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Marinus Ferreira
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The saga re: Paul Holmes' inflammatory Waitangi Day column is ongoing, but coming to a head. The editor of the Weekend Herald, David Hastings, responded to my complaint to the Press Council (after two complaints to his paper), and I was given an opportunity to respond. What I wrote is below. The Press Council will judge the case on the 7th of May. If they uphold the complaint, they'll forcing the Herald to retract the piece and apologise, but, more importantly, signalling that this type of thing isn't on. The damage has been done now, but if the Council intervenes here an important precedent will be set.
http://waka-huia.blogspot.com/2012/04/my-final-input-re-paul-holmes.html
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Meanwhile, in Egypt there is a real struggle about the shape of the future constitution, and large protests have arisen against the military's attempt to render future governments incapable of limiting its powers. The military responded with violence.
http://www.arabist.net/blog/2011/11/20/some-reflections-on-todays-events-in-tahrir.html
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"Never in the ANC's 100-year history has there been a more important call to action: 'Unban the ANC Youth League and defend the voice of the voiceless'," Malema said."
Really, Julius? I can think of at least one more important cause the ANC has taken up.
http://mg.co.za/article/2011-11-16-no-holds-barred-as-malema-rips-into-ancs-disciplinarians
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Rest in Peace, 'Smokin' Joe Frazier, one of the all time great boxers, party to possibly the finest ever heavyweight bout, his Manilla showdown with Muhammed Ali. A champion is no longer with us.

Other than the enormous joy I've taken from watching his fights, my fondest memory of Frazier was when he had a short appearance as a pundit on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, dressed in a coloured print suit and his black cowboy hat, well into 60s, every inch the affable elder statesman of his sport. He was asked about how he developed his famous, world-beating left hook, he described how he broke his left arm as a child, but because his family 'didn't have the loving' (the money) to afford a doctor, it didn't heal entirely right, so it grew shorter than his right arm. But, being left-handed, it was stronger. It allowed him to deliver enormously powerful blows in very restricted space. He turned that childhood misfortune, along with boundless amounts of dedication and determination, into his key to being the best in the world. Good night, Smoke.

http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7198981/joe-frazier-was-far-more-just-foil-muhammad-ali
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Rest in Peace Peter Goldie. He wrote my favourite book on the emotions, which I still think is the best in the field by an embarrassing margin. I had the good fortune of meeting him when he visited Auckland and had the chance to enjoy his insight and conversation over a series of talks, workshops, and glasses of wine.
http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/2413992/peter-goldie-acquired-tastes
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Desmond Tutu's full statement to the media, voicing his disapproval of the SA government bowing to pressure from China and turning away from the oppression of Tibetans.
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"But I think that Isidas, the son of Phoebidas, must have been a strange and marvellous sight, not only to his fellow-citizens, but also to his enemies. He was of conspicuous beauty and stature, and at an age when the human flower has the greatest charm, as the boy merges into the man. Naked as he was, without either defensive armour or clothing,—for he had just anointed his body with oil,—he took a spear in one hand, and a sword in the other, leaped forth from his house, and after pushing his way through the midst of the combatants, ranged up and down among the enemy, smiting and laying low all who encountered him. And no man gave him a wound,whether it was that a god shielded him on account of his valour, or that the enemy thought him taller and mightier than a mere man could be. For this exploit it is said that the ephors put a garland on his head, and then fined him a thousand drachmas, because he had dared to hazard his life in battle without armour."
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I'm carefully considering just to what lengths I'd go to to see Scott Walker perform 'The Drift' as a cabaret.
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After four years at Auckland Uni, and five different employment roles, I finally have a university email address which is my name rather than a a string of letters and numbers.
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As part of a philosophy paper I just wrote a long section on the cup-and-ball game and a survey of magic tricks. What have you done today?
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