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“..The invisible man..”

“..As a finalist for the Walters Prize – artist Kalisolaite ‘Uhila lived rough on the streets of Auckland for three months. It was scary – challenging – and uplifting..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> The invisible man – Canvas magazine – … Continue reading

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“..Why is NZ’s gender pay gap widening?..”

“..New Zealand women are among the most educated in the world – a new report shows – - but there is a growing gap between economic opportunities for men and women – – including their pay packets. The World Economic … Continue reading

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“..’Downton Abbey’ might kill off family dog – Isis – can you guess why?..”

“..Is it odd political backpedaling – - or peddling controversy for ratings?..” (cont..) go to source/story>> “Downton Abbey” might kill off family dog, Isis — can you guess why? – Salon.com.

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“..’A billion husbands are about to be replaced’: Imagining the wildly effective vibrators of the future..”

“..In dude-king Chuck Palahniuk’s latest – - men are made obsolete by sex toys..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> “A billion husbands are about to be replaced”: Imagining the wildly effective vibrators of the future – Salon.com.

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“..The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies film to culminate in 45-minute battle scene..” (comment:..ed:..i have a confession to make..i am not a ring-head..my views are jaundiced..(i didn’t like the book either..)

“..After years directing the films – Peter Jackson intends to end with a bang..” (cont..) (ed:..bloody hell..!..’45 minutes’..?.. ..just the thught of sitting thru that makes me feel like a cup of tea..and a wee lie-down.. disclaimer:..i have vague memories … Continue reading

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“..Can the music you listen to determine how clever you are?..”

“..researchers found that people who liked pop music tended to be honest but lacked creativity – - rap fans had high self-esteem – - people who listened to heavy metal were found to be gentle but lacked confidence – - … Continue reading

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“..Revolting times: Our ruling class needs to pay heed to its fed-up subjects – now..”

“..British life today has startling parallels with 1381 – - in the days leading up to the Peasants’ Revolt – - argues the author of a new book on the bloody rebellion..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Revolting times: Our ruling … Continue reading

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“..this is the best cheap tablet out there..”

“..It’s heavy – and has a lousy battery and camera – - but this is the perfect tablet for the family – - great for streaming – and with comprehensive user controls..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Tesco Hudl 2 review: … Continue reading

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“..Top 10 Greenest Cities in the World..”

“..The most livable and environmentally friendly cities in the world..” (cont..) (ed:..any nz cities in there..?..i hear you ask…yeah..nah..eh..? ..but singapore is..eh..?..) go to source/story>>> Top 10 Greenest Cities in the World | Alternet.

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“..Photo highlights of the day..”

“..a selection of the best photographs from around the world..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Photo highlights of the day | News | The Guardian.

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“..What is the scariest television show of all time?..”

“..For Stuart Heritage – The Walking Dead is as scary as a puppy in a tutu – - but he’s still terrified by 1980s kids’ TV shows..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> What is the scariest television show of all time? … Continue reading

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“..ghost towns and modern ruins..”

“..These abandoned villages – factories – and military bases – - will send a shiver up your spine..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Top 10 ghost towns and modern ruins you can visit | Travel | The Guardian.

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“..Sunset Overdrive: A post-apocalyptic playground..”

“..The long-awaited Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive has been built from the ground up – - to deliver balls-to-the-wall fun – - and boy – does it deliver..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Sunset Overdrive: A post-apocalyptic playground | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..Hear Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes: The Bootleg Series Vol 11..”

“..Before their official release as a six CD boxset – - listen to these selected highlights..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Hear Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes: The Bootleg Series Vol 11 | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Stumbling into now: the stunning photography of Modern Times – in pictures..”

“..For the first time – Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is putting its staggering 20th-century photography archive on show..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Stumbling into now: the stunning photography of Modern Times – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

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“..Jack Bruce – a life in pictures..”

“..Member of the 1960s pop band Cream – Jack Bruce – - has died at the age of 71..” (cont..) go to source/story Jack Bruce – a life in pictures | Music | The Guardian.

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“..When Jimi Hendrix came to London – he changed the sound of music forever..”

“..the rock legend’s time in the capital in the 60s – – the focus of a new biopic – – and talks to some of those who knew him well..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> When Jimi Hendrix came to London, … Continue reading

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“..Johnny Marr review – from Smiths to Banana Splits..”

“..Nostalgia meets new wave – - in the guitar hero’s 21-song marathon..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Johnny Marr review – from Smiths to Banana Splits | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Couch potatoes have killed the internet dream..”

“..We had a glorious vision of a ‘sit-up’ medium dominated by user-generated content – – until a lazy, entertainment-hungry public opted for old habits..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Couch potatoes have killed the internet dream | Technology | The Guardian.

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“..Revolution by Russell Brand – digested read..”

“..John Crace reduces the call to arms from the comedian, actor and West Ham fan – - to a universe-shifting 600 words..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Revolution by Russell Brand – digested read | Books | The Guardian.

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“..Vashti Bunyan: It’s hard to imagine making another album..”

