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Towards a decent feed, Lois Daish

A Distant Feast. The Origins of New Zealand’s Cuisine Tony Simpson Godwit, $34.95, ISBN 1 86962 037 2 One of the most important pieces of baggage any immigrant brings with them to their new home is a knowledge of how…
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Poem – Paul Wolffram

A Gift to Shostakovich Shostakovich was a practical man. With the world at war, the rouble was hard to come by. He decided it was time to reassess the role of the artist. He joined the Leningrad Fire Department there…
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Trading in platitudes, Brian Easton

APEC in Focus S McMillan, B Ramasamy & F Holmes Lincoln University Press and Daphne Brasell Associates, in association with the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, $29.95, ISBN 0 909049 29 7 Malcolm Templeton’s Human Rights and Sporting Contacts…
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Poem – Bill Sewell

Apportioning the blame (from Erebus: a poem) Blame it on pilot error Blame it on their training, their mental set Blame it on bad communication on sunspots, turbulence, and the computers Blame it on mistaken identity and on circumstance Blame…
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Poem – Anne French

At Coldrum Long Barrow A slope below a wooded hill on the North Downs with a bitter wind rising out of the east. It is so small a mound, after all. The standing stones have mostly fallen or been taken,…
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Editorial – Issue 40

Beyond the silencing process Lauris Edmond It’s said that as you grow older you become more au fait with the past than the present. Along with many other myths of aging, this one does not fit my experience – or…
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Good old Wanganui, John Campbell

Dancing with Beelzebub Michael Laws HarperCollins, $29.95, ISBN 1 86950 324 4 Michael Laws, we are told by the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, wrote Dancing with Beelzebub at the rate of a thousand words a day. “That’s about my limit…
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Photo-sensitive, Mary Macpherson

Eric Lee-Johnson. Artist with a Camera John B Turner PhotoForum Inc, $61.95, ISBN 0 9597818 5 4 Since photography began over 150 years ago, photography, painting and other art media have danced around and with each other. Today, it can…
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Blowing the whistle on the past, Russell Marshall

Human Rights and Sporting Contacts: New Zealand Attitudes to Race Relations in South Africa 1921-1994 Malcolm Templeton Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 170 0 Dancing on our Bones: New Zealand, South Africa, Rugby and Racism Trevor Richards Bridget…
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Passages to India John O’Connor

Into India Geoff Cochrane Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 86473 357 7 The Girls on the Wall Diana Bridge Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 209 X Geoff Cochrane’s Into India is divided into two sections. The first…
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