FAME VERSUS ETHICS

There is a rising trend to see notoriety as its own justification. And three recent cases from across the Anglophone World all point to the same erosion of integrity, civility and public trust in the name of ratings and ephemeral plaudits.

In the case of the USA, we have the Bill O’Reilly / Fox News scandal where persistent lies about the veracity of his reporting have been shrugged off with the comment:

“I’ve been on the air 19 seasons, 15 years at number one.

STAID FARMERS AND ROUGH COW POKES

The Nature v Nurture debate and its geographical twin Determinism v Possibilism have been part of my social science model building kit for as long as I can remember - and maps have been an enduring lifelong fascination. So I was delighted with the results of the study conducted by Jason Rentfrow of the University of Cambridge on the geography of personality traits in Britain.

FOR JAMIE

It seems that the NZ Green party is keen to end the use of animals like rabbits in laboratory testing but indifferent to the fate of young men who frequent Wellington City’s ‘Swill Pit’ Courtenay Place, drafted in as the daft bunnies and stray pups of unscrupulous hospitality traders.

As the father of four sons and someone who has had a gutful of the schickering and stonkering [i.e.

LUCKY DOG

MORE AT

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/67480347/Supporters-rally-with-Green-Party-against-cosmetic-testing-on-animals

https://instagram.com/cherrylazar/

NOTE

I probably owe 'Cherry Lazar' [aka Steph Key, daughter of our PM] an apology for splicing her into my files again when I avowed the injustice of this. In my own defence, I can only say that I resisted hard and that I am even more deeply in love with her.

‘HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS’ OF BOUNDARIES SPRINKLE CAKE TIN

At the Black Caps v West Indies World Cup Quarter Final Cricket Match at the Cake Tin here in Wellington yesterday, New Zealand hit 15 sixes and 39 fours in their 394 run innings. Martin Guptill scored 24 fours and 11 sixes.

ADB THINKING BIG - ACTING SMALL

New Zealand is a very small place and Asia is a very large place. In fact New Zealand has a population of around 4.4 million while the population of Developing Asia (including China) is nearly 1,000 times greater.

In 2013/14, the New Zealand Government spent $NZ 14.9 billion in its health budget – approximately US $11.2 billion.

Last year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) lent around US$ 13 billion to its Developing Member Countries.
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INDIGENOUS MARKERS

The tribal history of Britain never ceases to fascinate its inhabitants – and as one of these (albeit an emigrant who is also fascinated by the Maori tribal history of my adopted country New Zealand) - I follow the research fairly closely.

ENCHANTED GAME

Miss J. Jade, Miss J. Jade how well you have done

Acing at anchor the Island Bay sun

Calling the lines to an admirer buoy

Tether'd and weather'd with murmurs of joy.

What storm sets we shared you and me

Toss’d and returned by the firmament sea 

With crafty obliviousness lightly you float 

I’m weak from your net calls fishy red boat.

COCO CHANEL TWEED HAS CHESHIRE TWIST

As reported last year in Elle Magazine, Coco Chanel’s iconic tweed look owes much to her misty sojourns at Eaton Hall near Chester during her amour with Cheshire Super Toff ‘Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor’ [aka the Duke of Westminster ] – and their trips up the glens with their gillies in Sutherland, Scotland.

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