Author Archives: CousinRay

Current Events: Student Loans and the Drinking Age Debate.

Two political issues have popped up in the last couple of weeks. Steven Joyce dropped some student loan-related bombs last week, while the long-in-the-making drinking age debate is in front of Parliament for the first time since last year’s election. … Continue reading

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Ideas worth spreading.

The internet is a powerful tool indeed. It is capable of wasting the precious few hours that you had set aside to do that assignment that is due tomorrow. Alternatively, it is capable of mobilising opinions and effecting change. TED.com and … Continue reading

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The 27 Club.

Upon her death, Amy Winehouse joined an exclusive and slightly ominous group of musicians, the 27 Club. The club comprises of famous artists who have died at age 27; society has lost much musical potential. I was surprised at just … Continue reading

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Never Let Me Go.

Never Let Me Go was written by Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Remains of the Day, which I’ve mentioned before. I had been looking forward to reading Never Let Me Go for some time; the film adaptation was released in NZ … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.

It all ended last week when I watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. It was a fitting end to a rather impressive film series. It was almost a relief, a final realisation of how we all imagined … Continue reading

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Mad Men.

There’s something about Mad Men that has me captivated. The show delivers an accurate depiction and insight into life in 1960’s America, driven by narratives that follow intriguing and complex characters. Matthew Weiner, creator and writer, has meticulously crafted a … Continue reading

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Maru.

Ah, cats. Cats do seem to polarise the world, dividing opinion between those that think that they are the spawn of the devil, leaving hair and dead rodents/birds everywhere, and those that think that the Egyptians were onto something when … Continue reading

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