Why 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.
Tens 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.
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.
The 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.
“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’.