This is a poem I wrote when I was about eleven, with a friend at One Day School - a school I went to one day each week that was for gifted and talented children.
As you can tell, I had a cheese fetish.
What a strange child I was.
Cheese Bread's ever-faithful friend. Never named, As staple food or wholesome snack But always there, In slices or blocks or cubes.
But What if cheese Did away with mild reputation, Displeased with second place. No longer would he sit upon Ciabata, baguette, or plain white loaf. Demanded he, that noble cheese, His own place on the plate.
How would such news be taken, By cheese's glutenous chum? Abandoned by the only one, With the creamy capability, To turn his blandness to pure bliss?
Deserted by a culinary world. Yellow, now, is in vogue - So different from bread's bland White and grey and brown.
Cheese, now in the spotlight, Recognized as staple food, as wholesome snack, His creamy capabilities, Looked upon with awe, As he sits, content, On his own place on the plate.
'Tis a sad day for those who tend towards the left in New Zealand.
Helen Clark's resigned, and John Key is our new prime minister. I don't care how straight his teeth are, you must admit, his inflection is shocking.
On a more positive note, Winston Peters is gone. Gone gone gone!
If politicians were cars: The 'John Key' – a flashy, sports model that was left over from an era of cheap oil and empty roads. Has loads of horsepower and a flashy exterior - but wears out fast if taken on longer journeys.
Aside from power, the John Key’s biggest selling point is a flashy front grill and comfortable seats for corporate passengers.
Prone to strange whining noises.
Initial reports suggest that the John Key’s steering is extremely vague and may swing to the far fight without warning. Unsuitable for beneficiaries.
The Obama vs McCain battle has overshadowed NZ's own little democratic battleground, and some analysts are going so far as to suggest the liberal victory in the USA might cause voters here to follow suit - but I'm really not sure.
I'm firmly a Greens supporter, and would pick Labour over National every time.
In previous years, I have always shied away from political discussions, only having a very brief outline of different parties and their policies - but this year, I decided it was time a took a serious look at politics in Aotearoa. After several hours on the internet, I reached the aforementioned decision.
I found 'If politicians were cars' particularly enjoyable. http://www.decision08.co.nz/Features/IfPoliticianswereCars/tabid/209/Default.aspx
I, at first glance, I would side with Aristotle in that man is not an animal in cultural chains but a cultural animal. Our moral and intellectual faculties make it imperative that we live in a structured society.
At second glance I would observe that perhaps the kind of city-states, with under 100,000 people, that Aristotle spoke about made this rule more relevant then than now.
Is law really natural? Since the earliest times, man has formed a circle and judged criminals with the aid of a chief. So, yes. But have we taken it too far, with our modern systems, to reliant upon written laws and too little on human judgment? I'm not sure if there is a way to have an ideal, or near ideal, law system for such large groups of people as we try to today. After all, is not any system of law based upon the fundamental moral values of a society? How, then, can we expect this to function for a society that has such a diverse range of value systems? I don't think we can.
Aristotle - 1 Jessica - 1
Related books to read:
Aristotle's Politics Alan Harding's A Social History of English Law
Wouldn't it be amazing to be bilingual. Depending on which theory you fancy, you are either able to experience the world in two completely different ways, or experience two completely different worlds. Which is the same thing, I guess.
That's a gourmet vegetarian sausage for thought, that is.