Contains spoilers for season eight, episode one of Game of Thrones. Do you remember your lessons? Who built the iron throne? And who built the red keep? And how many years did it take to build? Sansa Stark has been dutifully learning her lessons since she was a girl. History, sewing, prayers, singing, horse riding. As a teenager in Winterfell and King’s Landing, we see her practicing her embroidery and reciting facts with her teacher, Septa Mordane. Her advice extends beyond the strictly curricular – Septa Mordane teaches Sansa how to live. Forgive your father. Remember where you come from. Do not open the door to anyone you don’t know. When Game of Thrones begins, Sansa is young, romantic, impulsive, and incredibly naïve. She is a largely obedient student, but her lessons have little urgency. It’s only after her naivety and romanticism leads her into a chain of events that ends with the brutal, public execution of her father and her teacher that … [Read more...] about This should be Sansa’s season
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27 March 2019 IndiaAotearoa/New Zealand Can the country produce its own iconic Prime Minister? It desperately needs one, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara. India is being wrenched apart by an orchestrated hate fest never seen before, not even at the peak of the Hindu-Muslim riots just before Partition in 1947. So, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's outstanding example of dealing spectacularly with a hate-driven crisis, is particularly relevant to our country and to our leadership at this particular point in time. Ardern's statesmanship, or should it be stateswomanship, has earned her iconic status as an extraordinarily exemplary world leader. Her youth, her sincerity, her unrivalled courage in such a difficult situation, is being hailed internationally as the only way ahead, to stop violence and create global unity. Instead of screaming revenge, as many others have done, this woman stepped forward and embraced the victims, with no thought of political consequences. … [Read more...] about Where is India’s Jacinda Ardern?