Terror Fails as Long as We Stay Grounded

Terror Fails as Long as We Stay Grounded

Paul Thomas2016-03-26 Are the terrorists winning? Donald Trump thinks they are – “totally.” But, as goodtime girl Mandy Rice-Davies said when told a married aristocrat denied having slept with her: “Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?” Trump’s candidacy is based on...
Maria Sharapova and Meldonium

Maria Sharapova and Meldonium

Paul Thomas2016-03-25 So tennis superstar Maria Sharapova has tested positive to a banned substance, been dumped by some big brand sponsors and faces a lengthy ban. Oh dear. How sad. Every now and again, one’s raw, spontaneous reaction to something that, on the face...
Martin Crowe: Requiem for a Perfectionist

Martin Crowe: Requiem for a Perfectionist

Paul Thomas2016-03-11 Two of the new faces in the 1977/78 Auckland cricket training squad were a journeyman all-rounder (me) and a 15 year old Auckland Grammar boy named Martin Crowe. When I arrived at Eden Park for the first training session, Crowe was having a...
Choice is not a Matter of Taste

Choice is not a Matter of Taste

Paul Thomas2016-03-04 It seems most Kiwis fit into at least one of the following categories on the question of whether to stick with the current flag or replace it with the Lockwood design. Well-known people who think it’s time for a change. Well-known people who want...
Big and Bigger – Jonah Lomu

Big and Bigger – Jonah Lomu

Paul Thomas2015-12-05 Jonah Lomu’s death was a reminder of sport’s essentially ephemeral nature and its paradoxical capacity to engage emotions and transcend race, language and geography. New Zealand Rugby and Richie McCaw contemplated delaying the announcement of his...