At the same time, cases in over 80 year olds have dropped drastically since the height of the pandemic, when they made up the majority of Covid-19 cases, and have halved since July. Infections have stayed stable among those in their 60s and 70s, while very slightly increasing in those between the ages of 40 to 59 years old … [Read more...] about Thank you, Generation Z: Chris Whitty blames huge spike in cases 17-29 year-olds for tough new curbs as Boris reveals police can now ARREST groups of more than six people and DELAYS plans to let more than 1,000 sports and music fans back into stadiums
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Some 625,000 books are now in the process of being “rehomed”, as the library puts it, but the mass cull has caused despair among the country’s academics, historians, researchers and scholars, who say a literary crime is taking place in a year when many New Zealanders are distracted by the global pandemic. … [Read more...] about ‘I literally weep’: anguish as New Zealand’s National Library culls 600,000 books
Despite the looming economic downturn and projections by the International Monetary Fund that New Zealand’s economy could contract by up to 8% this year, a number of new independent bookshops are pushing ahead with launches, including Renee Rowland of The Twizel Bookshop, who will open a new store in Timaru in June. … [Read more...] about Like Christmas: New Zealand’s post-Covid books boom
Here is how I saw it. Out of the blue in 2018, after not being in contact for about five years, I received an SMS picture from Tess on my phone. It was a black-and-white fairytale-type image of her and Brent on their wedding day, with a message: ‘It would have been our silver wedding anniversary today. Hard to imagine it’s that long ago. Regardless of everything that has happened since, there was love on that day, and no love is ever wasted or ever truly dies.’ … [Read more...] about Fury of a stepmother smeared: Last month, novelist Tess Stimson wrote of the heartache when seeing her ex-husband’s new wife look after her children. Now, in an incendiary riposte, the object of her ire blasts back. So whose side are YOU on?