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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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Appreciated?

At the start of the week my wife barely got settled in bed before she was up and out of the house.  She didn’t return until virtually dawn. It was the same thing last night. Well not quite. It was just after midnight when the phone went and she disappeared out of the house in […]

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C’Mon

Embrace your inner hooligan. Just keep him inside and quiet.  I love a bit of sport. Some of it I am deeply engaged in. Certain teams and the men and women who represent them, seem to be able to grab whatever it is which makes me passionate. Otago’s 2013 Ranfurly Shield win was enough for […]

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