OPINION: Tomorrow I'm going teaching again. Partly because I will be paid but mainly because I miss the classroom.
I stopped in a country town to stretch my legs and eat a heavyweight pie. Standing in front of a junk shop window I was fingering a blob of meat and cheese from my shirt, when I caught sight of a big glass bottle and my mind flew straight to a primary school classroom.
OPINION: Young men have loved going into battle since our species evolved, but enjoy it all the more when they feel they are fighting on the side of the angels.
OPINION: I was going to write about the arrest of Justin Bieber. But I've just learned how an old friend died.
OPINION: When I stopped smoking, peacocks arrived. There are five of them, and one lone hen. The five boys follow her as sad souls follow sports teams.
OPINION: I was going to write about the arrest of Justin Bieber. But I've just learned how a friend and former teacher died, and Bieber has shrunk from view.
OPINION: The US Air Force disclosed last week that 34 officers have been removed for allegedly cheating in a proficiency test.
OPINION: Butterflies have survived for over 50 million years, a hundred times longer than people, yet we are their biggest threat.
OPINION: It happens perhaps half a dozen times during a life, and every time it's like a mini death. It happened to me last month. My passport expired.
OPINION: It's the week after Christmas, it's holiday time. And I've chosen to knock up a column in rhyme.
Without ageing, the tensions that give life its piquancy, its irony, its unique bitter-sweetness will simply disappear.
OPINION: Fifty years ago a florist tried it. Now it's the turn of a fast food outfit. To compare the two is to see how far we've come in half a century.
OPINION: I asked myself when I was last as happy as the dog was now. And the answer was Wednesday.
OPINION: There's nothing like the shaming of the great and good to put a spring in the step.
OPINION: Should we stop pronouncing French words and phrases in regular use in English as if they were still French?
OPINION: What would a prawn think if it watched a doco about us? Or more specifically, if it tuned in to watch a rugby test? I reckon its eyes would pop out on stalks.
OPINION: Joe Bennett stubs out a habit that has lasted four decades and about 400,000 cigarettes.
OPINION: Is this the better life of which your fathers dreamed, this thin commercial noise?
Pleasure comes from beating the other bugger. But it is not enough merely to win. Someone else must lose.
OPINION: A phone call I made this week led me to believe the following took place in an Auckland corporate board room.