Haere Mai,Welcome,To all family & friends in NZ & around the world and anyone reading my blog ! This is my first ever blog, which I started on Black Friday, 13th May 2005. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. Take care & God Bless. Arohanui ! Kakite !
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Saturday 8th October
Kia Ora Everyone,
You wonder where the time has gone - it seems only yesterday that I did my a "post" of 10 - not several days ago. Later on, I will post some more blogs under 21 21 21 Blogs for you to have a look at. Don't forget though that most of the first blogs I listed in July will have been updated. Also within the blogs are links to other blogs.If at anytime, you are looking for certain subjects/blogs, let me know. I search the "blogworld" quite often, to find blogs to list on 21 21 21.
Well I have to get my "a into g" or else I won't get this post finished.
Take care everyone.
# 830 Cult Status For An Engine !!!
There are a lot of clubs,etc that treat vehicles as a "cult status", but status clubs for an engine ? Yes - there are such clubs in the USA, which treat Chrysler's Hemi V8 engine as a "cult status. Not only are there clubs, but there is also a website dedicated to the HEMI V8 Engine. It was an engine that started the muscle car era in the 1951, gaining a following into the 1960's , before been killed off in the 1970's. It was "re-born" in 2002, to power a new generation of vehicles like the Jeep Grand Cherokee; the Dodge Ram pick-up and the Chrysler 300C sedan. More than a million "Hemi's" - so called because of the hemispherical shape of the engines cylinder chambers - have been sold since its re-introduction 2002. A competition was held as to what people would build with a Hemi engine. The contest drew some bizarre entries, including a snow blower; a merry-go-around; a childs trike and a office paper shredder. But the winner who won a Jeep Grand Cherokee, built an adult-size trike. Just goes to show, what you can do with an engine.
# 831 "Silver Bell".
No - its not something you ring, when you want dinner service, but a chinese supermarket I like to shop at now & again, at 83 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden. There are also supermarkets at 53 Pearn Cres, Northcote; 519 Ellerslie Panmure Highway. Their 4th supermarket at 312 Ti Rakau Drive, Pakuranga was due to open around now. The shear authenticity and bustling atmosphere of the Silver Bell supermarket is unmistakeable and although most asians have long since gotten acquainted with what is on offer, more & more people now dare to get adventurous in their cooking. There is a wide variety of imported products as well as fruit & vegetables; fish; meat; bakery products, as well as a ready-to-eat selection. If you had been in store early September you would of got the chance to try & buy "moon cake" from the Silver Bell. Too late now !!!
# 832 "Moon Cake"
September 18th was the the Chinese Moon Festival & the day of the "Moon Cake". Apparently during the Mongolian rule of China, the rebellion knowing the Moon Festival was coming up, ordered these particular cakes to be baked & inscribed with secret messages of rebellion. These in turn contributed to the over-throwing of the Monggolian government, followed by the establishment of the Ming dynasty. Today Moon cakes are eaten to commemorate this legend. The packaging was really colourful & artistic - almost good enough to eat !!!
# 833 Hankering To Own An Island Or Two ???
Sorry - New Zealand isn't for sale, well not just yet anyway, but I noticed there are two other islands advertised for sale in the paper. One is the 24ha picturesque "Pakatoa Island" in the Hauraki Gulf. It is one of the few privately owned islands, in the gulf as most are owned by the government as reserve and park land. Pakatoa was first developed as a resort destination about 40 years ago, by Mr Kerridge who owned the movie theatre chain, Kerridge Odeon. Pakatoa has great resort potenial again or as a private retreat. If the island is too close to NZ for your liking, there is "Wayasewa Island" in Fiji for sale. Under 2 hours from the mainland by catamaran, the land borders 2 beaches with a natural reef. About 6ha of the island is been offered with a renewable 99 year lease for development. Someone with the mighty dollar, will no doubt snap them up.
# 834 Smile & The World Smiles with You
I thought I would pass this :-) on -
Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled, I realised I'd passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile, then realised its worth.
A single smile just like mine could travel the earth.
So, if you feel a smile coming on, don't leave it undetected.
Lets start an epidemic quickly and get the world infected.
