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Dylan wins Nobel Prize

October 14, 2016

Long overdue in Adam’s opinion. Too many people think long turgid novels deserve the award, rather than simple evocations of reality such as Dylan has so lyrically given us.



Is ANZAC dead?

September 5, 2016

Is ANZAC dead? Adam asks this question, given this item from the UK Daily Telegraph:

Theresa May has said that Australia will be one of the first countries that Britain will look to for a future free trade deal as she hailed the “long-standing ties” between the two nations.

Speaking after a bi-lateral meeting Mrs May said: “It is a historic decision for British people. It will be a complex and challenging process leaving the European Union.

“But I’m very clear that it doesn’t mean that we are going to be inward-looking. In fact, we want to be even more outward-looking around the whole of the world. And obviously, Australia, with our longstanding ties and our close relationship, will be one of the first countries will be looking to.”

Mr Turnbull said that Britain and Australia are “great friends” as he pledged to provide “all the support and assistance that we can” with Brexit.

He said: “Britain’s made a very momentous and historic choice to leave the European Union and we have already been engaged in discussions with you about what the free trade arrangements may look like after that.

“Australia is determined to provide Britain with all the support and assistance that we can. We are such great friends, such strong allies. (There) couldn’t be two countries with closer bonds.”

So according to Turnbull, Australia is closer with Britain than any other country. So much for mateship, CER and ANZAC.

The druggies carnival

August 6, 2016
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The 4 yearly festival of drug cheats has begun. Until the corruption of sport is rooted out the so called Olympics should not be marked with anything but contempt and derision.

The Labour/Green MOU

June 10, 2016
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This cartoon in The Listener grabbed my attention. Slane is a great cartoonist, but I would tend to think of him as left of centre, so this was especially welcome


A reality check

June 6, 2016

Adam enjoys reading Whaleoil, as despite what so many say Mr Slater has some shrewd analysis and many of his commentators in the threads are knowledgeable as well. Furthermore his moderation policy is reasonable, applied fairly and without bias. Some other blogs would do well to emulate his approach.

This comment this evening was especially striking and apposite:-

Andrew Little, in his speech at the Green’s conference, made mention no less than six times, how the economy is favouring “only a few at the very top” or words to that effect. And I’m sure we have all heard it ad nauseum in other communications involving him.

My challenge for you Andrew is – Name those few at the very top. You know, the ones you claim are John Key’s mates. Whilst the rest of us wallow in poverty you owe it to us to expose these economic saboteurs who meet in a secret location every week with JK so they can plot an economy that only they will benefit from. Andrew if ever you had an opportunity to make a name for yourself, it is now. You owe it to your people and your country to free us from the shackles of this repugnant “few at the very top” gang. It could be a slightly harder proposition though, naming all of JK’s mates. There were 1,200,000 of them at the last election! If my memory serves me well, I recall your mates in New Plymouth told you to take a hike.

Cartoon for today – Monday 06/06/2016

June 6, 2016

Cartoon have been in the news a lot in recent years. They seem to cause offence to many. Adam hopes this one upset a great many people.


Al Nisbet in The Dominion Post.

RIP – Dave Swarbrick

June 6, 2016

The great Dave Swarbrick has died.

Legendary folk musician and a leading light in the folk environment.

Probably known to many through his work with Fairport Convention, but he contributed in so many other ways.He pioneered the electric fiddle in English folk.

Here is Fairport’s classic Liege and Leaf album with Swarbs, Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson as part of the superb line-up.


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