Monday, April 21, 2014

Wild Man from Borneo

Easter egg trail

The Easter Bunny had made a nest in our cob oven, woven from birch-twigs and lined with autumn leaves, into which he'd placed 5 chocolate eggs. The two young children of the couple from Geraldine who stayed with us for the weekend followed a paper-clue trail around our garden in order to find the eggs and were delighted to find that he'd done right by them. Here's the moment of discovery!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lance's last leg

This fit fellow has all but completed his Reinga to Bluff walk along Te Ara Roa and he's done that marathon hikoi in order to learn about and draw attention to, water quality in New Zealand. Lance stayed with us on Thursday night then headed off along the North Beach, which becomes Oreti Beach, on the second-to-last day of walking that will end in Bluff today. A family he met while he was i Geraldine have arrived for an Easter visit, so we might all drive across to Bluff later today to congratulate him on completing the challenge. Lance has a 'face-page' that documents his journey:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Will power

‘This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man’.

W. Shakespeare: Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 3, Page 3

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Monday, April 14, 2014

Picking poroporo



Inside of a cut plum-bough - a plum!

Today's sky

DS makes a pithy observation

"Neo-liberalism is the reincarnation of free-market nineteenth century liberalism. That’s why it’s called “neo”.

However, your much adored liberalism died out in the early 1930s. Because, you know, it failed at dealing with mass unemployment and poverty. It was then consigned to the trash can until the 1970s, when a generation of politicians and economists who couldn’t remember 1929 decided that it’d be awesome to do away with the regulations that protected capitalism from itself.

If liberalism has died once, it can certainly die again, for the same reasons."

Karol says...

(Karol from The Standard refers readers to a useful article)

Maybe you need to read “the comprehensive activist guide to dismantling neoliberalism”

It starts oultining the ways neoliebralism has failed.

How many times do we have to witness deep economic declines, before realizing corruption and greed are intimately connected to an economic system based on individual advancement?

Another common refrain is that of “trickle-down economics” or the idea that money will “trickle-down” from rich individuals and corporations to everyone else.

However, this “trickle-down” doesn’t actually happen to a great extent, wealth accumulates in “pools” for the rich.

So as long as neoliberals continue to ignore the realities of their program, they will continue to ignore the deeply negative implications of their policies.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dead cows could affect election

Federated Farmers' dairy chairman Willy Leferink is advising farmers to keep hidden the carcasses of dead animals so as not to influence the coming election, according to this report.

Kinda sick, isn't it.