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April 4, 2011

Since the birth of humankind some hundreds of years ago, the nature versus nurture question has raged in the furnaces of our homes as we’ve watched our children develop. I don’t have any kids, but I imagine the questions ‘we’ ask ‘ourselves’ are something along these lines: “Why is my son hell-bent on putting holes [...]

April 4, 2011

Television, you überskank. I used to be on your side.  I was part of the generation that had three parents, one of whom was Mum’s new boyfriend Samsung—a rather large, colourful character, but always there for a good laugh. He was a friend, dude. And we had some good times, right? Re-runs of old shows [...]

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

For those of you who are not fluent in my year 6 secret code, this translates to, “I love Lucy.” Lucy was a girl of age 9, going on 10. She had strawberry blonde hair, was good at ball sports and looked fantastic in sneans. Lucy was my primary school crush. Although the obsessive intensity [...]

April 4, 2011

Living in the western world, we take a lot of things for granted, but not growing up on land. For most of us, having sturdy soil beneath our feet is a given. Not so for Salient writers Elle and Jess Hunt, because they grew up on a boat! In May 2000, when Jess was seven [...]

April 4, 2011

In reference to his song ‘We Are All Made of Stars’, Moby observed, “On a basic quantum level, all the matter in the universe is essentially made up of stardust”. Among the failed drafts in Moby’s wastepaper bin may have been the observation ‘We Are All Made of Genes’. Lyrically deficient, yes, but still holding [...]

April 4, 2011

“Walking down the corridor, Try and catch your smile Don’t you know your all I need For a little while. I look at you and your innocent eyes And I’m falling deeper in love What do I have to do to show you I’m the one…” And I’ll stop right there. Digging this self-composed little [...]

March 28, 2011

To find out more about how this society started out and what its aims are for this year, Salient spoke to some of the exec over a beer. Joining us were William, Tess, Felix and Jessica. Tell me about the beginnings of the society. I understand it started out as a normal club last year? [...]

March 28, 2011

“A lot of people think that those in the Territorial Army are not real soldiers. We are. We are well-trained, highly disciplined fighting machines, ready for war. We’re just not available during the week.”—Gareth Keenan, The Office You mightn’t know it, but a number of Victoria University students moonlight as soldiers within New Zealand’s Army [...]