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CHRIS CARTER A state-sponsored frontal lobotomy How do you finally discover that you have crossed the threshold as it were and become, irrevocably, a grizzly old bastard? Could some of the signs, for instance, be […]

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Double Speak

DOUBLE SPEAK: Mar 05

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IAN WISHART Killing us softly with their song Cellphones kill 17 in road crashes”, screamed the newspaper headline, or something like it. I almost choked on the latte (come on, I live in Auckland). Seventeen […]

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Break Point

BREAK POINT: Mar 05

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ANN COULTER The problem of fruitbat university lecturers… University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill has written that “unquestionably, America has earned” the attack of 9/11. He calls the attack itself a result of “gallant sacrifices […]

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EYES RIGHT: Mar 05

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RICHARD PROSSER A burning question A millennium dawns, and a power and environmental crisis beckons. Or does it? The globe is warming, oil is running out, and it’s all our fault, apparently. Mankind’s fondness for […]

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LAURA’S WORLD: Mar 05

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LAURA WILSON Identifying and eradicating unwanted pests New Zealand Customs officers are among the world’s most rigorously protective. We love to keep things out of our remote little country. I quite frequently fly around the […]

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Simply Devine: Mar 05

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MIRANDA DEVINE Wolfe howls at loose moon units of the Left After thoroughly enjoying Tom Wolfe’s latest novel I Am Charlotte Simmons, it came as some surprise to read review after review that panned the […]

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Feb 05 issue

MOVIES: Feb 05

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“DOOR” BORES, SEX SELLS Great acting belies the controversy over “Kinsey”, while Kim Basinger’s latest is just plain creepy. Door In The Floor Released: February 3, 2005 Rated: M 2 stars Sure, Door In The […]

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BOOKS: Feb 05

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A FONT OF KNOWLEDGE? PENGUIN ENCYCLOPEDIA Edited by David Crystal, Penguin, $75 What can you say about an encyclopaedia that gives 12 lines to Alexander the Great and 16 lines to the Beach Boys? Clearly, […]

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Feb 05 issue

TRAVEL: Feb 05

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TO THE EDGE OF THE EARTH Phil Marty charts America’s less-travelled canyons Escalante, Utah — We were relaxing in the shade at a table outside the Trailhead Cafe and Grill here while smoke from burgers […]

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Feb 05 issue

Money, Feb 05

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DEBT IS A FOUR LETTER WORD Had your email inbox fill up with Nigerian scams lately? Well, now there’s a new scam doing the rounds called ‘watch this stock’… Jim rang his financial adviser to […]

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DVDs: Mar 05

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ALISTAIR COOKE’S AMERICA PG, 663 Minutes We have had the book of Alistair Cooke’s America sitting in our living room shelf for as long as I can remember. Its dust jacket is faded and torn […]

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BOOKS: Mar 05

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RICHARD PEARSE DIDN’T FLY A new Wright Brothers biography tackles Pearse, as Michael Morrissey discovers in this crop of the latest literature offerings THE PENGUIN NATURAL WORLD OF NEW ZEALAND By Gerard Hutching, Penguin, $39.95 […]

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TRAVEL: Mar 05

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CAMBODIA’S RENAISSANCE In Cambodia, the grandest temple of all returns from the ruins, as a nation turns its back on the troubles of the past, reports Alan Solomon SIEM REAP, Cambodia – The first approach, […]

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MONEY: Mar 05

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THE GREAT EXPERIMENT Can a market keep growing? Peter Hensley reckons commentators aren’t factoring in the looming retirement of the baby-boomers The past five years has witnessed the US authorities conduct a huge economic experiment. […]

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March 05

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ZULU KILO DOWN The mystery of Joe Lourie’s last flight They make the news but fade away. Topdressing aircraft that crash in remote countryside. But behind every crash is a story, and behind the crash […]

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March 05

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DOWNFOR THE COUNT The heavyweight courtroom title fight of the world As a journalist, one’s job is to remain impartial. But MARIA SLADE admits she’s never struggled so hard to retain her objectivity as she […]

