Had the tree in our back yard pruned. Its been in that spot for 12 years (growing for 14) and best I can guess my kids started climbing it 7 years ago. It reminded me of the old Chinese proverb. “The best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago, the second best time … More The second best time is now.
I failed at school. The best mark I received was an internally assessed A1 in School Cert science. It belonged to another student called Andrew Nichol and was whisked away as quickly as it arrived. I left school at 17 barely able to read, average at the more complex forms of maths, but strangely very … More Why you should believe in failures like me.
I’m weird! I know I’m weird because the other day I was cooking a BBQ, fooling around and using strange voices. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a neighbourhood kid in the yard steering at me with a look of part bewilderment and part horror. I asked if I was being a … More We are all weird
Recently I was sitting in a group of maybe 200 people who were asked if they were artists, and only four people raised their hand. I was one of the four ‘artists’ who put their hand up. Can I paint or sculpt or dance? No, not at all. Yet I am an artist, because at … More We are all artists
Alan McDiarmid, a Kiwi and Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, died today aged 79. I saw an interview with him last year on Campbell live and he said this quote " I am a very lucky person. And the harder I work, they luckier I seem to be" Alan McDiarmid – 2006
"We did it Kyla, we got a goal!" Talia hollers with excitement after she kicks the ball between the trampoline legs that have become the goal posts for our backyard soccer game. Its kids verses Dad and there is a lesson in play for the girls. Its called Teamwork! Their tendency, their predisposition if you … More Teamwork: Backyard Soccer
Barack Obama is new face of the democratic party in the US. An article from the Chicago Sun-Times leads with a story entitled "Evangelical? Obama's faith too complex for simple label Evangelical?" in which they asked him if he was an evangelical. His answer was quite cool. He continued his answer: "My faith is complicated … More Candidate for US President
The camping ground that we are staying at as a strict no Alcohol policy. You CAN NOT bring alcohol onto the site. So imagine my surpirse when the hand gel in the toilets is alcohol based. You would think you could get a different kind of hand gel.
Today we (the Nicol family) started a traditional kiwi holiday at Papamoa. OK, given the fact I am blogging from our caravan, maybe its not quite as traditional as kiwi holidays used to be.
"Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives." William Dement – sleep researcher
A brief update on flying in the clubs other Alpha (ZK-WJH) which I flew this morning. I did some glide approaches then went solo in the Alpha. Observations– The stall warning seems to function heaps better in this plane. I only heard it when I expected to.– Only having two flap settings 10 & 35 … More Flying an Alpha 160A update
"It is like climbing into a new car when you have been used to driving a car that is 25 years old." citied Roger (CFI) when I asked him about the new Alpha 160A (R2160) that the Waikato Aero Club has replaced the Cessna 152's with. A week or so later he is proven correct … More Flying an Alpha 160A
This is a part of John Keys speech yesterday. My father died when I was a young child. I do not remember him.I was raised, along with my sisters, by my mother, in a state house in Christchurch. Back then I thought I was poor and, by most standards, we were. As I grew up, … More John Keys Speech
I have blogged before about the interactive mocca that you buy from the 'Naked Grape' in Tauranga. Well, now I have found an interactive Muesli in Hamilton. It's a new cafe that opened in Te Rapa called AGIO, which is Italian for 'relax'. It does average coffee, but a great Muesli. Check out the photo … More The perfect cafe
There they are! The Marlborough Sounds. The picture from my PDA does it little or no justice, but I simply had to take some photos. The lady in front of me had a real digital camera and I thought of asking her to email them to me, but my courageous contemplation turned to weak actions. … More Woolgathering at 17,000 ft about the Marlborough Sounds.