Archive for March, 2011

Bam! And the Bills are gone!

Bam! And the Bills are gone!

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Help is at hand for all those with lazy, financially-challenged flatmates thanks to a trio of Wellingtonians. Former Victoria University Computer Science student, Jared Armstrong, has teamed up with entrepreneurs Nicholas Wakelin and James Nisbet to create Flatmin, an administrative site for people living in flatting situations. Launched in Wellington last Monday, Flatmin is free [...]

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I Am Offended Because… The Ballad of Pussy Shame

I Am Offended Because… The Ballad of Pussy Shame

by / 28/03/11 / 1 Comment

Rudyard Kipling said that if history were taught in the form of stories it would never be forgotten. I think he probably has a point because the only thing I remember learning about communist Russia in sixth form is how near the end of his reign, when Stalin got especially mad and tyrannical, he would [...]

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Ask Constance

Ask Constance

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Hi Constance, You’re running a great hybrid sex/personal advice service. It should definitely count towards the community contribution aspect of the Victoria Plus award. I’m here to get your sage advice on a matter of great personal importance. First, a brief background to help your analysis. I was raised Catholic, but in a relatively lapsed [...]

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Music: Making Communities Since Forever

Music: Making Communities Since Forever

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We live in modern times. Most people in New Zealand do not go to a church; if you live in Wellington rather than Takaka, you’re most likely to think of your neighbours as the people that steal your recycling bin rather than people you care about or rely on. But on Saturday, the last event [...]

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Hall Pass

Hall Pass

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In the Farrelly Brothers’ latest film, a hall pass is not just a token that allows an American school student to use the bathroom during class; it’s also a break from the shackles of marriage. Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudekis) are best friends who have been shackled to their wives for a long [...]

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Beer Will Be Beer – The End to Mega-Hop  Brutalism

Beer Will Be Beer – The End to Mega-Hop Brutalism

by / 28/03/11 / [ 3 Comments ]

Mega-hoppy ales appear to be the “beer du jour” for most beer geeks but I, for one, am looking forward to the day when new malt-balanced lagers and ales are released onto the taps and bottle store shelves. My change of heart occurred nine months ago when a number of NZ breweries launched new aggressively [...]

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Student Refugees Find Refuge

Student Refugees Find Refuge

by / 28/03/11 / 1 Comment

With increasing global consciousness evidenced by recent crises such as the Japan earthquake and tsunami, and, closer to home, the Christchurch earthquake, we’ve seen global communities reach out and connect with the struggles and plights of individuals. As a nation, as a student population and as individuals, we are becoming more familiar with the idea [...]

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Victoria University’s Deaf Community: Far From Silent

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The Deaf community is lively, chatty, vibrant, and—for the majority of society—invisible. Yes, that was “Deaf” with a capital ‘D’. One of the most striking things hearing people discover when they first learn about the Deaf world is the close sense of community and belonging that Deaf people have with other Deaf people. If this [...]

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Hear Me Now

Hear Me Now

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Cultural ignorance is often the biggest barrier for any minority culture. The New Zealand Deaf community has faced severe oppression, akin to that of Maori culture, in the past. For almost a century, sign languages were prohibited and seen as inferior to learning to speak and lip-read English. Deaf children were punished for using signs, [...]

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Garth McVicar on Justice

Garth McVicar on Justice

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Salient sits down with Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesperson Garth McVicar about the release of his new book, Justice. Why have you only now decided to publish this book, and how long has the idea of a book been in the works? Penguin approached me about eighteen months ago and thought they’d like to see how [...]

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