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DIARY OF A CABBY: Mar 05, AU Edition

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COCAINE BLUES The truth may set you free, but when your passengers are on drugs, sob stories get the fare paid I was working a big hotel in the Eastern Suburbs a few Saturdays ago […]

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Feb 05 issue

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MY OLD LAND’S A DUSTBIN Residents accuse their council of dirt tricks Four years ago New Plymouth District Council, in a joint venture with private enterprise, closed their six year old, pollution-causing transfer station at […]

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MUSIC: Mar 05, AU Edition

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BAD SEEDS, GOOD TUNES Also: Seven CDs of suave swing, and what happens when career changes go bad Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus”, Anti 3 stars With his deep, […]

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Feb 05 issue

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DATELINE PHUKET, TSUNAMI +48hrs Our coverage of the new millennium’s worst disaster begins in the words of volunteer aid worker Hatairat Estrella Montien: I was in Bangkok when the tsunami struck. An announcement was made […]

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Feb 05 issue

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DESPERATE FINDS DATELESS Behind closed doors at a singles convention You could ask the question, who’d be seen dead at a singles convention? As NEILL HUNTER discovered, nearly 2000 people were willing to pay $20 […]

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Feb 05 issue

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PARADISE BY THE DASHBOARD LIGHTS The mysterious road death of Paul White hits the big screen Truth, as is often said, can be stranger than fiction. Or as Pontius Pilate remarked, “What is Truth?” The […]

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DVDs: Feb 05

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BEFORE SUNSET, M, 77 Minutes What if you had a second chance with the one that got away? This is the tagline of this film, the sequel to the 1995 cult hit Before Sunrise. In […]

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Feb 05 issue

TOUGH QUESTIONS: Feb 05

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UWE SIEMON-NETTO An act of God? An answer to lightweight theorists In these first dramatic days of the New Year, theodicy seems to be the favorite topic in salons and around kitchen tables. Theodicy is […]

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Feb 05 issue

LINE ONE: Feb 05

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CHRIS CARTER Engineering road kill They reckon that the Aussies will gamble on two flies crawling up a wall, which may very well be true, but equally, when it comes to not only the extraordinary […]

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Double Speak

DOUBLE SPEAK: Feb 05

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IAN WISHART The love of the common people Like an old Paul Young tune, the National Party has finally twigged to a vital fact – it needs the love of the common people if it […]

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TOUGH QUESTIONS: Mar 05

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IAN WISHART A Viennese waltz on whether you can believe the Bible Hans (“Vox Populi”, p16) takes me to task over my suggestion that the Old Testament has not been found to contain any errors. […]

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LEFT HOOK: Apr 05, AU Edition

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LAURA WILSON Respect for women will go a long way to preventing AIDS There are said to be between five and six million AIDS cases in India, which makes it amongst the Asian countries worst […]

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Break Point

BREAK POINT: Feb 05

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ANN COULTER Liar, liar, now you’re fired If CNN doesn’t hire them, Dan Rather and his producers can always get a job teaching at the Columbia School of Journalism. The Columbia Journalism Review recently defended […]

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THE WATCHER: Apr 05, AU Edition

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ALAN RM JONES One last gasp of hope for the ABC If you happened to be around in 1938 and were tuning into America’s Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) one autumn night you would have heard […]

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April 05

THE ARENA: Apr 05, AU Edition

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JAMES MORROW New York used to be a hell of a town. Is Sydney becoming one? On a hot summer night almost fifteen years ago, a car in a Hasidic Jewish funeral procession veered out […]

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Feb 05 issue

LAURA’S WORLD: Feb 05

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LAURA WILSON When Harry Met Silly… Prince Harry dons a Swastika armband for a party and the world is in uproar. He is at best, a tasteless fool and at worst, according to many international […]

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Feb 05 issue

Simply Devine: Feb 05

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MIRANDA DEVINE The new counter-culture groundswell You know that by the time a new way of thinking makes it into a Hollywood blockbuster it is already deeply embedded in the culture. When it comes to […]