Ironic adventures with my high school English teacher, part 483,586

A while back I found a file with all my old high school reports – which, apart from their wonderfully silly judgements of my nature – reminded me of the adventures I had in high school English. In the first term of my sixth form year at Napier’s Tamatea High School I had a great … More Ironic adventures with my high school English teacher, part 483,586

A memorial to the United States Marine Corps in New Zealand

It’s the anniversary once again of the 1941 Japanese attack on the US Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor – and of their simultaneous assault on the Malayan peninsula. So began the rather inaptly named Pacific War – an oxymoron, for the fighting spread from the central Pacific to India, from China to northern Australia. And … More A memorial to the United States Marine Corps in New Zealand

Social panics – when the stupid becomes the normal

I am always intrigued by the way that, every so often, western society is seized with a ‘social panic’ in which some recent and usually small-scale event becomes evidence of a supposedly deep-seated problem that is going to bring society crashing down in ruin. The archetype, for me, is New Zealand’s Elbe Milk Bar scandal … More Social panics – when the stupid becomes the normal

This week’s feature book cover – Blue Water Kiwis

This year a whole series of my older print books have been brought back into print as second editions. They’ve come with new covers – strongly branded, themed, and to my mind highly evocative of the subject matter. I featured the first of them a couple of weeks back. Here’s another. I wrote it way … More This week’s feature book cover – Blue Water Kiwis

This week’s feature book covers

After some adventures in which, it seemed, couriers couldn’t deliver anything to my post office box, the advance print copies of my second-edition military histories finally arrived this week. Four of my earlier military histories are being re-released as new and revised editions in the run-up to Christmas: Battle for Crete, Desert Duel, Italian Odyssey … More This week’s feature book covers