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An interesting result

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A poll of UK Labour members asked them if they had favourable views of all their previous leaders.

Amazingly the guy who got their worst result in 80 years topped the poll. In order their leader favourability is:

  1. Jeremy Corbyn (lost two elections) 71%
  2. Ed Miliband (lost one election) 70%
  3. John Smith (died) 67%
  4. Clement Attlee (won two elections, PM for 6 years) 66%
  5. Gordon Brown 65% (lost one election)
  6. Harold Wilson 62% (won three, lost two elections, PM for 8 years)
  7. Neil Kinnock 46% (lost one election)
  8. Michael Foot 45% (lost one election)
  9. James Callaghan (lost one election)

10 Tony Blair 37 (won three elections, lost none, PM for 10 years)

Seems they really love their losers.

Book review

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Star Crossed

So often a book which is touted as funny is, to me anyway, more like pathetic, maybe I’m becoming curmudgeonly?  Happily Star Crossed is funny. First time author Minnie Darke (a pseudonym perhaps?) has produced a very amusing tale .

The story opens with main character Justine as a newspaper cadet, her first work is typing out submitted items such as the crossword, word competitions and monthly horoscope. She has a friend from school days who she worries about. While talented he is not good at making decisions and is drifting through life getting nowhere. 

Justine is aware that he sets a lot of store by the star signs and what they say and so is a close follower of the paper’s  monthly horoscope predictions. She sees an opportunity to re-write the Aquarius predictions, his star sign,  to nudge him in the right direction. … Continue Reading

Come celebrate with us!

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Greytown Heritage Trust is celebrating its first 25 years with a Jubilee Garden Party & Art Auction at Cobblestones Museum on  Sunday 15 March. 

There will be fabulous paintings by Greytown and Hawkes Bay artists including: Anne Taylor, Gail Isaac, Gina Jones, Jan Eagle, Kay Paget, Linda Eagle, Nikki McIvor, and Sandra Wong for charity auction. 

The art will be on display prior to auction by Mike Perry of Wakefield Antiques.  Art catalogues are available at greytownheritagetrust.co.nz – click on Home page image

Tickets $25pp at Saunders Shoes and Hall Clothing, Main St Greytown (cash only). Also at Eventfinda, $28pp. Ticket price includes a sumptuous high tea! Cash and eftpos bar available throughout the event.

 Courtesy transport available to and from the event.  Please phone 027 438 3648 to arrange.  Enquiries info@greytownheritagetrust.co.nz

Community Garden News 

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We’ve survived and the garden is looking good!

This really is a time of thanks and gratitude, as at the hottest and most trying time for our crops we were faced with a total watering ban for a large part of the last month. We were not able to use the hose and water from our very generous neighbour at 49 Oxford Street…this being our only source of water.  … Continue Reading


Thanks to our sponsors

The Martinborough Football Club held the P+K Marty Masters Se7ens on the 31 October, and it was a huge success. Thanks to all our amazingly generous sponsors; P+K Martinborough, Mitre10 Martinborough, Cool Change, The Claremont Hotel, Top10 Holiday Park Martinborough, Martinborough Vineyard,  Circus Cinema, Ata Rangi, HealthFit, Physio Spot, Dry …

Martinborough Golf Report

At the end of October we held the finals of the Club Championships in near perfect conditions.  In the Seniors Division Tony Russo took on Lance Phelps with Tony shooting a magnificent 63 in the morning round and continuing that form into the afternoon, finally winning on the 25th hole.  …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The players had to endure some very windy conditions on the Saturday but fortunately the weather was a lot kinder on the Sunday.  Winners of the 54 Hole Division were:  Best Gross Owen Lloyd, …

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