Category Archives: New Zealand

Yarn February – March 2019

The Southern Yarn’s February – March 2019 issue is ready for your reading enjoyment again. Here’s the editorial to get you started:

Thanks to Jenny Gates for typing up the Getting to Know feature for this issue – about “Two-Up” (p.6). Now, I think there needs to be some explanation for readers who have never attended one of our events here in Winnipeg.

We play Two-Up at many of our gatherings – it is easy and fun for all ages, and results in a winner in just a few tosses. So, here’s the explanation: the way we “place our bets” is to stand up and place both hands on your head, or both hands on your butt, or one hand on your head and the other on your tail. Everyone who doesn’t match the result of the toss of the two pennies (yes, we use genuine pre-decimal Australian pennies) is out and they sit down. Those left standing place their bet again and there is another toss. It usually only takes three or four tosses to get a winner. So, we’re not really breaking any laws; and, in fact, we’re upholding a long-observed ANZAC Day tradition.

There is a charming 1937 book titled The Lore of the Lyrebird by Ambrose Pratt in which much of the credit for advancing the knowledge of lyrebirds is said to be due to an amazing friendship between a male lyrebird and a widowed lady named Mrs Edith Wilkinson, who, at that time, lived hermit fashion on one of the higher slopes of Mt Dandenong, Victoria, Australia. Since then these birds continue to fascinate and impress and have become superstars through YouTube and David Attenborough documentaries. They are also the subject in this issue’s Birds I view (P.8).

Thank you this month to Jude McCudden, Jenny Gates, Chris Brasher, Malcolm Whyte, Judy Powell, Peter Munn, Terry Delong, Murray Burt, our advertisers and you, our readers!

Australia Day and Waitangi Day

Celebrate Australia Day and Waitangi Day on Saturday January 26 from 5 pm at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre (764 Erin) in Winnipeg.

This is a POTLUCK event, and you are asked to bring a main, veggie dish, salad, and/or a dessert, with enough for yourself and a bit extra.

There will also be a BAKE-OFF by some of our younger members. Enjoy what they have cooked up for us.

Bar will be open and the conversation will be lively and entertaining.

Welcome to our Annual General Meeting!

“Welcome!” is exactly what we will say when you join us on November 30 at 7:00 pm for our annual general meeting.

It will be held at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre, 764 Erin St, and we are hoping for a good turnout of members.

The AGM is a fantastic opportunity to:

  • hear all about our events in the past year,
  • find out what’s ahead next year,
  • offer suggestions for Club activities,
  • put your name forward for the new executive,
  • vote in the new executive,
  • catch up with fellow members,
  • participate in some lively conversation, and
  • enjoy snacks and drinks from the bar.

But the most important reason to attend the AGM is to meet those on the executive who have worked tirelessly to make this Club what it is.  They put in many hours to organise events, put together and design and mail out the newsletter, manage dues paid and balance the budget, keep track of members, and do whatever else is necessary to ensure the DUCW remains a vibrant and welcoming organisation for all of us.

So make a point to drop in. Even if you don’t want to be on the executive, this is your opportunity to support those who do and to be part of our future.

World Masters Ultimate Club Championship

All this week in Rosser, MB (30 mins NW of Wpg), New Zealand and Australia are competing in the World Masters Ultimate Club Championship.

Note that finals are on Saturday August 4 at Investors Group Field, so if you can’t make it out to Rosser, there is an opportunity to see our teams in Winnipeg. Here’s hoping both the Kiwis and the Aussies get to the finals.

The New Zealand teams are:

  • Silver Foxes – Women, Pool B
  • Aotearoa Eh!? – Mixed, Pool B

The Australian teams are:

  • Duff Stout – Men, Pool D
  • Fine Wine – Mixed, Pool A

Visit the WMUCC website for tickets and other information. I also found this link especially helpful.

Thanks to Terry Roberts for letting us know about this.

This Summer in Winnipeg

In addition to the Down Under Parfait at Sub Zero Ice Cream, two other things to let you know about.

McDonald’s is offering an Aussie BBQ & Egg Burger from July 16 to July 29 as part of its world taste tour. Made with 100% Canadian beef topped with a fresh cracked egg, crispy beet chips, processed cheese, leaf lettuce and a smoky BBQ sauce on a brioche-style bun, it not only looks good, but you could also win a trip to Australia!

And if you are looking for Vegemite, Stonewall Family Foods has small jars of Vegemite for $10.49. It’s in the “British” section of the store, next to Marmite.

The only other place we know has Vegemite is Save On Foods – three locations in Winnipeg. NOTE: London Drugs no longer stocks it and isn’t planning to do so in the future.

If you spot Vegemite anywhere else, or hear of any other Aussie and Kiwi products or locations we should know about, do what Peter and Margaret Munn did and let us know.

Enjoy!