Otago Daily Times: Magazine

War; what is it good for?

When I was young and ignorant, I thought the Great War sounded just that, great.

Waging war not the only answer

Lest we forget. A phrase that has echoed down the decades but one that needs some context.

The art of bouncing back

We're all going to get knocked over from time to time. The trick is to get back up.

Computer use and posture

Not too long ago parents might have worried about how their children sat or lay when they were reading and whether they were straining their eyes in low light. Probably needlessly in the main.

The data detectives

The data detectives

Police are using big data to stop crime before it happens. The aim is to make New Zealand the safest country on Earth, writes Bruce Munro. But at what cost?

Out there and waiting for you

Out there and waiting for you

Collecting rare bugs can be child's play, writes Ellen Sima, for Otago Museum.

The boy from Bluff

The boy from Bluff

The story of Sir Clifford Skeggs is one of a self-made man afraid of neither risk nor hard work. The former Dunedin mayor discusses public office, oysters and his varied endeavours with Shane Gilchrist.

Anzac in the spotlight

Anzac in the spotlight

Award-winning playwright Dave Armstrong has not one but two productions at Wanaka's Festival of Colour. And both ask plenty of questions, writes Shane Gilchrist.

The lessons of consequences

March provided some interesting stories in the media on the parenting front and, surprisingly, international celebrities seem to do better than us ordinary folk.

Carrying on after loss

One in four pregnancies ends in a miscarriage. But you don't think it will be yours, writes Sasha Turner.

'A very bright shining star'

'A very bright shining star'

It appears 2015 Young New Zealander of the Year Guy Ryan has bridged the gap between looming failure and soaring success.

The obvious question is, how?

Some things just don't add up

There are those who say maths is boring. But most of us know the truth. Maths is like oxygen: important and inescapable, lurking.

Singing Pukekura's praises

Singing Pukekura's praises

A visit from the UK made for a special day at the Royal Albatross Centre, writes Hoani Langsbury.

A friend in need

A friend in need

Following Tropical Cyclone Pam's devastation of Vanuatu, Dunedin Red Cross worker Douglas Clark joined the relief effort. Here he describes a day in the life of a disaster response delegate.

Change agent

Change agent

It has already been a big year for Guy Ryan, the 2015 Young New Zealander of the Year. What a contrast to the bleakness he felt just 12 months ago, writes Bruce Munro.

Choose your attitude wisely

My last column about attitude being a choice (''Choose your Attitude'' The Weekend Mix, March 22, 2015) prompted a lot of positive discussion and feedback.

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