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Mar 12, 2024

The cost of water – spluttering on $170

Like many others, I used to perform well at a sport, but now age and physical decay has taken its toll and these days I can just limp around the court and daydream about the glory days of yore. We all need to keep active however, so it was with delight that I received an invitation to have a game at a tennis club over the hill in Coromandel town. They do not have many members and needed to make up a foursome, so I was summonsed. I was playing with three fellows of similar age and girth, but with a bit more movement than myself. I discovered there were things I used to take for granted whi…

Jan 23, 2024

Four billion votes – will it make any difference?

In a remarkable milestone in human history, over four billion people – more than half of the world’s population across more than 40 countries – will go to the polls. National elections will be held in the United States, India, Indonesia, Russia, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Mexico, South Africa And The European Union.  More than 4 billion people are eligible to vote in an election in 2024. (Not all of the above are democracies). Is this democracy’s biggest test? Will any of these four billion votes make any monetary, financial and economic wealth difference…