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The picture is always bigger

Posted by Philip on 9 May 2017, 10:15 am in , , , , , , , , ,

My $100k+ car is still not sorted. I still have to clumsily put a key in the ignition. The dealers are working on it — it's gobbly gook to me, except the fact that they're having to liaise Germany to solve it.

I've been wrestling with the urge to get annoyed with them and become a pain in their backside but, realistically, they seem to be doing all they can in the circumstances.

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Strange times

Posted by Philip on 25 July 2016, 5:22 pm in , , , , ,

Brexit, Donald Trump and schools policing young men's facial hair — what's going on?It feels like the world is spinning backwards.

Young people despaired at the decision of Britain to leave the EU. Commentators are saying Trump may win the US presidency, simply because he believes in nothing but himself. Schools want to force 17-year-olds to shave.

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Flags, refugees and the bigger question of borders

Posted by Philip on 12 September 2015, 11:14 am in , , , , , ,

It's been frustrating watching both the flag and Hungarian refugee debates play out simultaneously in the media over the past couple of weeks. Separately they are issues that create division over varying opinions but, together, both issues raise a far more complex and, in my opinion, important question:

Why, in a hyper-globalised and -connected world, do we continue to put so much emphasis on the notions of nations and borders?

I really couldn't give a toss about NZ's flag — I don't particularly like the current one but then, I don't like flags in general. I think they are ridiculous symbols of patriarchy and patriotism, created in military or naval contexts, and their use was extended beyond these contexts in the 18th century due to a rise in nationalism.

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Control freaks and cannabis frenzies

Posted by Philip on 23 May 2013, 1:16 pm in , , , ,

This video is poignant to this post (until 1:40, after which it lost me). Check out the one at the end too (if you haven't already seen it).

If you saw The Vote last night on TV3 (which, by the way, now seems to be the only channel with half decent current affairs), you may have been as chuffed as I was that viewer and audience polling resulted in a staggering 72% in favour of decriminalising both real and synthetic cannabis or "soft drugs".

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