# 835 Whats Your Blog Name ???
Do you have a blog ? If not, start your own by clicking on "get your own blog" at the top right hand corner. Wait on...I can hear yoiu say - doesn't everyone who is into reading blogs, already have their own blog. Noooooo !!! Sometmes "people" use the front door and come in via other blogs, while others may come in through the "back door" via a search engine. Its those people coming in via the search engine, who may not have a blog. There are a couple of questions I have been asked, which I need to clear up. 1/ Why do I number my "posts"? What say, there is a "post" that you really like and you want to tell your friends to log on and read it for themselves. How are they going to find it ? Simple !!! You can just tell them what number it is. I have seen a blog, started in about 2002 which has over 3800 posts. Just think, trying to find a 'post' among all those posts, would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. The other question I have been asked, is why I started at # 999 and not at # 1 ??? I'm krazy but not that krazy. If I had started at # 1, I would always end up at the bottom, whereas starting at # 999, sooner or later I will end up at # 1 !!! What happens when I reach # 1 ? I might start another one or I might just give up ? Who knows - only time will tell !!! If you have a blog leave your blog name under comments, or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
# 836 Compass Exalts Navigators Skills
In a Tauranga park stand 4 "poupou" (carved posts) facing north, south, east & west - a large celestial compass, showing how Polynesian travellers once navigated the Pacific using the heavens for guidance. Between the poupou are plain posts that represent the polynesian "houses" that comprise the full horizion. It is the brain-child of Jack Thatcher, who learnt the ancient art of celestial navigation from a Hawaiian master navigator. Mr Thatcher lined up the poupou by calculating the cardinal directions using conventional compass. He returned at night to check his bearings using the long-ago technique, which requires no instruments. The carved posts, line up exactly.For the last 10 years or so, Mr Thatcher has been teaching about the sun, moon stars & planets and how to plot an ocean sailing course by them. At the same time, he has learnt himself how to apply the techniques while journeying thousands of miles throught the open Pacific on expeditions. The new celestial compass, a public art work for anyone to view is located at the northern end Marine Park at Sulphur Point, in Tauranga.
# 837 Living - Confectionery / Butterscotch
Put 1 1/2cups butter; 1c molasses or golden syrup; 1c sugar; pinch of cream of tartar into saucepan. Stir over a low heat, until a little bit dropped in cold water hardens. remove from the heat. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla essence & 1/2 tsp. lemon essence. Pour into shallow buttered tin. When half cold, marked into squares.
# 838 "Albert Park"
Rangipuke is the name for the papakainga (village) that flourished here, until the land was provided for european settlement in 1840. It included a defended Pa - Te Horotiu at the north-western end of the park. The site became a defence post, when the Albert barracks were built in 1845. Ironically Maori were employed to construct a defensive stone wall during preparations for the invasion of the Waikato. Settlers feared attack by Maori after Governor Grey issued the 1863 Procalamation, declaring that all natives swear allegiance to the Queen or withdraw south to the Waikato. Civil war ensued interrupting 25 years of good relations between Maori & Pakeha. This area was made into a park, in the Victorian era, with fountains, statues & formal flowerbeds. In 1942, a number a tunnels were built under Albert Park to shelter 20,000 people during World War ll. They were lined with unfired bricks and the entrances were sealed after the war. There was a room that pumped air down a number of ventilation shafts. Now adays, office workers & uni students retreat there to relax and picnic - an oasis in the inner city. When ever you are in the inner city area, take time out to take a stroll through this beautiful park.
# 839 A Blast From The Past
In the past two postings of 10, I have given you "a blast from the past" - here is another one. It just goes to show what people thought about "life" in the years gone past - 70 years ago in fact.
Down With The Helm - A man never drifts from worst to bad - it is always from bad to worst. No one grows better from laissez faire". No ship gains the harbour with a free rudder. Good never comes from natural development. A short time ago, you would of been shocked at the suggestion that you would do some of the things that are now a part of your daily life. You have wandered farther and farther out from the straight path until you scarcely recognize in yourself, the man who walked in your shoes a year or two ago. Isn't it time to "hard down" the helm and bring the ship up to the wind ? Where will you be if you continue the thoughts, the acts that have made your life the past 6 months a nightmare ? Harken to the fog bell. Over with the helm. "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man but the end thereofare the ways of death".
What are your thoughts on this, remmebering that this was 70 years ago.
I'll be back............