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13. November 2018  23:50

Today in #Tashkent, an internet ad from a large global airline proudly showcases that food served on its planes is grown from farms owned by the airline. Bad internet... there's a reform program under way here for heaven's sake! Shoo. #sellthefootballclubs #saynotononcoreassets

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13. November 2018  19:50

What's wrong with @Wellington_NZ ? It's way nicer than @Auckland_NZ. I can't understand why New Zealanders have been shunning the capital for a century. (#dadjoke)

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9. November 2018  04:05

1/ @IMFNews Mission Chief Albert Jaeger w/ DPM Kuchkarov and CBU Governor to take stock of reforms. Albert did a fantastic job of highlighting the immense achievements of @GOVuz while pointing to the need for firm resolve to tackle hard issues and patience for reforms to bear 🍒

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8. November 2018  21:39

1999 Me: "But mom, ETS guidance says retaking the test won't make a big difference."
2018 Me (whispering to myself): "Never question the superpowers of a #tambram mom. It just takes a few decades for the empirics to catch up with her."

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7. November 2018  20:19

Happy #Deepavali from your resident #WBdesi - it’s going to be a firecracker of a year ahead for @Liliabur, @HidekiMoriWBG and the @WorldBankECA team in Tashkent! Hopefully with some guest appearances from @IvailoIzvorski and @ApurvaSanghi at some point soon! 🎇

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2. November 2018  05:23

Yes. ❤️ 🤴 👸

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31. October 2018  22:41

Where do I begin with this #uzbekistan @GOVuz reform update? 👋 to licenses for wholesale shops, export permits, vendor pre-payment requirements, mandatory commodity exchange trading requirements and daily cash surrender rules for smaller businesses. #PHEW

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30. October 2018  19:47

1/ Dear SCI: I, and a few hundred million others who have endured #diwali hostage situations ("Kanna, if you wake up at 4:30 and take an oil bath, *then* I'll give you the pattas") have no objections to an 8-10PM firecracker slot. Also #colours. Thanks.

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26. October 2018  18:37

For #uzbekistan more/better jobs should = early reform focus on #EmpoweringWomen. At home 👩‍💻 In school 👩‍🎓 In business👩‍💼 In public administration 👩‍⚖️ In politics 👩‍🔬

@Liliabur there's no emoji for #womanWBCD but here are a few for you:👮‍♀️👩‍🚒👷‍♀️👩‍🏭👩‍🔧👩‍🌾👩‍🏫👩‍🚀👩‍⚕️👩‍✈️

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24. October 2018  01:33

Harry got it easy: 1 shell + no one told him it was for an election fund-raising where 6 or 7 shells of strong Kava would make a big difference to the campaign. General kava guidance in emoji: 🥥=😌🤟
🥥🥥🥥🥥🥥🥥🥥=🤠🥳🥳🤗🤡🤧🤢🤢🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮

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21. October 2018  21:51

It’s autumn in #Tashkent and the leaves at the botanic gardens are just amazing 🍁

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15. October 2018  22:26

Just before a bilateral mtg w/@paulmromer last yr, I remembered I'd done an animation in 2004 of his growth model using a 1st-gen @microsoft #TabletPC. I wanted to show it to him, but couldn't find it! Nobel=2nd wind, and voila (courtesy @internetarchive)!

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14. October 2018  04:19

Every cellphone in Uzbekistan just received this once in a lifetime opportunity text message. But I felt it was vital that every global citizen also had a chance to get in on this potentially life changing business opportunity.

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9. October 2018  23:26

Reforms in #uzbekistan move at a breakneck pace, and we sometimes miss the small but potent stuff, like this *excellent* @GOVuz reform to dispose of #uzbeneftegas non-core assets, e.g. fish farms, a horse training/breeding centre, and a sausage shop!

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4. October 2018  21:12

Plov party at the @WorldBankECA #Tashkent office! Plov parties are when the WB family comes together for a meal, some laughs, and a break from the hard work and long hours. Also, there will be none left by the time you read this. Blame @HidekiMoriWBG! #sorrynotsorry

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28. September 2018  20:58

An epic fortnight of #reforms in #Uzbekistan... today's @GOVuz cherry on the cake (literally): ending #horticulture export prepayment rules - one of the biggest things standing between the tastiest fruits I've ever eaten and the rest of the world #yum

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27. September 2018  21:52

#Tashkent was once known as the "City of Bread" - no wonder bread prices are the talk of the town! This awesome @gazeta_uz explainer covers the economics and policy challenges of price controls, and why recent @GOVuz reforms are a right step forward

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27. September 2018  16:55

There's nothing like starting a #Tashkent morning with @duranduran's "Come Undone" - well maybe if there was an #uzbek cover...

