Tag: New Zealand

March 29, 2006 / New Zealand

Anyone who knows me knows how much I hate smoking. Such an insidious habit, so seemingly innocuous yet, as Shane Bradbrook points out, it’s the number one killer of Maori. Then you have to wonder how much of the so called Obesity Epidemic if affected by the sedentary lifestyle associated with smoking.

I’ve long been aware that the advertising and marketing efforts of the Tobacco companies is based on aspiration – to be sophisticated and western and, lets face it, white. So many foibles in the developing nations are based on those same factors – leg lengthening, skin bleaching and smoking. All dangerous, and frankly unbelievable. Yet they happen. We even hear that Chinese brides get raunchy wedding photos taken in an effort to appear modern. That message had to come via the distorted movie industry and it’s low-class relation the porn industry.

March 15, 2006 / New Zealand
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July 29, 2005 / New Zealand

All over town there are huge billboards in the prettiest pink advertising the NicePeople.co.nz website. For a techie I’m quite surprised that it’s taken me 3 weeks to check the site out (does that mean I’m not actually nice?)

July 11, 2005 / New Zealand

The third test is over, Clive Woodward and his boys have left and now the Barmy Army will be shipping out and heading home.

From all accounts it’s been great having you, come back anytime. We get used to hearing about soccer hooligans but it’s good to see that modus operandi doesn’t get applied to all British travelling sports fans 🙂