I was one among 200,000 refugees fleeing Hungary after a crushed revolution. The world opened its doors to us. I chose to go to America and boarded a bus in Vienna heading for a U.S. military base in Germany.
We landed somewhere in the outskirts of [...]
It’s that wonderful season of happiness and joy and clichés. Goodwill to all men. And women I suppose. Christmas carols, beer and whining, sherry and gin (a new cocktail) love, warmth, Queen’s speech, and no advertising on the television for the whole day. Lots [...]
We were off on another memorable family holiday – to the glistening sands of Takapuna Beach, with the added bonus of a ride on the car ferry from Mechanics Bay to Devonport to make it even more exotic.
After yet another wet n’ miserable Palmerston North [...]
OK… some of these jokes are just a tad corny, but no worse than the ones you get in your Christmas crackers!
What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?
Why does Santa have three gardens?
So he can ‘ho ho ho’!
Here are the answers to our Christmas crossword, based on popular songs from the 50′s and 60′s.
3. CHRISTMAS Dragnet by Stan Freberg
7. HAPPY Christmas (the war is over) by John Lennon
8. SNOOPY’S Christmas by Snoopy and his friends
10. JINGLE Bells [...]
A year or two ago while lying awake at night I used to enjoy listening to an elderly Maori interviewer on National Radio. I think his name was Henry. He interviewed apparently ordinary Maori people from all walks of life, though his subjects often [...]
A BIG MOVE TO A SMALL HOUSE
I have recently spent a month in the UK helping my mother to pack up her house, prior to moving. She has, of course, stayed in the large old family home for far too long and now, at the [...]
At last! Wit in the House!
In the last Parliamentary debate of 2013, that occasion when National staunchly defends its record and opposition parties expose its deficiencies, one MP got up and sang. Her background as a journo helped with the light but pointed lyrics [...]
Extracts from Max Cryer’s new book ‘Every dog has its day’
During the 1880s German butchers introduced Americans to a snack produced by splitting a bun and placing a hot sausage and some sauce between the two halves. The snack came to be [...]
An A-Z of New Zealand traditions & Folklore by Gordon Ell
(Published by New Holland)
The Queen St Riots 1932
A march by Post and Telegraph workers, protesting at proposed wage cuts, was the trigger for rioting in Queen St, Auckland in the depths of the Great Depression. They were joined by hundreds of unemployed who turned on police with stones and batons. [...]
* Poll tax on Chinese immigrants abolished
* New Zealand’s own Eiffel Tower opens
* Ten crew of Cook’s ship Adventure killed and eaten
* First contact between Maori and Europeans
* Waterfront strike ends
* NZ whalers harpoon their last victim
* Queen Elizabeth II arrives for summer tour
* Tangiwai railway disaster
* Sectarian violence in Canterbury
* Charles Darwin leaves NZ after 9-day visit