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24. September 2018  23:08

A fantastic step from @GOVuz I vividly remember the day #VSNL lost its gateway monopoly in India - it was a huge break for my company, and contributed to the incredbile #ITES revolution that changed the lives of so many millions of Indians

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17. September 2018  05:24

More responses to the most frequent question I get asked: “Are #Uzbekistan's reforms for real?” Me: “Uzbekistan just harvested its first *quinoa* crop. That's as real as it gets.”

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15. September 2018  06:37

Dear 🇦🇺,
🍇🍓🥝🍒🍏🍎🍐🍊🍋???

❤️❤️❤️
🇳🇿 (+ 🇼🇸🇹🇴🇻🇺🇰🇮🇹🇻🇫🇯🇵🇬🇸🇧🇫🇲🇲🇭🇵🇼🇳🇷)

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15. September 2018  05:58

Visitors to #Uzbekistan: “Are the reforms for real?” My new response: “The Navoi Theatre’s Fall 2018 season just opened with Star Wars, the Gypsy Kings, Led Zep, GNR, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Michael Jackson, and the Lion King. Two days after @kfc opened. Please stop the doubting.” 🤗

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15. September 2018  02:20

Open air symphony time! #tashkent #summernights

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14. September 2018  00:33

"Carrie, Carrie (trade), maybe we'll meet again"

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14. September 2018  00:26

This made my day! We are immensely lucky to have someone as capable and #pacificpassionate as Tessa serving in the #Pacific. She's bursting with love for the region. Woohoo! @mfatgovtnz @winstonpeters @CookIslandsGov

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11. September 2018  20:37

A belated day two of #mylifeinblackandwhite. ⁦@michelappleton⁩ gets the challenge this time. Seven days of B&W photos. No captions. Pass the challenge on.

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10. September 2018  03:18

@ReneeHeal not sure if I’ll remember all seven days but here is day 1 of #MyLifeinBlackAndWhite (7 days of B&W photos with no captions). I nominate @ApurvaSanghi to take up the challenge!

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10. September 2018  00:12

This photo of the Ala-Too Cinema is the perfect finale to our amazing #Kyrgyz experience: where the hammer and sickle meets the 3D cinema.

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8. September 2018  17:07

Apple trees and wooden churches in gorgeous #Karakol, #Kyrgyzstan

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7. September 2018  01:45

A breathtakingly poignant memorial in Karakol to the #urkun of 1916. The details make it almost frighteningly easy to imagine the journey and it’s immense cost.

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6. September 2018  18:40

At the races, dutifully betting on a 🐴 with the same name as my m-i-l. Also competing: Shahrukhkhan. #WorldNomadGames

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6. September 2018  00:19

Kyrgyzstan takes on Uzbekistan in the first prelim Er-Enish (wrestling on horseback) game. Omad yor bo’lsin Ozbekistan!!! (The horse on the right obviously!!) #WorldNomadGames

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5. September 2018  19:14

Just another day at the #WorldNomadGames

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5. September 2018  18:34

Don’t screw this up referee. No pressure, but you’re on Twitter. #WorldNomadGames2018

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5. September 2018  18:03

Team scenic declares completion. The referee has been called to have a look. #WorldNomadGames2018

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5. September 2018  17:50

I’m going to need a nap after all this excitement. Middle-age viewings of felt carpet competitions should come with a medical warning. #WorldNomadGames2018

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5. September 2018  17:47

Also, my team should win points for elegance. What a pretty watering can. Where’s the referee when you need her? #WorldNomadGames2018

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5. September 2018  17:42

Meanwhile, on floor #3: #WorldNomadGames2018

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5. September 2018  17:40

Squeezing the last bits of water out while chanting the Hadith. That’s one amazingly strong group of women. 💪 #WorldNomadGames2018

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5. September 2018  17:38

Out it comes. #WorldNomadGames2018

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5. September 2018  17:34

Not trying to trash talk the hard work that team scenic is doing, but my team’s colors and design are way nicer. #WorldNomadGames2018

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5. September 2018  17:30

The drones are here. This must be momentous. #WorldNomadGames2018

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5. September 2018  17:26

These guys are killing it! My money is likely lost. #WorldNomadGames2018

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5. September 2018  17:23

Team scenic is pulling ahead as they start to pour hot water and begin rolling the carpet. This is riveting stuff. People beginning to get excited. The press camera is here. #WorldNomadGames2018

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5. September 2018  17:06

And maybe this team for the most scenic locational choice for making a carpet.

