Posts by Carol Stewart

  • 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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  • Hard News: Media Take: Three decades on…, in reply to tony j ricketts,

    Fran Wilde can be enduringly proud of the way she handled the situation.

    I was talking about this with my hairdresser yesterday. He remembers Fran Wilde coming into the Dorian Club in July 1986 and telling them that her Bill had passed into law. It must've been amazing.

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  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod, in reply to David Haywood,

    In related information, one of my friends did a couple of midwinter months at a Norwegian university above the arctic circle.

    If you ever find yourself in Fairbanks, Alaska, be sure to visit the wondrous Museum of the North. They have lots of interesting stuff about wintering over near the Arctic circle. It hadn't quite dawned on me - so to speak - that while the sun does disappear for several months, it mostly isn't completely dark - there are these very, very long twilights in which you can do quite a lot outdoors such as cross country skiing. Under the northern lights (the physics of which are also brilliantly explained at the museum).
    Conversely, I've only visited Norway in midsummer. You can sit outside and read at 11:30 pm.

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  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod, in reply to JonathanM,

    Yes, I would love to go back to Norway too. I was taken with the grassy roofs, the harmonious countryside, the incredible fjord-related infrastructure, the Hardangervidda and the fantastic museums of Oslo. There's nothing quite like Norwegian food either.

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  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod, in reply to David Haywood,

    Presbyterianism...

    Nicely played sir!

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  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod,

    What a fabulous reading treat for a Monday morning. Thank you David!
    Does hostens vemod have an inverse equivalent, whereby you can endure unpleasant things in anticipation of treats to come?

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  • Hard News: Media Take: Te Mātāwai and…,

    Good on you Bart. Like Tracy, I was steered towards languages at high school, and learned French for three years, which I've taken up again more recently at the Alliance Francaise. It's been useful for travelling around the Pacific - I worked on an island in Vanuatu where only Bislama and French was spoken, and I was definitely thankful for every scrap of French I could muster (and annoyed with myself that I didn't take a dictionary to look up more vocab). I've learned some Spanish too, so I guess I am lucky enough to have reasonable aptitude for languages.

    Learning te reo back then was definitely not something that was encouraged for academic kids. That's really a shame, because what little I know of te reo suggests that it's a lovely language to learn.

    I'm so proud that my lad is learning te reo at high school, currently at NCEA level 2, and also doing kapahaka. Brilliant life skills.

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  • Hard News: Hate and guns,

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  • Hard News: An interview with Ben Goldacre, in reply to B Jones,

    Level 2 Biology isn't compulsory.
    In Level 2 History, there is a strong emphasis on critically evaluating sources of information.
    I think it's quite a lot better now than back when I was at high school when there was more of a reliance on authority, and very little attention to critical thinking.

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  • Hard News: An interview with Ben Goldacre,

    Fascinating interview! Enjoyed it very much.
    I have Ben Goldacre's I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that on my bedside table. He makes the same point about assorted British quacks in the book as he does about Andrew Wakefield in your interview - that it's not really about individuals, it's about how the systems around them allow them to operate unchallenged. Like Ken bloody Ring and his radio appearances here.

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