June 6 1944

Seventy-five years ago today, my father, aged just 23, took part in the D-Day landings that turned the tide of World War II. He rarely talked about the war, but…

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WREMO – An on-going disaster

The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) was quick to respond to my post on Scoop last week about their apparent lack of planning for a disaster in the Wellington…

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Writing isn’t easy …

Writing isn’t easy and, even after you’ve been doing it for a few years, you’re still a novice. If you want to be a successful writer, be prepared to work…

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Using zombies to spot the passive voice

Writers are generally encouraged to avoid the passive voice because … well, it’s passive. Take sentences like: My car was stolen yesterday. The meeting was called off. The window was…

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WCC and digital democracy

Before your eyes glaze over at the next paragraph and you click away, bear with me. This is quite interesting … Submissions for the Annual Plan 2019/20 and Revenue &…

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WREMO – What a disaster!

Think you’ll get any help from WREMO after a natural disaster? Think again!

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Things you don’t know you know

“Adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac.”

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Neil Gaiman on Piracy

“I used to get really grumpy with people because they put my poems up, they put my stories up, they put my stuff up on the web. And I had this belief, which was completely erroneous, that if people put your stuff up on the web and you didn’t tell them to take it down, you would lose your copyright.”

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How to wreck a planet

The headlines say it all: Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth’s natural life Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace World…

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Quotes : Rebecca West

“If one is a woman writer there are certain things one must do. First, not be too good; second, die young. What an edge Katherine Mansfield has on all of…

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