Posts by Carol Stewart

  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Would hauling cargo around (perhaps in a box on the carrier) make much difference in stability and handling and acceleration to the bike you trialled? I’m pretty keen on getting an electric bike for my home/office commute in Wellington, which involves a massive hill, but would want to be carting a laptop bag and probably a couple of bags of shopping as well.
    And considering steep downhills, how are the brakes? Do they have disc brakes?

    Amendment: I can see they have disk brakes - are they good?

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  • Access: Autism: where have we come from…,

    What a fantastic, informative summary, Hilary. Thank you so much. Our book group recently read Steve Silberman's Neurotribes. I learned a great deal from it.

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  • Polity: Hekia's waynebrave, in reply to Emma Hart,

    (And actually, when I think about it, I did French by correspondence myself way back in the 80s while attending my local school, because I was the only student taking it past 5th form. I quite literally sat 6th form certificate French exams in a cupboard.)

    Me too! Although I made the mistake of taking the grammatical option rather than the conversational option, which meant that although I had a working knowledge of the subjunctive I was pretty rubbish at communicating with people.
    I then went on to do 6th form Music by correspondence, for the same reason (the decile 1 school didn't have the resources to offer it to me). And it was excellent.

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  • Polity: Hidden Costs, in reply to JWT1,

    Many Universities have a hurdle that the students have to clear at the end of their first year of PhD studies which helps as long as those involved involved make sure that the hurdle is of sufficient height.

    PhD confirmation event. Hugely valuable.

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  • Hard News: Obama's Mana,

    The whole thought of Obama’s presidency coming to an end is filling me with that emotion that David Haywood described so beautifully – høstens vemod.

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  • Hard News: The war is still with us,

    Tautoko, Ben, well said.

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  • Hard News: The war is still with us,

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  • Hard News: The war is still with us, in reply to Nick Russell,

    Maybe it’s because we expected better of Blair.

    It'll be interesting to see whether the Chilcot report stirs up any soul searching in Australia. Neither the Howard government nor Kevin Rudd emerge from the quagmire with much credit.

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  • Hard News: Back in Christchurch, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Fiona Farrell managed to get that one right just on a year ago, when the place had yet to open.

    Wasn’t that a stunning book??

    I was lucky enough to attend a fantastic conference People in Disasters back in February, and Fiona Farrell did a poetry reading during the closing ceremony. Poets at a scientific/medical conference, oh yeah.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: Three decades on…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Giving to the Sallies again and watching a Springbok rugby game. Defining cultural moments for some NZers after years, even decades, of refusal.

    And buying Chilean wine. I remember my parents going through a phase in the 70s of boycotting Chilean wine in response to the coup d'etat in 1973. Given how my dad loved his Concha y Toro, it was quite a sacrifice.

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