Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015
I have finally got to the first stage of getting my musical "The Mill" performed. The script is the next thing to do now that I have the music and the storyline settled - so I await comments from theatre types I know who will give it the thumbs up .... or down.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Monday, October 5, 2015
More will be revealed in time but I am not optimistic that the Nats will have the guts to do what is really needed - and that is to put a fair trade levy on goods imported from countries that do not offer us the same access to their markets that we give them. Very few businesses would keep going the way we run our economy. No wonder we are heavily in debt as a trading nation and selling off our land, businesses and houses etc is no solution to keep us afloat.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
My Anti-TPPA poster for the rally in Whangarei in The Town Basin at 11am on Saturday August 15th. Quoting Tim Groser - "Nothing is too big to fail and therefore no one can ever say for sure that TPP will certainly happen. But this has all the smell of a negotiation that is ripe for the plucking."
Get ready to be plucked folks!
Get ready to be plucked folks!
Monday, July 20, 2015
I succumbed to the temptation to having a crack at designing a new flag - even tho' I did not see the need to change the old one. Below are 2 of the most popular I designed and one I liked the best by Sophie Wilson - out of thousands submitted.
Monday, June 22, 2015
For those of us 'Down Under" in NZ, the longest night has passed and we can now look forward to the days lengthening again and the warmer weather to come. It is time to plant garlic and and dig in some deciduous fruit trees etc. Mind you, most of us here know that the really colder weather has yet to bite our finger tips. May the New Solar Year be a good one for you and all your kin.
Monday, June 1, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
Here is a rejigged cartoon I did awhile back - nothing much has changed since National took power. As a country, we have been spending more than we earn and National has been borrowing to pay for reducing taxes for the rich, impoverishing low income earners and creating the appearance of prosperity. But as Greece discovered, debt is debt and so we and the coming generations are unnecessarily being saddled with the burden. To see what I mean, check out this link - http://www.nationaldebtclocks.org/debtclock/newzealand - if true, Kiwis owe over $19,000 per head and rising.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The National Government continues to timidly tinker with measures to control an overheated housing market. Many New Zealanders are wondering why he does not support restricting overseas buyers (and capital) and reduce immigration to choke off excess demand. The USA and Ireland had a similar to problem NZ and suffered when the house price bubble burst and plunged them into a bitter recession. Sadly, recessions affect the whole economy and it seems John Key is blind to the experience of other nations and even our own history!
Monday, April 20, 2015
Hi Wallace, in my opinion outsourcing is only part of the much bigger economic and social re-establishment of a very unequal society that many of our ancestors sacrificed a lot to change. For thousands of years most societies in the World have been very unequal and the social struggles were mainly between members of the elite contesting the pecking order. Events in the first half of the 20th century changed all that, but as the century closed many rich and powerful members of the elite in Western Societies recreated unequal societies for their own benefit. If we want to change that then we must convince them that "Making (things) is the Difference" between wealthier and growing economies when compared with declining economies that outsource their productive sectors.
Below are two similar ways of partly explaining my point.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
I see that once again that short sighted money hungry retailers and employers are out to grab more public holidays off their workers (and the rest of us) by asking for Good Friday and Easter Monday to be opened up for trade. I am not a Christian but I really value the few opportunities we have for most of us to have some rest and recreation to refresh our lives and escape the clamour of the market place.
I think it will prove to be short sighted to let retailers rule the way we live and disregard traditional holidays (Holy Days) and the values we inherited from our ancestors. Give us a break will you! Take a deep breath and take time away from the tills - you will live better and longer lives I assure you!
Here is an old cartoon of mine that I routinely wheel out at this time of the year. There are obviously better things to do than bow down to Mammon. For those of you who are working - may you get paid heaps and spend it on things that really matter - like family time and spiritual renewal.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Nationals's candidate seems to be struggling to find his own voice as he attends a very public crash course in media training with media master Steven Joyce in Northland's By Election. Steven Joyce played a very influential role in National's astonishing victory in the last election, but can he save the campaign to hang onto the previously safe National seat?
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Has the aspiring National Party Northland candidate, Mark Osborne, earned the title of "Porky Osborne" for telling us that he knew nothing about the accusations directed at former Northland MP Mike Sabin before late December last year? I find it very strange that Mark Osborne, in his role as the National Party Northland Branch treasurer in 2014 was so much out of the loop that he knew nothing about Mike Sabin's situation earlier in the year. Telling porkies during an election campaign will not help him hang onto this safe National seat, that's for sure.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
A friend commented to me that the character of Tigger was more like Winston than Winnie The Pooh in my last cartoon, so here he is! However, the heading might not make much sense to those outside the Baby Boomer Generation. Way back in the nineteen sixties, I seem to remember a brand of petrol called 'Atlantic' and they used a cartoon tiger as part of their branding - which included the phrase - "Put a tiger in your tank " and choose Atlantic petrol for your car.
Winston Peters topped TV3 poll results today for the Northland by election. This might indicate a defeat in one of National's safe seats and alter the balance of power in Parliament. Altho' a change in government is unlikely, it would make other minor parties more influential and could spell the end of the controversial changes planned by National to water down the Resource Management Act.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Swedish cartoonist, Lars Vilks (well known for his depiction of Muhammad as a dog), escaped assassination today by a muslim extremist. Lars Vilks was attending a debate discussing press freedom of expression and sadly the gunman did manage kill one person. I doubt tho' that this event will silence Lars or any other cartoonist worth their salt.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
"The moving finger writes; and having writ, moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." - Rhubarb Art Of Oh My Lying by John Key - Assehole Press
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Nick Smith is fooling no one if he thinks that meddling with the RMA will stop the housing bubble inflating until it bursts and covers us all in excrement. My message to him is "It's the Economy stupid!" But of course Nick and all the rest of the other monetarist addicts in the National Government are deaf to such advice.