The daily rough-and-tumble of politics is not a natural fit for this column — there are plenty of other opinion pieces, analyses and blogs out there already dealing with that.
Before we delve more deeply into things for today, let's deal with a couple of smaller, but no less important, matters.
Well, that's the opinion of former Otago Regional councillor Louise Croot, who passed on to me a paper she wrote after a visit to the Swiss village of Grindelwald in the Bernese Alps in 2005.
If you set store by one of the old, rough-and-ready, measures of the seasons, we haven’t quite crawled into spring yet.
While our winter continues to bring not a lot of winter across the region, we can afford to get all nostalgic about snow — without the hassles of having to cope with it.
I'm sure we've all had those moments when we see someone we think we recognise from a distance, give them a cheery wave, then wonder why they're staring back vacantly. And then you realise it wasn...
My spoutings about bad driving and driving etiquette have fired up a few of you to pass on what is really bugging you out on our roads.