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Today’s Trivia



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?

Hot Air Ballooning, Chariot Racing, and Obstacle Race Swimming were once Olympic events. (Source)

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Here we go again: suicide bombing in Ansbach, Germany

A Syrian man has killed himself and injured 12 others after setting off an explosive device outside a music festival in the German town of Ansbach.
Authorities said the 27-year-old had been denied asylum a year ago and had a history of making attempts on his own life.

It is believed a device he was carrying exploded although it is not clear whether it was a suicide bombing or whether the man intended to plant it and harm others.

At a media conference in the early hours of Monday the Bavarian interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, said the man had attempted to gain entrance to the Ansbach open music festival.

More than 2,000 people had been in the crowd in the small town of 40,000 people south-west of Nuremberg that is also home to a US army base.

Herrmann said the man was carrying a backpack at the time of the blast, at about 10pm on Sunday, but was turned away at the entrance to the festival, where the performers were to have included Ian Anderson, frontman of defunct prog-rock band Jethro Tull. Read more »

It’s not easy being attractive


Don’t fall asleep at the cricket

Daily Roundup


Ehm, I’ll pass.

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Rob Hosking on the Roy Morgan Comedy Show

National’s support jumped 10% in the Roy Morgan poll, which closed in the final week of the school holidays, and there was a small explosion among political junkies over the weekend as a result.It is wise to be dubious about any political poll which jumps 10% in any direction in the space of one month.

And, of course, the Roy Morgan poll, when it comes to volatility, makes the New Zealand exchange rate look about as stable as a steam roller.

The jump puts National at 53% support – and that is what has caused a lot of fizzing from activists.

The presumption had been that if there would be any movement, it would be against the government, mostly due to rising concerns, and certainly a lot of publicity,  about house prices and home affordability.

The Roy Morgan organisation itself attributed the jump to the government’s announcement of a $1 billion infrastructure package aimed at supporting house construction in Auckland.

While this is possible, it seems unlikely – and the pollster has not produced any evidence from its own polls linking the jump with that announcement.

Nah.  In fact, the only thing we have to respect Roy Morgan for is not taking a leaf out of NIWA’s books and cooking the results to get the outcome they want.  Read more »

Another manslaughter of a 2 year old. This one doesn’t even have a name

Nameless dead toddler - TVNZ

Nameless dead toddler – TVNZ

A man has been charged with manslaughter over the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old in her Mangere home.

The man, in his 20s, came before Manukau District Court this afternoon having previously been charged with unlawful possession of a sawn-off shotgun following the shooting last month.

Today, charges of manslaughter and possessing cannabis for supply were added.

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