The title is ironic, if you really did need therapy for anything in New Zealand; one of the worst things you could do is go shopping. I was watching the television news […]
A word to the unwise
I spoke to someone the other day who is going for a big adventure overseas. Traveling they said. They’d not been far from home before and were having an epic adventure out […]
I’m not what you would call a Sci-fi buff, I’m pretty sure I’ve never read a science fiction book but I do like the odd science fiction movie from time to […]
I’m not sure how long this post will stay up for, but it needs to be said. It’s not part of my usual repetoire, but it’s something I need to say and […]
The truth about Dragons
This post is primarily intended as an educational resource for young people but clearly the information contained here is useful for adults as well. I think it’s time to unveil my greatest […]
If you look up from this and look around you, you will notice quite quickly that the world about you is not a barren dusty wasteland with self-replicating Amoebas as the only […]
Carrot or stick?
It was the BAFTA’s last night, or the Stephen Fry show depending upon how you look at it. Lots of thespians getting gongs for being fabulous. There was much gushing and eye […]
Les Misérables, Sandy’s review
Although by no means qualified to be a movie reviewer, I am incredibly well qualified to review this movie on its merits as a standalone production rather than as a comparison with […]
Christmas Shopping tips
Apparently recycling is a good thing to do at Christmas. So I’m doing just that. Spot the 2nd helping! Christmas is coming and while some people might think that it’s all about […]
This is my 100th blog post, who would have thought I had so much to say? It was really hard to decide what to write for the 100th post. You sort of […]
Boys will be men.
First things first, I don’t have children because I chose not to. When I was young on the family farm one of my summer jobs was spraying blackberry and gorse with a […]
Wine, I drink vats of the stuff, it’s what I drink when I’m not drinking beer. It’s what I drink before I turn my attention to my new-found favourite late night snifter, […]
Who’s reading you?
Someone once said “All the world’s a stage”. I know who said it. It’s going to be a salient point later in this post, stick around. When he said that the world […]
How to get to New Zealand
I’m going to enjoy writing this one. It’s a story I have told to so many people I can’t even count. I have yet to tell it to someone without getting a […]
Conflict is eternal
A couple of the phrases we hear our wonderful leaders using an awful lot are “peace and stability” or “peace and democracy”. The leaders of the great western powers feel it is very […]
Who is in charge?
NB, this was written before the last British General Election in 2015 when the liberals where wiped out. They were wiped out because having spent a term in power, middle Britain discovered […]
Afghan conflicts for beginners
I like to simplify things for people who don’t have the inclination or the wherewithal to look stuff up on the internet themselves. They may watch a snippet of news on television […]
The idiots guide to the EU and why it is broken
<< This picture is one I found is some jokers idea of how the Germans see the rest or Europe. I can’t take credit for it. Now on to my story The […]
Town & Country
There is a huge divide in Britain. It’s not north versus south which is a biggy but as there is no real dividing line between the two with the midlands muddying the […]
What’s in a name? (Examination of racism)
I was minding my own business, well as much as you can on Twitter, when I got a #followfriday from someone who suggested I follow a girl in America who happens to […]
Love thy neighbour (Who are the Europeans?)
All the news channels everyday start with the present economic and political situation in Europe, the Euro zone, The EU. Someone has lost everyone’s savings and the finger is being pointed at […]
The evolution of the chat show?
I was watching the Jonathan Ross show the other night and suddenly decided that rather than being a talented presenter and funny guy he is actually just a bit of a dick. […]
It’s not the system, it’s you. (people who blame everyone but themselves)
This is a tough one and I am sure many readers of liberal newspapers will get all agitated at my simplistic view. Well they would if anyone actually read my stuff. I […]
We are not all equal. (Equality v fairness)
I have always maintained my rants are my own ill-informed opinion. That continues to be so of course. My opinion is stuff I know, think, or believe to be so, sometimes based […]
The right to choose. (Discussing who gets to vote)
My last post was about Religion and the title was ‘Don’t talk about Politics or Religion’. I’m going to talk about Politics today but not in the way you’d think, of course. […]
Don’t talk about Politics or Religion.
Sorry, I know that’s a common phrase but it’s my blog and I can talk about what I want. Today I want to talk a little bit about Religion. I have absolutely […]
Wine speak? Please! It’s just nonsense!
Firstly I am feeling very prosperous today. Well I would be if I was in Tonga if you know what I mean. I am wearing a particular belt for the first time. […]
Customer service! Get it? Get it, and you might just get the job !
If you are getting interviews but are going home empty handed, this might just help a little bit? If you get an interview and you have the qualifications, you know it is […]
The All Blacks will be fine, I’m staying away.
It’s largely my fault the All Blacks have failed to win a world cup. I have had a hideous time when the RWC has been on or the All Blacks have been […]
We need a seven!
A few weeks ago Jen and I went along to Great Tripetts Farm to watch the final of a polo tournament. Great Trippetts is an absolutely fabulous location for polo. They have […]