Word of the day


Tentacular – equipped with or of, relating or pertaining to, or resembling tentacles.

Is NZ moving right?


Wayne Brown has won the Auckland mayoralty.

Tania Tapsell in Rotorua’s new mayor.

Christchurch has voted in Phil Mauger as mayor.

Jules Radich has taken the mayor’s seat in Dunedin.

Four new mayors who are more right than left is not enough to confidently say the country is moving right.

But at least in these cities people have voted for leaders who are more likely to respect ratepayers money and be less likely to put green carts before economic, social, science and technology horses.

Beautifying the blogosphere



Jimmy Carr’s accent guide


Saturday soapbox


Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them. – Lois McMaster Bujold

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