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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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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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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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Creepy

What to do when your kids get spooky? Culture has been a bit of a theme of late. The 31st of October does nothing to alter that. Halloween is a tradition that might date all the way back to the Celts, but it is relatively new to New Zealand, courtesy of the the good ole […]

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Dad Dilemma

I sometimes wish my girls were butt ugly bush pigs. Summer is pretty much upon us. The days have lengthened, thanks to daylight saving. The sun is getting higher in the sky, warming the world around us and drying out, mostly, the the damp Northland soil beneath our feet. All of this is impossible not […]

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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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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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