I'm glad I didn't buy one of the fundraising bricks offered by the new Dowse gallery.
OPINION: It's a stain on my character that I don't totally sympathise with people who moan that they can't buy a house.
OPINION: Senior international scientists are warning of the dangers of creating "three-parent embryos".
OPINION: In America they rejoice this week because Chelsea Clinton has had a baby, which makes Hillary Clinton - amazingly - a grandmother. You'll understand my confusion.
OPINION: It's not the Labour Party it used to be, but, like a stray kitten on a cold day, I felt sorry for it.
OPINION: Are they bad guys masquerading as good guys, or the other way round?
OPINION: They used to have debutante balls, and now they have strip-a-thons.
OPINION: So they opened Pandora's box, and creepy-crawly things gushed out.
Pam Corkery managed to turn the tide on to herself last weekend and make Crusher Collins look dainty.
OPINION: And so the sky fell in. Whatever you think of Nicky Hager, you've got to admit he's slick.
OPINION: Some of us remember the paranoia about the government security service, the SIS, in the 60s and 70s.
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?
OPINION: I had a kosher breakfast after the Berlin Wall came down, in a former synagogue that was now a bistro.
OPINION: I doubt very much that rapists and violent offenders will respond to Cunliffe's battle cry of "stop this bullshit!"
OPINION: A war museum sounds great - but do we really want to wallow in the memories of our military embarrassments and stuff-ups?
OPINION: Many people like John Banks don't buy the view that welfare would have been good for them.
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.
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.
OPINION: Beards. They tell you soothing lies about being an ageing woman, but they give that one a swerve.
OPINION: The dirty old man chasing a pretty young girl is a figure as old as men, but there's an update happening.