Vlad Newman puts another head on a pike


The inside word from Franklin is that Cr Daniel “Vlad” Newman has put another head on a pike, that of former local board chair Andy Baker. This is impressive and shows the depth of Vlad’s networks, as former chair Baker was one of six from “Team Franklin” candidates elected, and the hand-picked successor to Cr Bill Cashmore.   Read more »

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Face of the Day


by Andy Jackson / Fairfax

Charl Jacobs, who ran the length of the field at New Plymouth’s Yarrow Stadium wearing only a pair of black socks during the Mitre 10 Cup clash with Tasman, coped a $1000 fine and a two year ban from the stadium. Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

shend (verb) – 1. to put to shame
2. to chide or reproach
3. to injure or destroy

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “Shame, disgrace” (obsolete or dialectal), Old English scand “ignominy, shame, confusion, disgrace; scandal, disgraceful thing; wretch, impostor, infamous man; bad woman,” from the source of Old English scamu “shame” + -þa, with change of -m- to -n- before a dental (compare Old Frisian skande, Dutch schande, Old High German scanda, German Schande “disgrace”). Also in early Modern English as a verb, shend (Old English scendan) “put to shame; blame, reproach; bring to ruin.”

It was active in forming compounds, such as shendful (Old English scandful) “shameful,” shendship “disgrace;” Old English scandhus “house of ill-fame,” scandlic “shameful,” scandlufiende “loving shamefully,” scandword “obscene language”).

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 27

4Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous.

Thursday nightCap

The cost of speaking out against Islam


Today’s Trivia


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When Disneyland opened, visitors had the option of arriving by highway or skyway (helicopter). However in 1968, 12 years after Disneyland opened,the skyway ended after a crash took the lives of 23 people (20 passengers and 3 crew members), the worst civilian helicopter crash in U.S. history (Source) Read more »

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Media bias against Trump is all Trump’s fault