Monday, July 23, 2012

I received a warm-fuzzy today.

As some of you know, I work as a counsellor in a large Auckland school. I am also a Tutor-teacher--- that’s just another name for a ‘Form teacher’ in NZ. I don’t actually teach as my main duty in the school is to counsel the students, families and staff.
You would have hardly missed my other interest; namely, I write books and two of them happen to be in the school library. Of course I didn’t make them pay! --- I gave them the books and as it turns out I may have to give them some more.
Today I received the usual list of things that Tutor-teachers receive—lateness notes for students and various other bits and pieces. Amongst them was a note from the library asking me to tell one of my students that she had a book overdue and could she please return it. I took a closer look.
I was pleased, flattered and couldn’t help giggle. How could I tell the young person off? ----IT WAS FOR MY BOOK---‘ROSKILL’
My solution--- a one-off one?  I shall give the young student a copy of Roskill---- but she still has to return the other one.
Is this a moment I should treasure? --- Hell yes.

We won't use chemical weapons on our own people!

Who would believe a regime who says that it won’t use chemical weapons on its own people; a regime that is murdering its own people on a daily basis; a regime that is clearly in its last days; a regime that is haemorrhaging some of its top military personal as they see the light?
A regime that bombs and burns civilians cannot lay claim to ‘caring’ about its people. This regime could have stopped the slaughter and the dislocation of the people by accepting the fact that it has become irrelevant to the future of Syria, but it won’t--- for one simple reason---it will do anything to retain power for as long as it can, by any method. It knows that the members of the Government will not survive in a new Syria, so we are seeing the death-throes of a clique that is determined to take down as many of those seeking a new beginning as it can.
How can we not be fearful for what lays ahead in the next few weeks?

Asset sales are 'dead in the water Johnny---just stop this stupid process.

When is this stupid charade going to stop? Now, even big investors are crying foul about the ‘loyalty scheme,’ by which the Government is trying to keep the assets in NZ hands. It is going to cost every NZer $112. Why should the rest of us pay for this unpopular scheme? Why should all of those who against selling our assets be forced through government policy to unwittingly support this crazy idea?
Mr Key says that he is mandated to go ahead and force through the partial sale of State Assets. One could argue that he makes this link by the fact that his party won the most votes, but it is clear that the majority on NZers are against the sales. He is certainly not mandated to introduce this latest piece of stupidity.
Surely it is time for a massive backlash. The only way we can show our displeasure is to get out in the streets. So far, the numbers have been less than impressive. I believe that even  Johnny will take note if enough of us get out there. What’s happened to that petition?

So you can get my blog in China----great!

For some silly reason I thought that you could not get my blog in China. Now that I see someone read one today, I am very pleased. I shall write some that may be of interest to you. Dont forget to check out my new website in a few weeks. It is   Just be a little patient while we get the final bits done re Paypal and the latest pictures for the covers of the books.