Thursday nightCap

Quilting. Yep

It is how to make an old fashioned eiderdown like my Nana used to have.

Cam wants me to make one cause he has warm fuzzy memories of one from his childhood.

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?

The 2004 Boxing Day earthquake and tsunami stirred up toxic waste barrels that had been illegal dumped off the coast of Somalia by the Italian mafia a decade earlier. The waves broke up rusting barrels of the deadly material, as well as heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury. (Source)

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Racist technology? Yep.

And now for something completely different

I like to mix it up a bit and keep you on your toes

Daily Roundup


Efficient way to maximise load per trip as well as stay within the height limit

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(With Maori) It’s all about the money, money, money…


A Maori Trust claims the re-designed $10 bank note, due to be released next month, has used their pattern without permission.

The tukutuku panelling features on the background of the note and was taken from the Te Hau ki Turanga meeting house in Te Papa Museum.

But the Rongowhakaata Trust, which legally owns the whare, says it wasn’t consulted and has called in the lawyers.

If they’re spending money, they must expect to earn some.    Read more »

How the PPTA should have spun it *UPDATED

Living with a Master of the so called ‘ Dark Arts ‘ or ‘Spin Doctor,’ I have learned a lot about how to frame a situation. This skill is in great demand in advertising and in politics because it is the difference between a product or situation looking positive or negative. In its dishonest form it is called Propaganda because the spin contains lies, cherry picked statistics and omissions of pertinent facts. At its best it simply highlights the truthful positives of the product or situation.

The PPTA in their stance on Charter schools have gone for a very negative and adversarial approach. They have deliberately used statistics that don’t compare apples with apples when talking about funding of Charter Schools for example.They have told all sorts of lies, spun all sorts of stories and tried to destroy the people involved in the new schools. However the worm is starting to turn and the public are starting to see through the negative spin. Labour Party MPs are even defying Andrew Little on the issue by giving their personal support to Maori Education regardless of who provides it.

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John Key buckles under pressure, as he does

Political parties – including the government’s allies ACT, United Future and the Maori Party – are calling for the refugee quota to be lifted in response to the growing crisis in Europe as people flee the conflict in Syria.

The quota of 750 refugees a year was set 28 years ago and is scheduled to be reviewed next year, but Mr Key suggested on Thursday action could be taken sooner.

“We’re not ruling out looking at whether there’s more we can possibly do earlier,” he told reporters.

“But we would want to get good advice that meant if we were to make any decisions, we could back that up with the level of support and assurances that we give other refugees who come to New Zealand.

“We’d also want to be absolutely sure that was the right thing to do.”

The hard “No” is now a “No… for now, with conditions, maybe”.   Read more »