Gordon Burnside

Forget the policies - what do they look like?

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GORDON BURNSIDE - Taranaki Daily News

Back in 1860, around the time Maori and Pakeha started shooting at each other in the land wars, one Abraham Lincoln was running for the American presidency under the Republican banner.

Finlayson makes his mark on Treaty settlements

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As clever buggers go Chris Finlayson takes a hell of a lot of beating, if he is not to be the smartest person I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

Word is mightier than the sword (or gun)

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I saw an ad in this very paper a few days ago trying to encourage kids to write creatively.

Plenty to reflect on following the road to ruin

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I really enjoyed Mother's Day.

Our historical prejudices

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Here is a fact to shock you: most Western people use toilet paper in the bathroom and most Asians use water.

Old habits often make for costly solutions

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I lived for a while in the country in another country with no rural rubbish collection, but a hell of a lot of plastic waste.

What next now that Womad is over? Rain?

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GORDON BURNSIDE - Taranaki Daily News

Anyone who doesn't "do" Womad must be well sick of it by now and thank God its over.

Show of strength

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It's very difficult to coin a phrase, but quite easy to copy one, like this one I saw outside Liquorland in Fitzroy: "I'd rather be one man's shot of whisky than everyone's cup of tea", and that tickled me because I thought it summed the writer up quite well.

'Bevan' was a glory-seeking little tattletale

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I knew a boy once, Bevan Chuang was his name (changed to protect his identity), and he was a very interesting boy at our school.

Danger best motive for humans to play it safe

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'Tis the season to be merry and I like to be merrier than most.

Simple complaint can move whole airforce

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People don't complain much do they?

The guy who played God in Bruce Almighty

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What's in a Name?

Our Pied Piper's bin fix

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There could hardly have been a greater issue to plague a city in all of time than the Bins of Mt Bryan.

We're all at risk . . . so wear it

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GORDON BURNSIDE - Taranaki Daily News

The saying "as old as Methuselah" is popular because the distinguished gentleman was the oldest living human by some considerable stretch.

Crowd at Mike's on a natural high

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OPINION: There are so many very interesting things going on at the moment to write about that I'm spoilt for choice and so are you, dear reader.

Syria's explosive fighting talk is all about gas

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I promised my editor I would write about Syria this week instead of the interesting local body elections.

Choose those who look at the bigger picture

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So I'm sitting in the glorious Saturday morning sun on the porch at the beach cafe reading all about everything in the paper when a waft of fragrant wood smoke from the pizza oven evokes a mistily distant memory of a log cabin, bearskin rug and a coffee-skinned nubile wench.

Manning up to Father's Day

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GORDON BURNSIDE - Taranaki

It's Father's Day and, because we live in nature's kindest climate it's an outstandingly beautiful early spring morning of the kind only Taranaki can provide.

The young and the restless of politics

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One of the advantages of being opinionated and judgmental is a constantly changing friend or acquaintance landscape.

Fonterra powder debacle is failure in hygiene

OPINION: Before an effective casein extraction plant was perfected in the 1970s, all dairy factories of the day had whey left over as a byproduct from the manufacture of milk powders.

Waitara, where boils of discontent get lanced

GORDON BURNSIDE - Taranaki Daily News

OPINION: It never rains much out in Waitara, never blows too hard, never gets cold much, the sun usually shines most days and it's all pretty good really.

GCSB spy law a slur

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OPINION: I was having a beer with a few old mates, back in the days when I was less inclined to speak my mind and still had a few old mates.

Barrett's try a natural high

GORDON BURNSIDE - Taranaki Daily News

OPINION: Abit over a year ago my wife and I hosted the then recently confirmed All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and his partner, Tasha, at our humble abode.

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