Is this a ‘climate change budget’, or a ‘child poverty budget’? My early guess is that it isn’t, but that there will be small ($1-10m) token initiatives in either.
The other big question for me: will the NZDF get $400m+ to buy new jetplanes? (C-17 or A400 heavy freight vehicles).
“The laser beam projects a powerful image of New Zealand. I believe my design is so powerful it does not need to be discussed.”
Not everyone is taking it seriously, the Independent notes.
Like Bevan, I think we’re capable of doing several things at once. I’d like to see a new flag.
But I’ll probably vote against change, because I don’t trust this process. I’m particularly concerned that there appear to be a lack of people with an understanding of design and a clear visions about how that design might relate to our present and future – which might be very different and present radically different ways of life.
Of all the designs submitted so far, this is the one that most compels me: “Matariki at midnight”.
Matariki signifies remembering the past and new beginnings. It is put against a black background representing midnight, the start of a new day. This can remind us to look always to the future. Black also symbolises strength and unity (as it does in the nation’s sporting colours). The stars acknowledge our past; they are the red and white of the British forming the constellation, Matariki. This constellation was used by Polynesian explorers for navigation, with this on our flag all New Zealanders might find their way home.
It’s clear, it’s bold, and it’s not derivative – something that a plethora of shoehorned koru on Royal blue backgrounds fail.
Edit: Someone on twitter suggested making the stars larger. I'd agree with that.
As for Gallipoli…
Gallipoli is the name of a 1981 film starring Mel Gibson as a plain but heroic man in tragic circumstances. It was an interesting and exciting film, based loosely on historical facts. These things made it useful for teaching in Australian high schools.
By the mid 1990s the events portrayed in this film and several others were well known, and the children of the 1980s were adults themselves. By the 2000s, their understanding was orthodoxy, reinforced by the calibrated pronouncements of heads of the armed forces, and of the Howard Government which was interested in establishing its legitimacy as a bearer of a proud historical antecedent. So solemn ceremonies commenced.
If it had not been for the fact that New Zealand troops fought alongside Australian ones, then this would have remained a largely Australian way of remembering war.
"I felt then, as I feel now, that the politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder."
- Harry Patch (until 2009, the last surviving man to have fought in World War One)
As long as there are armed forces, we won't have internalised the lessons of this or any other war.
Australia certainly bowled very well, but the lack of desire and determination shown by India was just weird.
That was a strange and sad spectacle. Over after over of singles and dots. It was as if their strategy was "don't get bowled out", which they did anyway with precious little to show for it.
I went to bed at around over 35, when the required run rate had edged over 10.0 and there was no chance they would even approach the lead. Australia would not allow it.
This is how it is in cricket. In the sports I follow, wins are judged in seconds, sometimes hundreds of a seconds. All the competitors are strong. The score in cricket seems to be the result of ability and psychological voodoo.
That photo of Elliott offering a hand to Steyn is interesting, if you watched it live on the telly Steyn petulantly pulls his hand away from Elliott, turns his back and refuses the hand up.
The disappointment would have been overwhelming.
See also I’ll sledge India if David Warner won’t, says Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.
Yeah, I don't see sledging as 'part of the game' or necessary. It makes something pleasant into something quite unpleasant. I know of a few sports where that kind of behaviour would see you heavily penalised.
I got off the couch for the last over and watched it crouched down behind the coffee table. True story.
I am not a regular coffee drinker, but for some unknown reason had made a strong plunger last night. You can only imagine what the last half hour did to my heart.
If this is representative, the people that they use for their ratings game are utterly pliable and thrilled to be made into 'stars'. It's not a talent show, it's an entertainment platform.