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Gushing

I never wanted to, but the more my children progress, the more they offer me the opportunity to live through their achievements vicariously.  Prize giving. I am not actually sure the day was called that. But it is exactly what it equated to. In this ever more prevalent P.C world, every single kid in the […]

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Influence

Sometimes it is the people flying under the radar who have the most impact.  I have made mention a few times over by now of the people who have passed away in the last year or two, the ones who proved so  influential. Not just to me, but to the world. These were the big […]

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Culture Shock

New Zealand is a great big little country.  I am too young to really feel like I was ever a part of a cultural identity. The imagery was still there, when I was a young lad. Black singlets and stubby shorts and floppy hats and keys left in the ignition and long hot summers and […]

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Happy Birthday

Well that’s it. Officially old.  Number One turns thirteen today. A major step for her, becoming a teenager. A sign too, her Mother and I have taken a fair few steps of our own. Many people tell us this is where it really begins. Parenting. Throw out all we know and think we know. Disregard […]

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Teachers Strike Back

Twenty four years, sixteen percent. Just two of the numbers bandied about in relation to New Zealand’s primary school teachers negotiations. Over two decades since they last took such action, and a pay rise request based over two years. So far, the demand for pay has not been met and there is a large gap […]

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Be Careful

The two words above are something I do must best to avoid. That is to say, there are plenty of times I take care over my activities and actions. Thing is, I try to care less when my kids are involved. Pop down to any playground and you will hear those words ringing out, in a […]

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Time Warp

I don’t know if it is a North Island thing, a Northland thing, a Hokianga thing or what it might be, but I like.  Sometimes it feels a little like time has left us behind. Or maybe, more accurately, we have escaped the clutches of Father Time. Much of it has to do with place. […]

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Play Time

 It’s not called Play Time any more. Is it still called Interval even? When I was a kid, way back when, the breaks given during the day, for morning and afternoon teas, was called Playtime. As we got older and advanced through schooling, our get of class and let off some steam moments became known […]

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Everybody Needs Somebody to Love

‘It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses’ There is nothing more for me to do. My work here is done. Early this afternoon I sat down with me crew and flicked through Netflix in search of the impossible. In […]

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Success

Maybe a long way from what one might consider and author or writer, but the journey has finally taken its first tentative steps. A few years ago Wifey came to me, having eavesdropped the off the cuff bedtime stories I told the children at bedtime, suggesting I write them down. Her idea was, as a […]

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