A PAIR, A SPARE AND A MAYOR

By Sara Dinnen You’re a woman living on your own.  Or, indeed, a man living on his own.  It doesn’t matter what gender and what the causes might have been – death, divorce, just plain fed up – the result is the same.  You’re living on your own. Don’t you just love it when someone who has been married for 45 years or so, and … Continue reading A PAIR, A SPARE AND A MAYOR

FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE RIDICULOUS – TWO BOOKS OF VASTLY DIFFERING COMPETENCE.

By Sara Dinnen Living in a small town, one has two options.  My home town is in the Far North of New Zealand, so it could be considered the tip, the head, the apex of the country.  Actually, Māori consider it the tail of the legendary fish Māui, so in that sense it could also be considered the arse end of the country. Either way, … Continue reading FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE RIDICULOUS – TWO BOOKS OF VASTLY DIFFERING COMPETENCE.

FROM BALD KNOB TO WHISKEY DICK FLAT AND A PIDDLE IN BETWEEN

By Sandy Myhre It started as a Facebook thread when someone asked if anyone knew any silly place names.  In came a flood of ‘em from the stupid, the downright vulgar, the idiotic and the totally unpronounceable, to the somewhat amusing and at times hilarious place names from around the world. It could be wondered what grey-suited bureaucrat at an obscure council office gave permission … Continue reading FROM BALD KNOB TO WHISKEY DICK FLAT AND A PIDDLE IN BETWEEN

A TOUCH OF GREEN DURING A VISIT TO NEW ZEALAND BY THE PRESIDENT OF IRELAND

by Sandy Myhre The first door opened to welcome the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, during a visit to New Zealand in late October, was that of the Governor General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy in Wellington. (Photo Marty Melville) She signalled a sartorial salutation to Mr Higgins by wearing a Kelly-green suit and matching pillbox hat. The former lawyer and businesswoman was appointed … Continue reading A TOUCH OF GREEN DURING A VISIT TO NEW ZEALAND BY THE PRESIDENT OF IRELAND