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labour1938"You're from Auckland?" asked a woman at an out of town  gathering recently.

"Yep".  Just Another Fabulous Aucklander.

"So you're a millionaire then?"

Hmm… When every homeowner in Auckland is a millionaire, who isn't? The one-per-centers. Auckland's  housing crisis has unseen depths - racism, inequalities and deepest of all, an institutional unfairness for future  generations.  1936 has  an answer: concerted Government interventions.

How water was turned into wine…

…’the series of proandrew-little-labour-leader-205-getty..’the series of promises Labour Leader  Andrew Little set out were so grandiose as to be unbelievable” wrote Claire Trevett in the NewZealand Herald 

‘It amounted to promising to solve poverty, build “affordable” houses for everyone, feed every hungry child, banishing cold damp homes forever, building masses of infrastructure and pumping funding into the health and education systems. The only one he missed was turning water into wine’. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11643048

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Just not enough minutes in the day!

take it easy

Ever feel like there’s just not enough minutes in the day?  Who hasn’t?  It seems that busyness has become the new norm. For some even a badge of honour.

 “Just not enough minutes in the day!” –  declared with a proud smile, a shrug of the shoulders and shake of the head.  “I’ve just been so busy!”  The words slip off the tongue as easily as a mindless “How are you?” It’s expected.

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The Unholy Triad

I’ve always struggled to understand economics, which means I have a bit of cheek embarking on   a view of the economics of the western world. Still, in my possibly naive view there are simple rules. Take Alzheimers for instance. By taking daily exercise, eating healthy food and maintaining mental and social stimulation, there is a good chance of avoiding Alzheimers. Similar rules apply for avoiding type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and probably many other diseases that swoop in when the rules are ignored.

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So what the heck is wrong with sugary drinkss?

Sweet asThere are plenty of things worse than the occasional soft drink. Like Islamic State, or athlete’s foot, or genital warts. Shouldn’t we tax these things first, before we attack those delicious and very reasonably-priced soft drinks that bring such joy to the lives of our beloved children?

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When you’re young and in love…

Balham, London, 1961. I was twenty and my fiancé eighteen when we decided to get married.    London was my fiancé’s home town. Being young and in love we discounted obstacles, the first being my girlfriend’s mother, who was not impressed by the idea. Not only was I from a northern tribe with a Liverpool accent, I was a labourer. We never did become pals but we learned to tolerate each other.

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Art class – day one…

drawingYou’ve wanted to paint for years  –  but  always  filed it away as  a nice thought, one that can  wait until  say…  you were  older?  Until  you realise you’re already there.     And once you’ve declared  your interest in the craft  to an old  friend over coffee, you’ve already painted yourself into a  corner,  because friends being friends, listen.

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Another round of applause

Mike Moore

The first time I heard an audience stand and applaud a film, it was for Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine,  an indictment of a mass shooting and  America’s gun laws.

The second time I heard it was last week at the first screening of his  film,  Which country should we invade next?

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Kiwiosities: The Last Moose

Kiwiosities coverExcerpts from Kiwiosities, a book by Gordon Ell on the traditions and folklore of New Zealand.

Tales of giant elk or moose in deepest Fiordland arise from their importation from Canada early last century.

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