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Learn another language, says my brain.

RESISTANCE TO CHANGE AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION.   – reflections on learning German in Berlin, 2014 (and te reo Maori in NZ, 1997ff -) “Give me some chewing gum – in here please” – rubbish bin, Berlin, 2015.   To … Continue reading

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Harry Leslie Smith 1923-2018. RIP.

      Harry Leslie Smith was a secular saint defended the poor when the rich were robbers selling off the state to the highest bidder     Harry Leslie Smith knew war and hunger loved his enemy marrying a … Continue reading

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The Wahine storm 1968…

The ferry Wahine, listing heavily amongst fog in Wellington Harbour, 10 April 1968. Image: The Dominion Post Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library.     six poems celebrating the end of the mechanical and the dawn of the virtual       … Continue reading

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Assad

  Assad     those he did not kill he maimed those he did not maim he thwarted those he did not thwart he tortured those he did not torture poisoned those he did not poison broken those he did … Continue reading

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on the day

on the day on the day of my death I will be eating eggs and banana stroking my parrot drawing her profile sculpturing gratitude yes I will still be threading my grandmother’s needles and laughing all the way to the … Continue reading

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Bob’s not my uncle…

Bob Jones says he was kidding… So, is he really kidding here? “As there are no full-blooded Maori’s in existence it indisputably follows that had it not of been for migrants, mainly Brits, not a single Maori today, including Professor … Continue reading

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Opening the Tinderbox

Super Bowl LII vs Megan Dunn’s Tinderbox. No contest. Right now a bunch of superbly muscled oafs are waiting at half time somewhere in Minneapolis to get on with the game that is more Stop-Go than the roadworks up at … Continue reading

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