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e whisk has been around for
years, but even this simple cooking
utensil can be improved, according
to designers who sit down every
year and think up ways to make
common kitchen tools better.
is year's Ambiente consumer
goods trade fair in Frankfurt
saw lots of those new ideas on
German cookware maker Fissler
invested three years into making
small improvements to utensils
found in every home.
e result is the product line
Serie Q! --- the winner of the IF
Product Design Award.
e line includes a whisk with
slightly wavy metal threads.
Markus H Kepka, business
manager at Fissler, says the waves
move material around the bowl up
to 47% faster than a conventional
A highlight at the Ambiente fair
was the party cake slice marker by
Cookut, that makes serving cake
a piece of cake. Cookut's device
helps you to divide a cake into ve,
six, seven, nine or 11 equally sized
pieces of cake.
"When I have guests I think it's
a great idea to be able
to divide a cake into
the number of people
I'm ser ving --- even
when it's an odd
number," trade fair
Germany came up
with a great idea for
saving time in the
kitchen in the form
of a new cutting
board. anks to a
special alloy tray,
frozen foods defrost
up to 10 times
faster than on a
Several products on display at
the fair received the Design Plus
Award including the Zig Zag
cooking pot mat by Rig-Tig.
You can set the size of the mat
according to how big the base of
the pot is.
Linden International designed
the Seal and Pour bag clip with an
integrated lid. You do not need to
remove the clip to get at the bag's
Adhoc Design came up with
a similar concept in the form of
Bagsy, which combines a ring and
lid to easily open and close a bag.
Two new variations for keeping
mess to a minimum when working
with cooking spoons and pot lids
were on show at Ambiente.
e Tidy table top trivet, also by
Rig-Tig, allows you to safely and
cleanly store hot cooking-pot lids.
A similar idea is called Mehrzer
by Slicno: it is a pot where you
can hang the lid on the side with
space for holding a spoon while
4 - Thursday, March 13, 2014
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uLetters to the editor
1639 - America's famous Harvard University
is named for clergyman John Harvard.
1781 - Sir William Herschel discovers
1852 - Familiar symbol of the
United States, Uncle Sam, makes
his debut as a cartoon character in
the New York Lantern.
1865 - During the US Civil War,
the Confederate Congress under
President Je erson Davis signs a bill
allowing slaves to join the army in
exchange for freedom.
1900 - British forces under Frederick Roberts
capture Bloemfontein, South Africa.
1928 - More than 400 people die when
the San Francisquito Valley in California is
inundated with water after the St Francis Dam
1943 - A plot to kill German leader Adolf
Hitler ends in failure when a bomb planted by
German o cers on his plane fails to detonate.
1996 - A gunman in Dunblane, Scotland,
shoots to death 16 children and a teacher
before shooting himself.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Joseph Priestley, English chemist and
clergyman, (1733-1804); Holy Roman Emperor
Joseph II (1741-1790); Neil Sedaka,
US singer (1939-); Australian
journalist George Negus
(1942-); Joe Bugner, boxing
champion (1950-); William H
Macy, US actor (1950-); Deborah
Ra n, US actress (1953-2012);
Dana Delany, US actress (1956-);
Adam Clayton, Irish rock musician
of U2 fame (1960-); Annabeth Gish, US actress
(1971-); Emile Hirsch, American actor (1985-).
" e history of the world is the verdict of
the world." --- Friedrich von Schiller, German
"But as for that in the good soil, these are the
ones who, when they hear the word, hold it
fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit
with patient endurance." --- (Luke 8.15).
e rst aerial
of the Southern Alps
mapping purposes will be undertaken soon.
is project has been made possible by the
recent government purchase of an American
Aero Commander aircraft which is now at
Queenstown carrying out its South Island
It is hoped the aircraft will be able to cover
much of the island back country from Hokitika
to Breaksea Sound, Fiordland, during the
present ying season, the Department of Lands
and Survey's chief surveyor on the West Coast,
Mr R C Petre, said this week. e work had
not been possible beforehand.
"Much of the lowland on the West Coast has
been done but we have nothing at all of the
real back country," said Mr Petre.
Some three years ago, Kotuku farmer Mr
C N Dehn kept striking lumps of split stone
while using a rotary hoe to work up a paddock
on his property on the junction of Molloy
Creek and the Arnold River. Although he was
puzzled at the time by their somewhat unusual
shapes they seemed worthless, and because
they were proving a source of annoyance, he
threw them aside as packing for a swampy area.
Now, however, Mr Dehn is eagerly digging to
retrieve those apparently valueless lumps which
represent good money in the form of high
quality Westland greenstone. But, apart from
the monetary angle, they have another more
important value, for with his renewed interest
in the area Mr Dehn has also uncovered a
number of Maori artefacts. e form of these
indicates that the area was probably once a site
for a native camp.
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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of Save the Children s Fund
Imagine you have a young child
whose legs were amputated
because the hospital did not
have the proper equipment to
treat them. Imagine a world in
which patients opt to be knocked
unconscious with metal bars because there
are no anaesthetics. Imagine a life where
newborn babies die in their incubators
because of power cuts.
Millions of people in Syria do not have
to imagine --- this hell is their reality.
I was living in Damascus three years ago
when the protests that have morphed into
this war began. is was a safe city, with a
fully functioning health system; a city in
which kids went to school every day.
Since then, the bloodshed has spiralled
out of control and more than 2.4 million
people have ed to safety in neighbouring
countries. About 9 million remain in need
of humanitarian assistance inside Syria ---
and over 10,000 children have been killed.
But it is not just the bullets and shells
that are killing and maiming adults and
children alike; they are also dying from a
lack of medical care. Syria's health system
has been shattered.