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5. September 2018  17:04

And a felt carpet making competition. My money is on this team for the fabulous colors and for being the only gender neutral team where men and women are helping make the mat. #WorldNomadGames2018

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5. September 2018  16:47

It’s blanket folding time! #WorldNomadGames2018

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4. September 2018  23:43

A MASSIVE chong rahmat to the most wonderful Kyrgyz police for reuniting me with my Uzbekistan accreditation card, which was lost in a jailoo (meadow) of about a few square km. Needle in a haystack, found in less than half a day. Big smiles all around. #WorldNomadGames2018

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4. September 2018  22:33

All’s quiet on the Eastern Front. I think they’re on a tea break. #WorldNomadGames2018

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4. September 2018  20:16

Just another day at the #WorldNomadGames2018

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3. September 2018  18:06

Look who I bumped into! Go team #Uzbekistan! #WorldNomadGames2018

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3. September 2018  17:29

India playing South Africa in a belt wrestling event at the #WorldNomadGames2018 in Kyrgyzstan. I ❤️globalization sometimes. #WNG2018

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21. August 2018  00:37

I ❤️ Tapchans. Eat, drink, sleep under the stars. This lovely scene is from a wall mural at Cinara’s restaurant in Charvak, about 85km from Tashkent.

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17. August 2018  19:31

Talking about financial inclusion and global integration, I found out this morning that my @KiwibankNZ credit card account was *closed* without my knowledge. Even more fun: the 30 min (and counting) wait time on an overseas line to find out what happened. Thanks @KiwibankNZ!

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17. August 2018  02:58

I figured the only way to understand #Uzbekistan’s financial system was to join it. With my patchy Uzbek and dollops of help from the wonderful team at #NBU, the Axmok Hindustani opened a deposit and an #uzcard account. The slick #Milly app is on my phone. And away we go!

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16. August 2018  00:15

Flights to Mumbai! Home just got a little bit closer. Happy independence day!

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15. August 2018  19:53

#VandeMataram from Tashkent! Many thanks to @amb_tashkent who hosted a fantastic ceremony and cultural show this morning! Here’s to India’s 72nd, and to the great hospitality (and yummy treats). @MEAIndia @SushmaSwaraj

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15. August 2018  19:23

Sorry @marcus - apology not accepted. This is 2018: People travel. A lot. They may want to check their savings account sometimes when overseas. They shouldn't have to VPN (three times until a server that you haven't blocked works) to get there. So long and thanks for the 1.8%APY.

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12. August 2018  18:22

Desperately looking for my ski jacket while wondering what’s taking my car seat warmer so long.

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7. August 2018  16:43

I'm still getting used to the concept of #propiska, but the new @GOVuz registration website for visiting tourists is a godsend. E-visa + E-mehmon ( ) = ✈️👍

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6. August 2018  15:54

#India holds a mystical charm in #Uzbeskiztan - from Andijan’s famous son Babur, to @TheAlishaChinai’s “Made In India” - to which three taxi drivers were bopping to in eerily synchronous rhythm this morning. 🇺🇿 🇮🇳 ❤️

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5. August 2018  16:36

@TomCruise⁩ 1 - the Machines 0. My daily ⁦@DowJones#factiva alert has an infiltrator in the “⁦IMF⁩” section. ⁦@IMFNews

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3. August 2018  02:49

If you ask me, they just don’t make the @allnewlada like they used to!

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30. July 2018  00:34

Celebrating the end of Chilla - the 40 most intense days of heat (and cold in the winter) - with Chillafest!

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24. July 2018  06:32

@projectfi just completed an epic effort to get my Fi Phone working in Tashkent, involving three weeks of customer support, engineering, and liaising with local telcos. Finally, my phone works like a charm! THANKS team!

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22. July 2018  01:17

Day 4 of having an Indian set-top box. The hard sells to convince me that I need a 3D bedsheet with pandas hugging whales makes me want to rethink everything I've learned about economic models.

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15. July 2018  20:45

41 degrees = dead city.

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11. July 2018  04:01

Just another #tashkent evening ride home...

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4. July 2018  21:37

My mind set on you...

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4. July 2018  15:46

Nothing like getting a head start to your day with Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” blaring on the street. @AstrupILO, 🇩🇰’s finest export indeed!

