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?

Too early for such a sharp focus?

Rowing is a big sport in New Zealand schools, but do those schools need to employ their own sports scientists?

If I had a child who was set to start high school and wanted to satisfy myself he/she was in good hands, who would I talk to at the schools on offer?

Winging wedding finery across the world

Fortunately we don't have to transport this  wedding cake, the eight-tiered monstrosity for the 2011 royal wedding of ...

OPINION: It wasn't the most promising start to packing for our trip to Zambia.

No vuvuzelas without a bribe?

Soccer fans blow vuvuzelas while awaiting the start of the 2010 World Cup Group F soccer match between Paraguay and New ...

OPINION: So, but for a bribe, might we never have been introduced to the delights of the vuvuzela?

This research's a howler

Researchers seem fascinated by the bodily functions of howler monkeys - if the subjects of their studies are anything to ...

OPINION: News item: Monkeys with smaller testicles scream louder to compensate, study finds.

NZ the way it used to be

Duncan Garner says they're tough buggers in the deep south.

OPINION: Forget the rat race in the main centres, the deep south is our-best kept secret.

Speed wobble on my downhill dash

The shuffling Saffa and the Flying Scotsman (right). The picture suggests I have a double chin. As if. That's just the ...

OPINION: It was the heat. And it was my feet. But most of all it may have been the fact that I was just too darn fast.

Still no answer to this mystery

Crew aboard the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield move the US Navy's Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle into ...

Editorial: Two years, and counting.

Mourning loss of wonderful words

Prepare to be groaked if you're out drinking on St Patrick's Day.

 OPINION: Blame it on the tweeters, or twits, or whatever the regular users of Twitter call themselves.

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