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Breaking China

Posted by Tim Grimley on August 5th, 2011

Gunpowder. The compass. Paper. The gas cylinder. The kite. Tea. The fork. Fireworks. This seemingly randomly assembled list of everyday items can actually all trace their roots back to one common starting point. China. A Read More

The Final Countdown?

Posted by Tim Grimley on July 31st, 2011

Since last putting fingers to keyboard, my world has been rocked by a sudden death. A seriously flawed yet fabulous flame flickered out of existence, taking with it just a little brightness from this world. Did I Read More

Shed Aotea For My Bathroom

Posted by Tim Grimley on July 25th, 2011

American writer P.J O’Rourke, whose wisdom regular readers (should there be such a thing) will note has been borrowed before for the purpose of getting this column finished, once observed that “There’s a part of Read More

Mitsubishi Hyundai Evolution

Posted by Tim Grimley on July 15th, 2011

For a large part of the 20th century the good folk at Hyundai were quite content to occupy themselves by knocking out buildings, ships and heavy industrial equipment. They merrily toiled away until one day Read More

A Gender Agenda

Posted by Tim Grimley on July 10th, 2011

One suspects that this week there will have been not inconsiderable merry-making in whichever street of Aotearoa the political do-gooder brigade live. Nasty old Alasdair Thompson, with his Neanderthal viewpoints and crass sexism has been Read More

Beat Surrender

Posted by Tim Grimley on July 2nd, 2011

Since I last put fingers to keyboard, the Grimley motoring menagerie has been culled to a single vehicle. In anticipation of the – admittedly unlikely – moment where a car comes up for sale that Read More