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Limit to Free Speech

Jacinda’s sudden exit from the PM-ship has upset me.  Not the exit itself but the underlying stink of the hate mail she’d drawn … [To read more, click on title]

The Ugly Game

There’s a lot not to like about football.  (‘Soccer’ in our enlightened land.)  And this from one who couldn’t be a bigger sports fan.  This blog rarely spotlights sport, but for once sport must be spotted … [To read more, click on title]

Message in a Bucket

A water bearer had two buckets, one hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One bucket had a split in it, the other was near perfect. At the end of each walk from the stream, the split bucket always arrived only half full. The perfect bucket arrived proud of its performance, fulfilled in the design for which it was made. But the poor split bucket was ashamed … [To read more, click on title]

Embrace Thanksgiving

Why don’t we celebrate Thanksgiving in New Zealand?  We seem to have bought into Valentine’s Day and Halloween, and all those various Black Friday sales – at least, retail businesses have … oh, wait, there’s my answer: gifts aren’t given at Thanksgiving, so the retailers and media aren’t going to promote it … [To read more, click on title]

No Regrets

My blog this fortnight is about Maturity.  So, if its title is misleading, sorry.  The thing is, I have a certain pride (some might call it smugness) in being a man of few regrets.  It’s not that I’ve never done anything wrong.  On the contrary, life has contained plenty of failures, disappointments and embarrassments … [To read more, click on title]


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  1. And very sadly our NZ dairy industry is very much linked to the destruction of the rain forests of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, with a bi-product of palm oil – PKE (palm kernel extract) being imported in enormous quantities as a “necessary” feed supplement for cows, especially on large intensive dairy units.


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