Film review: Brokeback Mountain

December 11, 2008

Brokeback Mountain, the film of the Annie Proulx novella about the love affair between two lonesome cowboys, has inevitably sparked a series of internet jokes about life on the range.  The film would probably have the likes of John Wayne spinning in his grave (then again, Wayne’s real name was Marion Morrison).

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Capitalism’s currency craziness

December 11, 2008

Philip Ferguson The Spark August 2006

Every few months exchange rates feature as a point of discussion about the state of the New Zealand economy.  For many people it must seem odd that both a “high” and “low” New Zealand dollar are presented as problematic.  What is going on?  Does it really matter?

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Book review: How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World by Francis Wheen

December 11, 2008

(Harper Collins, London, 2004)

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