Thursday’s quiz

1. Who said, It’s part of a writer’s profession, as it’s part of a spy’s profession, to prey on the community to which he’s attached, to take away information – often in secret – and to translate that into intelligence for his masters, whether it’s his readership or his spy masters. And I think that both professions are perhaps rather lonely.?

2. Who wrote The Spy Who Came In From The Cold?

3. It’s espion in French, espía in Spanish and tutei in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who played James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me?

5. GCSB Act – necessary, an over-reaction or . . .?

3 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) John le Carre
    (2) John le Carre
    (3) Spy
    (4) Timothy Dalton??
    (5) Don’t really know….

  2. Alwyn says:

    1. John le Carre
    2. John le Carre
    3. Spy
    4. Roger Moore
    5. I would like to think that Henry Stimson was correct when he said “Gentlemen don’t read each other’s mail” but I fear he wasn’t. Having them involved in something like the Kim Dotcomm saga worries me however.

  3. TraceyS says:


    I came across an article by Brunatti (2012), Public Policy and Administration, April 2013, vol. 28, no. 2 119-143. The author compares the intelligence communities (IC’s) of New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.

    There’s plenty of praise for New Zealand’s intelligence community, “[h]owever, GCSB is limited by law to collecting on external actors and therefore cannot fully satisfy the government’s foreign intelligence requirements.”

    The new legislation addresses that.

    Canada, he writes, “…faced a more complex national environment that has not consistently promoted a coherent approach to intelligence.” (p128). Brunatti cites, among other reasons “[s]tringent privacy laws impacted the ability of the Canadian IC to act across mandates, by actively limiting the ability of agencies to share information.”

    I am comfortable to read that we have a coherent approach here in NZ which has just been made stronger.

    It has been very difficult to find detailed and balanced information among screeds of webpages full of hype.

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