Paul Thomas

Kiwiana columns

Is Patriotism Flagging?

History, they say, is written by the victors and few victors have relished the opportunity as much as Sir Paul Beresford, MP.

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Choice is not a Matter of Taste

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.

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Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker-prize winning novel The Luminaries shows she knows a thing or two about astrology, but I doubt she foresaw the stoush triggered by her remarks at an Indian literary festival.

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Royal Tour

I think we can all agree the royal tour went rather well. A Herald editorialist had to de-mothball the words “glorious” and “triumph” to do it justice, and went on to suggest that it surpassed all previous House of Windsor forays to this distant corner of its domain.

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