Sliding Back into Kiwiland by Angela Caldin

Well, dear readers, the part-time NZ resident who contributes to this blog has landed again in the land of the long white cloud after a six month absence in the UK. It’s great to be back with the family and to feel summer lying in wait just around the corner, knowing that winter winds and cold are brewing in the UK.

Yachtitis by Trevor Plumbly

A Vile Bug Takes Hold There’s a nasty virus sweeping the country just now and I’m a bit worried it’s the second outbreak in recent years. Australia had a national epidemic of it some time ago but seems to have it under control these days. ‘Yachtitis’ is slow to establish itself, but at its peak is highly contagious and mind-affecting. Symptoms are easily spotted: normally inoffensive folk start speaking in mariner tongue, dropping words like ‘gibe’, ‘spinnaker’ and ‘tack’ into normal conversation. They suddenly become sons of the sea, not your ‘yo-ho-ho… Read More

The N.Z. Dotcom Sitcom by Trevor Plumbly

On Friday 20th January, 76 N.Z. police officers – some armed – carried out dawn raids on 3 North Auckland residential properties. The target for this show of force? A middle-aged German millionaire and a couple of his executives with serious issues with the United States. Not terrorist issues you understand; financial ones, and we all know how tetchy the Yanks can get over a dollar or two, look at the Warner Brothers/Hobbitt Movie saga for example. It seems to me that a lot of small countries sit and wag their tails… Read More