Re Morocco - I spent 4 weeks there in early 1978 and it was a blast! We were just a VW-kombi full of youngsters all keen to smoke loads of hash and see Morocco.
We drove from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta down & across going through Tetouan, Casablanca, Rabat & Essaouira before having a few days just north of Agadir. Heading inland & north to Marrakech then on to Fez & Meknes. It was a real fun trip with lots of freedom camping, lots of getting stoned and some wonderful memories.
I would heartily recommend it, even now.
With my wife we had a trip planned when we were in the UK in 2001, looking at Essaouira and Marrakech as a 2-centre holiday and then 911 happened & we had to shelve it as the muslim world wasn't at all inviting for a while. Went to the south of Sapin instead - Seville is also a lovely spot!
No worries. I thought it was a good enough piece of writing to want to push it out to like-minded friends. I felt as though there was a decent cadre of people out there who see things more as I do than is generally acknowledged in teh good old kiwi media.
I am disheartened by the fact that 'both sides' (the major parties National & Labour who would dominate after the election) seem to be happy to carry on with all the old parameters and paradigms that I see as having no benefit. To carry on along the 'accepted' economic and fiscal policy lines just seems to leave AotearoaNZ dead in the water, carried along by global currents.
I feel the Greens have far better vision in this regard (as someone mentioned earlier about them considering more than binary options).
Many of you will have read an article in the Guardian in the last few months (early December, it seems) by David Simon - this should be compulsory reading for candidates and the electorate.
Note sure if I can manage the link, but here goes:
here it is
While I am cautious about most forms of FTA, I can see that benefits accrue when the partners of the FTA are of approximately similar-sized economies. But when there is a significant imbalance in the size of the economies the agreements always tend to favour the larger economy, to the overall detriment (compared with agreements between similar-sized economies) of the smaller economy partner.
Consequently I would have been cautiously in favour of an agreement before the inclusion of Japan and USA, and would prefer that Australia, too, was excluded. It would allow a grouping of smaller but similar-sized economies which could work cooperatively in a global market-place. With these huge economies participating it seems likely to end up with them subsuming the smaller ones.
And I get really nervous when politicians tell us to 'relax'. It is that patronising 'we know best' attitude, when really I don't believe they do.
keeping the well-understood drug illegal and preparing to approve new ones
This is what has bugged me about the whole 'synthetic cannabis' scare. Most of the synthetic versions are dangerous, or have appeared to cause dangerous effects, yet the actual cannabis itself is relatively benign (overconsumption of super-strength strains by vulnerable individuals notwithstanding). Why not go with the better-understood natural version?
And do all the synthetic strains taste as bad as the one I tried? It was rank, compared to real cannabis leaf/bud.
Oh, we must always question him. Incessantly, until he "leaves the building".
So...it's a cross that is also a gate?
Reminding me of the one about the Catholic god who is The One God, but is also, at the same time, 3 gods and, at times, a biscuit.
We did just the same when building our place, so we have an electric oven and gas hob. As you say, a full bottle lasts 'ages' (8+ months at a guess), you get the instant temperature control & all the benefits. Just make sure you've got a spare, full bottle of gas around for when it runs out. Takes me about 3min to swap bottles & get back to the kitchen.
Thank you, Emma, for this.
Given that we have a sizeable population of parents who are extremely uncomfortable talking to their childeren about sexual matters, I feel it is important that they get a realistic depiction of sex rather than relying on the plasticised 'internet porn version'.
Your point about the internal narrative and the doubts and fears that abound is well made. It's a shame all parents aren't as sensible about these topics.
The car-ownership figure will also be distorted by how poor the public transport is in most places in NZ. At least the larger urban centres with some decent provision of public transport can allow people to dispense with car-ownership. Not so easy in almost any rural setting.