“..The Edinburgh-based Bunyan‘s last full-length, ‘Lookaftering’ arrived in 2005 – - after the reclusive folk artist’s forgotten 1970 debut ‘Just Another Diamond Day’ – - was rediscovered by a new century of jaded postmodernists – - looking for something wonderful … Continue reading

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“..Les Claypool: I’ve been exploding Americana for 30 years..”

“..The Primus lead singer on the band’s new biography – - Bee Gees covers – and his Willy Wonka tribute..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Les Claypool: I’ve been exploding Americana for 30 years – Salon.com.

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“..How ‘Archie’ went from dull to daring: The world’s tamest comic series is now our most groundbreaking..”

“..Archie used to be the safest squarest comic book franchise out there. But in the past few years something changed..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> How “Archie” went from dull to daring: The world’s tamest comic series is now our most … Continue reading

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“..Frank Gehry gives the finger to all new buildings (except his)..”

“..Gehry has declared that 98 per cent of modern architecture is “s**t..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Frank Gehry gives the finger to all new buildings (except his) – Architecture – Arts and Entertainment – The Independent.

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“..Bolivia Is An Example of How Socialism Can ‘Work’..”

“..A major reason for President Evo Morales’ success is the inclusion of the indigenous community in the formal economy..” (cont..) (ed:..yoo-hoo..!..New Zealand labour party..!..more than just token-’inclusion’..eh..?..) go to source/story>>> Bolivia Is An Example of How Socialism Can ‘Work’ | … Continue reading

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“..4 Illegal Drugs that Could Safely Treat Depression..”

“..Science continues to show how cannabis and psychedelics can work psychological wonders..” (cont..) go to source/story>> 4 Illegal Drugs that Could Safely Treat Depression | Alternet.

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“..7 Cities That Are Playgrounds for the Rich – and Terrors for the Poor..”

“..Where housing booms for ultra rich – - meet rising homelessness..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> 7 Cities That Are Playgrounds for the Rich and Terrors for the Poor | Alternet.

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“..30 of the Most Violent Exhortations from the Bible – Torah – and Quran..”

“..How well do you know your Holy Books?..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> 30 of the Most Violent Exhortations from the Bible, Torah and Quran | Alternet.

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“..Ray Winstone: ‘I don’t mean to look like I want to kill people’..”

“.. The actor – 57 – on money – Dickensian London – - and not trusting politicians..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Ray Winstone: ‘I don’t mean to look like I want to kill people’ | Film | The Guardian.

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“..This might be the most absurd restaurant..”

“..in this grand sprawling Georgian town house – he created a multi-venue pleasurama – - a sensory overload of challenging artworks – alien’s egg loos – - and extraordinary and curious food..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> David Shrigley at Sketch, … Continue reading

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“..From Python to Seinfeld – are these 12 classic comedies still funny?..” (videos..)

“..They’re known as ‘comedy gold’ – but are they? Really? – critics cast an unsentimental eye over 12 from the hall of fame..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> From Python to Seinfeld – are these 12 classic comedies still funny? | … Continue reading

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“..Jack Bruce: five songs that chart his journey through the 60s to Cream..”

“..Here are five performances tracing the late Jack Bruce’s journey from 19-year-old upright bass player – - to part of rock’s first supergroup..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Jack Bruce: five songs that chart his journey through the 60s to Cream … Continue reading

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“.John Peel day: Pink Floyd – PJ Harvey – Roxy Music – and more of the bands he broke – in pictures..”

“..Saturday 25 October marks 10 years since the death of the DJ who was instrumental in launching the careers of some of music’s most successful acts. From PJ Harvey to Public Enemy – the Pogues to Pink Floyd- – here … Continue reading

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“..For Whom The Taika Roars – (An Open Letter to Taika Waititi)..”

“..Tena koe Taika – – I hear you’ve written the screenplay for Disney’s new film about the voyaging traditions of our tipuna..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> For Whom The Taika Roars (An Open Letter to Taika Waititi) | The Non-Plastic … Continue reading

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“..Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century – in 20 minutes..”

“..Piketty’s bestselling economics book is seismic – a vital infusion of data into the ideological debate over economics – - but it’s also 700 pages long. That’s not because the argument is difficult to lay out – - it’s because … Continue reading

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“..GeekGirlCon is an oasis of acceptance..”

“..how a convention creates a welcoming space with language..” (cont..) go to source/story>> GeekGirlCon is an oasis of acceptance – Boing Boing.

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“..11 truly horrifying fast food creations..”

“..Cheese sauce on *everything*..” (cont..) go to source/story>> 11 truly horrifying fast food creations – Salon.com.

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“..Photo highlights of the day..”

“..a selection of the best photographs from around the world..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Photo highlights of the day | News | The Guardian.

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“..From Twiggy to Germaine Greer: eight classic images of powerful women..”

“..Here – from Twiggy in a trouser suit – to the high-shine shoulderpads of Dynasty – - eight women write about the most eye-catching looks in the show..” (cont..) go to source/story>> From Twiggy to Germaine Greer: eight classic images … Continue reading

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“..A tank veteran on Fury: ‘Very realistic – but it can’t come close to the full horror of war’..”

“..Bill Betts – now 91 – was a radio operator on Sherman tanks during the second world war. He talks about the memories reignited by Fury – - which stars Brad Pitt as a Sherman tank commander leading his team … Continue reading

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