent on which the New Zealand islands float] is highly prospective.
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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE EARLIEST PIONEERS

We spent last weekend at Peka Peka, which is one of a string of small settlements among the dunes (primarily of holiday homes), on the vast beach arc that stretches which 30-40 miles from Waikanae towards Whanganui on the South West Coast of NZ’s North Island.

HEY JIMMIE – GE’US A COUNTRY AN A’LL GO AWAE

One of the interesting issues in modern politics is the exposure of the underlying ignorance and stupidity of most of the Spin Doctors who sell Voter Snake Oil embrocation and Vox Pop Happy Pills to today’s professional, no-principle politicians.

SCOT FREE OF LONDON

One aspect of the Scottish Independence Debate that seems to have been ignored in the mainstream Press is the widespread resentment outside London of its dominance. And to many visitors from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the English Heartlands it is not only too large, too congested, too expensive and too confused, it is increasingly cosmopolitan rather than metropolitan.

From New Zealand, reading the UK Press online I fancy that Scotland will vote for Independence.
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