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“..Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling..”

“..An independent Scotland’s future currency – - and its reliance on oil revenue – - dominated the second televised debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising … Continue reading

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“..11 Quotes To Remember Jorge Luis Borges On His Birthday..”

“..One of the most unique literary figures of the twentieth century – - Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires – Argentina – on this day in 1899. As a master craftsman of the short story – Borges penned … Continue reading

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“..The establishment uncovered: how power works in Britain..”

“..In an extract from his new book – - Owen Jones explains how the political – social – and business elites – - have a stranglehold on the country..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> The establishment uncovered: how power works in … Continue reading

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“..Can Automata’s rise of the robots bring science fiction to life?..”

“..Science fiction’s big ideas don’t translate well to the screen – – either smothered in syrup by directors (A.I.) – - or played for laughs (Starship Troopers). Does the latest Antonio Banderas robot blockbuster mark a new dawn?..” (cont..) go … Continue reading

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“..Benefits Street series two starts filming – despite locals’ opposition..”

“..Critics of the show claimed it exploited the participants – - and branded it ‘poverty porn’..” (cont..) (ed:..series one of this benificiary-bashing/’poverty-porn’is about to screen in nz.. ..in the election campaign.. ..agenda much..?..d’yareckon..? ..and i wonder how long tvnz has … Continue reading

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“..How to Get a Figurine Produced in China – and Not Lose Your Shirt..”

“..Jared Zichek decided to make his own – - and says you can too..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> How to Get a Figurine Produced in China and Not Lose Your Shirt – Boing Boing.

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“..Anne Salmond: Royal commission needed to clean up dirty politics..”

“..Dame Anne Salmond says revelations in the book Dirty Politics – - show a Royal Commission of Inquiry is needed to clean up Parliament..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Anne Salmond: Royal commission needed to clean up dirty politics – National … Continue reading

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“..Inside the Magical Room Where the Best Headphones in the World Are Made..”

“..Smart people know that Sunset Park is where you get the best Chinese food in Brooklyn. Really smart people know it’s also where you get great headphones — some of the best in the world. The Grados have been making … Continue reading

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“..Contracts – Clashing Egos – Cocaine: What Doomed Chevy Chase’s Early ‘SNL’ Career..”

“..I’m Chevy Chase – and You’re Not..” (cont..) go to source/story>> I’m Chevy Chase and You’re Not «.

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“..Time Inc. Faces a Looming Existential Magazine Deadline..”

“..Time Inc. – which includes iconic publications like People – Sports Illustrated – and its flagship magazine TIME – - is struggling to become profitable after being spun off from Time Warner..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Time Inc. Faces a … Continue reading

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“..Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love voted Greatest Guitar Riff of all time in BBC Radio 2 poll..”

“..The driving blues riff crafted by Jimmy Page in 1969 beat contenders – - including Metallica – Nirvana – and The White Stripes to the top spot..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love voted Greatest Guitar Riff … Continue reading

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“..If Kate Bush can make a comeback – then how about this lot? – We can but dream..”

“..who else might be tempted to return..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> If Kate Bush can make a comeback, then how about this lot? We can but dream… – Features – Music – The Independent.

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“..5 Insane Right-Wing Rants This Week: Arch-Conservative Celeb Edition..”

“..The wing-nuts could not control their apoplectic outbursts about recent events..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> 5 Insane Right-Wing Rants This Week: Arch-Conservative Celeb Edition | Alternet.

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“..Notting Hill Carnival: the early years..” (photo-gallery..)

“..take a look at the carnival in its earlier years..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Notting Hill Carnival: the early years | Culture | The Guardian.

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“..Glimpses: amazing audiobook of one of the all-time-great rock-n-roll novels..”

“..I’ve been haunted by Lewis Shiner’s World Fantasy Award winning novel Glimpses since I read it in 1994; I rate it as one of the all-time great rock-n-roll novels..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Glimpses: amazing audiobook of one of the … Continue reading

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“..Furious trolls are everywhere: Even Internet moms are angry — and they hate you..”

“..Violent enraged Internet trolls lurk everywhere – - and have remade what seemed like an open space. Can we stop them?..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Furious trolls are everywhere: Even Internet moms are angry — and they hate you – … Continue reading

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“..Top places for walking the dog..”

(..an auckland best-of for dogs..) (cont..) go to source/story>>> Top places for walking the dog – Travel – NZ Herald News.

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a broods profile..

“..But separate to the Lorde effect – their soulful synth pop has simply struck a chord..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Sweat, Broods and tears – music – entertainment | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Plants that anyone can grow..”

in praise of succulents.. (cont..) go to source/story>>> Plants that anyone can grow | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Happy 75th Ginger Baker! British Drummer Carried Beat for Cream..”

“..If you’ve ever jammed to ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ or ‘White Room’ by Cream – - spent time with the Blind Faith album – - got down to Levitation by Hawkwind – - or listened to Public Image Limited’s classic … Continue reading

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“..At 85 – Jules Feiffer Finally Gives Us a Graphic Novel..”

“..Badass women star in ‘Kill My Mother- – - his twisted noirish mystery-romance..” (cont..) go to source/story>> At 85, Jules Feiffer Finally Gives Us a Graphic Novel | Mother Jones.

