MICHAEL COX - Waikato
"Please, call me David," I heard the leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition ask a reporter.
"You remind me of a tomcat I owned in Jerusalem, Michael," said Shmuel Ovnat, Israel's Ambassador to New Zealand.
Late one evening in Parliament, during the Budget debate that my next speaker wasn't in his seat ready to take the call.
If I was asked whether I was in paid employment or self-employed for more than 20 hours, I would reply, quite truthfully, "No".
Every couple of kilometres or so there stands a huge edifice proclaiming the community's commitment to their god.
"Never use that bloody thing again," the angry captain shouted at me, his new fourth mate.
We'd eventually found an Auckland car park, right next to a "disabled only" slot.
End-of-term reports were a total anathema to me and I feared their arrival in the mail.
MICHAEL COX - Waikato
One can be smug about how well we look after our poor and the aged.
"Frigging ads" said the 5-year-old, snuggled next to me on the sofa.
Aneurin "Nye" would have loved this year's Labour Party Conference.
It's claimed by Phineas T Barnum, the circus promoter, that "every crowd has a silver lining".
To be at the top of any administration you need to have a strong understanding of your own country's financial structure and where it fits into the rest of the world.
One of the rules of the sea was learnt by all of us: cleanliness is next to godliness.
Labour Party leader David Shearer needed a win with his recent and much-publicised education policy speech.
I was sucker punched; I couldn't resist the temptation and left carrying two yellow pieces of paper, walking on clouds; I might just win $20 million - whoopee! I'll give her a very large tip if I do.
The gun lobby is too powerful, claiming that to change the gun laws to make the United States a safer place would be unconstitutional.
At a time when our youngsters receive so much bad press it has been uplifting to participate and view some extraordinary performances from our young people.
Maybe it is right for us to have our soldiers in Afghanistan, putting themselves ‘in harms way' to stop the progress of Islamic fanatics.
Since my first whiff of lavender water at the age of 11 I've known that I am heterosexual.