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Today In History

History crossword (clipping path included)

On this day in history…   February 8 1672 Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London 1855 The Devil’s Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon. 1883 Louis Waterman begins experiment to invent the fountain pen 1895 Tchaikovsky/Petipa’s “Swan Lake” premieres in St Petersburg 1910 The Boy ...

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Te Kōngahu

treaty of waitangi

As part of the 2016 Waitangi Day celebrations, the new Museum of Waitangi has been blessed and given its Māori name, with Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae officially opening it. Northern Māori blessed the new Museum of Waitangi ahead of the official opening ceremony. “The name formally given this morning is Te Kōngahu, ...

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Waitangi Day 2016

New Zealand Map Painting Unfolding Old Paper Scroll 3D

Today marks Waitangi Day, where we commemorate the signing of New Zealand’s most historic document, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, The Treaty of Waitangi. On this day in 1840, representatives of the British Crown met with over 500 Maori chiefs in Waitangi, Northland, to sign what is considered to be New Zealand’s founding document. ...

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Thanks But No Thanks

gift box on wooden table as natural background with copyspace

You have received a gift. And it’s all wrong. Agh! What do you do? Firstly, be thankful – when someone buys you a gift, the person who has done so will have done their best to choose something they think you will like. This is an important lesson to teach your children ...

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The Year is 1915

Close up shot of a love letter written in Atlantic City, NJ, more than a hundred years ago in 1915; envelope was sent to Pleasantville, NJ

The year is 1915. One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics for the Year 1915: The average life expectancy for men was 47 years. Fuel for cars was sold in chemists only. Only 14 percent of the homes had a bath. Only 8 percent of ...

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Follow The Kiwi Way

Rocky hiking trail, surrounded by green trees. Summer with bright blue sky. Whangarei Heads, New Zealand

Going walkabout in our great outdoors is a highlight of the summer. The New Zealand Walking Access Commission would like to remind all those getting out and about through rural areas and along the coastline ‘to follow the Kiwi way.’ Commission chief executive Mark Neeson said many rural communities faced increased ...

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Merry Christmas From GrownUps

Merry Christmas to you, our wonderful members! We’d just like to thank you for your support, your enthusiasm, your attitude and for being part of our community. Without you, GrownUps would not be the same, and we hope that your year has been a good one. We have been delighted to ...

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Who Wants To Live Forever?


Human trials are due to begin next year on a drug which could result in people being able to live healthily well into their 120s. The scientists who are developing it believe it may be possible to halt the ageing process, which would have huge ramifications in terms of certain age-related ...

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