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Ask a question.... / Re: WHATS HAPPENING TO THE BEES
« on: May 19, 2009, 10:31 PM »
It was Bee Week in Kiwi-land earlier this month...

Found this article which may interest some...

It's National Bee Week here in New Zealand and the National Beekeepers Association of New Zealand (NBA), Horticulture New Zealand, Organics Aotearoa New Zealand and Plant & Food Research are busy highlighting opportunities of bees and beekeeping in New Zealand.

While the United Kingdom and other Northern Hemisphere countries fight Colony Collapse Disorder and struggle to save disappearing colonies, New Zealand is experiencing a buzz surrounding its bee exports.

NBA chief executive Jim Edwards says NZ exports about about 30,000 kilograms of live bees each year, and according to the NBA, of the 10,500 tonnes of honey produced annually, almost half is exported. Exports of honey are valued at around NZ$71 million, including NZ$4 million of premium organic honey.

The New Zealand honey crop for 2007/08 was estimated at 12,375 tonnes, up 28 percent on the 2006/07 crop of 9666 tonnes, and 17.3 percent higher than the six-year average. The national average was 36 kilograms per hive compared to 30.7 kilograms last season.

New Zealand beekeepers harvest honey from a variety of floral sources including: Clover, Manuka, Rata, Rewarewa, Kamahi, Tawari, Pohutukawa, Thyme, Honey Dew, Borage and Nodding Thistle. Honey is increasingly differentiated according to the flower source, with better blends and more appealing packaging adding value and ensuring more income per kilogram.

Bee week will appropriately climax at the Beehive (Parliament Building) on 5th May.

Also found this...  :o

British beekeepers have imported manuka plants from New Zealand to produce their own version of medicinal manuka honey, which they are selling at 5 (NZ$13) a teaspoonful.

The honey is being produced on the Tregothnan estate in Cornwall.

"At 55 pounds (NZ$144) a small pot, few people will be smearing Tregothnan manuka honey liberally on their breakfast toast any day soon," The Guardian newspaper in London reported.

The estate company claimed the price tag was justified because its 100,000 bees are housed in 20 special hives claimed to be worth 5000 each and have the exclusive run of the garden's manuka bushes.

Tregothnan's garden director, Jonathan Jones, said: "The honey is expensive, but it is Britain's only manuka honey.

"It has become a lifestyle product, a luxury. This year is the first time the plants produced nectar which gave us our first jars, around 100."

Mr Jones said the first consignment was sold through Harvey Nichols in London.

"They were sold to women of a certain age who are very health conscious, but recently we have been getting much wider interest."

The 2m high hives were created by garden architect Robert Myers and are designed to protect the bees from varroa mites that can devastate colonies.

Mr Jones said the hives were innovative, and allowed better air movement and temperature control than normal, smaller hives.

The positioning of the hives, among the manuka bushes, was also important: "If you put the bees next to the manuka bushes they will automatically feed from them".

The honey is claimed to have medicinal qualities and can help ailments including gum disease, sore throats, acne, sunburn and digestive problems.

Trust me, you can buy the original stuff in Sainsburys and Tesco a heckuva lot cheaper  ;)

Talking about Ashton / Re: Internet Cafes in Tameside
« on: May 19, 2009, 10:16 PM »
Kiwi. How long are you staying ?

Just long enough to organise a military coup  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Expenses Sweepstake (Poll)
« on: May 19, 2009, 10:12 PM »
It would be good to have a general election but I can't see brown going for it. He knows he will lose and so he'll hang on till the bitter end.
An election would be good though and it would give us all a chance to get rid of this rotten parliament and weak government.

Exactly, Cyclops is just sowing the ground with salt and any future gubbmints will have to introduce draconian measures to turn the ship around once ZaNu Labour are gone and buried.

The Speaker of the House of Commons was shown on NZTV last night, it wasn't a pretty sight  ::)

Time for a coup ??

Talking about Ashton / Re: Internet Cafes in Tameside
« on: May 19, 2009, 10:04 PM »
Does anybody know where you can surf the web and get a decent flat white, preferably Droylsden, Audenshaw or West End ??

Hello Planet Ashton this is New Zealand, we are talking coffee here ...........  ;D

A flat white is a coffee beverage prepared by pouring the creamy steamed milk from the bottom of the jug over a single shot (30ml) of espresso.

The drink is typically served in a small 150-160ml ceramic tulip cup. The stretched and texturised milk is prepared by entraining air into the milk and folding the top layer into the lower layers. To achieve the "flat", non-frothy texture the steamed milk is poured from the bottom of the jug, holding back the lighter froth on the top in order to access milk with smaller bubbles, making the drink smooth and velvety in texture.

