Magical Mystery Fairylight Lunch At The Marram Grass

Originally posted on Tish Farrell:
The reason we were on bleak and windswept Newborough Beach on the last Sunday of December (being unexpectedly wowed by intrepid kiteboarders) was because we thought we should work up an appetite before lunch. And no ordinary lunch either. Sister Jo had booked it weeks before – at the Marram…

Spanish Beekeepers

Presented by Peter Petterson When a couple in Granada, Spain, kept hearing buzzing noises coming from their bedroom wall, they really didn’t know what to make of it. They called in a bee expert, Sergio Guerrero, who uncovered a huge hive of honeybees numbering 80,000 along with a huge honeycomb. The couple reported that sometimesContinue reading “Spanish Beekeepers”

Low-Light Kiteboarding ~ A Different Kind Of ‘Photo Challenge’

Originally posted on Tish Farrell:
The last Sunday of 2019 and a piercing wind is blowing on Anglesey’s Newborough Beach – the sort that knifes through all clothing defences and finds every millimetre of exposed flesh. Brrrr. By lunchtime it is growing dark too, or perhaps day never quite dawned properly. It’s anyway a big…

Saint Patrick the patron saint of Ireland wasn’t born in Ireland

St. Patrick’s LifePresented by Peter PettersonSaint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was a Christian missionary given credited with converting Ireland to Christianity in the AD 400s. So many legends surround his life that the truth is not easily found. St Patrick was not actually Irish. His exact birthplace and date is notContinue reading “Saint Patrick the patron saint of Ireland wasn’t born in Ireland”

China’s Communist Party is at a fatal age for one-party regimes. How much longer can it survive?

China power More stories China’s Communist Party is at a fatal age for one-party regimes. How much longer can it survive? By Christina Zhou PHOTO: One-party regimes have rarely survived longer than 70 years. (ABC News: GFX/Jarrod Fankhauser)RELATED STORY: ‘Badly brainwashed’: Chinese-Australians divided over 70 years of communist ruleRELATED STORY: Communist China at 70 is strong, nationalistic and deeply insecureRELATEDContinue reading “China’s Communist Party is at a fatal age for one-party regimes. How much longer can it survive?”

We had a great family Christmas Day this year in 2019

Christmas time in 2019 at Norris grove: by Peter Petterson We had a great Christmas Day in 2019. Everybody living in NZ attended Christmas dinner in Norris Grove in Taita, Lower Hutt. My eldest daughter and her two younger sons came up from Christchurch where they now live to be with us all. Actually sheContinue reading “We had a great family Christmas Day this year in 2019”

The case for Wellington City amalgamation

Opinion: Peter Petterson Lower Hutt city The case for amalgamation: There is a media generated belief that Wellington City has a population of 400;000 similar to Christchurch. It is actually barely more than half. They polled the region a few years back to establish support for a larger amalgamated city – but it was totallyContinue reading “The case for Wellington City amalgamation”

‘Apocalyptic’: New Zealand shrouded in smoke from Australian bushfires

New Zealand New Zealand glaciers turn brown from Australian bushfires’ smoke, ash and dust Snow-capped peaks and glaciers discoloured as former PM says ash could accelerate glacial melting Eleanor Ainge Roy in Wanaka @EleanorAingeRoy Snow and glaciers in New Zealand have turned brown after being exposed to dust from the Australian bushfires, with one expert saying the incident couldContinue reading “‘Apocalyptic’: New Zealand shrouded in smoke from Australian bushfires”

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