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    I’m with you 100% on that, Bobbity….get rid of the plastic!! We didn’t need it then & we don’t need it now.
    Leave our native forests alone, let them & the native wild life regenerate.  Plant pine forests on the land that has suffered from deforrestation, which will give work to our forresters & timber millers etc etc with by products such as cardboard that can be waxed & made into honey pots!!!
    There you are, I have saved our forests, wildlife, re-forrested our land, saved our clean green image & created  employment all in one foul swoop lol

    re the ladies [and men] those days in the clothing factories, on their feet for long hours, real heavy chores to do when they got home [no m/waves or fast food meals. No electric iron or w/machines etc]. They must have become very tired and, I should imagine, that those days there would have have been little or no compensation or care given if they had an accident & were personally injured.

    Whew, I better get off my hobby horse now 🙂 🙂

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    SOS- hahaha Geo Allen & staff definitely do NOT look like happy chappies, ain’t a smile among ’em!!

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    BASHAM, Maud Ruby, “Aunt Daisy”, M.B.E.

    (1879–1963).

    Radio broadcaster.

    Maud Ruby Basham was born in London, England, on 30 August 1879, the youngest of four children of Robert Taylor, architect, and his wife Eliza. Although christened Maud Ruby, she was known as Daisy from infancy. She was educated at an academy for young ladies, London; at Central School, New Plymouth; and at New Plymouth High School. She trained as teacher at Central and South Road Schools, New Plymouth.

    Daisy Basham was brought to New Zealand with her brother and two sisters at the age of 10. At New Plymouth she completed her formal education and was encouraged in what were to be lifetime interests in the theatre, music, and the church. She became a pupil teacher in 1897, completed the four-year training course in three years, and qualified with first prize for the colony in science. In 1904 she married Frederick Basham, civil engineer, and bore him three children, Frederick, Geoffrey, and Barbara.

    During the first half of her married life, in Hawera, Eltham, Waipukurau, and the Hauraki Plains, Daisy Basham taught singing and gave recitals in various cities and towns. In 1908, as on many subsequent occasions, she was contralto guest soloist in the Wellington Choral Union’s Messiah, under the baton of Robert Parker. Her first radio broadcast was an experimental transmission from Wellington in 1923. “I put my head almost inside a big horn, like the H.M.V. dog,” she once said, “and sang Il bacio”. In 1926 she was first employed in radio by 1YA, Auckland, giving occasional broadcasts about composers and singing in duos and trios. As a children’s session relief organiser, she became known as “Aunt Daisy”, and it was under this name that she became a broadcasting figure.

    To support her family in the depression year of 1933, Aunt Daisy joined 2YA, Wellington, as a professional broadcaster, giving musical and children’s programmes. Later she worked with 2ZW, Wellington, her first experience of commercial broadcasting, and with 1ZR and 1ZB, Auckland, the latter directed by C. G. Scrimgeour (“Uncle Scrim”) and owned by The Fellowship of the Friendly Road. In her morning session she helped with the relief work of this station and became so popular that in 1935 she was invited by both major parties to stand for election to Parliament. She declined.

    In 1936 station 1ZB became part of the Government’s Commercial Broadcasting Service and Aunt Daisy began direct advertising in her morning session on 30 October, with immediate and marked success. The next year her session became a network programme, originating from 2ZB, Wellington, and it remained so for 25 years until her death.

    Aunt Daisy visited the United States in 1935 and again in 1938, when the New York Post dubbed her “The Dynamo From Down Under”. When, during the Second World War, New Zealand became a major American base, she was chosen as a semi-official “goodwill ambassador” to the United States. Her individual radio manner, marked by a rapid and fluent monologue on the most diverse subjects, won the affection of Americans during 26 broadcasts and one television appearance in their country.

    Until two weeks before her death on 14 July 1963, Aunt Daisy broadcast her half hour of personal conversation and recommendation of products each weekday, beginning at nine in the morning. Her services to radio and her public service in New Zealand and abroad were recognised with an M.B.E. award in 1956.

    Aunt Daisy was just under 5 ft of concentrated energy and will. At the age of 54 she began a professional career in a new medium and became its first lady, as well as a public figure. The attitudes of curiosity and wonder, which helped to provide her with broadcast material, were served by a high intelligence, a retentive memory, and widely acceptable standards of judgment. It was these qualities, together with a genuine concern for people, which made her through radio a loved friend or companion of a high proportion of her countrywomen and of many men as well. She ignored most of the conventions of radio broadcasting and by simply being herself became both the most successful saleswoman and the most popular broadcaster of her time.

    Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)

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    I remember Aunt Daisy..Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!!  Always so upbeat and cheery.

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    As we have a grandson & family living in the North Island the hubby & I have decided that we are going to visit them sometime next year and whilst we are there we are going to go for a ride on the self-driven railcarts that run from Taumarunui, to Whangamomona and to Stratford.
    Has anybody else been there & ridden the rails in these railcarts? If so, would love to hear about your adventures on this trip 🙂

    Some of the history of the man made lines & tunnels made using only a pick & shovel & a bit of dynamite:

    It is at least 84 years since the last spike was driven into the Stratford-Okahukura Line, the now decommissioned railway line running 144km through the back country of the Taranaki/Ruapehu region.

