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Belfast, where the walls stand yet

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Speaker by Clinton Logan
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What's your darkest secret? She leaned toward me, locked her blue eyes with mine, and whispered in the most intoxicating Irish accent... "Clinton, I ran guns for the IRA." With those six words I was hooked. What followed has circulated…

About that Lancet study

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Last week, The Lancet Public Health journal published the conclusions of a significant four-year cohort study into the use of cannabis by people suffering chronic pain. The results were, on the whole, highly unfavourable: participants who used cannabis tended to…

Let Canada do our cannabis homework

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The news that Canada's Cannabis Act, which legalises and regulates the sale of cannabis, and its use and possession by adults, had passed its final legislative hurdle, was somewhat overwhelmed by the day-to-day madness of global news in 2018. But…

World of Food 8: Antigua and Barbuda - Breakfast saltfish

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Feed by Amberleigh Jack
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This week began with the best intentions. Having been off work following ankle surgery, the plan was creativity, productivity and loads of time in the kitchen. Painkillers and crutches aren’t the best mix when it comes to anything more than…

They want to blow it all up

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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In recent weeks, it has been more difficult than ever to assess and comprehend all the stupid, awful deeds and words of President Donald Trump. The tantrum and chaos of the G7 meeting bleeds into his preposterous accounts of the…

I Am: An authentic autism family experience

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Watching this week's episode of TVNZ's new I Am strand, I Am Living With Aspergers, the story of David RS Greer and his family, pushed a lot of buttons for me. To be clear, neither of our ASD sons has…

Littering!

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Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler
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I published my Select Committee submission on the Contempt of Court Bill yesterday. Part of the reason it was both late and short was that I decided that my submission on the Litter (Increased Infringement Fee) Amendment Bill was probably…

The Contempt of Court Bill

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Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler
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I have just filed a Select Committee submission on the Contempt of Court Bill. My submission was made a lot easier by the submission prepared by Leonid Sirota and Edward Willis, which raised almost all of the issues with the…

Bourdain

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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The email record shows that I worked pretty keenly to get an interview with Anthony Bourdain in 2005. I had been wholly captured one summer holiday by Kitchen Confidential, then loved A Cook's Tour, the book and the TV series.…

All or Nothing: Accidentally Great

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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Amazon Studios' first venture into the New Zealand market, All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks, keeps being described in New Zealand media as a documentary series about the All Blacks' 2017 season. It isn't. It's not even described that…

World of Food 7: Anguilla – Jerk chicken

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Feed by Amberleigh Jack
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My Dad loved his coffee strong and his food spicy enough to make him sweat. That’s what I remember a lot when I think of him. Waking up to the smell of strong black coffee permeating throughout the house, and…

The miserable archive

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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UPDATE: Henry Cooke has been on it (and, unlike me, got a response from ADHB) and both ADHB and Waitemata DHB (which is the one that actually handles detox services) insist they didn't tell Housing NZ. In which case, what…

Music: The Noisy Library turns five

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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On this day five years ago, Audioculture, the "noisy library of New Zealand music", launched to the public. It really doesn't seem that long. At the time, I was on the board of the NZ On Screen Trust, which was…

Of value in and of itself

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Access by Chelle Hope
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‘Special Needs Kids’. I’ve always hated those words. Yet many parents of children who have needs that would not otherwise be provided for by any of our government-run systems have become accustomed to using this language and see it as…

A Word About Safety

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Up Front by Emma Hart
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I don’t often get to be a journalist’s go-to comment these days, but it appears that when the call is “Quick, someone find me a feminist submissive,” that’s still just me. Be aware that this column, and pretty much every…

World of Food 6: Angola – Funge

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Feed by Amberleigh Jack
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This post is more about eating disorders than Angola, or Angola’s less-than-appetising national dish.  Which largely explains why it’s taken me more than a year to actually cook, and write about it. Remember when you were a kid and refused…

Protecting privilege in Epsom

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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One of the Act Party's founding conceits was that its ideas represented a better way for everyone. Yes, its financial support might come from the very rich, but classical liberalism meant opportunity for all. Roger Douglas came not to uphold…

Budget 2018: The broadcasting shambles

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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During last year's election campaign, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern pledged an additional $38 million – annually, it appeared – for a public broadcasting sector whose budget had been frozen for nine years of a National-led government. It was welcome news and in…

Budget 2018: The final tick

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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When Grant Robertson stands up to deliver his first Budget today, he will already have won a battle that's gone largely unremarked: the battle for his image as a credible Minister of Finance. That might seem a low bar to…

Loops and Diamonds

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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So I wrote a guide to buying an e-bike (and a look at how the market is evolving) for The Spinoff and it was more than 2000 words and even then I left some things out. For instance, that the…

Auckland Festival of Photography 2018

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Capture by A photoblog
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The 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography is on between May 31 and June 22. Below we present images and links from a few of the events and exhibitions that have captured our attention. More information on the 2018 Auckland Festival…

Friday Music: Recalling the Rascals

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Hard News by Russell Brown
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It would be wrong to say The Androidss were part of my childhood, but I wasn't all that long out of short pants when I entered the ambit of that bunch of rascals back in the day in Christchurch. We'd…