End-of-life decisions

Paul SmithSummer cosseted us with its warmth this Saturday afternoon, though inside the conference room we were hearing about something much chillier.
It was so warm the doors were left open and if you listened, you could hear an unfamiliar rustle outside: the eddies of dry leaves gathering pace in the carpark. […]

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Real love over 50 shades…

CashDunedin’s ‘The Evening Star’ newspaper has long gone and I’m now old and cynical. But, there’s one moment I’ll never forget from my halcyon days as a cub reporter there – seeing Johnny Cash declare his love for his wife, June Carter Cash, on the stage at the Town Hall.
When I got the […]

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A protest – in Wanaka…

Depression is too strong a word to describe what drove me to start marching around Wanaka with a sign. It was more a sense of futility that after more than two decades of Labour saying this and National saying that, the low-paid, the poor, have been abandoned and nothing is changing.
So I wondered what I could do besides writing about […]

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

Spanish influenza
An outbreak of Spanish influenza killed some 6,716 New Zealanders late in 1918. the worldwide epidemic took millions of lives elsewhere.   Some believed the disease was brought into New Zealand by the passenger ship Niagara, that also bore the Prime Minister William Massey and Finance Minister […]

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The Games People Play

poolFunny how the games we are most fond of, are the hardest for us to be any good at. And to be honest, in  the ones we want to be really good at we seem to end up admiring our friends who always seem a little better than us at everything […]

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February miscellany

Sunny sunflowers
The bets are on: John Key versus the New Zealander of the Century…
No doubt about it the polls show that our PM is indeed beloved. He shares the same interest in state housing with the late Mickey Savage, Labour’s first PM. Savage’s Government built state houses for the people during […]

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The ‘share-the-scraps’ economy

by Robert Reich
How would you like to live in an economy where robots do everything that can be predictably programmed in advance, and almost all profits go to the robots’ owners? Meanwhile, human beings do the work that’s unpredictable – odd jobs, on-call projects, fetching and fixing, driving and delivering, tiny tasks needed at any and all hours – and patch together […]

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Islamic State in 2015 – and good old boys in Texas, 1916.

Veteran award-winning US journalist Bill Moyers wrote this story for Alternet recently after IS radicals burned a Jordanian pilot to death.
‘After listening to one newscast after another rightly condemn the barbaric killing of that Jordanian air force pilot at the bloody hands of ISIS, I couldn’t sleep. My mind kept roaming the past trying to retrieve a vaguely remembered […]

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