SAINT’S DAY JUL 9th – ST ANDREW WOUTERS, (1542-1572), PRIEST, FORNICATOR, MARTYR OF GORKUM

“How often we revel in seeing the speck in our brothers’ eye, avoiding the plank in our own. How easy it is from our moral high ground to judge our neighbour, particularly when those failings occur in the context of a vow to religious life.”

Or so my brother Hashers in Manila’s Finest, the Manila Hash House Harriers, are arguing with respect to a poke in the eye with a burnt stick or seeing wood for the trees in the case of their frolics in the park.

'STILL SPECULATING ON A HOUSING OR A DAIRY BOOM'

As the dust is settling and the tears are drying on the outcome of the 2017 New Zealand General Election - which was emphatically but barely won by the right-of-centre National Party [yes, you can emphatically but barely win in our Mixed Member Proportional Representation Voting System where you can easily tally the largest number of Members of Parliament but still fall short of a majority without a Coalition Partner] - I thought that I would add

Photo believed to be of ‘Ern Malley’ as a boy (right), with sister Ethel and neighbour's child, Petersham, Sydney, Australia, 1927

THE WHITE SWAN OF QUIETNESS

Als do not yet rule the bad poetry hall of fame

[from Howard Turry, Malvern, Worcestershire]

‘You don’t need Artificial Intelligence to write poetry that can fool experts, even by being “so bad it could be human” [see New Scientist 15 July, page 14].
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BUTTERCUPS AND DAISIES

In mid-year when the grass was thin

The buttercups would gild the fields

But when the hay was gathered in

Daisy-dust each swathe revealed.

Then we would take a golden tare

And test it to a tide-mark neck

To see if yellow glinted there

In a like or not like butter check.

And we would pinch the daisies’ stems

To link up chains in garland strands

And deck our necks with tiny gems

With sap and pollen on our hands.

WIDELY READ - GLOBAL REACH

More than 1.2 million people visit the British Library Learning website each year, gaining access to free resources worth more than £1 million.

And since its inception, this website ‘Keith Johnson Wellington NZ’ has recorded 1.2 Million Page Views [Blogger Metric]. Estimated page views using the Google+ metric are between 2.5 and 3.0 million.

17.4 MILLION PEOPLE FOOLED?

“My friends, I must report that there are at least some people who are woefully underestimating this country. They think Brexit isn’t going to happen. There are some media observers – in this country and around the world – who think we are going to bottle it.

I detect scepticism about whether we have the stamina, the guts, the persistence to pull it off.

NEW ZEALAND AN EASY SELL FOR REPRESSION AND EXCLUSION

I was deeply disappointed that our local newspaper The Dominion Post reprinted an article from The Times this morning with the title: ‘London Terror Attack - Don’t hide during terror attacks — Fight, Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat urges Britons’. 

Barkat is a very wealthy Israeli businessman who is worth at least $0.5 billion. His business interests include Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

WINNIN' STREAK

But Strewth, the winnin’!  Ow they loves this ‘frill

Scrabblin’ with the kids at Bondi on the beach

When a ‘wowser’ gets yous double-word

And Strine is spelt as well as heard:

Fer Auntie Lil is on the plonk and puzzlin’ still

And Uncle Norm is lost for words until

He pulls a double-zed he’s hidden out of reach

In his togs like a nipper with a purloined peach -

At which Dad squares up Norm for biffo

If he dirty-deals with budgie-smugglin’ lingo

But Mum is equal to this s

BUMBLE-BRAIN TAXED

I never rated Grant Robertson even though the Dominion Post’s Vernon Small memorably termed him as ‘always being the brightest person in the room’, and former NZ Minister of Finance made a big point of telling everyone that Robbo would make a wonderful Prime Minister one day. Frankly I fear that he is an embarrassing dumbo.

His endless harrying of Bill English last year over National falling short in terms of balancing the books is a case in point.
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