According to the March 2017 Eurostat database, approximately 37% of people in Romania (and Bulgaria) are: “at risk of poverty or social exclusion." This startling statistic pales in comparison to the 11 – 17% low poverty rates of Norway, Sweden, the Czech Republic and others. “The depth of poverty ranges from as low as 13.2%… Continue reading Romania’s poor
The exhibition 'American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times' in Baneasa Shopping Centre, Bucharest, is in association with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. It ran from June 26th to July 6th, 2017 and displayed photographs of JFK's life from birth to his presidency.
The USA has long-held the geopolitical status of the land of freedom, stemming from the tides of George Washington and the founding fathers. In more recent times, the term 'free' has been bandied about in the globalised commercial and marketing lexicon, as an additional freebie to a purchase; a transactional extra. But, what constitutes press freedom? What does the phrase 'born free' mean? Are… Continue reading The case for peace journalism, a review of Netflix’s ‘Nobody speak: Trials of the Free Press’
On March 30th 2017, in the Australian Macro Business magazine's article: 'Is the Auckland land bubble about to burst?', the author referenced the 'interesting' New Zealand National Business Review (NBR) feature story, which analysed Auckland's construction sector. The photographs of the construction sites featured have a distinctive ghost estate feel, reminiscent of the European property bubbles of… Continue reading Auckland’s Vintaged design of Macroeconomics
New Zealand, home to the All Blacks, the kiwi fruit, jandals and the kiwi bird, has geopolitically followed a relatively smooth path towards political neutrality. A commonwealth nation, with a dominant constitutional Maori influence from the Waitangi Treaty, New Zealand's ranking as #1 in the world for political transparency in 2016, (alongside Denmark) according to Transparency.org, is… Continue reading Auckland’s peaceful docklands & harboured voyages
A Housing First pilot strategy was launched on the 23rd of March 2017 and provides housing for the homeless, adopting a Canadian government initiative. Currently $3.7 million is provided by the New Zealand government and under the mayorship of Phil Goff, Auckland Council has provided $1 million this year towards alleviating homelessness. In the last year,… Continue reading Auckland Series #1 of ‘Vintaged goods and Urban Hoods’