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Archive for April, 2011

April 4, 2011

Roald Dahl was my childhood hero and favourite-ever children’s author. But, he was also a philandering, anti-Semitic, misogynist asshole. Well, OK, I added the asshole bit, but the other bits I have evidence for. For example, Dahl said of Jews that “even a stinker like Hitler didn’t pick on them for no reason,”; he cheated […]

April 4, 2011

Kids are fearless. Throwing on ‘whatever’, playing with identity, taking on any trend. Why can’t we dress like we did when we were children? Childhood fashion knew no boundaries. Socks didn’t have to match; jewellery was preferably tacky and plastic; and Simpson Band-Aids were the perfect accessory. Hair tumbled any which way, and who gave […]

April 4, 2011

Results from the VUWSA student survey have been released, showing low usage of the majority of VUWSA’s services. With the lure of Apple prizes, 4551 students (more than 20% of the student body) took part in the survey in trimester two last year. The survey was aimed at measuring students awareness, use, performance and importance […]

April 4, 2011

Have you done it yet? Recently, my flatmate decided it was his time. Something possessed him to purchase a small vacuum-packed parcel of tofu on a trip to New World: perhaps it was its rubbery texture, or its off-white complexion, or just a moment of temporary insanity. Upon seeing it in the fridge, we assumed […]

April 4, 2011

Nils Olav is this week’s Animal of the Week. But who, or what, is Nils Olav, you might be asking? To answer that, I should use his full title: Colonel-in-Chief Sir Nils Olav of the Norwegian King’s Guard. In 1961 the King’s Guard visited Edinburgh and a member visited the zoo and became fascinated with […]

April 4, 2011

Older Lady Doesn’t Take Sexual Rejection Well 92-year-old Floridian Helen Staudinger approached her 53-year-old next-door neighbour Dwight Bettner at his home and refused to leave until he gave her a kiss. She eventually left his house, furious, after a heated argument. Staudinger then fired her semi-automatic pistol four times at Bettner’s house, hitting a window […]

April 4, 2011

In 2009, Robert Duvall was in three films. In the first, The Road, Duvall plays a grizzled blind man who offers Viggo Mortenson’s Man and Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Boy grim and unhappy advice in a grim and unhappy time. In the third, Crazy Heart, Duvall plays a grizzled bartender who offers Jeff Bridges’ Bad Blake positive […]

April 4, 2011

Dramatic rises in compulsory student services fees may become a thing of the past due to new government legislation. Compulsory student services fees are charged by all universities. These fees are used to pay for services like health providers, accommodation services and study support. Tertiary Education Minister, Stephen Joyce, says many tertiary education providers have […]

April 4, 2011

A new initiative designed to strengthen the ability of New Zealand companies to do business in Asia was launched at Victoria University on Monday. The Bank of New Zealand Chair in Business in Asia is a co-operative venture, with BNZ, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Victoria University all participating. The initiative will […]