The Cup of plenty …

When I first came to Australia the Melbourne Cup was a BIG thing.

It was ‘the race that stopped the nation’ and for many years I got swept up by it all. I would have a flutter, maybe dress up and/or go to an event.

But over the past few years that’s really dropped off.

Now I see more reports on how the horses are treated and people’s growing revulsion to the whole thing.

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The need for speed…

What is it about people these days that makes them think it’s their absolute right to speed?

I’m no goody-two-shoes but for some reason I get that a speed limit is just that – a limit – deemed to be the fastest you can travel safely on a certain road, in normal conditions.

A few years back in New Zealand we saw numerous road signs saying “it’s not a target”.

But that’s not how most people treat speed limits.

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Message in a bottle…

I get really frustrated when travelling overseas that you constantly have your water bottle taken off you and then have to buy another one.

Plastic pollution anyone?

So on a recent student field trip to Indonesia I set out to see if you can get through all the security checks etc with just one bottle…

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Why I’m no fair lady…

A blog post about New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has been doing the rounds on social media, and at a glance it’s great.

“She’s 37. She’s the youngest female head of government in the world. She’s also the first western woman to give birth while in power.”

But then with just one line it loses the point it’s trying to make.

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Things journalists do say…

The live cross to a journalist on location is a given these days, especially in commercial TV news. I don’t have too much of a problem with that providing they have something new to say.

Unfortunately though it’s often just used to show ‘they are there’ and adds very little to the rest of the report.

But more recently I’ve noticed something else that’s started creeping in to these live crosses and it’s driving me round the bend!

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Let me gift for good not guilt…

I’ve always been a person who likes to give to charities, whether it’s a major international organisation helping a country after some natural disaster or a local fund trying to help disadvantaged children.

I like to think I do my bit.

But I get really angry when, after I’ve donated to said charity, I then get bombarded with mail asking for more.

Not only that but the mail will often contain some ‘gift’ to make me feel guilty if I don’t give again.

It might be notelets, a keyring, Christmas cards or a fridge magnet – but frankly, it’s a waste of money.

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Subs’ standards slip sliding away…

There’s nothing worse as a journalist than a mistake creeping into your copy and then published for all to see in print or online.

It would appear to be much easier to correct online, although realistically once live there’s no real recall.

It may have been sent out on distribution lists or caught by screengrab or a smartphone photo and shared ruthlessly on social media (yes, I’ve done it too).

And if it’s in print – it’s there to stay.

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