Monday, August 30, 2010

The Sale Of Knives

The open sale of Nazi replica daggers and a plethora of cheap, but deadly, knives.

It is surprising and worrying that a shop which I recently encountered in York can retail these items, as well as true-to-scale replica guns and rifles.

I understand there's been a problem with knife crime in Britain (and in New Zealand) so why are knives that exploit the fascination with lethal weapons being sold in such a blatant way in the UK? Next we'll have weapon-type knives sold in cornerstores and dairies.


Open Fields

There is something very peaceful and serene about walking across the beauty of England's open fields.

All fields and meadows should be open access, even in New Zealand (horror).


When England Becomes A Republic

If England decides to become a republic when the Queen dies, then New Zealand will too, but otherwise, no, New Zealand should stay tied, and indeed strengthen ties, with Britain. Whatever the case, there's a large proportion of New Zealanders who are British descendents, and despite the surprising reneging of British identity by those politicians mentioned* (considering their place of birth and ancestory), I believe many other British-New Zealanders (and British-Australians) want their links to their ancestral homeland strengthened.

We have a common history, a common ancestory, a common culture, a common language – these commonalities are vital to our concept of who we are. We should not raise barriers to the free flow of persons between countries whose people have a shared history and a shared sense of identity from their deep and long roots in the British isles.

* Article regarding review of New Zealand and Australia's allegiance to the British monarchy -


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What Side Of The Footpath?

What side of the footpath do people tend to walk on in Britain? In New Zealand it is the left, although many new Asian immigrants insist on the right. I'm finding it difficult to determine Britain's, but, it appears the preference is for the right. This is odd, as I imagine New Zealand's preference would have followed Britain's originally. Has Britain's changed?

Footnote: I note that on many public steps in Britain people are asked to keep to the left. Going through an underbridge in a village the other day I saw there was a sign asking people to keep left. In New Zealand, footpaths on the main street of our largest city (Queen Street in Auckland) were once divided with painted lines and people asked to keep left (because the mayor was so frustrated by people continually moving 'aside' into his path).


Friday, August 13, 2010

Ten Suicides Every Week In New Zealand

And none reported.

Perhaps some reporting of suicide might allow some more understanding of why people commit suicide? What do people commit suicide? What are the common factors? What are the particular? And what should we do about our society (in whatever particular facets) to prevent these? I think these questions need to be posed. The persons who have commited suicide have taken the most extreme action. I think we need to understand why. It is wrong to ignore it and them.

Related article: Coroner at odds with ministry on suicide, The Herald


A Universal Income For Britain?

It's hard to believe, but this article in The Daily Mail suggests something of that nature ("single working age benefit") is on the table...


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Colin James

If there's a guy out there who's really got his fingers on the pulse of New Zealand political and policy change it is Colin James. Combine that with an astute feel for the direction change is taking (worldwide), and a pithy, eloquent style, and you have a commentator worth paying attention to, wherever you're from.

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