Andrew Bonnallack’s daily masterpiece

An editor, trained and skilled, says bloggers are unable to do a decent job of bringing you real news, incisive views and great entertainment.  So I’ve decided to highlight some of Andrew’s masterpieces.  That way, we can all be in awe of what journalists, trained and skilled, can accomplish with a comfortable salary, large staff and a huge infrastructure, instead of the disaster that passes for this blog cobbled together by 1.5 people in their spare time.

Today’s masterpiece:




Parents at Opaki School have been busy making preparations for this year’s garden party plant sale – one of the school’s major fundraisers.

So far parents have potted up 3000 plants from cuttings and seeds, however they aim to have more than 4000 plants available for sale at the garden gala being held at the school on Sunday, November 3.

Event organisers Erica Kinder and Pam Blackburn say the planting team has been working hard to have a wide range of stock.

“We will be selling some of the firm favourites from last year’s successful event such as roses, clivias, peonies and irises, as well as a terrific range of herbs and vegetables,” says Erica.

“We will also have a much wider range of flowering plants for garden lovers.”

The Garden Party will see school pupils run a cafe stocked with tasty waffles, brunch-style breakfasts, hot food and home baking. There will also be pickles, jams and marmalades made by parents at the school as well as a coffee cart.

I must hang my head in shame.  That’s some top notch work there by Andrew Bonnallack and his team of trained and skilled journalists.  There is no way bloggers can aspire to that standard of work without some professional training.  And skills.


Source:  Wairarapa Times-Age

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Failed stats due to being non professionals - how can we improve and be more like them?

Failed stats due to being non professionals – how can we improve and be more like real journalists, trained and skilled?

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