If golf is an art, Payne Stewart was the colour. Friend and fellow PGA golfer, Paul Azinger
A golfer and a gentleman
by Roger Childs
He died in a plane crash in South Dakota in 1999 at the height of his career. Compared with greats like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Tiger Woods, Payne Stewart only won three majors, yet nonetheless has become a golfing legend. He has had roads and a golf course named after him; he was admitted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001; there is a statue of him at Pinehurst Resort and the Payne Stewart Award is presented annually to a PGA golfer. What makes this guy so special? read more…
Horowhenua Mayor Brendan Duffy has been voted the new Vice President of Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) by members at their 2014 conference in Nelson.
LGNZ is the sector voice for all 78 councils in the country, advocating on behalf of members and leading the sector’s commitment to improve practice and efficiency, enable economic growth, community vibrancy and environmental wellbeing. read more…
‘Magic Kapiti Morning’ shows Kapiti at 07.30am on May 10th this year.
The light conditions were quite amazing with the early post-dawn light creating the texture on the island — and also creating the rainbow on the left hand side.
I’ve lived for 10 years on the Coast, and these are some of the most unique lighting conditions I’ve seen.
(For the photographic enthusiast, the image was captured on a Canon 5D MK 111, ISO 320, 1/400 @ f4.0)
Extra Note: And I was still in my pyjamas when I captured this!
After helping Germany lift the World Cup midfielder Mezut Ozil (pictured below), has captured the hearts of Brazilian youngsters, after revealing he has donated around £350,000 of his personal winnings to 23 children’s surgeries in the South American country. The Telegraph
Looking towards next season
By Dave Daniel
Now that the World Cup is over, players around the globe are in various states of pre-season training and tours, and also perhaps just waiting to see where they will be playing next season. Managers are currently looking to refine their squads and make decisions on who they will keep and who they will sell. Others players may still be on holiday in exotic climes with family and friends, spending some of their rather large wages. read more…
The Kapiti Coast District Council says it will tell Government of its worries about being unable to stop the sale of psychoactive substances (legal highs) on the Coast.
The Psychoactive Substances Law introduced this year provides for councils to develop Local Approved Product Policies (LAPPs) to restrict the location of places where legal highs can be sold. The Ministry of Health will grant licences to sell legal highs on the basis a LAPP. read more…
The latest NZ Roy Morgan Poll shows a strong rise in support for National (51%, up 3%) and a substantial lead over a potential Labour/Greens alliance (38.5%, down 1.5%).
And it’s just over two months from the General Election on September 20.
Support for Key’s Coalition partners has changed little overall — with the Maori Party 1% (down 0.5%); Act NZ (0.5%, down 0.5%); and United Future 0.5% (up 0.5%). read more…
What a great way to finish a London visit .
Peter Brook and, at 89, showing that he still has much to offer, took over the Young Vic with his latest production The Valley of Astonishment and astonished we were. read more…
Finally a situation arises when a Great Power can no longer just look on but must draw the sword. German Kaiser Wilhelm II to the Austrian Chief of General Staff, July 6 1914
Remembering a revolution and a war
By Roger Childs
July 14 is Bastille Day and it celebrates the storming of the notorious Paris prison during the French Revolution of 1789. It is France’s National Day and this year, on the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War One, there have been special ceremonies as well as dramatic fireworks around the Eiffel Tower.
It was in July 1914 that the great powers of Europe were faced with the possibility of fireworks of a different kind. Could they prevent a minor crisis in the Balkans leading to major war? read more…
‘Rolfy and C0′ – did the sexual dam burst in 1963?By Tom Aiken in London
To begin with words from (in his way) a wise man and prophet:
By Philip Larkin
Sexual intercourse began
In nineteen sixty-three
(which was rather late for me) –
Between the end of the Chatterley ban
And the Beatles’ first LP. read more…