The All Blacks are patient. They kick a lot. And when the unforced error is made, that’s when they’re better than anyone else. Tom Fordyce, BBC Sports Writer
Welsh fade in the last quarter
By Roger Childs
Rugby is an eighty minute game and you need to give it your best shot through to the final whistle. This time last year in Dublin, the Irish learnt this lesson the hard way when they let the All Blacks loose with the ball in the 79th minute. The visitors went on to score one of the great test tries of all time and snatch an unlikely victory from the jaws of defeat. On Saturday in Cardiff, the Welsh were still in the match after 68 minutes as they led 16-15, but allowed the All Blacks to run in three tries in the last ten minutes and cruise to a decisive 34-16 victory. read more…
One figure stands out above all those who took part in the 1948 Games: 30 year old Dutch woman Fanny Blankers-Koen. Olympic historians Nigel Blundel and Duncan Mackay
An extraordinary performance at the London Olympics
By Roger Childs
As a teenager Fanny Blankers-Koen had been unplaced in the high jump at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Twelve years later, as a 30 year old mother of two, her chances of doing well in London were written off by some experts because of her age. Also she wasn’t competing in the two events in which she held world records: the high jump and long jump. However the Flying Dutchwoman would astound the sporting world by winning four gold medals in 1948: a feat that has never been matched by another woman in Olympic history. read more…
Police say they are investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on State Highway One, at Raumati, near the Poplar Avenue turn off (just beyond curve of Expressway in photo left).
The death occurred about 9.30pm last evening when the male pedestrian, heading south of SHI, was hit by a car. read more…
Andrew Little can bring stability and confidence…with a good teamBy Russell Marshall (Labour Cabinet Minister 1984-90) It is over four decades since Norman Kirk’s Labour government came to office. Looking back it all seems to have been a bright but fleeting star, all over in three years.There was no real Labour government again until Helen Clark, Michael Cullen and their team took office a quarter century later.
Our services are free thanks to the generosity of the people in our community who make donations and bequests to help meet costs. Mary Potter Hospice website
Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival 2014
By Roger Childs
Strawberries and ice cream is something we associate with summer. There has been some summery weather in recent weeks and with the temperature range for Saturday likely to be 15º- 18º C, the timing is good for the annual strawberry festival.
~ MacLean Park, Paraparaumu Beach
~ 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
~ No admission charge
~ Strawberries and ice cream for $5
The main purpose of the festival is to raise money for the local Mary Potter Hospice in Paraparaumu. Last year the beautiful summer day brought our people in their thousands. Over $20,000 was raised and the 70-100 volunteers helping on the day are keen to see takings increase this year. read more…
Films of faith and doubt:
at Gladstone’s Library?By Tom Aitken in London
When I was a child in Taumarunui, many Christians were deeply suspicious of the cinema.
The ‘picture theatre’ was known, not altogether in jest, as ‘the palace of sin’. Folk tales told of clerics haunting the streets where these reprehensible buildings were sited – to intercept, reprove and redirect their parishioners away from the sinful delights of Betty Grable’s high-kicking legs.
My father, I am glad to report, did not share this particular foible of puritanism. read more…
Better sexy and racy than sexist and racist. Stephen Fry
The talented Stephen Fry making fools of us
By Ralph McAllister
Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles, the first two of Fry’s autobiographies, remain firm favourites of mine.
The wit, erudition and sheer fun employed by Fry as he described growing up at boarding school, being sent to prison, his early work with Laurie, Cleese,Thompson and a legion of others remain firmly embedded in my happiest memories. read more…
My pick of the stories today comes from the BBC’s health section, which reveals a single 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million bacteria.
Dutch scientists monitored the kissing behaviour of 21 couples and found those who kissed nine times a day were most likely to share salivary bugs. read more…
The Phoenix were so close to earning a valuable point away from home, but their inability to defend set-pieces has come back to haunt them. TV One
The agony and the ecstasy of a last minute goal
By Dave Daniel
There is nothing more satisfying than scoring a last minute goal to win a game. There is simply not enough time for your opposition to reply. It’s not like a trade me auction where the match is extended for a couple of minutes to give the other folks a chance, oh no.
Of course it can be a killer blow if you are on the receiving end. Just ask Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick, who looked absolutely crestfallen after watching Adelaide United score with almost the last kick of the game at Coopers Stadium on Saturday night. (Final score: Adelaide United 2; Wellington Phoenix 1) read more…