Su’a William Sio is a true Labour party MP: a story for every occasion

Here he is, in parliament, raging against charter schools

Talk to Associate Professor Damon Salesa of the University of Auckland, who spent 10 years in the United States and whose children attended some of the local charter schools there. He will tell you that, as far as he is concerned, charter schools are not successful, particularly in reference to minority groups, particularly in reference to low-income groups. They are not successful in the United States. How can we then expect that they are going to be successful here in New Zealand?

And yet, here he is again, at the opening of a South Auckland charter school on Wednesday   Read more »

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Face of the day

It is D’ej’a vu all over again.

Can you see a common thread running through all of today’s Face of the day’s books?

I can.

What all the books have in common is how most of the material was obtained.


Source: leaked military information


A more accurate title for the first book would be…

Other people’s business

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

xylography (noun) – 1. Wood engraving, especially of an early period.
2. The art of printing texts or illustrations, sometimes with colour, from woodblocks, as distinct from typography.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : First use: 1816. Origin: French xylographie, from xyl- + -graphie -graphy. xylo- | xyl- [before a vowel]
Origin: Ancient Greek ξύλον (ksulon, “wood”). -graphy Origin: the French -graphie inherited from the Latin -graphia, from Ancient Greek verb γράφω.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 5

15 Drink water from your own well–share your love only with your wife.

Thursday nightCap

Riding up a one way street


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?  

Brides normally stand on the left of the Groom at a wedding so that his sword hand is free to defend against any other suitors. (source)   Read more »

The latest in Green power generation

Question is:  if it works efficiently, why not have a few of these running between the Manukau and the Waitemata?


God’s screensaver