February 10, 2018

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Features

Later-life reboot

The biggest cohort of baby boomers is reaching retirement age – and many are not planning on settling into a quiet dotage. by Sally Blundell

On his own account

Working for himself gives Karl du Fresne a sense of freedom and ease, at least until he has to talk to his accountant.

Gore blimey

The history of surgery is a bloody tale of ignorance and superstition. by Mark Broatch

Dead cert

With ageing baby boomers driving demand for exit services, the funeral sector is getting a significant shake-up. by Tina Morrison

On top of the world

After more than 20 years dipping in and out of war zones, veteran newsman Mike McRoberts remains optimistic. by Clare de Lore

 

This Life

Health The elderly and young are at greatest risk of cellulitis from cuts and grazes. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition If you’re dying to eat marmalade but drugs prevent you, help is at hand. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Juicy and colourful, the versatile watermelon is an ideal ingredient for salads or desserts. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Buying wines based on a producer’s long-term reputation is a sign of maturity. by Michael Cooper

Psychology Why confine the happy holiday vibe to only that time of year? by Marc Wilson

Sport The Black Caps are on a roll, but they’re yet to face their sternest test. by Paul Thomas

 

Books & Culture

Many faces of Cate

Manifesto, a video artwork starring Cate Blanchett in 13 roles, makes no pretence of originality but has a message for our times. by Linda Herrick

Opera Singer Anne Sofie von Otter

Books Novels by Lloyd Jones, Louise O’Neill and Stanley Johnson, and Liza Picard’s idiosyncratic history of medieval English life for lovers of The Canterbury Tales

Music From Prophets of Rage, Nightmares on Wax

Classical Composer Lyell Cresswell, harpist Carolyn Mills

Film Molly’s Game; I, Tonya; Downsizing

 

Commentary

Editorial

Letters Plus Caption Competition, Quips & Quotes, Life in NZ and 10 Quick Questions

Bulletin from Abroad Anna Fifield in Tokyo

Back to Black Joanne Black

Politics Jane Clifton

Life Bill Ralston

The Good Life Michele Hewitson

 

Diversions

Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson

 

That’s Entertainment

Television Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

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