The flag debate enters the next stage – which four would you pick?

The final four flags will be announced today:

The final four alternative flag designs will be released [today] – as a new poll shows nearly half of voters are open to a change.

Those numbers could shift further after All Black captain Richie McCaw revealed he wants a change to a design with the silver fern – a symbol also favoured by Prime Minister John Key.

“I think it’s great that there is a debate about it. The silver fern is what it means to be a Kiwi and wearing the black jersey, so I am obviously biased in that regard,” McCaw told 3News.

My choices are:

  1. Silver Fern (Black, White and Red)
  2. Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue)
  3. Silver Fern (Red, White and Blue)
  4. New Southern Cross

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Face of the day


Angolan Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva said in 2013: “the process of legalisation of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human rights, their mosques would be closed until further notice.”

Angola’s ban on Islam was first announced in 2013 when today’s face of the day Angolan Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva said:

“the process of legalisation of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human rights, their mosques would be closed until further notice.”

Silva reportedly said the ban was necessary since Islam is “contradictory to the customs of Angola culture and IT’S A SECT”.

…Concerning the ban, Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos said Sunday:

“this is the final end of Islamic influence in our country.”

Despite this the reports were later denied by the government. The Ministry of Culture stated, “There is no war in Angola against Islam or any other religion.”

However actions speak louder than words and although the government deny a ‘ war ‘ against Islam nevertheless Islam is not recognised there as a legal religion and many mosques have been torn down.

According to the Islamic Community of Angola, a total of 60 mosques, mostly outside of Luanda, have been shut down in 2013.


Also the president of the Islamic Community of Angola leaders said ‘ We can say that Islam has been banned in Angola.’

It appears then that mere semantics are being argued here as while it may not be a ‘war’ or a ‘ban’ the religion is not legally recognised in Angola so cannot build schools and places of worship.In order to be recognized, a group must have more than 100,000 and be present in 12 out of 18 provinces.The population of Muslims in Angola is estimated at only 90,000. The Angolan government has given legal status to 83 Christian religious groups but it has not given legal status to any Muslim groups. Angola’s population of 16 million is predominantly Christian.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

lachrymose (adj) – 1. Weeping or inclined to weep; tearful.
2. Causing or tending to cause tears.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1660s, “tear-like,” from Latin lacrimosus “tearful, sorrowful, weeping,” also “causing tears, lamentable,” from lacrima “tear,” a dialect-altered borrowing of Greek dakryma “tear,” from dakryein “to shed tears,” from dakry “tear,” from PIE *dakru- . Meaning “given to tears, tearful” is first attested 1727; meaning “of a mournful character” is from 1822.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 31

18She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night

Monday nightCap

Caution:  language.    A bit nerdy, but the schadenfreude is worth it

Simple, fun, do-at-home science. Can you name the principles being demoed?


Today’s Trivia

ER -- NBC Series -- TELECAST: Thursdays (10-11 p.m. ET) -- Pictured: (clockwise from left) Alex Kingston as Dr. Elizabeth Corday, Eriq La Salle as Dr. Peter Benton, Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene, Gloria Reuben as Physician Assistant Jeanie Boulet, Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter, Maria Bello as Dr. Anna Del Amico, Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway, George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross, Laura Innes as Dr. Kerry Weaver -- NBC Photo: Sven Arnstein


Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

There’s an island off the coast of Brazil nicknamed “Snake Island”, that is completely overrun with extremely venomous Golden Lancehead Vipers. It is said to have the world’s highest concentration of venomous snakes, with some parts of the island estimated to have over 1 snake per square metre. (Source)

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Steve Jobs was wrong. It isn’t at all intuitive


If you didn’t laugh, you need to lighten up

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