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On the road to Lake Rotoiti

On the road to Lake Rotoiti

This stunning winter scene was snapped by contributor Janet Hart near Lake Rotoiti,  just two hours from Nelson, on the road to the Rainbow Ski-field.

It's our land. Will it be ours for much longer given what we don't know about the TPP?


The Corbyn Effect…here?

jeremy-corbyns-labour-leadership-bid-gathers-pace-as-supporters-flock-to-rally_1Why should Kiwis be at all interested in a 66-year-old contender for the UK Labour Party leadership race? Because his politics have the potential to change ours. It helps that he has become something of a sex symbol.

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Selling Godzone in Secret

Larissa_1Tens of thousands of Kiwis out in the rain over the weekend to protest against  the TPP which many thought had  been killed off  in the  last,  failed round of talks. But no.  In the collective race  from commonsense and responsibility to their peoples and institutions, governments are expecting the deal to be finalised later this month. Meanwhile  some Ministers have already dismissed the protests.

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Kalimera Corfu!

 Funny… it just didn’t seem like Greece. We’d been dazzled by the blue and white on Santorini, subdued by the mainland Greek’s grey and shades of olive and now Corfu looked like Greece’s bohemian cousin, in her green, orange and pink. But then maybe it was Corfu Town’s shabbiness, its charm and its palette of ochre that gave it the taste of Italy.

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The new Balmoral

Balmoral – Gateway to the East

I grew up in a village called Balmoral  where we wished, without a hint of masochism, that  the dentist’s drill  would  shriek; where we knew we were half-way to Hollywood when the cinema doorman took our tickets –  dressed in a tuxedo.

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August Miscellany

bunnyLost and….?

Spotted in Auckland’s burbs, last week: a child’s favourite bunny – tied firmly to a lamp post to make sure Big Ears returns home…

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Mt Eden’s Fight Club…

Chris HThe recent news about the violence in Mount Eden Prison has many elements. Political, naturally; Labour will be pleased to have been given the opportunity to rub National’s nose in the troublesome policy of privatisation. The Prison Officers’ Union will be equally pleased to say I told you so.

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A real MedicAlert …

An open letter from Murray Lord, CEO of MedicAlert NZ

“The completely avoidable death of Eunice Richardson is a major concern to MedicAlert® Foundation and to everyone I have spoken to on this matter.

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Three cheers for Greece?

Before Euro-politics  wandered into Alice in Wonderland territory, we  asked if anybody else out there was quietly cheering for Greece as it took on the bullying bean counters of the IMF and the European Central Bank.

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Max’s Dogs

Dog JacketFrom Max Cryer’s book  Every Dog has its Day

“When a man’s best friend is his dog, then that dog has a problem” – Edward Abbey.


“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend; inside of a dog it’s too dark to read” – Groucho Marx.


And for diners, this tip: ‘ In an oriental restaurant if you notice the word chien on the menu, don’t panic. In the Vietnamese language it means ‘fried’ and it sometimes turns up in a Korean or Chinese version with the same meaning’.

For sale – sort of

The old bloke lived in an equally ancient villa in Mt Albert. It was, like him, in need of loving care – or that’s what we felt when he opened the door, bewhiskered and a little dazzled by the sudden light.

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