Mind the technology gap

Mind the technology gap

This year, the Oxford Juni­or Dic­tion­ary, aimed at sev­en-year-olds, decided to ditch some words. They had too many pages appar­ently, so they got chop­ping; chest­nuts, mag­pies, leo­pards and larks are out. Blog­ging, chat rooms and cut-and-paste are in. Net over nature, Out­look over the out­doors. A move to mod­ern­ise, they said, a pro­foundly sad move […]

More hurrahs to come?

More hurrahs to come?

Rival­ries, on the whole, are a bit of fun. Sib­ling rival­ries, trans-Tas­­man rival­ries, glee­fully venom­ous but prob­ably made-up rival­ries on real­ity shows. It’s all just a harm­less, some­what pass­ive-aggress­ive gag. How­ever, there’s one rivalry in par­tic­u­lar that really riles me, and that’s the rivalry — or pre­tend rivalry — between Wel­ling­ton and Auck­land. I lived in Auckland […]