Rosemary McLeod

New etiquette for the elite

Miley Cyrus

OPINION: They used to have debutante balls, and now they have strip-a-thons.

Hacking awful, plastic bananas worse

rosemary mcleod

OPINION: So they opened Pandora's box, and creepy-crawly things gushed out.

Why spin when a wobbly works

Pam Corkery

Pam Corkery managed to turn the tide on to herself last weekend and make Crusher Collins look dainty.

Politics' sick soap opera


OPINION: And so the sky fell in. Whatever you think of Nicky Hager, you've got to admit he's slick.

Sutch paranoia way back then

rosemary mcleod

OPINION: Some of us remember the paranoia about the government security service, the SIS, in the 60s and 70s.

Fighting the combat zones at home

domestic abuse

OPINION: A skein of violence runs through this country like a madwoman's ball of wool. Well, what else would you do with your time?

Gaza craziness

rosemary mcleod

OPINION: I had a kosher breakfast after the Berlin Wall came down, in a former synagogue that was now a bistro.

Patting himself on the back

David Cunliffe

OPINION: I doubt very much that rapists and violent offenders will respond to Cunliffe's battle cry of "stop this bullshit!"

Wallowing in war memories

Dominion Museum

OPINION: A war museum sounds great - but do we really want to wallow in the memories of our military embarrassments and stuff-ups?

Really so heinous?

John Banks guilty

OPINION: Many people like John Banks don't buy the view that welfare would have been good for them.

Leave my tea alone

cup of tea

OPINION: Of all the nasty ways we've invented to avoid life's simple pleasures, the subverting of real tea, in trembling dread of caffeine, is among the least forgivable.

The worst of womankind

Kerry Buddle

OPINION: I reluctantly use the B word – it's unkind to female dogs – but at times I mutter it. Some women, defying all soppy stereotypes for our gender, can be shockers.

Bane of the ageing woman


OPINION: Beards. They tell you soothing lies about being an ageing woman, but they give that one a swerve.

A turning of the tables

Silvio Berlusconi

OPINION: The dirty old man chasing a pretty young girl is a figure as old as men, but there's an update happening.

Twice in a week, Nats get it right

synthetic cannabis

OPINION: How fearless we are. We live on the sharp rim of doom and just whistle at it.

Report shows pedestrian errors

pedestrian crossing

OPINION: Wellington's greatest daredevils have finally been noticed.

Cannabis no boredom cure


OPINION: Bored people are boring people, and vice versa, but especially when stoned. When stoned, people I've known have been as thrilling to hang out with as last year's newspaper.

Duchess spared brutal ordeal

Prince william Kate Middleton royals

OPINION: An image of the arrival of Catherine in front of a near-naked Maori man will keep caption contests going for weeks.

When even death is a drag


OPINION: Featherston makes you shake your head and wonder. How can a small town, population 2325, get to have such rotten people in it?

Real people never in Vogue


OPINION: My on-again off-again relationship with Vogue was challenged again this week, but we really must accept that Anna Wintour, that skinny paragon of thin-lipped elegance, is never wrong.

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