There are some skills you just never lose.
Bill English demonstrated superb shearing skills with a sheep in front of a large crowd at Southern Field Days in Waimumu on Friday.
Video posted to the Facebook page of New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young shows the Deputy Prime Minister, who grew up in Southland, engaging in a race with another man to shear a sheep.
“Bill English at Southern Field Days,” Young said in a video post to Facebook. “And not one cut.”
Though the Finance Minister didn’t win what the MC called a “close race”, English’s job was not baa’d and was met with a round of applause.
There is actually an underlying truth to this that escapes most people. New Zealand has been going through a change, and it’s coming out the other end of it.
Some decades ago, we were all real men and women. People of the land. People of work.
Our All Blacks were farmers. Certainly, our provincial competitions were dominated by people who had been milking that morning, or would be mustering the next day. Read more »