Plan to fail

In this case it probably doesn’t matter too much as it’s only sport. Although legendary ex-Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once said that football isn’t...

Celebrity

One of the mysteries of modern life is that a TV weather announcer can become an instant celebrity — assuming they are prepared to...

It’s just old

I recently came across a quote by Barry Humphries, made while he was visiting to promote his upcoming Dame Edna tour of New Zealand....

Good, better, best

At the time of a personal career change in the late 1990s, when I moved from architecture to working with industry organisations and government...

Game of two halves

Christchurch. Still battered and bruised nearly two years after the first earthquake. But as a visit in late 2011 showed, there are some signs...

Outer space

To misquote Wordsworth, I recently “wandered past a lonely cloud” to the end of Queen’s Wharf in Auckland. Queen’s Wharf was the centre of...

Bog standard

They no longer make toilets in New Zealand. In fact, we don’t seem to manufacture very much at all anymore. We’d rather bring...

Mine is bigger than yours

Last year I visited the World Financial Centre in Shanghai. One hundred storeys high and, for about five minutes, it was the tallest building...

An inconvenient truth

Now they’ve decided that some of those nice chemicals are actually a bit off — and as boron is just like taking aspirin then...