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Hey, World, Leave Our Kids Alone

Wifey and I are pretty open with our kids. There is not much we keep from them, no subject we consider taboo and no questions we are not prepared to answer. Of course we moderate the things our kids have access to; what they view on television and the internet, what they hear when listening […]

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Tears of Islam

Should that headline read tears for Islam? According to my wife it should. She sat in her favourite chair, our slumbering youngest nestled against her despite the persistent heat of a summer which refuses to give in, and wept. As far as is known, as I sit and write, forty nine people are confirmed dead. […]

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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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Cringe Factor

Have I fully of come of age? Because now, I am ‘That guy’.  We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day with some of Claire’s family, down in the big smoke of Auckland. Twenty five or so loosely affiliated kin, together for a laugh and a smile and to share a feed. Stressful for those at […]

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Bad Apples. Bad Man.

Grace Millane. Saddened? Hell yes. Sickened? You know it. Shocked? Unfortunately, no.  I haven’t been on a date in a long time. Possibly because, as a forty something, hirsute, chubby, balding man with an empty wallet, I am far from desirable. More likely my lack of recent dating experience is due to my long-term, happy […]

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Glaze

How much do you care? A broad question I know. And if I am perfectly honest, I don’t have any interest in your response, if indeed you bother to. Which, undoubtedly, you won’t, whoever ‘you’ are. The thing is, now that the internet or World Wide Web or whatever it is actually called, is well […]

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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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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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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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