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Austrsalian Percy Grainger composed many exquisite miniatures

The Editor, The Listener

Private Bag 92512, Wellesley St.,  Auckland 1141

20 February, 2018

Dear Editor,

Percy Grainger (Percy-verance, David Hill) may not have composed anything over 20 minutes long, but did create many exquisite miniatures exhibiting original harmonies, reflecting his understanding of his Nordic heritage, meant to touch the soul of a waring world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brexit and Trident – Putting the Great back into Great Britain?

The Editor,  The Listener,  Private Bag 92512,  Wellesley St.

Auckland 1141

27 April, 2017

Dear Editor,

Brexit seems to be creating the current politics of Great Britain with the surprize announcement of an early election, revealing an authoritarian tendency which must have been lurking just beneath the surface. Read the rest of this entry »


Piketty, Stiglitz, GDP, and The Listener

The Editor, The Listener, Auckland

08 June, 2014

Dear Editor:

Thomas Piketty’s book, “Capital in the 21st Century”, is getting lots of attention these days. The Listener quotes New Zealand economist Brian Easton claim that the book describes an idea whose time has come.  But no, today it is more a theory whose time has come and gone.  Read the rest of this entry »