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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?

Possum and Opossum refer to different species of marsupials on opposite hemispheres of the world. (Source)

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Double whammy: Aurora Borealis and Whales




Daily Roundup


Look!   I got a new selfie stick.  /facepalm

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Reader Content: My Greatest All Black

In this time when the term great etc is applied ad nausem to all sorts of various players and feats I have chosen a more old fashioned great as my personal favourite All Black player.

Among the more than 1100 men honored with this honour I have limited my selection to those who I have personally met, known, refereed or watched.   As a former referee I have been luckily enough to referee a number of All Blacks, many current at that time and was able to observe first hand just what standards of play they bring to the game.  The skill, determination and dedication applied often showed why our All Blacks are the crème de la crème.

I am of the age when players turned up on every Saturday for either club, province or country and competed for one team position or part of a four team reserve bench that did not guarantee you a game unless there was a pre game injury.  After a test was played on a Saturday it was not usual for a player to return home and play for his province on the Sunday.

As some W/O readers will be well aware of my Cantabrian red and black blood that flows within my veins and will have no doubt thought that an old grizzled Alex Wylie or a fungus Fergie McCormick would be high in my list as well as a multitude of former hard men of Canterbury and South Island rugby.  Surprisingly my selection has a very limited tenuous connection with Canterbury, and indeed the South Island, apart from a very brief stint with the Hornby club and of course, Canterbury.   Read more »


I need a lie down: Helen Kelly and I agree on something


Politics and my personal feelings about unions aside, people are people, and Helen Kelly’s been dealt the card with cancer on it.   It’s not my/our way to rejoice in seeing people suffer just because they come from the wrong side of politics.

Outgoing CTU president Helen Kelly is going to ask Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne for an exemption to use cannabis oil as part of her treatment for cancer.

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Pimping the Peonage

Peonage is another word for servitude and subjugation. We have always had a Pimping the Poor series and I am wondering if we should now have a Pimping the Peonage series given the number of articles promoting the Muslim culture of the subjugation of women in our media.
Vaimoana Tapaleao is the New Zealand Herald’s Pacific Affairs and People reporter and her spin on a woman who wears a Burka and gloves as well as a Niqab or Hijab on other occasions is that covering up brings out the beauty beneath and that negative public reaction to a subjugated woman is nothing more than hostile prejudice.
Burka in France

Niqab in France

Interestingly  Vaimoana is at great pains to reveal that the woman behind the Niqab and Burka mask is a
‘blonde, beautiful, European Kiwi.’ Why do we need to know this? Her identity and beauty or lack of it is irrelevant. The mask takes away her identity and dehumanises her which is why she experiences negativity while wearing it.

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