Just look at this street art – roses in Iran, Dali in Philadelphia. Any similarly stunning parallels here? Nope. In short we haven’t even picked up our paint brushes yet and we should if these two amazing transformations of concrete into colour show.
First they came for the trees. Then for the gracious houses and generous back lawns. And finally they came for what belonged to us – our reserves and if they could get their hands on it, some juicy parkland.
That’s been the political trajectory of this Government’s changes to the Resource Management Act and none of it is pretty, especially when it’s so blatantly a pay-off for developers.
Generally, the immediate response of law abiding citizens to horrible crimes such as the rape and murder of a child, is to sentence the offender, even if not yet convicted, to life imprisonment with hard labour, hanging, or perhaps half-hanging before drawing and quartering.
One million baby boomers – and we’re still here…
We boomed when the guns fell silent in World War II. And we’ve been heard and felt ever since. Relatively few countries experienced the phenomenon of the Baby Boom and the countries that did – Australia, the United States, Canada, England and New Zealand, shared a number of social and cultural features.
Saw someone suspicious on my morning walk today. I mean, who wears a red towel wrapped around their head for goodness sake – nobody I know. Had a woman with him and she laughs just that little bit too much. Sure sign something’s up. She might be one of his harem. Could be his sex slave – could be his hostage! So I did the only decent thing – called 111.
Everyone has the occasional lapse in memory, blanking on someone’s name or forgetting where you parked your car. But how do you know when your forgetfulness or muddled thinking is a sign of something more serious, like Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia?
There are 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease below, along with examples of what’s “normal”.
I’ve been all over the place on this issue. I began by being unhappy with the current New Zealand flag, largely because I could never remember if it was us or Australia who had the extra star. And while this is no excuse for my lazy ignorance, I know some born and bred Kiwis who live with the same confusion. So I was ready for a change until John Key put me off.