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Public Address 18/12/08 - Word of the Year 08

Public Address 18/12/08 - Word of the Year 08: Now Vote!

Word of the Year 08: Now Vote!
Change, Hope, "Credit crunch", Crunch, Crisis, Climate, Melamine, Rofflenui/Roflnui, Trust, Issues, Maverick, Obamania, Bailout, Slippery, Meltdown, Infrastructure, Liquidity, Obamarama, "Labour Plus", "Labour Light", Emissions, "No", Absolutely, "Nanny state", "Hockey mom", "Yes we can", Twitter, MACTional, Defnlee, Urgency …

The Flashing Question Mark | Dec 18, 2008 00:53
Russell Brown's Hard News
You would expect you'd have to do something bad to unleash the Flashing Question Mark -- or least actually be in the house. So it was with surprise as well as disappointment that I briefly popped back home from recording some things for the radio show to find the dreaded...

He's just an excitable boy . . . | Dec 16, 2008 17:35
Graham Reid's many things
As with most people I know, we were happy to see this new government doing something/anything so quickly -- and then viewed with alarm just what it was they were doing so quickly. Others have already commented on that, so I won't -- but have you noticed how the current...

Sole Man | Dec 16, 2008 12:26
Damian Christie - Cracker With Attitude
I had wondered whether I could get to the end of the year without blogging. It's not like there's been nothing to talk about – since my last post an election has been fought and decided, there have been terrorist attacks, APEC, new Governments and in my case, an ad-hominem...

Contains reference to cricket | Dec 15, 2008 12:50
Hadyn Green yells. A lot.
I didn't know John Drake, I don't remember him as a player, in fact, I probably couldn't have picked him out of a line up. But I did know his voice. It was the sane one that always gave the best commentary about the forwards and with very few commentator...

Absence of Malice | Dec 15, 2008 11:24
Emma Hart said so, that's why.
It seems timely to make a confession, one that's no doubt going to provide hours of interesting conversation at our family Christmas. Mum, you owe the Ministry of Education thousands of dollars. I was a chronic bunker. It all started when I was nine. There was something – ironically I...


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