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Getting The Message
As he prepares to play the lead in Bertolt Brecht’s epic drama The Life of Galileo, Michael Hurst has been slipping into the Auckland Theatre Company’s (ATC) rehearsal rooms just before dawn each day to rev himself up and “get all the juices going”.
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Not Too Crowded
Many years ago, Neil Finn observed that bands had a natural lifespan: the Beatles, Split Enz, his own Crowded House, who played their farewell concert to more than 200,000 people at the Sydney Opera House in 1996. Creative impasses, internal strife a
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Insane Style
CRUELLA directed by Craig Gillespie This is the origin story of one of the scariest childhood villains – Cruella de Vil – who famously dognapped Pongo and Perdita’s 99 puppies to make their fur into a coat. The 1961 animated Disney original, One Hund
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Punch-drunk Love
Recently I paid a visit to the rather forlorn Essex resort of Clacton-on-Sea. The trip wasn’t for the purposes of a “staycation”, the domestic holiday that Britons have been advised to take, as all other destinations are out of bounds. I went there b
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SCIENCE & NATURE BRIEFS
Deepwater oxygen levels have declined by 18% on average, an analysis of nearly 400 lakes around the world – including lakes Taupō, Tarawera and Brunner in this country – has found. Researchers say the loss of dissolved oxygen seriously affects the he
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A Bridge Too Far
The proposal (Editorial, June 12) to spend $785 million on a second Auckland harbour bridge, solely for cyclists and walkers, is an astonishingly single-minded waste of money, especially when the final cost is likely to be in the order of a billion d
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10 Quick Questions
1. Which US city was the main setting for the TV crime drama Breaking Bad? ❑ Phoenix❑ Los Angeles❑ Flagstaff❑ Albuquerque 2. Which renowned artwork is also known as La Gioconda? ❑ Lady with an Ermin❑ Mona Lisa❑ The Thinker❑ Vitruvian Man 3. True or f
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The Linda problem
In his most famous experiment, Daniel Kahneman and his distinguished collaborator Amos Tversky asked subjects about Linda. Here’s how they described her: Linda is 31 years old, single, outspoken and very bright. She majored in philosophy. As a studen
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Look Who’s Talking
If you think you might benefit from talk therapy, what do you need to know? Counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and psychiatrists are the most common therapist types. Each has relative strengths (and costs) and each works for potentially dif
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Whirl Of The World
Sue Orr’s new novel opens matter-of-factly at Auckland Airport in 1978. Sixteen-year-old Charlie Lowry has an appointment at a Sydney abortion clinic after Auckland’s only provider was forced to close. The Pan Am plane sits on the tarmac for hours, u
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Wisdom Of Youth
Our kids can be trusted with challenging ideas, if the 28 finalists in the 2021 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are any indication. From a field of 166 entries, the finalists stood out for their big ideas, delivered in an entert
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On The Edge
The brown-orange skies over the country early last year were a reminder that although Australia’s bushfires may have been 2000km away, the air there can soon become the air here. That environmental proximity brings an edge to watching The Commons, a
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Foreign Flair
Three hundred million glasses full, give or take a few. That’s how much wine we imported last year. Overseas wines have captured 45% of the total market. From all over the world they come. Not just the famous wines of the Old World (France, Italy, Sp
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After Dinner, Mint
DÉLICIEUX directed by Éric Besnard Although Délicieux is certainly a pretty French film, this historical gastronomic comedy delivers much more than just bonbons pour les yeux. From the intoxicating, wordless cooking tutorial of the opening to the uni
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Diversions
7. What is a person for whom a discovery, place, invention, item is named? (6)8. Which country’s flag features an eagle with a snake in its beak? (6)10. Between 1508 and 1512, Michelangelo painted the ceiling of which chapel? (7)11/12. Who introduced
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Talkback
The excellent documentary Heaven and Hell: The Centrepoint Story (TVNZ 1, May 30) was marred – in fact, ruined – by the overbearing, intrusive background music. There were times when it was impossible to hear the interviews and we had to adjust the v
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The Biases That Drive Us
In his best-selling book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman wrote that to be a good diagnostician, a doctor needs to “learn the language of medicine”. To be a good thinker, with a deeper understanding of the judgments and choices of ourselves a
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Rocking On
A decade before the ascension of our Lorde to Grammy heaven, one of our most successful musical exports was the hard-rocking Datsuns out of Cambridge. With their energetic thrash and youthful enthusiasm, they were championed by influential British ra
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Mile-high Mayhem
In a recent Saturday morning, at a prearranged time, I called a number in the United States and began talking to a house plant named Ronald. Ronald lives in a one-bedroom condo in Phoenix, Arizona, with his siblings, Betsy, Wild Thing and Frodo, and
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TV Sport
CRICKET: Luck of the draw may have played a part (see Sport, page 46), but New Zealand is contesting the first World Test Championship final, against India in Southampton, England, starting Friday, June 18. Sky Sport 2 has live overnight coverage, wi
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Radio June 19-25
FREEVIEW 51 SKY 422 iHeartRADIO rnz.co.nz/concert News and Weather 6.00am, 7.00, 8.00, 9.00, noon 6.00 Classic Morning 9.00 Weekend Brunch Noon From the top 1.00 Onstage 2.00 Worlds of Music with Trevor Reekie 3.00 RNZ Concert Afternoons 5.00 Inside
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Suburban Gothic
In the story “Once Upon a Pair of Wheels”, a man spills dirt into the bed sheets of a former girlfriend, using his body to grind the soil into the expensive linen. Their relationship ended after a tragic accident a long time ago and he now wants to d
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Books of My Life
THE AUTHOR’S CUT, a selection of short stories chosen from his 13 previous collections, will be released on June 16. “Rather than reprise favourites from my early writing life, I salute three books of more recent times.” BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, by Annie
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The Bill problem
To experience the heuristic process, try the following question, which illustrates several essential themes of the heuristics and biases approach. Bill is 33 years old. He is intelligent but unimaginative, compulsive and generally lifeless. In school
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Cable Cabal
LAPSIS directed by Noah Hutton I’d love to explain the conceit of Lapsis, but for most of this low-budget sci-fi satire of the gig economy, it’s hard to tell just what the gig actually is. On the surface, it involves stringing fibreoptic cables hikin
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Poorly Served
It is good to hear directly from people I write about. Recently, I wrote about the Government’s stubborn insistence on restricting the number of Covid-19-free Pacific Island Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers and its damaging effect on the fr
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Strings Attached
Pianist Michael Houstoun remembers his 1971 win in New Zealand’s National Concerto Competition as both redemption and opportunity. A teenager, he played Liszt’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No 2. “I’d entered the competition two years before and got only
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Lack Of R.e.s.p.e.c.t.
In the immediate post-Muldoon era, the National Party held a wound-licking annual conference, among the hoop-la of which was a specially commissioned song about rebuilding. At the time, it seemed there might never be another spectacle quite so desper
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Short Cuts
In EVERYBODY (Picador), out next month, Olivia Laing, author of The Lonely City, employs the life of renegade psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich to investigate bodily freedoms through the major social movements of the 20th century, from sexual liberation to
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