In the Bleak Mid-winter

Weather Eye with John Maunder In the bleak mid-winter, Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone, Snow had fallen, Snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter, Long ago. These words, from...... Read More

A little bit of Grace in me

Cayla-Fay Saunders I was 21 when I boarded a plane and flew more than 18,000 kilometres, away from everything I knew and everyone I loved. I was 21 when I walked through the  gates...... Read More

Climate change and Villach : Is there a connection?

Weather Eye with John Maunder Among the many climate science meetings I have attended, the most significant, at least in term of climate change is concerned, is my involvement in the UN sponsored International Conference held in...... Read More

Idioms and idiots

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits This week, the self-righteous vegans have been getting off their high horse again, with assertions the rest of us will stop using phrases  involving animals, in case we  hurt...... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index

Weather Eye with John Maunder The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is a standardized index based on the observed sea level pressure differences between Tahiti and Darwin, Australia. The SOI is a leading measure of the large-scale...... Read More

Unpacking the Bay of Plenty’s DNA

Kristin Dunne Tourism Bay of Plenty DNA. It’s what makes us all unique and special. Just like individuals, a region’s DNA is its competitive identity and the bedrock for tourists and locals alike. But while our coastline’s...... Read More

PC socks it to sad, sacked, sexist Santa

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Political correctness has slain the last bastion of tradition. Santa Claus has been slaughtered by the whingers who believe he’s sexist. Farmers department store reportedly...... Read More

Sunspots and the Sun

Weather Eye with John Maunder A sunspot is a relatively dark, sharply defined region on the solar disc - marked by an umbra (dark area) which is 2000 degrees Celsius cooler than the effective photosphere temperature. The average...... Read More

Auntie is here to help

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Due to the popularity of the last Auntie Roger, we’ve got some more pearlers for our readers this week. If you have a burning question that can only be extinguished by the...... Read More

Listening as praise

Mary Parker One Minute Wonders The Fast Track Coach “The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.” Benjamin Disraeli. I came across a comment that was written...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think free parking in the CBD on Saturdays will bring more business to retailers?

No it’s going to add to the parking problems
Yes and it should be extended throughout the week