Cameron’s a good bloke, really

When I head that someone had accessed thousands of Cameron Slater’s email and electronic communications, I was shocked. Cam doesn’t deserve this. He’s a good guy doing good work. Why would someone be so nasty?
Yes, I know, it’s true that Slater may have occasionally posted stuff on his blog that upset a few people, but how can any of his [...]

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Political friends – and enemies

 In politics friends can sometimes be as big a risk as enemies. John Key’s chats with Cameron Slater/Whale Oil reflect two aspects of him which might in time gnaw at his popularity.
 One side is the cavalier. He got offside at the candidates meeting in his Helensville electorate by breaking the rules and talking of other parties’ policies. In Parliament’s question [...]

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Miscellany – mid August

 Paul SmithYou visit Australia and find straight away that there’s an upbeat to the place we simply don’t have. Plus, Aussies are more up front than  Kiwis. More in your face, but…. perhaps we should stop there because this one example is breathtakingly, gobsmackingly honest.
Hosts [...]

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To be or not to be

Brian Viner…that’s the question, although I have just committed the worst of crimes. I have caused someone to have missed the question.
Over the last few years a new obsession is gradually becoming a major influence in our lives – well, not so much my life, [...]

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In Praise of Ageing – Part 2

As we age we must prepare for life long activities which give us purpose. Abolishing compulsory retirement has been a positive step forward in recognising the need for people to remain active. But pressure is still applied to workers to move out of jobs as they age, despite evidence of older people performing well in responsible roles.   History records more [...]

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An A-Z of New Zealand traditions & Folklore by Gordon Ell
(Published by New Holland)

Salting the Claim
A technique used by the dishonest to create the impression that a poor gold claim was a great one. Gold dust recovered elsewhere was sprinkled into the earth of the claim to show a rich ‘colour’ when some mug came long to buy. An unintentional [...]

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