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Issue 61 | December 2003

  Volume 13 | Number 5 | Issue 61 | December 2003 Geoff Chapple: Stephen Venables, Everest – Summit of Achievement; George Band, Everest – 50 years on Top of the World; Sir Edmund Hillary, High Adventure: Our Ascent of…
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“An unknown struthious bird”, Kim Griggs

Moa: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of a Giant Bird Richard Wolfe Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143018736 When in London, lovers of the footnotes to history construct unusual itineraries. Many head down to the Maritime Museum at Greenwich to marvel…
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The nicknaming, David Geary

New fiction Every year has a Snozz = big nose, a Bones = skinny, BO = smelly, and a Cheebie Whopper. A cheebie is a chin. To be a true Cheebie Whopper you need a massive jaw, like Clutch Cargo,…
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Letters – Issue 61

Hobson & co Dr Moon’s astounding personal attack on me in the Correspondence column of your October issue,  following my review in August of his Path to the Treaty book, sadly demands a response. An “extraordinarily laconic” review? Well, there…
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Poem – J C Sturm

Spring Dreams   With two cats on his lap a fond woman at his side (sure she’s not a blond can’t recall her teens but still able enough and most times willing) he could be mildly happy, mourns instead the…
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Getting by with a little help, Nelson Wattie

It Looks Better on You: New Zealand Women Writers on their Friendships ed Jane Westaway and Tessa Copland Longacre, $34.95, ISBN 1877135828 We’re unlikely to find a better definition of “friend” than the one in Lennon and McCartney’s famous lines:…
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On the whale’s back, Miro Bilbrough

Miro Bilbrough on Whale Rider the movie   I was unusually wary, seeing Whale Rider for the first time.   was in the editing stages of a short feature film, a peculiarly sensitive time to see someone else’s film. Sequestered away…
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In search of the “good” writer, Elspeth Sandys

Growing up, as I did, in a bookish and quietly religious household, I concluded at an early age that a “good’” book – and that meant the classics, the reading of which was assumed to make you a better person …
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Poem – James Brown

Letter   Sir – I am very distressed by what can only be described as the lamentable state of poetry in this country today. In the past we have enjoyed a fine tradition of inspired, well-crafted verse from the likes…
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Breastfeeding and rhododendrons, Julia Millen

In a Strange Garden: the life and times of Truby King Lloyd Chapman Penguin, $34.95, ISBN 0143018795 A Voice for Mothers: The Plunket Society and Infant Welfare, 1907-2000 Linda Bryder Auckland University Press, $49.99, ISBN 1869402901 Sir Truby King died…
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