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Manukau Heads


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A flying round-trip from London to Amsterdam, 1922
A typical Daimler Airway flight to Holland and return [in 1922] began with a drive down from London to Croydon of some forty-five minutes. There the eight passengers would file aboard and settle themselves in the comfortable, upholstered seats with the aid ...

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On the last leg


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A much less dangerous imagination
[A]fter the 80s, the new American right saw things differently. Newt Gingrich , then speaker of the House, now close supporter of Trump, took time out from impeaching Bill Clinton to co-author three excruciatingly dire alt-history novels about the civil war...

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Intrigue in Bastanien
This week I've been experimenting with the background simulation in Elite Dangerous. The intricate underlying machinations map the effects of the myriad interactions of both the major factions (Federation, Imperial and Alliance) and the countless minor fact...

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Tucker ground & homeward bounders
How many diggers made good on the goldfields? The typical digger, as we have seen, nursed no foolish fancy of finding enough gold to fund a life of idle wealth, but hoped more wisely to grubstake himself into a farm or shop or workshop. He spoke of four cla...

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Rush hour in Port Nicholson


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Debating the Porirua Asylum
The Porirua Lunatic Asylum , to give it its original name, was founded in 1887 to care for the 'incurably' mentally ill and to provide space for an asylum farm, both for economic and recuperative reasons. Much like the grand Seacliff Lunatic Asylum north of...

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Cindy Sherman: chameleon, comedian
The City Gallery's current exhibition of the post-2000 photos of New York artist Cindy Sherman is a fantastic opportunity to see the work of a world-renowned photographer in Wellington. Like many people, I first came across Sherman's work through her justly...

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Balaena Bay mural

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