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On Hugs

I miss hugs. New Zealand is not a particularly cuddly place. New Zealanders are a friendly lot, but we’re of Scottish descent and we don’t do hugs, we’re more inclined to a manly reticence (even when we’re not men). Many … Continue reading

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Cross-Cultural Understanding

Petra has been learning a few rhymes at kindy and came home to demonstrate her new skills to us. She waggled her foot and sung, “You put your left leg in, you put your left leg out…” “Ah,” says Travis, … Continue reading

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Speaking New Zild

Petra’s accent is a bit messed up – she uses a mix of Canadian and New Zealand pronunciations and words. Her vowels though, are pure New Zealand. She likes to have picnics on the “dick” (deck) and writes with a … Continue reading

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Living in the Future

A couple of thoughts about access to culture and how it’s changed since the advent of the internet. Travis grew up in a small town on the Canadian prairies; I grew up in a series of hydro villages in Otago, … Continue reading

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Wellington Anniversary Day

One of the small oddities of being an ex-pat is that you never know when the public holidays will turn up, so you find yourself with unexpected long weekends. When I moved to Vancouver, I only found out that a … Continue reading

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Constants in an Everchanging World

Here are a few things that have appeared everywhere we've lived.  While the continuity is reassuring, there are some things I would have been happy to leave in the northern hemisphere.  The Late Show with David Letterman Fisher Price toy … Continue reading

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A Banana Republic with Snowflakes

So says an unnamed "Carleton University international affairs expert" in an article about the current Canadian political imbroglio. What's happening up there?  It seems that Stephen Harper overreached himself (revealing a scarily autocratic bent) in trying to cut funding to … Continue reading

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