Today, I tried to finish an opinion piece on how New Year can be a time for contemplating our lives and perhaps setting new goals. …


The other day I was talking with a friend of mine about the UK roll-out of a vaccine for Covid-19. We both agreed it was wonderful news but she expressed some concern about taking it herself, if and when, it becomes available in New Zealand.

She said she’s definitely not…


I don’t mind admitting that I’m an emotional chap and I often react to things in a visceral way — sometimes positively and sometimes negatively. …


Pic — Swiger Phogography

Yesterday, two headlines caught my eye as I scanned the news. The first was about Playboy Mexico putting a transgender model on the cover for the first time in its history. It’s a stunning picture and Victoria Volkova looks beautiful and powerful.

On Instagram the magazine stated “Playboy Mexico is…


After four years of the Trump Show, I honestly expected a Biden landslide, but on election night that wasn’t to be. Of course, there are still millions of votes yet to be counted so at this stage the result hangs in the balance. …


I have to tell you, I’m worried. This week, former journalist and UK Independence Party loyalist Suzanne Evans likened New Zealand to Nazi Germany. Yesterday, Fox News host Laura Ingraham said our government is throwing people into quarantine camps with a callous disregard for civil liberties.

With two such paragons…


The events of the past week have proved conclusively that I live in a liberal bubble. A record number of LGBT candidates were elected to our parliament last weekend which means it now has the largest proportion of queer MPs in the world.

But in this same week news reports…


Wow. What a night that turned out to be huh? It’s been obvious for months that the government would be re-elected but I am stunned by the scale of it. For a single party to be handed a majority in our MMP electoral system is unprecedented.

Before I analyse how…


When I was nine years old a member of my immediate family went into rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. I remember it being an incredibly upsetting time for all of us, and as a small child I found it all bewildering. …


As I mentioned in my post ‘You look fat and sick,’ in March 2019 I embarked on an ambitious challenge to change my diet and my health. Using Michael Mosley’s book The Fast 800 I cut my daily calories to 800 a day and I stopped eating junk food. In…

Andrew Whiteside

Secular humanist, believer in human rights, journalist, writer, interviewer. website — andrewwhiteside.com

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