“..Renee Zellweger’s face is the elephant in the room..”

“..How do we talk about it when a celebrity changes so dramatically?..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Renee Zellweger’s face is the elephant in the room – Salon.com.

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“..Google’s big play in augmented reality is a $542m investment in Magic Leap – a company building ‘a rocket ship for the mind’..”

“..No-one knows exactly what Magic Leap’s technology does-

- but the company says it’s ‘time to bring magic back into the world’..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Google’s big play in augmented reality is a $542m investment in Magic Leap – a company building “a rocket ship for the mind” – Gadgets and Tech – Life and Style – The Independent.

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“..Epic win: The new social media tool that automatically edits out annoying internet idioms..”

“..help is at hand for those prone to the modern-day faux pas of irritating their friends and followers -

- with their constant use of hackneyed buzzwords in their social media commentary..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Epic win: The new social media tool that automatically edits out annoying internet idioms – Online – Media – The Independent.

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“..You Can’t Get the Staff ..” (review..)

“..Princess Olga Romanoff – ex-pat scion of the Russian royals -

- has been reduced to giving guided tours around her mansion house in Kent.

She can still afford to employ a ‘garden boy’-

- fortunately -

- but the only suitable candidate willing to work for minimum wage had some troubling anti-hunt views..”

(cont..)

(ed:..heh..!..)

go to source/story>>>

You Can’t Get the Staff, Channel 4 – TV review: Poshos invite us to point and laugh – Reviews – TV & Radio – The Independent.

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“..The hoverboard is real – and it could give rise to hoverhouses..”

“..Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The hoverboard is real, and it could give rise to hoverhouses – News – Gadgets and Tech – The Independent.

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“..New Zealand Parliament – List of questions for oral answer..Wednesday – 22 October 2014..”

(ed:..i will post a commentary @ the close of proceedings..

..n.b..this is not a literal blow-by-blow account..(transcripts/video-replays are available on parliament website for that..)..

..i just watch..and comment when/where i see fit..)

Questions to Ministers

(ed:..the first impression is one of (a disturbing) familiarity..after all that extended furore..so little seems to have changed..

..rightwinger-labourite-nash turned up..oh..joy..!..joy..!..

..wearing one of those wide-boy/spiv/80′s property-developer-suits..

..and looking quite the part..

1)..Hon ANNETTE KING to the Deputy Prime Minister: Will he make reducing child poverty a Better Public Service target given the statement in the Speech from the Throne that his Government will continue to “have a focus on poverty, especially child poverty”?

..english ducks and weaves trying to avoid answering questions on what he/national will actually do to address poverty..

..and labour have a nerve..getting all huffy/self-rightous about poverty..their election-policies offered s.f.a. to the poorest..

..the rightwing conservative party..aka craigs’-moonies.policies…offered more to the poorest than did labour..

..who really offered..nothing..

2)..DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What will be the main features of the Government’s economic plan during this term of Parliament?

..carter for labour makes a fair fist of holding englishs’ feet to the fire..off the back of dire export prediction figures..hammering him with facts and figures..

3)..Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: How many times, since November 2008, has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?

..key:..’none in my capacity as prime minister’..

..he is then asked if he ever called slater on a phone funded by parliamentary-services..and says he isn’t sure..

..(key is refusing to answer any questions on conversations with slater..on the grounds it ‘was not in his capacity as prime minister’..(!)..

..as winston peters points out..’if key can get away with this..there is no accountability..for any ministers’

..(norman is doing a good job of holding keys’ feet to the fire..)

..hipkins asks the speaker to review/rule on key being able to say he was wearing ‘a different hat’ – and was therefor exempt from being questioned on his conversations with slater..

4)..PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Building and Housing: Does he agree with the statement from the Speech from the Throne that the Government will “have a focus on housing in this Parliamentary term. More special housing areas will be created – and therefore more new housing developed – as a result of Housing Accords signed between the Government and local councils”?

..twyford asks ‘how many houses in ‘special housing areas’ have people living in them?..’..(..smith says he ‘has no record’..which engenders howls of laughter/disbelief..and it turns out there are six houses built..(number living in them unknown..)

..that number again..?..’six’..(smith promised 39,000 in first yr..(!)..)

..(twyford is also doing a good job..hammering smith with facts/stats..smith gets all shouty/red-faced..which is always fun to watch..)

5)..ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Building and Housing: What advice has he received on the monthly rate of new house builds from when this Government was first elected in 2008 and the current rate?

6)..Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?

..peters goes at key for witholding two reports on poverty from official information requests.. for 17 months

..(key then tells a lie..and peters attempts to lodge the evidence proving him lying..(a radio new zealand transcript..)..the speaker disallows this..(!)..(ed:..why..?..you’d hafta ask..?..eh..?..)