    Once a busy transport route, the line was officially closed for service in 2009 but has been given new life, with New Zealand’s most unique and exciting tourism venture, Forgotten World Adventures.

    In 2012, Forgotten World Adventures (FWA) reached an agreement with KiwiRail to secure a 30-year lease of the Stratford-Okahukura Line.  FWA now has a number of tour options available, using specially modified motorised Rail Carts and pedalled Rail Bikes on guided tours of varying lengths, through the historic tunnels and bridges along the line.

    “When you think about how much work went into surveying this land, digging the tunnels and building the railway line and bridges, I’m glad that we have been able to continue its use,” says Paul Chaplow, General Manager of Forgotten World Adventures.

    “The hand-built tracks have lasted 115 years (since construction began) and we’re proud to be able to bring the railway back to life and educate people about this fascinating part of New Zealand’s history.”

    The Stratford-Okahukura Line was authorised in 1900 and the first sod was turned on 28 March 1901.  For nearly 32 years, men laboured, digging tunnels with shovels and wheelbarrows through this harsh and isolated region.

    On 7 November 1932, the last spike was driven at Heao by the Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Gordon Coates.

    After being well-patronised for many years, scheduled passenger trains halted in January 1983.  The line was finally closed to all passenger trains after one final trip to Whangamomona’s “Republic Day” celebrations in January 2007.

    The following video [Part 1 of 3] is quite long but even if you only watch a part of it you will see the carts in operation and the beauty of the area.

     

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    Watched a part of it and truly fascinating . Talk about forgotten World That they have got that in such a fab area is just something special .

     

     

    Val you 2 must be very adventurous Such a brill idea on a holiday..and neat to go up and see the family

    Good on you both giving it a whirl… and maybe other family who go with you ??

     

    Catch up tomorrow night ,,

     

     

    Cheers From Kai

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    Hi Kai,  I’ve been missing you 🙂

    I love to go to different places & do different things but, unfortunately, my old bod just ain’t what it used to be but I reckon I can manage the railcarts. Mike is quite fit & keeps well so he is my shoulder to lean on [literally lol].
    I’m hoping the whanau will go along with us, would make it really special.

    What a fancy wee building in dear old Dunedin – any idea what it is… is it a business somewhere in the city?

     

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    Supergold mentioned yellow mushrooms growing in a friend’s potplant and very pretty it is too.
    So is our own blue mushroom which is featured on the back of our $50 notes.

    Entoloma hochstetteri – (Stuff article written 2013)

    The blue mushroom is one of the most distinctive in the world, featured on the $50 note and is part of Maori folklore. But very little is know about Entoloma Hochstetteri.
    It is not known how the vivid blue colour is made, if the mushroom has mind-altering properties or even if it is edible.
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    University senior lecturer Silas Villas-Boas has spent the last three years studying the blue mushroom.  The research will find out for the first time if the mushroom is toxic or has psychoactive properties. If the mushroom is edible it could be used as a natural blue food colouring.

    The mushroom is found widely in New Zealand, particularly on the Coromandel and the West Coast. It is a similar colour to the blue wattle of the kokako bird. The Maori name for the mushroom is werewere-kokako.

    Villas-Boas said blue mushrooms are found in India and South America, but the Kiwi one was a more intense blue.

    “I joke that if it is edible, blue mushroom risotto could become an iconic New Zealand dish.”

    I have added this link which has a number of photos of the mushroom as I seem to have a problem with downloading photos 🙁

    http://www.kuriositas.com/2011/05/sky-blue-mushroom.html

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    Oh dear, unfortunately the direct copy & paste didn’t work, I had to cut all the text and paste it into Notepad and remove all the code that surrounded the text… yesterday I thought it had been fixed…very disappointing.

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    Same here Val been missing you and all. You have a DH like mine lol

    fitness levels vary,,, and he is like yours, my strong shoulders and support to lean on lol We each compliment each other dont we???

     

    Love the one of your adopted cat on the other thread ,,is that a sheepskin it is resting on??

    We lost our wee( overstayer) lol a  wee while ago,

     

    but she was loyal and loved by  all the Whanau ( of 3 generations)  for 18 years,, so now we just  enjoy every one elses  pets..

    That pic in Dunedin ( please dont quote me lol ) as far as I know, they have a lilliput library in lots of places, outside peoples homes and other public places  and you put a book there, and take one to read .

     

    Donated some books at the one in Sumner,,the day us and friends went to Lyttleton markets on our last trip ,

    ,,,that we had bought and enjoyed at Merivale and other  hospice shops ,,

    Do that nth n sth,,, cos most times now,, on long trips night time,, is reading and relaxing time after about 10pm!!! lol

     

    Love those colourful $50 notes,, the ones we got a couple of years  ago looked so different ..

    Its amazing,,, that no matter how hard we try, man can never get it exactly the same as it was created,,, and the great thing is,,, all those things are free for us to enjoy,,, when we stop and smell the roses .

     

    Colour and variety are so much part of our lives  Love it!!

     

    Cheers From Kai

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