No, he comes from Turkey. The mythical figure of Santa is built on the image and reputation of Nicholas, a revered Turkish bishop. Nicholas was born during the fourth century in Patara on the Gulf of Makri in Turkey, and lived his whole life in that country. A […]
The following from The Times is a translation of a letter from a Belgian soldier: Christmas in the trenches just over 100 years ago.
‘It must have been sad do you say? Well I am not sorry to have spent it there and the recollection of it will ever be one of imperishable beauty. At midnight a baritone stood up and […]
Church Street in Auckland’s Onehunga barely deserves the name, for there’s only one gleaming spire along its commercialised stretch. Not much here among the trucks ands vans roaring past to remind anyone of Christ, or Christmas coming.
But there, on its uneven footpath one day last week, was an extraordinary sight. A Polynesian man slowly dragging a white wooden cross past […]
Dancing for the brain…!
Ever feel you’re losing the plot? Can’t remember where you put things – most notoriously your glasses? And do you forget the names of people you know from time to time? Then relax. It’s what one expert describes as just part of ageing. Phew! For the one baby boomers most dread when it comes to this part […]
2014 has been a strange year. It seemed in July that we had reached peak crazy, but the thrills just kept on coming.
But now the year draws to an end. What better time, then, to pay tribute to some of our most stellar achievements?
The Imperator Fish Awards recognise those among us who made a huge difference. […]
I’ve always been a bit left wing, well perhaps a bit more than a bit, and it goes without saying I am not a very big respecter of authority. So it was something of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole when the Queen and the […]
Who said: As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems. Inequality […]
Here’s our crossword for Christmas:
Across: 3. – – – – – – – – – Dragnet by Stan Freberg
7. – – – – – Christmas (the war is over) by John Lennon
8. – – – – – – – Christmas by Snoopy and his friends
10. – – – – – – Bells by The Singing Dogs
11. – […]
Today the Treasury will likely publish fiscal figures less rosy than those Bill English managed into a “surplus” at budget time. Last week John Key took us another step from free nation to fearful huddle.
English is no macho-politician. In the election campaign he did not talk up tax cuts. […]
At breakfast, which was served in a room on the top floor of the hotel, we were the only westerners among a group of men all dressed very smartly, in suits. We chose from a selection of bread and dumplings, boiled eggs, noodles, soups and various dried fruits and nuts […]
Extracts from Max Cryer’s new book ‘Every dog has its day’.
Flossie the forbidden one…
For a long time, people in Britain were forbidden from knowing about a spaniel […]
An A-Z of New Zealand traditions & Folklore by Gordon Ell
(Published by New Holland)
The King Country
Named for the political phenomenon of the Maori King movement.
In the late 1850s, several Maori tribes in the central North Island associated themselves under an elected king and parliament to oppose British settlers who wanted to buy their land. When British and colonial troops responded […]