7)..Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Why has he changed his pre-election commitment not to deploy New Zealand Special Forces to Iraq to his post-election statement that deployment is “definitely an option”?

..(afghanistan war-monger) goff questions war-monger key..on his pre-election lies/promises not to take new zealand to war..(and goff is doing a good job of ot..

..key:..’it was correct at the times..it is an evolving situation’..(!)

..goff points out that our ‘ally’ in this..saudi arabia..are the main funders of isis…

..(key gets all huffy/on a high horse..blowing his patriotic-trumpet..’doing the best for nz’..insinuating goff doesn’t care..)

8)..SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Health: Is he confident that New Zealand is prepared to deal with a suspected case of Ebola?

9)..Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Education: What recent updates has she received on the progress of the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative?

..listening to parata..kinda makes the heart sink..

..(and judith/alert/sighting..!..a decidedly grim/shitty-mood/thin-lipped looking collins was captured in shot..seemingly not that comfortable in her far backbench seat..)

10)..MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Corrections: What announcements has he recently made to help improve safety for frontline corrections officers in our prisons?

11)..Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Prime Minister: What are the allegations that led to him establishing the Chisholm inquiry into the allegations regarding Judith Collins and a former Director of the Serious Fraud Office?

..key confirms that even if collins is cleared..she will not be returned to the front-bench..(that will not improve collins’ already grim backbench-mood..)

12)..RON MARK to the Minister of Immigration: Does he have an ideal number of migrants coming to New Zealand; if so, what is that number?

..summary:..the opposition in general did well..and none of them can really be faulted on their work..

..(with the exception of the return of serial-smirker..ron marks..i didn’t miss him..)

..and what they all showed..was/is how vulnerable this new govt is..on so many issues…housing/poverty/war/corruption..to name just a quartet..

..and the opposition will have much/plenty to work with/against for the next three yrs/forseeable-future….

(..and the replays available on the parliamentary-website..are worth a look/the time..)

..a 6/10 q-time..

..(and the fashion-statement of the day..of course..was rightwing labourite nash..and his spiv-suit..

..i didn’t see parker..i was hoping to get a hint..maybe from his tie..the colour he was hoping labour wd adopt..

..after they dump that cult-like red..

..and it’s funny what you miss..i used to quite enjoy watching banksie trying not to go on the nod..and usually failing..

..that singular enjoyment is now gone..)

New Zealand Parliament – List of questions for oral answer.

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“..Video: Boxer brutally assaults referee following defeat..”

“..the simple process of declaring a winner soon descended into chaos -

- after the loser launched a brutal attack on the referee..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Video: Boxer brutally assaults referee following defeat – Boxing – More Sports – The Independent.

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“..9 Tech Innovators Under 21 – Who Are Changing The World..”

“..young innovators are blowing our minds -

- by turning their big ideas into realities..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

9 Tech Innovators Under 21 Who Are Changing The World.

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“..Ayahuasca: Is It All Crazy Visions and Hallucinations – Or Is There More to This Tea?..”

“..Making sense of all the hype..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Ayahuasca: Is It All Crazy Visions and Hallucinations, Or Is There More to This Tea? | Alternet.

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“..Guess Who Gives More of Their Money to Charity: People Who Make More or Less Than $200k a Year?..”

“..Philanthropy and income have an inverse relationship..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Guess Who Gives More of Their Money to Charity: People Who Make More or Less Than $200k a Year? | Alternet.

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“..The Globola Crisis..” (comic..)

“..The planet is burning with a fever..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

AlterNet Comics: The Globola Crisis | Alternet.

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“..Paralysed man walks again after pioneering spinal surgery – video..”

“..A man paralysed from the chest down has managed to walk again -

- following pioneering cell transplant surgery..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Paralysed man walks again after pioneering spinal surgery – video | Science | The Guardian.

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“..Russell Brand: cancelling debt for ordinary people ‘not impossible’ – video..”

“..Russell Brand says claims that it is ‘not possible’ to cancel the debt of ordinary people are untrue.

He says a revolution by way of organised disobedience -

- including refusing to pay mortgages and taxes -

- would take power out of the hands of government and corporation.

Brand also says addiction needs to be treated as a health issue – rather than an addiction..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Russell Brand: cancelling debt for ordinary people ‘not impossible’ – video | Politics | The Guardian.

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“..Where do the world’s millionaires live?..”

“..Despite a challenging economic environment -

- total global wealth has hit a new record high -

- rising by $20.1 trillion over the past year to reach $263 trillion..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Where do the world’s millionaires live? | News | The Guardian.

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“..The truth about evil..”

“..Our leaders talk a great deal about vanquishing the forces of evil.

But their rhetoric reveals a failure to accept that cruelty and conflict are basic human traits..”

(cont..)

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The truth about evil | John Gray | News | The Guardian.

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“..How household plastics could ruin your sex life..”

