The Intrusiveness & Cost of NZ’s Anti Money Laundering Legislation: [Subtitle: Boiling Frogs.]

Nicolas Gomez Davila: ‘Dying societies accumulate laws like dying men accumulate remedies.’ Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”  The below describes the life of an American reporter living in the Soviet Union: but it’s not particular to foreigners in the USSR … More The Intrusiveness & Cost of NZ’s Anti Money Laundering Legislation: [Subtitle: Boiling Frogs.]

My Submission to the Health Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill.

Submission to the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill. 21 March 2018 To the Members of the Committee. It is important for me to submit in support of this bill, and to support considerably liberalising and widening it, but my job, and time taken to submit in support of David Seymour’s Choice in Dying … More My Submission to the Health Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill.

Writing in Mid-Stream. Can You Escape the System?

The above is from contemporary Dutch artist Teun Hocks’ series titled Painted Photographs of a Man’s Mid-Life Crisis. There are a couple of posts from my old blog that pertain to this one, so I’m allowed to borrow a couple of them. Indeed, I’ve copied below the post that explains the waiting room that is … More Writing in Mid-Stream. Can You Escape the System?

The Gossips and Jonathan Franzen in the Mahau Sound.

The painting is called The Gossips, Bonchurch, by John Atkinson Grimshaw, put to canvas in 1880. I chiefly love how Grimshaw plays with the light, and the stark wintry exactitude of the trees. It’s more than gossip Pauline and I have finally berthed at our permanent – for now – resting place in the Mahau … More The Gossips and Jonathan Franzen in the Mahau Sound.

Heavy Weather…

If contemporary British painter, Sarah Spencer, could promise me that brooding, moody weather, I’d book our next holiday afar to Morston in Norfolk. I love that seascape. I spent two great years living in a bach at Banks Peninsula’s Birdlings Flat, (New Zealand), and its desolate loneliness was beautiful. Exquisite (even). Kaikoura’s own hermit, Pete, says … More Heavy Weather…