A Flat White differs from a Latte in that it is served in a smaller ceramic cup[1], whereas a traditional latte is served in a glass with the steamed milk poured over the espresso shot. A Latte can also be served in a bowl or a larger cup requiring more milk, obscuring the complex flavours of the coffee.

But you've all got me thinking now, do you have segregated accomodation these days like flat brown, flat chinese, flat asian etc  ;)

Talking about Ashton / Internet Cafes in Tameside
« on: May 19, 2009, 04:10 AM »
Does anybody know where you can surf the web and get a decent flat white, preferably Droylsden, Audenshaw or West End ??

General Discussion / Re: Expenses Sweepstake (Poll)
« on: May 19, 2009, 12:20 AM »

Cameron doesn't want an election, he's full of $#1t, rather obvious and pathetic really. MP's haven't yet realised that the game is up, after the hammering they will receive at the elections on the 4th I can see the honest MP's realising the real situation and kicking out the dishonest ones.

If the Liberals kick out their dodgy MP's (Flipping homes etc) they can instantly claim to be the only party to have sorted themselves out and to have clean hands as well as promise to make sure that no party has the absolute power that the Conservatives and Labour have misused.

The Lib - Dems could become a serious player if they play their cards right.

Just an idea.....

If I may coin the phrase that has been floating around a bit recently "In a democracy you get the politicians you deserve".

I reckon a General Election should be called, only then will voters get their chance to really show how angry they are. If you then re-elect the troughers then you truly deserve them.

On a side note I really don't believe Gordon or the Speaker have what it takes to reinstall the integrity of the House of Commons. Until both are gone there will be no end.
[/soapbox]  :)

General Discussion / Re: Nothing to hide?
« on: May 18, 2009, 11:24 PM »
To quote Martin Niemoller:

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me--
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Scares the beejayzus outta me does that :-\

General Discussion / Re: Weather or not.
« on: May 18, 2009, 01:16 AM »
Hopefully we'll have some nice weather soon, I'll be back in the old dart for a couple of weeks next month but am flying back home on the day Wombledon starts, by eck! that was good timing  :D

General Discussion / Re: Expenses Sweepstake (Poll)
« on: May 18, 2009, 01:08 AM »
Is that your dog in the picture Kiwi? Looks to be a great little character!!
Yep, that's Jess our teenage Tenterfield Terrier  ;), born on the Sunshine Coast of Oz and now resident in NZ, she was blind as a bat a year ago but we got her cataracts fixed and now she's able to see movement at around 30ft and can see stationary objects 10 feet away, not perfect but better than needing a seeing eye person  :)

General Discussion / Re: Expenses Sweepstake (Poll)
« on: May 17, 2009, 05:07 AM »
Apparently, one MP thought he didn't have to declare anything to the Inland Revenue because he lived on the coast.
I'm going to pinch that one  :D

Technical Matters / For Martins eyes only Part 2
« on: May 15, 2009, 01:20 AM »
Please don't find things that don't work properly on this forum! I had enough of things going wrong with the old one. If things start going wrong here, I think I will just give it all up as a bad job!

Don't worry yourself Martin, it was just a teething problem, you're doing a great job mate !  ;)

PS With regard to your IM and Dukinfield, I'll be in Ashton this time next month for a couple of weeks, boy am I looking forwards to 30 hours in cattle class to get there  :D

Technical Matters / For Martins Eyes Only
« on: May 14, 2009, 08:57 PM »
Hi Martin, tried sending you a IM but it's nowhere to be seen in the Outbox so will use this instead.

Have noticed that if you start a thread you are also able to remove or lock that particular thread. Have only seen this privilege  available to moderators or admins on other forums so have to ask if this is intentional or not  ??.

Ask a question.... / Re: Capitals & Lowercase words
« on: May 13, 2009, 10:16 PM »
so lng s u dnt tlk in txt spk i dnt gv a dam  :D

General Discussion / Re: Expenses Sweepstake (Poll)
« on: May 12, 2009, 11:55 PM »
If the government are serious about making savings they could start with the EU!

Good point !, and once they are through with the EU they can move onto the UN.

(Cute Pooch on your av Asshe)  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Expenses Sweepstake (Poll)
« on: May 12, 2009, 09:20 PM »
Am I the only one enjoying the delicious irony of Govt data being leaked (yet again) whilst the same Govt are claiming that the ID database will be extremely secure.

I just can't stop laughing  ;D

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