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Kiwiosities: Lovelock’s Mile

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

Lovelock’s Mile

Actually a 1500 running race when Jack New Zealander Jack Lovelock      clipped a second off the world record with 3 minutes 47.8 seconds at the 1936 Berlin Olympic games. The result, the equivalent of running a mile in four minutes four seconds, set the pace for a post-war battle to win the mile in less than four minutes.

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Conformity tokens

Being considerate and friendly to people who serve us, and to strangers, taking our turn, being honest in our relationships; these are but the beginning of a long list of behaviours that we value in our communities. There’s nothing wrong with conformity, until it becomes inhibiting.

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RIP Local news

We miss our weekly rag. Just when it seemed to be doing the job of our daily papers (there’s only the NZ Herald now) ours, like other print media died.

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August miscellany

Deep in the heart of Mt Roskill and about 100 metres from the gates of Dominion Road School, where we Standard Two kids used to pick up milk crates for every class, the Labour Party held its campaign launch for local MP Michael Wood. Nothing unusual about that – the elections will be upon us in September.

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