“..Phthalates are found in numerous items around the home – and even in food packaging.

So it’s a little worrying that they’re being linked to – among other things -

- a decrease in libido in women..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

How household plastics could ruin your sex life | Life and style | The Guardian.

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“..The Boomtown Rats review – Geldof bounces back in wild style..”

“..Irish new-wavers launch their reunion tour powered by high- energy nostalgia –

- and their frontman’s prancing charisma..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The Boomtown Rats review – Geldof bounces back in wild style | Music | The Guardian.

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“..The little-known musicians behind some of music’s most famous moments..”

“..Raphael Ravenscroft’s sax line on Baker Street was better known than he was –

- but he’s not alone in being the little known creator of something famous..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

The little-known musicians behind some of music’s most famous moments | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Gamergate is loud – dangerous – and a last grasp at cultural dominance by angry white men..”

“..The outrage isn’t about ‘ethics’ – or even really gaming.

It’s about harassing women to protest the movement for female equality..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Gamergate is loud, dangerous and a last grasp at cultural dominance by angry white men | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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“..Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude review – a feminist artist ahead of his time..”

“..The Austrian artist’s passionate love of women is illuminated in one of the most important – and sexy – exhibitions of the year..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude review – a feminist artist ahead of his time | Art and design | The Guardian.

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“..The future has arrived: the sci-fi inventions that have become reality..”

“..Tractor beams – hoverboards – and invisibility cloaks -

- were once just futuristic impossibilities.

Not any more..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

The future has arrived: the sci-fi inventions that have become reality | Science | The Guardian.

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“..Afghan opium poppy yield hits all-time high..” (+ comment:..who really profits from the opium/heroin trade..?..)

“..Farmers grew 209,000 hectares of opium poppy despite US spending $7.6bn on counter-narcotics efforts since 2001..”

(cont..)

(ed:..it is one of the ultimate ironies of that occupation/invasion of afghanistan that we so eagerly joined in on..

..that the talban..for all their well-enumerated faults.. had come close to wiping out the opium-growing industries in afghanistan..(on moral/religious grounds..)

..and since that invasion/occupation by the u.s. and us..

..the opium/heroin industry has blazed back into life..

..funny that..eh..?..

..thinking about those facts for too long..and marveling at how the occupying powers are seemingly unable to/don’t want to.. do what the taliban did..

..can lead you down all sorts of conspiracy highways/bye-ways..

..how can it not..?..)

go to source/story>>

Afghan opium poppy yield hits all-time high | World news | The Guardian.

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“..The Guardian overtakes New York Times in comScore traffic figures..” (+ comment:..and how to fix new zealands’ media-problems/issues..)

“..theguardian.com becomes world’s second most popular English-language newspaper website -

- with 42.6m uniques in September..”

(cont..)

(ed:..it should be number one..there is none better..

..and those thrashing about here trying to think of a new media model to counter/challenge the relentless rightwing focus of the corporate media here in new zealand..

..could do worse than follow the not-for-profit successes of the guardian-model..)

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The Guardian overtakes New York Times in comScore traffic figures | Media | The Guardian.

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“..Green politician arrested in Occupy London protest..”

“..Lady Jones (64) chairwoman of the London assembly’s economy committee – and deputy chair of its police and crime committee -

- was arrested for ‘obstructing police’ as they moved in to break up the demonstration..”

(cont..)

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Green politician Jenny Jones arrested in Occupy London protest | World news | The Guardian.

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“..Nigel Farage deal with Polish far-right party ‘raises serious questions’ say Jews..”

“..Britain’s leading Jewish organisation has accused Nigel Farage of putting Ukip’s credibility on the line -

- by striking a deal with a far-right Polish party whose leader has a history of Holocaust denial – racist remarks – and misogynistic comments..”

(cont..)

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Nigel Farage deal with Polish far-right party ‘raises serious questions’ say Jews | Politics | The Guardian.

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“..Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail for killing of Reeva Steenkamp..” (ed:..he can apply for parole in 10 months..(!)..)

“.. Judge: non-custodial sentence would send wrong message..”

(cont..)

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Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail for killing of Reeva Steenkamp | World news | The Guardian.

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comment@ whoar:..what’s with all the hate being directed @ ‘brokenwood’..?

(ed:..having caught slivers/glimpses of the new local murder-soap ‘the brokenwood mysteries’..

..and initially marveled at how ..like those pommy comfort-crime shows..how many murders happen in such a small idyllic environment..(but i digress..)

..i thought it was ok…

..i am not a particular fan of the genre..but i couldn’t see much wrong with it..as a local take/version..

..it had no gaping holes..seemed to hang together ok..the leads were ok..

..some of the minor roles were interesting snapshots..

..it stood up..

..and/but i have been amazed at the amount of abuse being heaped on it..

