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.

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.

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.

Articulate victims belie grim truths

Tania Billingsley

OPINION: Tania Billingsley hasn't been a pleasing complainant.

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.

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: This week we have the extraordinary situation of the Govt doing two things that make absolute sense.

Getting stoned no boredom cure

marijuana

OPINION: This could be the most self-centred generation in history, and probably is: it expects instant and easy gratification.

Featherston: A town with no values

Glen Jones killers

OPINION: What is wrong in NZ that makes terrible things like the Glen Jones killing happen?

Grand old days of innocence

Air New Zealand generic

OPINION: News that a West Coast school was in a flap over sex education made me nostalgic for the comforting imaginary past I retreat to in times of bafflement.

Cyber bullies ate Charlotte Dawson

Charlotte Dawson

OPINION: It's a hard fact to swallow but some people won't like you. And never will.

True love is a sister's battle for justice

Lee-Anne Cartier

OPINION: Forget Valentine's Day. It's the love of a sister and her fight for justice following her brother's murder that interests me.

Warehouse wrong on bikinis

The Warehouse

OPINION: It's a rare event to see a chief executive put his own foot in his mouth and swallow it, but Mark Powell of the Warehouse has managed that remarkable feat.

ACC all take, no give

acc

OPINION: Bearing in mind that I pay, and always have, automatically through my bank, what's their problem?

Fight to remember war stories

poppy anzac day

OPINION: My grandfather was a kid of 20 when he signed up for the war to end all wars.

Weighty issues in slow news season

Newspapers

OPINION: There's a new enemy, the looming worldwide horror story called food, which everyone needs to eat to survive.

Expect the worst if you're away from home

Southland Times photo

OPINION: There is a rule about summer holidays and it is this: disaster lurks.

Plastic not as fantastic as 'real' books

books generic

OPINION: If someone gives you a Kindle this Christmas, jump on the wretched thing.

Mandela and the power of protest

John Minto

OPINION: John Minto may be the rent-a-protester we all recognise, but thank goodness we have irritants like him agitating against injustice.

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