Today was predicted to be the hottest day of the summer so far, and it was for some areas. I haven’t done much since the last episode, mostly routine stuff, but sometimes that, too, is my life, One thing I did was fix this site, so there’s that.
New Zealand finally has a circus—whoops!— I meant a government. The three parties finally managed to strike a coalition deal. The new parliament was sworn-in this week, and everything now begins. I talk about that first. By the way, I was right: The tradition of not entering the Debating Chamber goes back to the time of Cromwell, because of Charles 1. Then, I talk about what I’ve been up to, especially how busy I’ve been.
New Zealand still doesn’t have a government—that is, the new government hasn’t been able to strike a coalition deal yet. I talk about that first. Then, I talk about what I’ve been up to, including updates to some things I’ve talked about in recent episodes.
I had a reflective week or two because of the anniversary this past week: Tuesday was the tent anniversary of the day Nigel and I were married, and Thursday was the 28th anniversary of the day in 1995 that I arrived in New Zealand to live, the day that Nigel and I began our life together. I talk about that first. Then, I talk about the final results of New Zealand’s General Election, and some of what that means. I also tell you the truth about what the results actually show, a view not usually presented by pundits and commentators.
The New Zealand General Election finishes tomorrow—finally! As I said last week, no one has any idea what’s going to happen, but it’s likely to be very close whatever it is. I also update a bit from last week, and tell you about my technological win.
It’s been a reflective time for me lately, with some anniversaries and the Pride 48 live-streaming weekend. I talk about all that first, then it’s on to some stuff in the New Zealand news. Next week: Episode 400!!!
Today’s episode is named after two anniversaries: Today is the seventeenth anniversary of my blog, and yesterday was the 28th anniversary of when I first arrived in New Zealand as a tourist, when Nigel and I met in person for the first time. This coming weekend is also the final Pride 48 Live Streaming Event, and I reminisce and opine about podcasting. Then, I briefly talk about a small project outside. Finally, I share a funny (to me) story form New Zealand’s news.
The weather is still a barrier—but I managed to move around it. This week is mainly an update on what’s going on, including everyone’s favourite topic, as well as things I talked about last week. Naturally, there’s also new stuff for me and for New Zealand that I talk about toward the end of the episode. The Rugby World Cup – France 2023 runs from September 8 to 28.