Encounters… in Auckland’s Babel

Womble womble through the Babel of Pak ‘n Save’s aisles stacked to the ceiling with every food imaginable. Familiar faces behind the counters and, as always in central Auckland, languages from Arabic to Cantonese.
We needed yoghurt; (natural) and choccies, (Whittakers of course) wine – and that indispensable lunch when imagination finally expires – baked beans. Not too many items because […]

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Dear Eleanor…what have you done?

if-logo-blue-white-featuredBooker prize winner Eleanor Catton upset Sir Humphrey Horswell and  others  recently by saying among other things, that ‘New Zealand, along with Australia and Canada were  dominated by neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture’.
The Rt. Hon. Humphrey Horswell, QSM  subsequently wrote an open letter to her […]

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Charlie Hebdo revisited

Chris Charlie
(Above, a map of outrage, showing that # Je suis Charlie was one of the most  popular hashtags ever – 3.4 million tweets in 24 hours ). 
When I first heard about Charlie Hebdo journalists murdered by religious extremists I was curious about the specific motive the killers used to justify their actions. […]

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Being widowed is no picnic…

being widowedI was widowed over ten years ago and nowadays I can talk about  it more easily. At the time our dreams for the future were shattered.
If your husband (wife/partner) dies suddenly, that is quite different from someone dying  from the ghastly cancer.  I wouldn’t dare suggest how others might respond. They are all totally […]

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This month in history – February

Trevor Chappell bowls underarm
‘The greatest middle distance race of all time’
Hawke’s Bay earthquake strikes
First woman to swim Cook Strait
The Treaty of Waitangi is signed
Liner Wanganella refloated after 18 days on Barrett Reef
First fatalities on a scheduled air service in NZ
Cook completes circumnavigation of North Island
End of free school milk
Charles Heaphy recommended for VC
Maori soldiers sail to war

1st February 1981
Trevor Chappell […]

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Chrissy crossword answers

Finally! The answers to our Christmas crossword.
Across:

CHRISTMAS Dragnet by Stan Freberg
HAPPY Christmas (the war is over) by John Lennon
SNOOPY’S Christmas by Snoopy and his friends
JINGLE Bells by The Singing Dogs
NUT Rocker by B Bumble and the Stingers
MARY’S Boy Child by Harry Belafonte
I Saw Mummy KISSING Santa Claus by Jimmy Boyd

Down:Criscrosans sized

All I […]

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Family Life

Brian VinerNot again – not bored again are we? And look, I am not the entertainments organiser in this whachamacallit it and I can’t keep thinking up things to do – you think of something.
Ok then, if you are going to be like that, what about a door slamming contest?
We […]

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The environment is changing – even for Greens

On Sunday the Greens will mull adjustments to their political clothing. They may need more than a nip or a tuck or slight change of shade. Technology is changing the Greens’ environment.
Greens used confidently to claim the future. Only by going green would humans escape an apocalypse of disease and poison as resources run out, ecosystems are decimated and food […]

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Kill the RMA!

giza2The government wants to reform the Resource Management Act, but… Take the Pyramids of Giza as an example. The original plan was for ten of these great pyramids to be built, a plan that would have provided many decades of work for Egypt’s slave population. But these plans were […]

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Miscellany

 New Zealand’s  Booker prize winning author  Eleanor Catton  talking  to  Indian media  about  the dominance of  political thought here:
‘At the moment, New Zealand, like Australia and Canada, (are dominated by) these neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture. They care about short-term gains. They would destroy the planet in order to be able to […]

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