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2. July 2018  19:51

To get a sense of the exciting times we’re living in here in 🇺🇿, see this fantastic video put together by my amazing country team colleagues @WorldBank 🇺🇿 office on the impact of reforms @HidekiMoriWBG @Liliabur @WorldBankECA

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2. July 2018  16:18

If you’re a fleeting visitor to Tashkent, you’d be hard pressed to find signs of a closed economy - you can @yandexcom a 🚕 to your @Airbnb 🏠, #express24 deliver your delicious Uzbek 🥘, all on your 4g phone. The gig economy is alive and kicking in 🇺🇿!

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29. June 2018  23:24

Bottom: what #bigdata said Tashkent would be like in June. All day. Everyday. Top: what it was. Moral: pack your raincoat in your suitcase, not the container that gets here in time for the “rainy season”. But the Olliy Majlis sure looks fantastic!

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29. June 2018  00:32

The differnce between a foreigner and a Tashkent local: the former stops to stare at the beautiful greenery. The latter invokes a secret Tashkent-spidey sense to avoid getting drenched by the sprinklers, and stops to stare at the wet foreigner in a suit.

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26. June 2018  04:14

Great to catch up with Ian Hill, 🇳🇿 ambassador to 🇺🇿 over traditional Uzbek breads and delicacies. The restaurant ran out of pilaf (the horror!) but we managed to get by. Missing home and @MFATgovtNZ just a little bit more today.

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20. June 2018  04:53

The coolest little job managing the coolest little team in the coolest little aid programme and foreign service of the coolest little country in the world. My former role @MFATgovtNZ has been advertised!

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28. May 2018  13:59

Two more weeks until the Silk Road adventure begins!

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13. May 2018  14:53

@FlyAirNZ what an awful awful way to finish my #airnz flying experience. Your NZ29 12 May flight service manager just decided to put revenue over family. It’s the most unkiwi thing that has happened to me in the 7 years I’ve flown with you.

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25. April 2018  00:10

Coffee snobs look away. But there’s nothing quite like a Dunkin experience to relive your childhood.

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22. April 2018  18:11

A huge thank you to @flyairnz Andrea and Stuart for their help and for rebooking me. #AirNZ is one of the things I’ll miss most when we’re away from home for the next three years.

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19. April 2018  13:26

I wonder if there are any empirical papers estimating the productivity/welfare loss to society from people deciding to wait the extra ten seconds for their Secure ID / 2FA tokens to refresh.

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17. April 2018  15:42

@nytimes comes to the rescue with pop-anthropology reading recommendations. The Stuart Kirsch book is based on his PNG experiences and will be my first pick. But Romanian secret police files also sounds fab!

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17. April 2018  03:18

Just the kind of story I want to read during a bout of insomnia. Thanks @voxdotcom!

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13. April 2018  18:03

Strictly personal view but I think Paul Eagle was onto something here. #vomitron

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11. April 2018  15:03

And I'm getting giddy thinking about @ShaniaTwain getting giddy about performing in #NZ !!! 💓

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11. April 2018  10:21

I can confirm that the @metservice “feels like” measure is very, *very* accurate. #Brrrrr

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9. April 2018  20:07

So long Digg Reader:

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9. April 2018  18:00

Hey @nztreasury, love the new website! But still a few teething problems. Many links lead to a 403 error on this page:

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8. April 2018  12:25

Sunset over the Auckland Harbour Bridge

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7. April 2018  21:45

Task for the weekend: “de-cluttering”. Seems innocuous enough, but it can eventually lead you to take a “How big a hoarder am I?” test, and the answer might not make your day.

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5. April 2018  19:40

Visit from movers = trifecta moodkill: a) reality of move sets in -> panic!; b) you find out a 20ft container is too small (you thought you only had 2 duffel bags) -> mid-life crisis; c) they’re coming back in 2 weeks -> only 2 weeks to get over panic and mid-life crisis

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5. April 2018  15:40

Picnics are so last season. All the teddy bears are at the #NorfolkIsland Country Music Festival. Nothing like teddies gadding about to bluegrass.

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5. April 2018  12:52

It’s like the whole town took a leadership course where they were told to just do it and ask for forgiveness later. Nice!

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4. April 2018  23:31

Looking forward to a chat tomorrow on governance and the #Pacific with officials from @ASEAN and Africa visiting #NZ to study English @VicUniWgtn

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1. April 2018  14:15

Palette cleansing, and #powerparenting

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1. April 2018  13:15

Ethics in the era of Yelp: how do you leave a good review for a car rental company that’s awfully - exceptionally - nice, but where the brakes failed on a scary downhill?

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1. April 2018  12:08

Sunday trading is a real holiday killer. It should go. Especially in small islands like Waiheke!