Archive for March, 2009

23/03/09

The left side of my bedroom is a spectacle of colour. It is witness to the profuse amounts of time I have spent rifling through fashion magazines, butchering them of their beautiful pages to adorn my walls (regrettably destroying the reading experience for anyone who picks up the mag after I’ve finished with it). As [...]

23/03/09

As I write this review, all across the city many people will be enjoying the revelry of the famous Irish holiday that is St Patrick’s day. Strangely, I have just finished watching Hunger, a shattering depiction of Irish Republican Bobby Sands’ infamous 1981 hunger strike. With resurgence in violence in Ireland last week, Hunger seems [...]

23/03/09

First published in 1954, this culinary memoir was re-edited in 1995, and re-released with a foreword by Maureen Duffy, giving context for those younger readers who may not have known of the great writing partnership of Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas, Americans resident in Paris for most of their lives. Both drove ambulances during [...]

23/03/09

Karl Rove, senior policy advisor to the Bush administration, has finally agreed to testify before the House regarding several breaches of Constitutional principles. The House Judiciary Committee had subpoenaed Rove in 2007 after House Democrats gained control of the Committee’s chairmanship following their victory in the 2006 mid-term Congressional election. The House Judiciary Committee—charged with [...]

23/03/09

A discourse from His Dukeness Arthurly Albertson Smythe Wuthering Farty Tossle Franciburn Barnard Sir Willoughby Archlord Junior III Of Honey-InPorridge Manor, during tea time after a rather most splendid game of lawn bowls that was quite a dashingly spot of neckandneck for a minute there. The Discourse Reads Thus: Ladies and gentlemen: I am simply [...]

23/03/09

Planet earth has this amazing capacity to support life. The impact that human production and consumption is having on the earth’s ecosystems is threatening that life supporting capacity. These are simple facts you can read in any earth science, ecology, or environmental science textbook. In fact, the results coming back from the scientific research tell [...]

23/03/09

VUWSA was founded in 1899, and has a long and proud history of serving the Victoria University student body. In order to ensure that the students’ association is fulfilling its constitutional goals and serving students to the best of its ability, it’s important that VUWSA undertake and implement an appropriate level of strategic and operational [...]

23/03/09

The Reader is an intense and meaningful work by German author Bernhard Schlink. Beautifully written, it is one of two books that I have read in which, I believe, the author has poured their entire self writing the story with all their knowledge and wisdom. To say it is a novel about the Holocaust would [...]

23/03/09

Kia ora and welcome to the first official environment column of the year. This column will be coming to you fortnightly with a brief look at different environmental or sustainability issues, along with a few pointers for budding ecowarriors. Or actually just for anyone who gives a shit about the world and the people around [...]