..it seems to be the current ‘dotcom’ for the tv reviewers…let’s all gang up on ‘brokenwood’..whoar..!

..and this reached a nadir on national radio yesterday..with their reviewer phil wallington…

..wallington got quite steamed up..and seems to have taken it personally..

..but you really have to wonder just how much attention wallington paid to what he reviewed..

..as twice in his review he claimed the series was set back in the period of the age of the leads’ old holden car..(!)

..he reviewed this..but he didn’t notice it is set in the present day..(!)..

..(they have cellphones..phil..duh..!..didya notice..?)

..and that the lead actors’ ‘quirk’..is his old car..

..so tv-reviewer wallington gets this weeks’ ‘i-wasn’t-really-paying-attention-award’…

..how could he not..?

..in fact..wallington has set the bar high for any further nominees for this award..)

(cont..)

go to source/story>>>

Paul Casserly: The comfort of murder – Opinion – NZ Herald News.

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“..Like a cult and too red – Parker on Labour..” (ed:..breaking news..!..parker has discovered what labours’ problems are..it’s the colour red..(!)..(who knew..?..)

“..Labour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like ‘a cult’ -

and must look at its branding – including its symbolic red party colour.

‘At the moment I think we present ourselves in the Labour Party as so …

..well – some of our imagery is so clearly ‘Labour red’..”

(cont..)

(ed:..any reader-suggestions for a new colour from labour..?

..i reckon a pale-blue wd pretty much nail it..eh..?..

..and well done! to that parker ..eh.?

..for his keen analysis/solution to all that ails labour..

so..in summary:..a quick lick of paint should do it..

..there ya go..!..sorted..!..eh..?..

..and also brownie points to parker..for adopting such an innovative/courageous campaigning-strategy..eh..?)

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Like a cult and too red – Parker on Labour – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Aprilia’s primal ride..”

(..a superbike gets a rave-review..)

(cont..)

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Aprilia’s primal ride – bikes – motoring | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..On giving up processed food..”

“..Here are 8 things we discovered on our path to a healthier life:..”

(cont..)

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On giving up processed food | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Daily soda consumption seriously messes up your DNA..”

“..Drinking one soda every day is associated with 4.6 years of additional biological aging..”

(cont..)

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Daily soda consumption seriously messes up your DNA – Salon.com.

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“..17 things we learned from Paul McCartney’s hilarious Twitter Q&A..”

“..Bob Dylan makes him starstruck..”

(cont..)

go to source/story>>

17 things we learned from Paul McCartney’s hilarious Twitter Q&A – Salon.com.

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“..Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spying..”

“..The $103m taxpayer funding of NZ’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the Five Eyes surveillance club -

- according to a de-classified report..”

(cont..)

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Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spying – National – NZ Herald News.

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“..Baby boomers ruined America: Why blaming millennials is misguided – and annoying..”

“..It may be fun to bash today’s youth -

- but here’s where the awful job economy and ailing planet actually came from..”

(cont..)

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Baby boomers ruined America: Why blaming millennials is misguided — and annoying – Salon.com.

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“..RIP ‘mansplaining’: How the Internet killed one of our most useful words..”

“..At this point – the term is actually inflaming the online gender wars instead of clarifying them..”

(cont..)

(ed:..that’s a shame..eh..?..’mansplaining’ is such a great word..)

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RIP “mansplaining”: How the Internet killed one of our most useful words – Salon.com.

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“..Gough Whitlam dead: The man who reached for the sky..”

(ed:..this link has a tidy video-summary of the brief (3 yr) whitlam-period in australian politics..)

(cont..)

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Gough Whitlam dead: The man who reached for the sky.

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“..Plants can tell when they’re being eaten..”

“..Turns out – the thale cress actually produces some mustard oils -

- and sends them through the leaves to deter predators (the oils are mildly toxic when ingested).

And the study showed that when the plants felt or heard the caterpillar-munching vibrations -

- they sent out extra mustard oils into the leaves.

When they felt or heard other vibrations?

Nothing.

It’s a far more dynamic defense than scientists had realized: the plant is more aware of its surroundings and able to respond than expected..”

(cont..)

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Plants can tell when they’re being eaten – Boing Boing.

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“..Woman inhales anti-gravity vapors – and floats up pole..”

(ed:..i think i am in love..)

(cont..)

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Woman inhales anti-gravity vapors and floats up pole – Boing Boing.

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“..75,000 fireplaces may need to go..”

“..Tens of thousands of fireplaces could be snuffed out in Auckland within four years -

- under a new anti-pollution bylaw..”

(cont..)

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75,000 fireplaces may need to go | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Where have all the style tribes gone?..”

“..Gone are the punks – casuals – new romantics – ravers – skaters – crusties.

Now all kids look the same..”

(cont..)

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Northern Soul: Where have all the style tribes gone? – Features – Fashion – The Independent.

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