Monday, December 14, 2009

December 14 round up

1843 The very first A & P Show was held in Auckland.
No, we will refrain from mentioning sheep, painted hooves and curlers in their fleece.
No, really, we will.
I've seen Black Sheep...I KNOW how vengeful those woolly backs can get!

1890 Oh, be still my beating heart; the Trades Hall opened in Geelong.

1907 In the first Plunket Sheild Cricket match played at Lancaster Park the Auckland Aces defeated the Canterbury Wizards.
*NB Wins were only counted from 1921 onwards so I have no idea what the final score actually was.

1961 Quebec's very first chicky-babe MNA was Claire Kirkland-Casgrain, sworn in on this day.

1974 On this day it was announced there would be a national bilingual education campaign for Aboriginal children.
Except for those in NT in 2010.
Cos the Indigenous kids might be cleverer than the twits in charge.

1990 The Canadian Wheatboard posted a $1 billion loss, and was selling the main ingredient of those infamous Drop Scones for between $40-$50 per tonne less than what it was paying the farmers what grew it.

Yellow = New Zealand
Orange = Canada
Green = Australia
Red = usually British or other nationality
Anything in bold, italics and coloured blue is a link to another site with more info.

Anything outrageous is usually humour and/or sarcasm.  


  1. National bilingual education campaign EXCEPT for NT kids? who made that dumb decision? Why exclude them? Doesn't make sense....

  2. They're stopping the bilingual programme as of next year, River.

  3. "Claire Kirkland-Casgrain, sworn in on this day."

    I'd swear too if I had a name like that.

  4. I hear Bob Geldoff's offspring feel the same way :P

  5. Stopping the program makes even less sense.