This is heresy, and betrayal from me as a Green, but I'm starting to wonder if the best realistic outcome from this election might be for National to have to cobble up a flaky coalition with Winston. As Winston is an interventionist and does have the glimmerings of a social conscience this would put the brakes on the worst of National's excesses as it did in 1999.
It would also be wildly unpopular and would give Labour and Greens a space to get their acts together and their messages cutting through to voters as economics and environment worsen.
Interview plus transcription that gives some insights I hadn't thought of as to why even (or especially) flood victims dont make climate change attributions
And I join with everyone else with saluting Jolisa's wonderful post. But the arguments here are up against some countervailing slogans that seem to have resonated with parent's most anxious and competitive urges.
How can we turn the ideas in this essay into an "elevator pitch" that will bring home the reality of what these changes mean
I read this soon after I had read this wonderful anti homework "rant" from an Invercargill headmaster, and it occurred to me that the best thing to cope with this dichotomy would be to set homework but to make it optional. Then parents who think it does their kids good can hassle and help them into getting it done, and everyone else can relax.
Not wanting to derail a climate change thread further down the GMO path, but as a GM agnostic (and green) I think this is one of the best evidence based summaries I've read on the topic.
Roast vege lasagne. Slice at least 4 types of roasting vege however thick you like and heat them in the oven on an oiled baking tray. They don't have to brown but it's a bonus if they do. (I usually have one tray of potato slices and one of everything else - pumpkin, kumara, carrot, parsnip...) Layer in a casserole dish with potatoes at the bottom. Pour over a tin of Watties Indian spiced tomatoes. Cover with a layer of chopped silver beet or whatever other green you have in your garden and lots of grated cheese. Bake as long as seems appropriate. Enjoy, even better the next day.
Inspired by Circadian Rhythm in Dunedin, where they use lasagne sheets, the proper spices but no cheese, as befits a vegan eatery. Much as I love CR, I like mine better.
Listened to Simon Mercep trying to shut people up on Morning report.
Biked up road to help friend milk her two sheep.
Helped husband load up the seven white woolly pet sheep in our back garden and take them back to the aforementioned "up the road".
Used a handmade trolly to collect about 150 carefully denailed fence palings from our very local tip recycling. Much thanks to the person who took the trouble to stack them there.
PA is the first and often only place I go when anything happens that deserves good comment and conversation.
I'm here so often I thought I was really in the thick of it but I see I've only notched a measly 200 odd posts. Still, I'm happy to be mostly a lurker and appreciate all those words from everyone else.
It's a good model Russell, quite unique, which makes me wonder if anyone else could have done it.
"I think we can get that engraved for her"
For some reason Russell Hoban’s ‘The Twenty Elephant Restaurant’ (and some of his other books) used to get me a lot. Marg loved Hoban’s writing.
Very pleased to hear that, Rob. Deborah's tribute highlights "the way she wrote about good and effective parenting" and that immediately made me think of the Frances books, which have a special place in our family.
Sincere condolences to all your family