New Zealand Listener Issue 43 2021

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3 min
tough calls

Most people who contract Covid-19 will not be treated in a hospital intensive care unit; they will be treated at home. It’s easy to forget this as concerns about overwhelming hospital services ramp up. Currently, Covid-19 cases not in managed isolation are under the care of regional public health services. As case numbers increase, community providers (mainly GPs) will care for mild to moderate cases, managing some patients at home via telehealth. Mild to moderate symptoms last from five to 14 days and can include any or all of the following: fever (72%), cough (46%), sore throat (34%), shortness of breath (19%) and nasal congestion or runny nose (16%). About 80-90% of these patients will recover without any treatment other than that for symptom relief. They will likely take paracetamol, maybe head to…

11 min
journey of faith

Good for Charlotte Grimshaw and good for the vicar who had begun to question the existence of, I guess, just one of the disparate images conjured by the proper noun “God” (Diary, October 16). I’m a retired, stumblingly contemplative Anglican priest who, in occasional scribbles, is inclined to avoid that noun, insisting that the enemies of true faith include certainty, superstition and excessive delegation of one’s inner spirituality to individuals and institutions, however valuable their guidance and community connections. It helps to remember that a common story in the Abrahamic faith traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) is that of Moses who, encountering deep mystery in a wilderness bush, asked for the presence to name itself. The answer, Moses understood, was something like “I am”, suggesting that you can’t define, name or give merely…

1 min
caption competition

WINNING CAPTION Richard Laimbeer, Dunedin FINALISTS Hillary Clinton: “I’m looking forward to hearing the trumpets.” – Roger Waddell, NelsonPagegirl: “Give this robe a yank, you reckon?” – Hans Zindel, Palmerston NorthPagegirl: “I’ve got the old cat by the tail.” – Mike Lynch, Upper HuttClinton: “Hey, Bill, this is what I meant by social distancing.” – Paul Kelly, Palmerston NorthClinton: “Does my bum look big in this?” – Ann Love, NelsonPagegirl: “Nothing is getting dragged through the dirt this time, Mr Trump.” – Bob Richardson, ChristchurchClinton: “Yes, the cape’s expensive, but it’s on my Bill!” – Kevin Boyce, Raumati BeachPagegirl: “Yes, full of hot air. To be sure.” – Edith Macklin, Hastings…

1 min
quips & quotes

“Sometimes the road less travelled is less travelled for a reason.” – Jerry Seinfeld“So, if you wanted to share photos, you had to go door to door with Polaroids of your brunch.” – Stephen Colbert on the outage that kept billions of people off Facebook’s suite of apps“Online and IRL we’re often our worst versions of ourselves when we’re emotionally invested in an argument.” – Jesse Mulligan“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, closeknit family in another city.” – George Burns“You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think.” – Milton Berle“I’m good at everything except the things that I can’t do.” – Han Mi-nyeo, from the television phenomenon Squid Game“A country is not a hotel. In culture, we build bridges, not walls.” – cellist Yo-Yo…

1 min
10 quick questions

1. In which country would you find the famous Nazca Lines? ❑ Peru ❑ Brazil ❑ Mexico ❑ Spain 2. True or false? It’s still possible to buy and redeem travellers’ cheques in New Zealand. ❑ True ❑ False 3. What does DCI stand for in the police ranks of the UK? ❑ Deputy Chief Inspector ❑ Detective Constable Investigator ❑ Detective Chief Inspector ❑ Deputy Constable Investigator 4. True or false? In the Victorian era, opium was often prescribed to sedate crying babies. ❑ True ❑ False 5. Which of these words means a tedious passage in a literary work? ❑ Lunger ❑ Longueur ❑ Langur ❑ Languor 6. Which film includes the line: “Well, I read through that handbook for the recently deceased. It says: ‘live people ignore the strange and unusual’. I myself am strange and unusual”? ❑ Beetlejuice ❑ Ghostbusters ❑ The Sixth Sense ❑ Poltergeist 7. Who published their first and…

3 min
hitting us where we live

Last month, while the rest of Germany was voting on who would replace Angela Merkel, Berlin residents also took part in another, very different ballot. They were voting on a referendum that asked whether local government should take property owned by some of the country’s largest real estate companies away, in the name of calming a wildly speculative real estate market in the capital and quelling a housing crisis. The referendum’s premise has been described as one of Europe’s “most radical responses to gentrification”. Unsurprisingly, the prospect has alarmed homeowners everywhere, resulting in accusations of illegal infringements on the right to property and hysterical warnings about the return of communism. As it turned out, Berliners weren’t too worried about all that. The votes were counted and almost 57% of the city’s residents agreed…