She’s not our next Labour Prime Minister, but perhaps the one after that

Comments about Jacinda Ardern's looks are frustrating and bring on questions about her 'political credibility'. Photo / Brett Phibbs via NZ Herald

Comments about Jacinda Ardern’s looks are frustrating and bring on questions about her ‘political credibility’. Photo / Brett Phibbs via NZ Herald

The Herald contains the most remarkable piece of “journalism” today.  Here it is in full.

She is hotly tipped as a future Prime Minister, but Auckland MP Jacinda Ardern tells sociologist Dr Jarrod Gilbert that having children and a life is more important.By Dr Jarrod Gilbert
Jacinda Ardern’s office is dimly lit. Her PA would later tell me it’s calming but I feel anything but calm.

I have rushed to Ardern’s office to get there by 9:30am to spend a day with her, and I ­arrive uncomfortably hot. Removing my jacket reveals an unironed shirt.

Don’t worry about that, we’re a rough old bunch in here, she says, standing there impeccably dressed. On its third leader in Opposition and mired in the polls, I might say the only thing in rough shape is her Labour ­Party.

Ardern is seen by many as a future leader and I want to know if that’s true.

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Face of the Day


Kiwi tattoo artist Makkala Rose, from Hamilton, has gained attention right around the world following Instagram posts of a tattoo she created for a breast cancer survivor in Australia.

Alison Habbal of Sydney commissioned Rose to create the large, floral tattoo on her right breast after her nipple was removed and she was left with scarring following a lumpectomy to cut out her cancer.

BBC News reported that the 36-year-old did not like the idea of re-creating a nipple through plastic surgery.

“I didn’t want a fake nipple made from some other piece of flesh. I thought I’m just going to get a tattoo,” Alison says.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

sacerdotal (adj) – 1. Of or relating to priests or the priesthood; priestly.
2. Of or relating to sacerdotalism.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Circa 1400, from Old French sacerdotal and directly from Latin sacerdotalis “of or pertaining to a priest,” from sacerdos (genitive sacerdotis) “priest,” literally “offerer of sacrifices,” from sacer “holy”+ stem of dare “to give”.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 27

3A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.

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