The Weekender 28/03/2020

So it turns out we won't be taking a two-week tour of the South Island in April. New Zealand has been locked down, except for business deemed "essential".


Last weekend the final game of just about anything ever perhaps, was the Warriors losing 20-6 to the Canberra Raiders. It was days after the Warriors had decided to stay in Australia to continue with the NRL - but then the NRL, along with the A-League was suspended with the Warriors and the Wellington Phoenix players all heading home.

NZ News

On Monday the Prime Minister made an announcement that we had moved to Covid-19 Alert Level 3 with 48 hours to prepare for Level 4, coming into effect midnight on Wednesday. Monday was the last day of school with classes for most, continuing online for the week. School holidays were brought forward two weeks, giving teacher two weeks to plan for the following lockdown school time.
Earlier in the week, we were looking at 102 confirmed cases, but today with another 83 cases we've jumped to 451. The government is expecting the number of cases to continue rising for another 10 days before the lockout shows it's worth.
Essential businesses are supermarkets, petrol stations and chemists. People are allowed to go out for food and medical supplies and a walk in your local area. But in general, it has been pretty quiet. The other day, the family stood outside watching a flock of geese and we could hear them for quite a while with absolute silence. Auckland has had empty motorways with normal 45-minute trips taking only 20 minutes.

The only other interesting news this week was that the lone gunman who murdered 51 people in a mosque in Christchurch a year ago, has changed his plea to guilty.

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The Weekender NZer of the week

Robert Burchfield
Dr Robert Burchfield was a world-renowned scholar. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “the greatest living lexicographer”, he played a crucial role in the study of the sources and development of the English language.
Born in Wanganui, New Zealand, in 1923, he was educated at Victoria University College, Wellington and then at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. At Magdalen College, Oxford, he studied under C.S Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Burchfield was enthralled:
“There I was … talking to world-famous people. And I had the privilege of just talking to them, hearing their reaction to what I was saying. I knew I had arrived in some sort of paradise.”

Joke of the Weekender

Why is it a bad idea to insult an octopus?
Because it is well-armed.


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