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Seven Million Dead Parisians
"Do you enjoy dead people, sir?" enquired the concierge. It was an unusual question. "Because if you do," she continued, "I can recommend the Denfert-Rochereau Ossuary. It's extremely enjoyable to visit — seven million corpses are interred there."...
AVENUES MAGAZINE | Jun, 2007: p.88-91 [read more]

Long Journey Back to Kenya
"My earliest memories are of the Tanganyikan bush," recalls Dr Andrew Tilling. "My father was part of the Groundnuts Scheme. We were among hundreds of British expatriates living in the middle of the veld, on the edge of the Maasai Steppe....
CANTERBURY MAGAZINE | WINTER, 2007: Vol.4, No.1, p.36-37 [read more]

There is no doubt that — musically speaking — last summer belonged to Fat Freddy’s Drop. Their album Based on a True Story provided the soundtrack for a seemingly endless succession of sweltering days...

Life Through T-Ray Spectacles
'Amazing X-ray Spectacles' have been advertised in the back pages of American comic magazines for over 50 years. The spectacles have swindled generations of misguided schoolboys with their claim that the wearer will "see through clothes"...
CANTERBURY MAGAZINE | SUMMER, 2006: Vol.3, No.2, p.34 [Not available online]

The abruptness with which the seasons change in Christchurch is always a surprise to me. Last Tuesday we were having pleasant winter weather. There was a frost in the morning, the day was clear and sunny, and the wind was icy...

Canadian political scientist Rand Dyck is very polite. He immediately proclaims his liking for New Zealanders, and professes reluctance to say anything critical about our political system. But he does acknowledge — in the mildest possible way — that "Canadians would regard the New Zealand Bill of Rights as weak"....
NEW ZEALAND HERALD | Aug 28, 2006: p.A14 [read more]

I spent four long years being forced to study French at school. Unfortunately, the only tangible result of this experience has been a lifelong loathing of the French language and culture. I still can't speak a coherent sentence in French...
PUBLIC ADDRESS/SPEAKER | Aug 03, 2006 [read more]

Lake Ellesmere is one of the icons of Canterbury. With an area of about 200 square kilometres it is the region's largest lake, and the fifth largest in New Zealand. According to geologists, Lake Ellesmere has existed in approximately its present form for about 8,000 years...
AVENUES MAGAZINE | Aug, 2006: p.28-34 [read more]

Black, red, and yellow stripes were emblazoned on every face. Children ran along the footpath wearing their national flag as cloaks. A girl in a bikini stood on a stone wall, a huge German flag fluttering from her outstretched arms...
PUBLIC ADDRESS/SPEAKER | Jun 27, 2006 [read more]

Acquired Memories
"I was born in Bavaria, Germany. As a child I enjoyed reading Karl May’s stories about the German cowboy hero Old Shatterhand, and his noble Indian friend Winnetou..."
THE PRESS | Jun 21, 2006: p.D1 [Not available online]

Ban will bring in the gangs
There is no denying Hone Harawira's good intentions when it comes to eliminating smoking-related illness. He describes himself as an "anti-smoking nutter"...
NEW ZEALAND HERALD | Jun 05, 2006: p.A17 [Not available online]

The New Zealand Bill of Rights can be a dangerous subject. As constitutional lawyer (and former Prime Minister) Geoffrey Palmer has observed: "Extremely eccentric people seem to gravitate to constitutional issues and lavish their attention upon them"...
PUBLIC ADDRESS/SPEAKER | Mar 27, 2006 [read more]

As David Slack has recently observed, the signs of Christmas are all about us. Festive muzak blares in every shopping mall. The poor and down-trodden roam the streets pushing prams full of Christmas mailers. Turkeys are force-fed to meet their execution deadlines...
PUBLIC ADDRESS/SPEAKER | Dec 15, 2005 [read more]