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The Settle Season

Febuary. The most difficult month to spell and for me, the most awkward month to get my head around. February sees kids trundling around with heavy school bags, which will diminish in weight as their schooling experience grows, as the memories of life’s little lessons kick back into gear along with their academic pathways. Those […]

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Hi-Viz

Give a guy or gal a hi-visibility vest, give him or her a clipboard, give them a badge and you give that person power. At least, they think that’s what they have been endowed with. The right to control others. To an extent, that is exactly what they have been given. Some sort of say […]

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Redneck Dad

The following content may offend some readers. Be warned. I sit down on a sunny morning, surrounded by a slumbering household, as nothing more than master of this keyboard. An over-weight, balding, arthritic, white, middle class (I suppose) male. And somehow, I am supposed to be apologetic for that. Because I am white, older and […]

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The Cost of Education

Doesn’t sound right does it? Teaching our kids, the next generation. Training them, giving them the tools they need not to just exist, to cope, but to grow and develop. More. Yes, teach the children of the nation to be readers and writers, to support healthy minds and bodies and help them explore and inquire. […]

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Bah Humbug

Great, here we go again! Enforced festivity anyone? December 1st. That’s right, for all you international readers, it has already begun for us here in the shaky isles. Christmas cheer, seasons greetings and all that. Time to roll out the decorations, debate the virtues of real or fake trees, start compiling lists of the naughty […]

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Sorry, How Much?!

Can somebody please explain the ‘letting fee’ to me?  My wife and I are renters. A few years ago we sold our home and moved on from Dunedin. A career step for the wife took us up the coast of the South Island to Kaikoura. A stepping stone move for Wifey and a change of […]

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Limping Along

Look out, I feel a rant coming on… Lately, I embarked on a mission. The plan was to get myself into the best physical shape I could. Not mission impossible, but not far from it. At least, that is how it has felt, for a man rapidly approaching forty-five and essentially starting from scratch. This […]

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