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21 Jan 2023 | 2 min read
At the tail end of the Nineties I approached what was then called the Asia 2000 Foundation for assistance to go to Japan to do . . . Well, in all honesty, whatever came up. I was a senior feature writer at the New Zealand Herald with a decent track record of serious journalism, some award-winning stories and had spent personal time in various parts of South East Asia (and maybe even... > Read more
15 Jan 2023 | 2 min read
After I was denied re-entry to the University of Auckland for “failure to make satisfactory academic progress” – I only passed Zoology and Botany in two years, the latter on a D Restricted which means “we'll give you a pass but never come back to this subject” – I ended up at North Shore Teachers College. It was only going to be temporary until my papers... > Read more
4 Jan 2023 | 3 min read
In the many decades I have travelled I've rarely taken a laptop. My preferred companion has always been the cheap 1B5 exercise book that school kids use. There are many reasons for this: they're light and portable; there's little likelihood someone will steal you book but a laptop makes you a target; you can scribble randomly and draw self-help illustrations as reminders (no need for a... > Read more