December 27, 2012
The opposition has a propensity for sneering at John Key’s back story.
Labour even tried to find some skeletons in his cupboard.
I have never heard or read any criticism from the right of David Shearer’s back story.
That could be a reflection on a fundamental difference between right and left – the former generally celebrates and appreciates success in any field while at least some of the latter are suspicious and/or envious of it.
That doesn’t mean any back story should be accepted without question.
Over at Bowalley Road, Chris Trotter has done some delving and come up with the back story to Shearer’s back story.
I think this answers the question I asked at the end of this morning’s post on the numbers – the cry of rage from Labour’s grass roots is still fomenting.
December 24, 2012
Just back from my last trip to town before Christmas and keeping to the spirit of our keeping-it-simple celebration managed to get round the supermarket with only a basket.
There’s just a bit of tidying up to do at home then tomorrow with extended family to look forward to.
Thanks to all of you who read, extra special thanks for all who leave a comment which adds to the interest of the blog, and blogging.
May your Christmas be happy and may 2013 be kind to you and yours.
If you want some pre-Christmas reading, I commend Remembering the Night: Christmas Story 2012 at Bowalley Road.
March 26, 2012
Immanence – remaining within; indwelling; inherent; restricted entirely to the mind; subjective.
Hat tip: Bowalley Road
December 24, 2010
I don’t remember where I found this nor do I know who wrote it.
But the words helped me the first Christmas after my son died and I offer it in the hope they might help someone else.
On Being A Star
hundreds of stars
and all of them
but we grow
wants us to
We become stars
by following stars
In the eyes
who cannot see
you are a fool
But for those
you are wise
The potter works
at the wheel
The potter too
is a star
But we aren’t
used to stars
We aren’t used
to stars who
in a stable
on a cross
We aren’t used
don’t make sense
losing your life
the other cheek
and being poor
for the sake
of some kingdom
I hope a star
on Christmas Day
A new one
I hope it’s bright
And shines down
To help you see
you’ve never seen before
and you are
a long time
is not easy
but it’s good
with your birth
It heals the
scared in me.
and of His
we have all
did He come
to be a star
To light our path
To help you see
need to see
all year long
Oh, how I hope
in your life
Well, just because
Because you see
I’d like to give
If you need more inspiration, you’ll find it in No Vacancy (A Christmas Story) at Bowalley Road.
July 4, 2010
New Zealand and Uruguay as sporting equivalents – Pablo at Kiwipolitico compares one small country where sport and agriculture are important with another.
Don’t admit them to hospital then – Macdoctor on the smoking ban for prisoners.
Star the second – In A Strange Land has a star chart to help her stay dry for July.
What makes us happy? Rivetting Kate Taylor on what really matters.
Sparks in the universe – Stellar Cafe on the bright ideas that get away from you.
What determines productivity? – Anti-Dismal on attemts toa nswer the big question.
Biology isn’t destiny but it affects your saving throws – Offsetting Behaviour on nature vs nurutre.
Trio – Quote Unquote on tree planting and muttering and purring.
Mines railways or jobs – Liberty Scott on unintended consequences.
Happy Birthday to us – Gooner at No Minister on the blog’s third birthday.
TraeMe hints – Oswald Bastable knows something but he’s not telling much.
Farewell to the Independent – Liberation bids the paper goodbye with a parody of Chirs Trotter’s writing.
Apropos of which is The Independent 1992 – 2010 at Bowalley Road. He also discusses the redefinition of protest in Russel’s tussle.
May 8, 2010
A new literary genre – Quote Unquote on reading matter for the more mature.
Feliciy Ferret – Quote Unquote disects a media rodent – prompting Cactus Kate to Bow to the Master.
I guess we’ll never know then – Something Should Go Here on the worst thing about censorship
Return of the Wowser – Bowalley Road diagnoses the alcohol problem.
RIP Fair Go – Brian Edwards has good reason to be in mourning.
Last Words Nana – Craft is the new black on living, and laughing, until tomorrow.