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“..Reading ’50 Shades of Grey’ is linked to abusive relationships – and eating disorders..”

“..Fiction can be an important tool in fighting sexual abuse – - but not if it reaffirms dangerous ideals..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Reading “50 Shades of Grey” is linked to abusive relationships and eating disorders – Salon.com.

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“..Why Burning Man is not an example of a loosely regulated tech utopia…”

“..The rules are important at Burning Man. But being rich means you get to do what you want – - just like anywhere else..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Why Burning Man is not an example of a loosely regulated tech … Continue reading

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“..Russell Brand absolutely demolishes Fox News – over Ferguson coverage..”

“..On the latest episode of his Web series – - the British comedian takes Fox to task for its one-sidedness..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Russell Brand absolutely demolishes Fox News over Ferguson coverage – Salon.com.

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“..Worse than Wal-Mart: Amazon’s sick brutality – and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers..”

“..You might find your Prime membership morally indefensible – - after reading these stories about worker mistreatment..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Worse than Wal-Mart: Amazon’s sick brutality and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers – Salon.com.

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“..Is Batman the world’s worst dad? – The most disastrous comic book parents..”

“..Your tyke may rip a hole in the couch – - but comic book hellspawn have been known to rip a hole in the fabric of reality..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Is Batman the world’s worst dad? The most disastrous … Continue reading

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“..9 Times ‘The Simpsons’ Was Strangely Beautiful..”

“..here are just a few visually and emotionally beautiful moments from the show..” (cont..) go to source/story>> 9 Times ‘The Simpsons’ Was Strangely Beautiful.

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“..The Poetry and Prophecy of Edgar Allan Poe..”

“..there are many unusual details about Poe’s colourful life and work – which are certainly true. Although he is celebrated for his short stories Poe the poet is also a fascinating figure – - whose poetry has left us with … Continue reading

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“..30 Years Of Music Industry Upheaval In 30 Seconds..”

“..In 30 years we’ve gone from flipping cassette tapes – to playing CDs – to downloading iTunes – - to streaming Spotify. These seismic shifts in the music industry are visualized in a fascinating GIF..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> 30 … Continue reading

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“..These Magical Worlds Are Even Better Than ‘Harry Potter’..”

“..I learned to love a good magic system – - when I was a kid reading sci-fi and fantasy paperbacks..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> These Magical Worlds Are Even Better Than ‘Harry Potter’ | Off The Shelf.

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“..Neil deGrasse Tyson Hit by Creationist Backlash for Explaining Universe Is Billions of Years Old..”

“..In an interview with AlterNet – Tyson talks about the success of his TV show ‘Cosmos’..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Neil deGrasse Tyson Hit by Creationist Backlash for Explaining Universe Is Billions of Years Old | Alternet.

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“..Kate Bush: Before the Dawn signals a new era for pop’s enduring enigma..”

“..The singer has managed to retain her trump cards of mystery and surprise – - before her eagerly awaited London concerts..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Kate Bush: Before the Dawn signals a new era for pop’s enduring enigma | Music … Continue reading

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“..10 things we learned this week..”

“..a roundup of the week’s news..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> 10 things we learned this week | World | The Guardian.

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“..NZ on Screen: Before they were politicians..”

(ed:..i watched the nikki kaye lord-of-the-flies stylings reality show..from 1997.. ..and was left with the impression that it was/must have been good training for her future interactions with the rampant/raging male egos in the national party.. ..and i wouldn’t mind … Continue reading

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“..Tidal wave of dirt that could swamp election..”

“..The political fallout from the release of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics book keeps on coming. David Fisher looks at key developments so far..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Tidal wave of dirt that could swamp election – National – NZ Herald … Continue reading

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“..Motorized Roller Skates That Make 12 MPH Feel Absolutely Terrifying..”

“..Here’s the first thing I learned when riding a pair of RocketSkates: – 12 mph might seem slow – but strap a pair of motorized roller skates to your feet and that speed becomes instantly terrifying..” (cont..) go to source/story>> … Continue reading

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“..Over 1000 hilarious Nancy comic strips from 1946-1948..”

“..Drawn in a simple – bold – and eye-catching style – - Nancy is clever – hilarious – and a bit surreal..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Over 1000 hilarious Nancy comic strips from 1946-1948 – Boing Boing.

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“..And the worst dressed male celeb is..”

“..Let’s talk about Simon Cowell. His propensity for too-tight t-shirts – waist-high shiny pants – – or a shirt unbuttoned one too many – - is cringeworthy at best..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> And the worst dressed male celeb is… … Continue reading

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“..Matthew Weiner’s disastrous ‘Are You Here’: Why it’s so hard for showrunners to follow up a hit TV show..”

“..The ‘Mad Men’ creator is famous. He’s critically beloved. And now he has a genuinely bad movie to his name..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Matthew Weiner’s disastrous “Are You Here”: Why it’s so hard for showrunners to follow up a … Continue reading

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“..Here’s your ultimate character-based guide to marathoning ‘The Simpsons’..”

“..If you have a favorite ‘Simpsons’ character- – here are the marathon episodes to watch so you don’t miss out..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Here’s your ultimate character-based guide to marathoning “The Simpsons” – Salon.com.

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