Friday, 26 December 2008

Over the hill

Well, I'm definitely not a kid any more - I turned 60 today!

A generation earlier, I'd have been lining up for Muldoon's superannuation-for-60s bribe. Mind you, in doing this he ruined the NZ economy by canning Labour's super scheme, according to Brian Gaynor. Remember the Dancing Cossacks TV ads, portraying the scheme as a state takeover of all business activity? And now Key and English seem to be doing it again with KiwiSaver, bringing to mind George Santayana's famous statement; "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

December 26th, Boxing Day, is also St Stephen's Day. "St. Stephen was one of the first Christian martyrs, being stoned to death in Jerusalem around A.D. 34-35", according to Wikipedia. "Stoned to death" sounds rather inconvenient; I think I'll settle for a lunch with friends and nice wine.

I have been given some great holiday reading - another volume of Jeremy Clarkson's rants, and a lovely book of Grahame Sydney's Antarctic photos. He found that fingers and paints froze in the cold (no, he does not do finger painting!) so he resorted to photography - and still managed to give the photos the Sydney touch. They are sparse, beautifully framed, and strangely seem to be more than the sum of their parts. Very nice.

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