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Today In History

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On this day in history… October 9 768 – Charlemagne and his brother Carloman I are crowned Kings of The Franks. 1804 – Hobart Tasmania founded 1855 – Isaac Singer patents sewing machine motor 1870 – Rome is incorporated into Italy by royal decree 1876 – 1st 2-way telephone conversation, ...

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Have Your Say

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News and current affairs stimulate debate – there are as many points of view as there are people on the planet. At GrownUps, we love a good debate, so decided to start a thread to discuss topical stories.   Today – October 5 – Perserverance: The Power Of Believing in ...

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Daylight Saving Starts Tonight


Remember to put your clocks forward an hour tonight! Yes, you will lose an hour’s sleep, but the start of daylight saving signals an official beginning to the summer season, which has to be a good thing. Comedian Leigh Hart (That Guy) and his chums are slightly baffled about the concept ...

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Aspire, Not Expire

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Retirement is a time to aspire not expire, says 65 year young Jan Blythe.  Recently Jan returned from a three week Outward Bound adventure course in Anakiwa, Marlborough Sounds.  It was there that Jan ran before sunrise, climbed a rock face blindfolded, traversed high ropes and summited mountains. Jan says ...

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Overheard in 1955…


Every generation laments how much better or cheaper things were ‘in their day.’ These protestations from 1955 sound rather comical in 2015. Imagine in another 60 years! ‘If they think I’ll pay 30 cents for a haircut, forget it.’ ‘No one can afford to be sick anymore. At $15.00 a ...

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How Do We Best Offer Aid?

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This is an enormous question and one without a simple answer. In New Zealand, as in other developed countries, we have a responsibility to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Immigration  and aid in all forms can be controversial – how do we meet our international responsibilities, develop our own ...

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Good Times

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Forget the notion of becoming old and grumpy – a new survey has found that Kiwis over 55 are twice as likely to be feeling awesome than those under 30! A report from AUT University’s human potential centre says the finding is good news for those growing old in New ...

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Facts About Flags

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– The study of flags is called vexillology. The Latin word for flag is vexillum – a vexillarius came to mean a standard-bearer. – The flags of Chad and Romania are identical (blue, red and yellow vertical stripes). – Ireland and Côte d’Ivoire’s flags are identical in colour (orange, white, ...

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Tradition or Innovation?


Out with the old and in with the new – progress is moving forward. Is that always the best attitude? In some cases, the answer is yes, but certainly not in all. Great buildings mark an era and it’s interesting to see how architecture has evolved, even in such a ...

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