Save the Children's new report, A
Devastating Toll: the Impact of ree
Years of war on the health of Syria's
Children, highlights the horrifying health
impacts the war has had on children.
It nds that hospitals have been targeted,
patients attacked in their hospital beds and
doctors killed or imprisoned while on duty.
In Aleppo, a city of 2.3 million people ---
bigger than Paris --- just 36 doctors remain
where there should be at least 2500.
In fact, across Syria almost half of
all doctors have ed to neighbouring
Vaccination programmes have collapsed,
causing the resurgence of deadly diseases
like measles, polio and meningitis,
practically unheard of before the
con ict. Once children get sick, they are
increasingly unlikely to nd appropriate
While the picture is bleak, some doctors
are making heroic e orts to treat patients,
and devising innovative ways of saving
lives. One doctor told Save the Children
his organisation was using car batteries to
power home-made dialysis machines for
children with chronic diseases.
And what is the world doing to
help? Last month the United Nations
Security Council secured a resolution
on unhindered humanitarian access for
impartial agencies like Save the Children.
is is so vitally important for the millions
people stuck inside Syria without access to
medicines, vaccines and clean water.
is is an important rst step --- but
access must include the lifting of sieges, or
at minimum humanitarian pauses to allow
aid in, permission for aid to cross con ict
lines, and cross borders from neighbouring
countries where this is the most e cient
route. is could mean the di erence
between life and death for millions of
children and their families su ering inside
Save the Children is also calling for
parties to the con ict not to target
health workers or health facilities, a
violation of the Geneva Conventions.
And if the political will can be found to
allow chemical weapons inspectors to
reach besieged areas, the international
community must surely be able to nd the
will to allow medicine, vaccines and other
desperately needed aid to reach children.
It is impossible to know when the
con ict will end. But what we can do is
unite in support of the innocent Syrian
people who have endured years of
unspeakable su ering. In the name
of humanity we must not forget them and
we must not falter in our e orts to help
those in need inside Syria and across the
Dr Roger Hearn is Save the
Children's Middle East regional director.
Syrian hospital crisis
A mother sits with her crying baby awaiting treatment at a hospital in Syria.
Healy s view
Let us get one thing straight: John Key
has just called a snap-election --- albeit
in slow motion. e Prime Minister's
threadbare excuses notwithstanding,
there is absolutely no valid constitutional
reason why New Zealanders should be
trooping to the polling booths 70 days
ere have been no defections from
the National Party's coalition: the
Government is in no danger of losing
its majority on the oor of the House of
Representatives. Neither has Mr Key's
caucus dissolved in bitter acrimony.
Nor has a vital component of the
Government's legislative programme
been defeated in a parliamentary
So, why are we not going to the polls
on the last Saturday in November --- as
we have done for most of this country's
e answer is as simple and
straightforward as it is brutal and self-
serving: because holding the election
two months early o ers National a huge
Mr Key has examined the political
entrails and determined that the longer
he delays the election the higher the
probability that the parties of the left will
attain su cient political momentum to
unseat his government.
By bringing the election forward he is
hoping to deny Labour and the Greens
the full electoral e ect of rising mortgage
interest rates and electricity prices.
Labour-Green policy on both issues
o ers the voters considerable relief.
e less time people are given to
work that out the better it is for the
Mr Key and his strategists were also
aware that Labour was pinning its hopes
for victory on persuading a quarter of
the 800,000 people who abstained from
voting in 2011 to cast a vote in 2014.
Logistically-speaking, that was a huge
ask --- especially for a political party
woefully short of both experienced
election workers and the funds required
to make them e ective.
National's strategy team clearly decided
to deprive their opponents of two
months' worth of crucial training and
fundraising time. Viewed realistically,
the scale of this curtailment has almost
certainly torpedoed Labour's main
election strategy. If there's a Plan B
at the back of Matt McCarten's cupboard,
now would be a very good time to dust
it o .
e other tactical advantage of going
two months early is the hugely disruptive
e ect Mr Key's announcement is
bound to in ict on Labour's campaign
timetable. Budgets will have to be
redrawn, advertising space and air-time
reconsidered, policy nalised faster, travel
schedules re-worked, fundraising e orts
While this is unlikely to produce panic
in Labour's ranks, it will bring down
what soldiers call "the fog of war"
and all its attendant evils: inadequate
information; impaired decision-making;
unnecessary and morale-sapping losses
ese would be big enough problems in
a tightly run and ercely united political
party, but in a party riven by the most
bitter factional in ghting they will likely
prove catastrophic. Public disunity in the
midst of an election campaign (and that
is precisely where we all are) would not
only make a Labour victory inconceivable
but, by making National's victory appear
inevitable, it could also have a devastating
e ect on turnout.
It is here that the sheer mendacity of
National's strategy shines forth in all its
If Labour's voters, seeing no hope of
victory, decide to stay at home, and the
participation rate of eligible voters drops
even further than it did in the record
low turnout of 2011, then with just
a few thousand more votes than they
received last time it is entirely feasible for
National to win an outright (i.e. 50% + 1)
is is where the slow-motion aspect
of National's snap-election strategy kicks
in. e more frenetic, disorganised and
disunited Labour appears; the cooler,
calmer and more collected the National
Government is bound to appear by
To win, Mr Key has only to appear
pleasantly prime-ministerial. Making
the most of his photo opportunities and
taking great care to project the image of
a leader who knows exactly what he is
Smiling, waving --- and winning --- in
Chris Trotter is an independent left-
wing political commentator.
A snap election in slow-motion
e humble whisk goes high tech
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