Note to Subscribers

First of all, I’d like to thank you all very much for making the effort to subscribe to this website. I appreciate you all very much, and I love it when some of you also take the time to comment or even engage in a debate about the issues. You may remember I started the “Brickbats and Bouquets” series about a month ago in order to try and force myself to write something at least once a... read more

Saints and Sinners – 30 August 2015: Trump’s Press Pack and No Religion in Schools

This week the Sinner is again political – it’s easy to find a recipient in US politics – and the Saint award goes to Australia. Giving an award to Australia is damn near impossible for any New Zealander, so make the most of it – it might never happen again! There are a lot of rivalries like ours around the world. The New Zealand vs Australia rivalry is mainly a sporting one. Often... read more

Saints and Sinners – 23 August 2015: Rosa Rubicondior and Dr Who

It’s a short one this week as I’ve actually managed to post a few articles. The Brickbat and Bouquet are both to entities of English origin. SINNER OF THE WEEK Dr Who I love Dr Who. I’ve grown up with Dr Who. It was first broadcast in the year of my birth – 1963, although it wasn’t broadcast in New Zealand straight away – they waited until I was old enough to watch it!... read more

DAESH Beheads Syrian Scholar

Renowned antiquities scholar, Khaled al-Asaad (82), is dead. On Tuesday (18 August 2015) a member of DAESH chopped his head off then hung his body from a column in the town square in Palmyra, Syria. Why? Because he wouldn’t tell them where some Syrian antiquities had been hidden for safekeeping when DAESH captured the city in May this year. They had been holding him for more than a month before the... read more

What’s Important to Voters in the USA?

On 3 August 2015 Fox News released a survey of the political climate in the United States. Conducted from 30 July to 2 August by Anderson Roberts Research (D) and Shaw and Company Research (R) it has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. (I was immediately struck by the fact that even some reputable survey companies in America are labelled Democrat or Republican.) Most of the questions in the survey were... read more

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