WHEN CHINA SNEEZES, AUSTRALASIA HAS TO TAKE A LIE DOWN

Fascinating interactive from The Guardian, at:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2015/aug/26/china-economic-slowdown-world-imports

KEBECHET

Why were you so wild

Heart-weighed child?

Jazzy dreams and love's mistakes

Lifting ladders, chasing snakes

Dance the squares the dice-throw makes.

What’s that baby at your breast

Princess, are you sure that you know best?

The asps are in the royal quarter

Bringing sleep my pharaoh’s daughter.

THE NOBILITY OF THEIR ASPIRATIONS

I haven’t written much about the seven years that I spent in the Philippines from 1984 to 1991. It’s hard to say exactly why. These years were so important to my life and indeed continue to figure in my day-to-day finances in the form of a modest pension that pays for the groceries. Perhaps it is because they were so precious, so bizarre in so many ways and ultimately so morally challenging that I have skirted around them.

MERIENDA ON BUENDIA

As she is transferring to HQ on Roxas

There will be merienda today for Rosa.

There will be ukoy and ube-macapuno cake

And the boss Dr Dhoni will make a speech.

He will be charming and diplomatic

And tell of Rosa’s many talents,

Avoiding reference to her penchant

For bunking off and cultivating seedy affairs

With senior expatriate staffers who should know better.

NEW COMPUTER MODELLING OF BEEF TRANSPORT IN NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

I was fascinated to learn that Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization [CSIRO] has developed a new highly-complex, interactive computer model that gives a ‘truckie’s’ eye view’ of the farm-to-market road transport and logistics supply chain.

SEE OUR NEW WEBSITE AT: http://guardiansofthebays.org.nz/ AND A LEADER FROM OUR CO-CONVENOR DR SEA ROTMANN:

Keeping the Airport honest is as hard as catching tadpoles with your bare hands

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We need to state upfront that we do appreciate that the Wellington International Airport Limited (WIAL) is a corporation, one run by its majority shareholder Infratil, and as such has specific mandates to fulfil for its shareholders.

PIG IN A POLL

As we all know, The Donald lightly braised Hillary Clinton in his helicopter as she scoffed her pork chop at the Iowa State Fair – that, after he himself had chomped on the juices.

It seems that hamming it up is now de rigueur for US Presidential Candidates – and research by The Independent Institute even suggests that indissolubility from pork was guaranteed under the final ‘Necessary and Proper’ Clause of the Constitution.

WE THE PEOPLE

Here we go again. the Americans are being bores and the Russians are being bears. Both want to 'Be Great'. Both want 'Simple Answers'. And we are increasingly being told: ‘this is just the way things are, liberal commentators – suck on that – get used to it’.

So I read in the Washington Post from Philip Bump that:

‘Shortly after Donald Trump's helicopter touched down in Des Moines on Saturday, a reporter asked him a question about his policies.

BOOKS AS TREASURES

When I chatted last Monday to Sarah Laing and John Reynolds [see August 14th, ‘New Zealand's Opportunities for Artistry on the Web Frontier’] I explained that, although I write on the Web, I love books. After all, I come from the generation where books were venerated and nobody who considered themselves Middle Class [Mr Reynolds please note] would ever write in a book.
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