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‘Battle of Britain was won as much by German ineptitude as British heroism’..

Hitler’s invasion was underplanned – partly due to his ambiguous feelings towards Britain and partly out of hubris. In his latest war book The Secret War Max Hastings compares the intelligence gathering efforts of both sides in the second world … Continue reading

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‘Sign of the times: how Show Me a Hero captures our political mood’.. 

David Simon’s new series Show Me a Hero provides everything you might expect from a TV-maker with The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Street and Treme on his résumé. This adaptation of Lisa Belkin’s non-fiction book about Nick Wasicsko – … Continue reading

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‘The Movies of My Youth by Italo Calvino’.. 

There were years when I went to the movies almost every day – around the time of my adolescence. Those were years in which cinema was my world. What flavor of a society and an era was in the air … Continue reading

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‘New safety ratings aim to help car buyers’..

Kiwi motorists have fresh information to help assess the safety of their next used vehicle with the release today of the 2015 Used Car Safety Ratings guide. From 220 car models tested against crash data only 21 earned the top … Continue reading

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‘Peter Lyons: Nothing but spin coming from our Government’.. 

Hey John – I’m still waiting for our great National cycle trail. After the global financial crisis hit, the Prime Minister called a summit in 2009 of important people to brainstorm ideas to buoy our economy and create jobs in … Continue reading

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‘Watch Rock Pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe Wow Audiences With Her Gospel Guitar’..

The ‘British Invasion as a historical phenomenon has achieved a status almost like that of Paul Revere’s ride – a watershed moment condensed to a singular image: The Stones or—if you’re more inclined The Beatles—step onto the tarmac – young … Continue reading

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‘Catching fire: Burning Man is sparking sister festivals around the world’.. 

Devotees have taken the commerce-free philosophy of the Burning Man festival – which starts today in Nevada’s Black Rock desert – to their own countries and created affiliated events where the same spirit and ethos endures. Nearly 70,000 participants are … Continue reading

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