Editorial

It’s Art Week. Here’s one of my favourite quotes: “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.” G. K. Chesterton said that. Before you say that explains Critic, let me elaborate. If you adhere to the better-known version of the quote, “if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well,” then, if you don’t think you can do something “well enough,” you’re not going...

Metiria Turei Resigns: From the Media’s Hard Questions to Labour’s Nakedly Evil Disownment

It’s an utter shame that Metiria Turei has gone. It reflects something dark (i.e. politics as usual) in both the left and the news media in this country. The media going hard on Turei is part of the package deal. These past couple of weeks, what struck me has not been RNZ’s Susie Ferguson doing her job, but the Ardern-led Labour Party’s unproductive and unprincipled bullying-with-a-smile of Turei. Last week I wrote of a...

University Pharmacy Students Using Elective Study Programme For Community Good

A campaign to raise awareness of New Zealand’s ‘prescription subsidy scheme’ in the Dunedin community is being run by five University of Otago students, who have received praise for their work from their supervisors. The name of the group, ‘20 Is Plenty’, reflects the fact that after paying for twenty prescription items after 1 February each year, any further prescriptions are free until 1 February the following...

Science Tank

It was 2010 and my father had passed away earlier that year. My usual logic blinded by grief, I did what any standard mourner would do and booked an appointment to see a medium. Walking into her home-cum-spiritual lair, I immediately noticed the tacky abundance of quartz crystals (when will people understand that tectosilicates do not have magical powers, apart from being a good makeshift murder weapon?). The medium did her darndest to cover...

Speed Photography with a Storm Chaser

Trevor started out as a storm chaser - someone who, when they hear a tornado is approaching, runs towards it rather than away. “I probably really started getting into it when I was 15-16. I started chasing with my mom – she would drive me around. It was so fantastic. I was up in Minnesota. They get a decent amount of storms and the occasional large tornado.” The first tornado Trevor ever saw was coincidentally the largest in...

University of Otago Win a Quarter of the 2017 Tertiary Teaching Awards

Last week Parliament hosted the award ceremony for the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards for 2017, with the University of Otago...

Labour Finds New Life for Old Election Signs

After the shock resignation of former Labour Leader Andrew Little and the promotion of the newly crowned saviour of left wing politics, Jacinda Ardern, Labour had one small problem. They had already...

Inventions Out of Time

2.5/5 One of the biggest problems with Egyptian Pyramids is their distribution. Out of the 196 (suck it Xi) countries of the world, Egypt is the only country that has Egyptian pyramids. We need to...

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