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Public Address 06/12/05 - Balls

PUBLIC ADDRESS 06/12/05 - Balls

Balls | Dec 06, 2005 11:20
Russell Brown's Hard News

My guess for a while has been that in the matter of David Benson Pope something happened one day in class with a tennis ball but that it did not constitute the life-shattering abuse that his political opponents alleged...,


Outside, It's Auckland | Dec 05, 2005 16:47
David Slack on his own account

If you were one of the few hundred people who queued up outside Real Groovy overnight for U2 tickets, I have good news. In fact even better news than the astonishing revelation that within minutes of selling out the first show, the promoters had managed to arrange a second one...,


Christmas Under Canvas | Dec 05, 2005 13:10
Graham Reid's many things

Because of my well-known antipathy to backpacker accommodation it will come as no surprise I don't do camping either. The last time I slept under canvas was when I was at intermediate school. Then rock'n'roll and pubic hair arrived, so I quit Scouts and have never once since thought fondly...,


Maybe Tomorrow | Dec 05, 2005 09:33
Keith Ng off the election trail

(Update: The photos are up here now.) Hong Kong's 'Honkies' aren't really known as the ripping-some-mad-shit-up type. But they try. Around 100,000-200,000 of them took to the streets today in a massive demonstration to protest against plans by the Government to...,


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PUBLIC ADDRESS 02/12/05 - Crema da Crop

Crema da Crop | Dec 02, 2005 09:59
Russell Brown's Hard News

Thank you for all your thoughtful responses on the subject of the mentally ill in the community. But it's a Friday in December, so I'm going with the coffee thing. Several thousand words have flooded to attest that, yes, we New Zealanders are fussy about the stuff, wherever we happen...,


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