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Photo: Georg P. Uebel.

Photo: Georg P. Uebel.

Attacking the Queen

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Council arrogance under Len Brown

You can’t really expect civil servants to respect ratepayers when the Mayor doesn’t.

David Seymour relates a discussion he recently held with an arrogant Auckland Transport official.

“Get a life” -Auckland Council to Mt Eden residents.

I had the most extraordinary conversation with a senior Auckland Transport staffer on Sunday afternoon. He introduced himself as a key part of the City Rail Link team and asked if I supported it (I’m very leery of it). I said:

“Well I think it’s fair to say that while everybody would love to have a train service like London or Tokyo, my constituents in Mt Eden, for example, don’t want to live in the kind of density required to support it.”

To which he replied:     Read more »

Face of the day

Jean Mary Sandel

Jean Mary Sandel

There are so many unknown treasures in New Zealand and this amazing lady is one of them. Her wiki page is barely one line yet she was a pioneer and ahead of her time. She died at such a young age too, after achieving  so much. Women like this are my heroines as this is what a real feminist looks like. Someone who goes toe to toe as an equal despite the odds and despite the difficulties. It is because of women like her that my daughter knows that if she wants it badly enough she can aspire to achieve it.

Jean Mary Sandel was a notable medical practitioner. Born in Kaipi, Gisborne on Boxing Day, 1916 she was the only child of Mary (nee Gow) and Arthur Sandel, who was a licensed surveyor.

Her name lives on as the name given to the Jean Sandel Retirement Village, in Barrett Road, New Plymouth…
…Jean’s family moved to Taumarunui, from where she attended New Plymouth Girls’ High School as a boarder – one of about 27. There she made her mark as an outstanding student and leader, named Dux in 1932 and 1933.

She was the first girl in Taranaki to be awarded the Royal Life Saving Society’s Diploma. She was also a life-saving coach. At the matriculation exams in 1933 she did so well she won a junior scholarship. Writing was also a strength, as she was placed first in the essay competition at the Hawera Show.

Despite her academic prowess, Jean wasn’t totally happy at school. “The expectations of me were too high,” she explained.

In 1934, Jean Sandel began studies at the Medical School at Otago University aided by a national scholarship, and she finally graduated MB ChB in 1939.

Yet, she admitted to Reverend Tom Woods, the minister at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and his wife Patricia, she found her medical studies, “a struggle” – mostly due a certain male chauvinistic attitude towards women studying to become doctors at that time.

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How long before Len tries this here?

Len will be looking for something else now to control us and to raise even more taxes..

What better way than to have a congestion charging and add on a special tax for diesel vehicles….so he can tax his own buses he will try and force us onto.

London will follow Paris and introduce an outright ban on diesel cars which are causing “serious health damage” in the capital, campaigners warn.

The Mayor of Paris has announced radical plans to ban diesel cars from the French capital by 2020 due to concerns about how much pollution the cars cause.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, is also grappling with the issue of how to tackle pollution from the fuels fumes which contain tiny particles and nitrogen oxides and have been increasingly proven to be seriously damaging to health.

France, which has the highest number of diesel cars on the road, will now ban the cars out right with Anne Hidalgo, the Parisian Mayor pledging “an end to diesel in Paris in 2020″.  Read more »

Face of the day

Pippa Doyle

Pippa Doyle

One of New Zealand’s most secretive military organisations has opened its high-security doors for a 93-year-old woman.

Tonight, it was a meeting of war heroes when New Zealand’s Victoria Cross winner Willie Apiata kissed 93-year-old Pippa Doyle, one of the great if unknown secret agents of World War II.

Apiata was in the audience as Pippa – otherwise known as Phyllis Latour Doyle – received France’s highest decoration: the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur, the Legion of Honour (knight class).

 DAVID WHITE/Fairfax NZ TOP HONOUR: The Legion of Honour medal which was presented to Pippa Doyle.


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TOP HONOUR: The Legion of Honour medal which was presented to Pippa Doyle.

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Photo Of The Day

Scenic Traverse Photography is the work of Kristen M. Meister.

Scenic Traverse Photography is the work of Kristen M. Meister.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

How 888,246 red ceramic poppies captivated Britain and brought WWI to life. Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Thomson, John, born 1837 - died 1921. A 'November effigy' being paraded through the street, c.1877. At the time this photograph was taken it was common practice in early November to parade effigies of unpopular public figures as well as Guy Fawkes. In his notes to the photograph, Adolphe Smith refers to the effigy shown as being a 'meaningless monstrosity' created purely for the purposes of entertainment and profit.

Photo: Thomson, John, born 1837 – died 1921.
A ‘November effigy’ being paraded through the street, c.1877. At the time this photograph was taken it was common practice in early November to parade effigies of unpopular public figures as well as Guy Fawkes. In his notes to the photograph, Adolphe Smith refers to the effigy shown as being a ‘meaningless monstrosity’ created purely for the purposes of entertainment and profit.

November Effigies; Street Life in London

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The land of the free?

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First they came for our dogs and I said nothing because I didn’t have a dog.
Then they came for our cats and I said nothing because I didn’t like cats.
Then they came for our education system and I said nothing because I didn’t have children.
Then they imposed Sharia Law and I said nothing because I was a woman and my place was under a Burqa.

 

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Photo: Fred Morley A man carries the milk over rubble in the streets of London while firefighters battle the aftermath of the 32nd straight night of bombing.

Photo: Fred Morley
A man carries the milk over rubble in the streets of London while firefighters battle the aftermath of the 32nd straight night of bombing.

The Milk Must Get Through!!

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Key isn’t making it up – the world is puckering up due to the ISIS threat

Thousands of terror suspects in the UK are being monitored by the security services, it has been claimed.

Far more militants than previously thought are under surveillance, according to the Mayor of London.

Boris Johnson said the threat from Islamist extremists may be greater than officials have admitted.

It had been believed that the main danger came from some 500 jihadis who have travelled to Syria and Iraq from Britain to join Islamic State or Al-Qaeda. About half of these have since returned to the UK.

But Mr Johnson told the Daily Telegraph the danger was much more widespread than the relatively small numbers of extremists who have gone abroad to fight.

‘In London we’re very, very vigilant and very, very concerned,’ he said. ‘Every day – as you saw recently, we had to raise the threat level – every day the security services are involved in thousands of operations.

Luckily New Zealand doesn’t quite have the same proportion of Muslim immigration to underpin such a threat, but just because the numbers are lower doesn’t mean we don’t have our own issues.   Read more »

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