Joel Maxwell 05:00, May 14 2018 OPINION: I know people who are savages. These people drive their cars, eat icecream, spend their days Facebooking, scrapbooking, watching television and grumbling at their wives or husbands. They go to work, come home, take their dog for a walk. You might even be one of them. But despite every thread of civilised cloth on their backs, these people have a set of primitive beliefs stretching back centuries. Māoris, they think, are gonna steal their souls. READ MORE:Peters tells ministers to 'get on same page'Greens lay out plans for compulsory te reoWellington Girls' College making te reo compulsory The data is in, and it's time to be blunt. The number of people in New Zealand able to speak te reo Māori is declining. Advertisement I'm learning te reo in full immersion this year, and it has been wonderfully life-changing. I had the choice to do this, with a large dollop of good fortune, but today I write about compulsion. As soon as this … [Read more...] about Compulsory te reo is nothing to fear
Watching television is bad
Lifestyle / Entertainment by Press Association 11/05/2018, 10:52 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Paul O’Grady has given up watching television and believes his health has already benefited. The TV presenter, who hosts shows including Blind Date and For The Love Of Dogs, used to sit for hours watching soaps and documentaries, according to the Daily Star. But the 62-year-old has now cut down on TV and claims even his doctor has noticed an improvement in his health. He told the newspaper: “I used to have the telly on all the time and sit and watch all the soaps and shows, but not now. “Those days are over. My health is better than ever for it too. “My doctor even said that I am in much more perfect health, it’s given me a new lease of life. “Anyway there is much more stuff to do in life than watch telly.” O’Grady has suffered with his health in the past, including … [Read more...] about Paul O’Grady gives up watching TV and believes it has made him healthier
McIlroy began the final round at Augusta National three shots off the lead and closed to within a shot of eventual winner Patrick Reed after two holes, but faded badly with a closing 74. And - although it was not the collapse of 2011, when he enjoyed a four-shot lead after 54 holes before crashing to a closing 80 - the Northern Irishman has now failed to convert his first four chances to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in completing a career grand slam. That prompted a week of binge-watching television box sets such as "Billions" and reading psychology books "The Chimp Paradox" and "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less". But after being dragged out of the house by his wife Erica, McIlroy is now ready to return to competitive action at Quail Hollow, a course where he has won twice before, including his maiden PGA Tour title in 2010. "It was just the quiet moments when you're staring off into the distance and thinking about a certain … [Read more...] about Rory McIlroy reveals a week of binge watching TV box sets helped him recover from Masters woe
A 1973 episode of sitcom Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads concerns the lads in question spending a day trying to avoid learning the result of a football match in order to be able to enjoy watching the highlights that evening. You couldn’t make this now, because within about a minute one of them would have absent-mindedly checked their phone and had the result spoiled by a version of the guy checking out the other girl meme. In 2018, spoiler-dodging is an ever more difficult art. Last year, British Game Of Thrones fans were given the option of staying up until 2am to see new episodes broadcast simultaneously with their US debut, so that they wouldn’t accidentally find out which dragon Jon Snow had kissed while scrolling through social media over their cornflakes. Even staying up late, though, wasn’t a guarantee that you’d be safe, as several episodes had leaked online before broadcast and your cousin Barry had changed his Facebook avatar to a picture of … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Funny Cow is a film about stand-up comedy: so why isn’t it funny? Westworld tricked its fans with a spoiler prank – but is the show even worth spoiling?
Viktor Orban’s election win in Hungary comes as no great surprise, although the margin of victory is wider than many had predicted. With all but 1 per cent of ballot papers still to be counted, Orban’s right-wing Fidesz party had won almost half of the vote. With turnout high at 69 per cent, Orban will have strong grounds to argue that his nationalist policies have been given a clear mandate. It had been widely anticipated that if voters turned out in large numbers, it would be to the advantage of opposition parties. That prediction was plainly misplaced. Immigration dominated the election campaign. Ever since the European migrant crisis began three years ago, Orban has been one of the continent’s loudest, anti-immigrant voices, refusing to take part in the EU’s resettlement scheme and presenting himself as a defender of Hungary’s national, Christian identity. The construction of a new border fence in 2015 between Hungary and neighbouring Croatia and … [Read more...] about Viktor Orban’s victory in Hungary is bad news for the EU – especially with Britain walking out the door