Opinion

A legend in my own lunchtime

The most famous piece of toast in the country on Monday.

OPINION: It all started so innocently.

Solar levy has me all charged up

Solar power convert Derek Burrows is irked by a Hawke's Bay company's decision to charge a levy to those who use solar ...

OPINION: Surely solar power use should be encouraged, not penalised?

A cloak I'd love to don

Justin Leonard with the Claret Jug after his Open Championship victory in 1997.

OPINION: What's the greatest trophy there is?

Not exactly longing for Mother England

British Home Secretary Theresa May, the new leader of the Conservative Party, who will become prime minister on Thursday ...

OPINION: I've never been more pleased to live more than 20,000 kilometres from my homeland.

The extraordinary power of unity

Welsh players donned T-shirts bearing the Welsh and French words for "thank you" after losing to Portugal on Thursday.

OPINION: I read a good joke a few days ago. A new one.

I'm proud of my distinguished grandfather

My distinguished grandfather, William Hope Frankland.

I've been watching the centenary commemorations of World War I's Battle of the Somme.

Whose fans should be more embarrassed?

England goalkeeper Joe Hart and two defenders are crestfallen following their defeat against Iceland on Tuesday.

OPINION: When it comes to impressive wins or embarrassing defeats, what claims the title?

Stoned by Timaru Hospital service

Timaru Hospital with the sea in the background, close enough for Derek Burrows to hear it from his bed.

OPINION: I'm lying on a comfortable bed. Through a window I hear the sound of waves on a nearby beach.

Phew, I'm off the hook!

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page perform with Led Zeppelin. Their song Stairway to Heaven was released in 1971, two months ...

OPINION: I have to say I'm mightily relieved.

For your sanity avoid this gig

I didn't quite go this far to find my missing key at Caroline Bay.

OPINION: I have a recommendation for you, a strong one.

Could you say that again, please?

If you spot me on the beach, I may look something like this bloke.

OPINION: Chances are that by the time you read this, I'll be bonking on the beach.

Battered by Timaru's winter

A new battery would be a sensible idea, but where's the fun in that?

OPINION: Ah, winter.

A bright spark on the line

Derek Burrows is delighted to come across a real 'bright spark' when dealing with a call centre.

OPINION: I've had cause recently to make rather frequent telephone calls to my bank.

Who came up with this idea?

Jose Mourinho leaving his London home on Monday, not in a black suit this time. There are agency pictures available of ...

OPINION: Whoever it was must have been a genius.

Learned Facebook users bag Blenheim

Should Blenheim doff its name, would other beleaguered towns dare to follow suit?

OPINION: Should Blenheim decide to doff its name, would other beleaguered towns follow suit?

Got a title for your autobiography?

I see some rare sunrises on my weekend beach runs at this time of year

OPINION: Finally, I've settled on it. The title of my autobiography will be ...

Burrowing into old travel stash

A $50 trillion note from Zimbabwe might be worth something these days.

OPINION: I was reading a newspaper report online this morning when I suddenly realised I could be sitting on a small fortune.

An unfathomable decision from a brutal death

110516 news. Moko Rangitoheriri has been remembered as boy with a cheeky grin.

EDITORIAL: The lesser charge of manslaughter is no way to find justice for the death of a Taupo toddler.

Bryan blamed for hot water blues

He can look so innocent, but there's mischief at play in Bryan's above average feline brain.

OPINION: I'm blaming it on the cat.

Trend of taking offence creeps in

Praise and criticism has been heaped on Farmers for a poorly worded Mother's Day promotion.

OPINION: It's probably due to my English upbringing but I have to admit I am probably only too ready to apologise.

A win well-deserved

Leicester City fans have a lot to celebrate.

OPINION: So, it turns out I closely fit the description of a medical secretary in the English Midlands.

Burrowsian bumbling on big day

Rachel and Atkins' big day fortunately wasn't spoilt by the writer's bumbling.

OPINION: Regular readers of this column will by now be well aware that I've had an interesting time in the past few weeks.

Justice for the Hillsborough 96

Columnist Grant Shimmin

OPINION: Desperate years dealing with a heart breaking tragedy

Silver lining to second red error

Fortunately Derek Burrows' transport to a Zimbabwean bush camp managed to avoid the fate of this vehicle on its return ...

Red is a universal sign of danger, right?

In the garden of my dreams

Gardens all over New Zealand were overrun with white butterflies.

OPINION: Hi folks, are you a garden lover? Do you talk to your plants?

Whose legacy really reigns supreme?

Musician Prince has died, aged 57.

OPINION: What weird hour was this I have just lived through?

Caution on the lion walk

Columnist Derek Burrows gets close to the king of the jungle on a walking with lions tour near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

OPINION: It's important to wear the correct apparel when communing with nature, write Derek Burrows.

Steely resolve from Masters meltdown

Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller react after a disappointing finish to the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta ...

OPINION: I couldn't see exactly what was happening, but it was clearly something momentous.

Napping - it's hard work

Columnist Grant Shimmin struggles to combine his love of sleep with the exposure of an open-plan office.

OPINION: To the surprise of colleagues, Grant Shimmin reveals a secret past of sleeping at work.

A real leader steps up, a wannabe is exposed

Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli celebrate victory during the ICC WT20 India Group 2 match between India ...

OPINION: What's leadership all about?

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