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Suede. Autofiction. ★★★★
Now is no time for a failure of leadership.
- Frustrating gaps, but well-rounded evaluation
PUTIN, HIS LIFE AND TIMES
Dale Kerrigan. The Water ★★★★
- Absorbing Cold War tale based on real events
THE HALF LIFE OF VALERY K
- Not entirely wonderful
Audio diaries left by jazz giant Louis Armstrong reveal how racism scarred his life and career, writes Dalya Alberge.
- Blowingtheir tops
- Just as sweet as they need to be Beetroot and blood oranges Pecorino biscuits Pears, red wine and blackcurrants
The bunches of beetroot and their claret-veined leaves in the shops are tempting. So fresh, so cheap, so ‘‘good for you’’. But then I get them home and my enthusiasm mysteriously wanes. Too sweet, too earthy.
Built To Spill. When The Wind Forgets Your Name. ★★★★+
- Once around the sun in a figure of eight
The spring equinox occurred yesterday at 1.03pm. The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator heading south is always a cause for celebration in the astronomy-loving Griffin household. However, this year, it was extra special for me. That’s because the equinox marked the end of a project one year in the making.
- Law turning its gaze on climate accused
Juries have started questioning who the real criminals are in the unforgiving arena of climate change politics, writes Prof Ceri Warnock....
- Watching Sirius rise over Hereweka
One of the joys of living on Otago Peninsula is the excitement of my morning journey to work. This time of year, my commute coincides with sunrise. If conditions are right (low clouds and a gap in them near the horizon are best) the explosion of colour in the run-up to dawn can be mesmerisingly...
Three Waters is the largest local government reform in decades. But in many minds, the rollout has been muddled and mired in controversy. To ‘‘unmuddy’’ Three Waters, three people near to the action speak off-the-record, giving Bruce Munro their take on the reason for the reforms, whether they are...
- A first step towards controlled change
We now have a plan of action to guide our climate change response. But is it any good? Members of the University of Otago’s He Kaupapa Hononga climate change research network run the ruler over it....
- Granddad’s part in Hitler’s downfall
A Hollywood movie about a desperate attempt to fool Hitler features Rear-Admiral John Godfrey, head of the British Naval Intelligence Division. Some details in the film are not accurate, Rachel Gibb, of Dunedin, tells Bruce Munro. Gibb should know — Admiral Godfrey was not only the abrasive...
- Making the list
Just six novels remain in contention for the world’s most prestigious literary award — The Booker Prize — which will be awarded next week. The Otago Daily Times’ fiction faction cast their eye over this year’s finalists....
- UP FROM THE STREETS
Daniel Kaluuya grew up on a council estate. Now his intense portrayal of the black activist Fred Hampton has put him at the top of the A-list, writes Nosheen Iqbal....
- Not in your backyard
Your house, your castle, or so they say. But what can you do with impunity in your own backyard and what is beyond the pale? Bruce Munro scours bylaws and legislation to help you get the most out of your property without ending up in jail — maybe....
- A land of LIZARDS
Sharp-eyes and passion are leading to the discovery of new skink and gecko species in Otago. And the race is on to save them, writes Anna Yeoman....
- HOGGING THE ROAD
Early motorists were a scourge, widely reviled, write Alex Trapeznik and Austin Gee....