CHINESE PIGEONS AND AUSSIE DUCKS GET THE FINGER

Apparently the Chinese People’s Daily, ‘a famously staid Communist party mouthpiece, recently tweeted a picture of a proud-looking dove above the caption: “10,000 pigeons go through anal security check for suspicious objects Tuesday, ready to be released on National Day on Wednesday”.

It did not explain what the “suspicious objects” might include.

The Guardian reports that an unnamed state security officer told the paper “Their wings, tail-feathers, even their anuses must be carefully checked”, with cleared birds then being loaded into sealed vehicles and delivered to Tiananmen Square, where authorities inspected them a second time.

Well, I can upstage this with an Antipodean avian anal detection fable.

WHEREFORE ART THOU SCRUFF?

Things are bad enough at the moment – with the school holidays unfolding in all their action, drama and pathos.

WHAT'S CUTE ABOUT LITTLE CUTIE

As a long-time member of the NZ Labour Party I was rung up on Sunday night by one of Grant Robertson’s team of groupies when the NZ Labour Party Leadership contest opened. As soon as David Cunliffe had decided to stand for re-election, Robertson immediately cranked up his machine to canvas Labour supporters for their allegiance.

PALACE COUPS AND CLOSET MEDIA ‘ADVISORS’

As Labour MP Trevor Mallard may have said recently:

‘I voted Labour - out of nostalgia, though I knew it would fare badly. It's not the Labour Party it used to be, it probably will never be again, but, as with a stray kitten wailing at your door on a cold day, I felt sorry for it’.

WEARABLE ARTS ELECTRIFIED BY BOOAI TACK

As reported in these columns in February, one of New Zealand’s premier business innovators ‘Ten Eighty Possum’ has long been committed to entering the 2014 Wellington Wearable Arts Show with some startling new fashion takes that combine High Tech with Low Down and Dirty.

YES BUTT

Despite the fact that Yomi Adegoke describes herself as an ‘Unfriendly Black Hottie’ who advises “No you can’t come over to our table”, I am attracted. She looks beautiful, comes from Croydon and has a Blog called ‘Sitting Witty’ which she syndicates to The Guardian.

http://www.sittingwitty.com/

The great thing for me is that she gives me a window into the criss and shabby world of the young of today's cosmopolitan London, through which I can pick up a few new words and new concepts.
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THE PROMISE: LONG TERM PLAN (2013 VERSION) - OUR FINANCIAL STRATEGY AT A GLANCE

http://wellington.govt.nz/~/media/your-council/plans-policies-and-bylaws/plans-and-policies/longtermplan/2012-2022/files/ltp-07-financial.pdf

'New to this long-term plan is our Financial Strategy. It is intended to guide the decisions we make now and in the future to deliver a financially sustainable city in the long term.

SWARD

Her father died when she was three years old

Beached and bloated in his sea captain’s coat

Her mother made a poor job of widowhood

Taking to dark colours and languishing.

Lacking attention and prone to tempers

She grew, ache hurt wounded and wilful.

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'.

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.
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