Democracy, it’s not for everyone

I’m reminded of the lyrics to the Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. Although the recent cover of that classic by The Disturbed is by far the better version   ‘Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again Because a vision softly, creeping Left its seeds while I was, sleeping […]

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Just words

‘A picture is worth a thousand words’.  That’s a pretty common phrase, as though great imagery is better than great description. While it’s a nice concept, it is almost entirely rubbish. That’s just my view of course, I can’t paint a picture of my view on that so I’ll write a thousand words or so […]

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New Zealanders at War

I was in the New Zealand Army for a while and take quite an interest in NZ military history. There are some very inspiring and interesting stories about what Kiwi servicemen and women got up to in the world’s great conflicts. Kiwi’s have a pretty incredible military history and I want to talk a bit […]

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The games boys play

I have friends who have boys. Young men, little chaps, whatever they call male children. It appears there is no consensus but little bastards seems a common description as well. My friends with boys often bemoan the amount of time boys spend on computer games or engrossed in an internet based interaction or a mobile […]

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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 important that nations are run according to democratic principles. They will even get the guns out to enforce this upon some people they […]

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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 about something going on somewhere. Maybe even read some more detail in a newspaper. Many though don’t actually realise that what one reads […]

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