Archive for March, 2009

The Reader – Bernhard Schlink

The Reader – Bernhard Schlink

by / 23/03/09 / 1 Comment

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 [...]

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Environment Column

Environment Column

by / 23/03/09 / [ 2 Comments ]

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 [...]

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teh apostrophey 2

by / 23/03/09 / 1 Comment

This week I’m returning to the apostrophe. I have to admit that I made a massive mistake last time—I didn’t do my research. So in order to correct my mistake and redeem myself in the eyes of whoever might have spotted it (are you out there?), and also for my own practice, I’m going to [...]

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Mature Student May Die

Mature Student May Die

by / 23/03/09 / No Comments

Janet Sampson, in what many consider an unsurprising move, called an impromptu press conference in the middle of a sticky LAWS 121 question about whether the Mori Ori were covered by Te Treaty o’ Waitangi (and weren’t they all eaten up by people from Taranaki anyway?). Sampson, 54, claimed her old bones felt the cold [...]

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Editorial – Change

Editorial – Change

by / 23/03/09 / No Comments

Buzzwords. Gotta love them. In 2008 the word “change” was thrown around politics like handfuls of cocaine in a Mexican drug lord’s barrio homestead. Happily ecstatic pundits, high on the cocaine of change applauded anyone who used the word more than twice in a sentence. Obama, America’s biggest drug pusher, coated the USA in a [...]

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Sets, Disasteradio and Die! Die! Die!

Sets, Disasteradio and Die! Die! Die!

by / 23/03/09 / [ 7 Comments ]

There is a large mural painted on a wall which runs alongside Wallace Street in Mount Cook. This mural pays tribute to Ian Curtis, the troubled singer of Joy Division. Graeme Downes (of The Verlaines) once told an interviewer that Joy Division’s albums weren’t available in New Zealand stores until two years after Ian’s suicide. [...]

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Empire: Total War

by / 23/03/09 / 1 Comment

My goodness, what attention games are getting these days, eh? Developers of Empire have been dribbling us little trickles of information via pod casts and sneak preview videos. And I’m amazed at how much PR is churned out. This is so entirely different to the boop-there-it-is of my youth. Back in my day games received [...]

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Shustak

Shustak

by / 23/03/09 / 1 Comment

Unfortunately, by the time this issue of Salient has come to print, the DocNZ festival will have just concluded in Wellington, and will be on its way to Christchurch. Though it is a bit late to plug the festival, it’s still worth noting the programme operates as a useful guide for seeking out some great [...]

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Strange Resting Places

Strange Resting Places

by / 23/03/09 / No Comments

Strange Resting Places is a collection of stories based around the exploits of the Maori battalion in Italy during World War II. Centering around and spinning off from the core story of an unlikely meeting between a solder from the battalion and a deserter from the Italian fascist army. These stories are about communication across [...]

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The Day the Laughter Didn’t Show Up

The Day the Laughter Didn’t Show Up

by / 23/03/09 / No Comments

Derek Flores, the svelte Canadian improviser and co-host of the New Zealand Fringe’s venerable variety chat show the Chit Chat Lounge and I, Sando son of Sando, arranged to meet up to discuss comedy, love, improv and the Young Guns of Comedy (the 20th and 21st of March 8pm). Feeling like the most beloved son [...]

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