Members of the Jury by Angela Caldin

Yesterday, 26 April 2016, was a historic day for football, for justice and for some kind of peace for the many families who have been campaigning and suffering for 27 years. The jury in the inquest into the 96 deaths at the Hillsborough Stadium disaster returned a majority verdict (seven out of nine) of unlawful killing. That jury, composed of six women and three men, heard evidence over a period of two years. It must have been extremely difficult to find people who were able to devote that length of time and… Read More

Banging The Gong by Trevor Plumbly

Childs play  In the past I’ve made it pretty clear where I stand on Queens Honours and the idolatry afforded to sports celebrities, an event last weekend hasn’t caused me to soften my stance. The occasion was the World Rugby Cup final. For those of you unversed in this form of sport, it basically boils down to two sides of fifteen players brawling about which end of a playing field an oval ball should be placed on the ground. There’s obviously more to it than that, but trust me, if you’re not… Read More

Mindfields by Trevor Plumbly

Another World With all the advantages of modern scientific thought, it’s astonishing that nobody’s come up with a safe, quick cure for the common need to escape reality: I can hear the cries of ‘moderation in all things!’ even as I’ve written that, let alone the following. I guess reality is a bit hard to pin down, since we’ve all got a personal version of it rattling inside and around us to cope with, along with finding ways to put it to one side when the harsher facts of life don’t suit… Read More

Cheats Never Prosper by Trevor Plumbly

Hottest news from these far flung shores is that a NZ cricketer has been found out for cheating! So what’s the big deal? People have been cheating at sport since they invented the stuff; I have no literal proof that the ancient Olympians fiddled with the rules, but it stands to reason that if you made your javelin a bit lighter than the other bloke’s, you’d be able to throw it further. Let’s face it, them early Greeks might have been artistic, civilised and all that, but I betcha they still didn’t… Read More

Round the Bays Auckland 2014 by Angela Caldin

I did something on Sunday that I’ve never done before in my life: I took part in a fun run. At this point, I have to come clean and confess that I didn’t actually run, I completed the course at a steady yet springy walk, but I can confidently say that the entire experience was a whole lot of fun. The fun run in question was the Round the Bays annual event which is 8.4km long over a flat course following the contours of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. It starts in the heart… Read More