Otago Daily Times: Magazine

Matters of life and death

Matters of life and death

A new book reveals our lives continue to stretch ever longer. And, as Shane Gilchrist discovers, the end is not in sight yet.

Seeking serenity

Seeking serenity

Renowned Chinese sculptor Sun Qi has embarked on the biggest challenge of his career. Bruce Munro talks to the new Dunedin resident about projects past and future, adding meaning to life, and translating a lifetime of art in an alien context.

Immortal in clay

Immortal in clay

There's a story behind even the thinnest of objects at Olveston, writes Jenny Longstaff.

The greater leveller

The news that our terrorism alert levels have gone from very low to low in the past few weeks has brought to mind those swingometer rural fire warning rainbow charts.

Lovely in lace

Lovely in lace

When we think lace, we usually think evening-wear.

Frights of fancy

Frights of fancy

Zombies, apparently, have a taste for brains. Yet our brains might also have a taste for zombies. As Halloween nears, Shane Gilchrist examines why being scared is such a treat.

Tipping point

Tipping point

Forty years ago this Labour Day weekend, dozens of lifeguards lined up for one of lifesaving's toughest races, the annual slog around White Island 2.5km off St Clair Beach. On Saturday, October 26, 1974, when the race began, conditions were at best marginal. They were about to get a lot worse, as Ian Stuart reports.

Stung into action

Stung into action

A wasp attack on a single person can be deadly. But the invasive pests are also taking a much wider toll, writes Andrew Stone, of the New Zealand Herald. 

Sustaining ourselves

Sustaining ourselves

As we feed ourselves, we also need to consider what our consumption is fuelling.

Kiwis love sweet treats the most

Kiwis love sweet treats the most

The All Blacks are widely regarded as the ultimate Kiwi heroes - but a new survey shows New Zealand's most adored brands are still chocolate and ice cream.

For the love of it

For the love of it

Kelly Kirkwood doesn't profess to know ''loads about art'', even though the walls of her home are covered in it.

Be true to yourself

Be true to yourself

The most important thing when collecting art is to be true to your tastes and buy what you like, Lynne Harrison says.

Eye of the beholder

Eye of the beholder

Collecting art can be confusing, even intimidating, so where do you start? Kim Dungey reports.

Grand sporting occasion

Grand sporting occasion

The pinnacle of sport was also a high point for Cliff Donaldson.

The power to care

The power to care

An octogenarian millionaire says he wants out of an Otago dementia unit - a refrain similiar to that expressed by many dementia unit residents. Is it a case of the enduring power of attorney system malfunctioning? Or not? Bruce Munro takes a look at the wider issue.

Reconsidering the pie

Reconsidering the pie

Politics seems to be a game that is acted out over several time scales. The flurry of an election is over in a matter of weeks, and swings to the ''right'' and ''left'' maintain some kind of social cohesion over the decades.

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