John Granville on Sailors’ Salty Language

Tuesday 29 October at 7.30pm

Former naval man and Paraparaumu Beach identity, John Granville, will be speaking at the Kapiti Historical Society, about the provision of Navy Rum and some of the rules and traditions related to it.

 He will also cover, why we have a wide range of colloquial sayings which have obvious or less obvious origins in the British Navy of sailing ship era which exist in our generation, because of the time spent in ships by most NZ immigrants from the early 19th to mid 20th centuries.

John at the top of the Maungakotukutuku Hill

John has been or is a member in various roles of Kapiti Rotary, Kapiti Rotary Trust, Paraparaumu RSA Executive, RSA Welfare Officer, Kapiti Joggers and Walkers Club, Youthquest Kapiti, Life Education Trust, and has also been a Trustee of Paraparaumu Beach School and a Coastguard Tutor locally.

He enjoys tramping, travelling and reading and is hopeful of completing his BA (Philosophy) this year.

It should be a fascinating and entertaining session. Come along!

Tuesday 29 October at 7.30pm

Kapiti Uniting Church, Weka Road, Raumati Beach

Gold coin koha

A light supper will be served after the session

His words fell upon deaf ears. Howard had to find a new jockey, and right away. He had accepted an invitation to run Seabiscuit in Tijuana during Woolf’s suspension. In 1934, when Mexico banned gambling, the lively Tijuana that Woolf and Pollard had known faded. The recent relegalization of racing had done little to bring back the town’s glory days. Agua Caliente Race Track, built for $3 million in 1929 but sold for just $140,000 in 1936, remained a shadow of its former self. Then Caliente official Gene Normile came up with the idea of renewing the track’s namesake championship race and inviting Seabiscuit down for it. There was no surer sell in all of sports. Howard could hardly refuse. After the hundred-grander, Santa Anita’s racing secretary had assigned Seabiscuit 135 pounds for the San Juan Capistrano, his next scheduled race. Howard never considered running his horse under such an impost, and Normile made the choice easier. Because Mexican racing officials were not bound by the mandate that every horse carry at least 100 pounds, they could give Seabiscuit 130 while assigning other horses fewer than 100 if they needed to. Howard accepted. Although still angry over Woolf’s suspension, Howard didn’t want to court more trouble with California racing officials by hiring Woolf for the Mexican race. California was still Seabiscuit’s home base. With Smith’s approval, Howard hired Spec Richardson to ride.

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