The newspaper paragraph that slayed me lately was the one in which writer and satirist P J O'Rourke admitted to not being able to "work a computer".
Quentin Crisp once said: "The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another."
You know how it is when the friendly waitperson offers the dessert menu - and everyone hesitates? No-one wants to be first to mutter, "Oh, go on then", even if you are secretly hanging out for crème brûlée or chocolate mud cake. Or pudding. Yay, pudding!
I say the following, not to aggravate, but because it is something I am a firm believer in - I support the so-called anti-smacking legislation.
This is being written just hours before the wrappers come off the plan that will amalgamate the various councils in greater Auckland into a single unit - the so-called "Super-City".
Instant Millionaires, David Bain, Simon & Garfunkel, MIcrowaves, Eels and much more.
After several delays, I finally roared out of Auckland around 12:30 on a Wednesday afternoon and sneaked back in at 8:15 the following Monday evening. I'd had five and a half days on the road, covered 4,500km and had the time of my life.
Read Allan's May blog right here.
From weather in Auckland to politics in Fiji, read Allan Dick's latest column here.
There is a very real possibility that before I get this column completed, the 30-second-attention-span New Zealand news media will have found something else, other than Shane Jones, to go into a state of terminal hysteria over