HINEMOA

Tutanekai lived on Mokoia Island, Lake Rotorua, where of an evening he and his friend Tiki used to play – the one on a “horn”, the other on a “pipe”. The sound of this music could be heard across Lake Rotorua at Owhata and it charmed the beautiful and noble-born Hinemoa who lived there. When Tutanekai visited the mainland with his people, he met Hinemoa and they fell in love. The young man had perforce to return to his village, but the lovers arranged that every night he would play and that Hinemoa would follow the sound of his music to join him.

Tutanekai kept up a nightly serenade but Hinemoa's people, suspecting something was afoot, had hidden all the canoes.

FROM THIS WEBSITE - 19TH FEBRUARY 2016

THIS IS THE PLACE

By Manchester Poet Tony Walsh [aka ‘Longfella’]

['His passionate performance of his work, which documents they city's achievements, traits and history in typically Mancunian parlance, was met with cheers and wild applause. It will stand as the perfect symbol of the pride, passion and defiance of Manchester's people'].

THIS IS THE PLACE

In the north-west of England.

SHOOTING THE INTELLECTUAL BREEZE

What is concentration – what is inspiration – what of speaking in tongues – what of being taken by the Holy Spirit – what of afflatus, ecstasy and poetic frenzy? You tell me? Or perhaps as Freddy Mercury used to say: ‘Don’t tell me Now – I’m having a Good Time’.

NZ SPACE LAUNCH HAS NATION REACHING FOR THE STARS

NZ Newswire - Tuesday, 23 May 2017

New Zealand's first attempt to launch a rocket into space could be just hours away - it all depends on the weather.

The 10-day launch window started on Monday but high winds on the Mahia Peninsula, between Napier and Gisborne, prevented the rocket's roll-out.

Rocket Lab, the American-New Zealand aerospace company that built the Electron rocket, delayed the launch until Tuesday.

“To be a poet in a destitute time means: to attend, singing, to the trace of the fugitive gods. This is why the poet in the time of the world's night utters the holy.” [Martin Heidegger]

THE DRUIDS’ HYMNS TO CERNUNNOS THE HORNED

THE FIRST TRUTH

That the sky is our father

The earth our mother

The sun our elder brother

The moon our elder sister

And the stars our kin

Is not to be doubted.

ARTICLE REPEATED FROM OCTOBER 2016

SOCIAL CONTRACTS AND SHOULDERING CHALLENGES

Charles Hawley has just published an interesting article in Der Spiegel on the Creation Myth that has defined American Culture, arguing:

In America, the founding myth does not focus on a particular ethnic attribute, rather it centers on a single document: the Constitution. All it takes to be an American is to believe in the democracy outlined in the Constitution, no matter where you come from.

I am proud to report that there are now 2000 articles on this Site, the overwhelming majority of which [all of which over the last 7 years or so] are original. And 1.125 million Page Views have been recorded - with a world-wide audience.

This compares to 1,500 articles and 725,000 Page Views as of 26th November 2015

Speaking as an economist, one measure of value is my potential earnings for the time spent.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

One hundred and one years ago the British and French agreed a proposal to share the Arab and Kurdish lands held under the Ottoman Empire. This complemented a previous agreement among the WWI Allied combatants to allocate Armenia, Constantinople and the Dardanelles to Czarist Russia in the event of victory.
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