One of the most under-rated tourist sites in Auckland has to be Eden Garden in the heart of that politically troubled suburb, Epsom. Even in the drizzle this place wins hearts and you can hear people sighing with admiration and not only at the floral [...]
Recently I read a book by Bill Bryson titled ‘The Home’, subtitled ‘A short history of private life’. It’s not very short at 534 pages. In fact I found it a bit long but anyway he’s done his best I suppose and the private life bit [...]
Maria Farrer examines the power of the expected – and the unexpected
Everybody’s life is a unique story. This is something we intrinsically know – but not necessarily something we think about.
I was sitting next door to someone on the bus the other day – as [...]
At 15 months, my little grandson is as cute as a button, running about, laughing out loud, climbing everything he can haul himself up and saying “No!” with an emphatic shake of his brown curls.
He’s about to start visiting granny regularly on Wednesday afternoons [...]
Decided I should do something about my increasingly ancient body the other day, so I joined the local gym. Made good progress in the Mr Puniverse stakes until one day the euphoria stopped in the basement. There the Real Men worked out (or as an alternative, spent a lot of time adoring their abs and biceps).
Never knew weightlifting could be [...]
For the whole of our planned journey, the bureaucracy of the countries we were to visit demanded that we have all travel arrangements and accommodation pre booked and paid for.
Some also demanded a “letter of invitation” to their country. The first step to obtaining [...]
Extracts from Max Cryer’s new book ‘Every dog has its day’.
In 1948, Swiss mountaineer George de Mestral came home from a hike with his beloved pet dog [...]
Nothing better in the political scene than to see the hunter hunted. And that was the case earlier this month when after four days of hammering Labour Leader David Cunliffe about secret trusts, PM John Key had to face the same music. Ah, election years and there’s more political wriggles of all colours to giggle at in the six months [...]
An old English music hall singalong trips cheerily: “I’m forever blowing bubbles, pretty bubbles in the air. They fly so high, nearly reach the sky.” Next, reality: “Then like my dreams, they fade and die.” Central bankers know about that now.
In January eight years ago Ben Bernanke took the chair of the Federal Reserve, the United States’ central bank, to [...]
Corruption in Prison
Prison officers are ordinary citizens. The best are strong, firm, fair, intelligent and sensitive. If you pause to imagine what it would be like to be a prisoner, the above description fits, for most of us, exactly the kind of officer we [...]
* NZ forces capture Castle Hill at Cassino
* Jockey Y-fronts hit NZ shops
* NZ troops arrive in Greece
* Honey bees brought to NZ
* NZ’s first flag chosen
* Kiwis win Oscars for ‘The Piano’
* Ngati Kahu kidnap victim dies at sea on French ship
* John A. Lee expelled from Labour Party
* Brunner mine disaster kills 65
* The ‘Sallies’ come to New [...]
An A-Z of New Zealand traditions & Folklore by Gordon Ell
(Published by New Holland)
‘No Maoris, No Tour’
The battle cry of those opposed to South African apartheid in 1960, who believed that a New Zealand touring rugby side should include Maori players or the tour be cancelled. Previous All Black tours of South Africa had excluded Maori in deference to South [...]