Tuesday, 14 January 2020 17:24

Ginhouse Returns 2020

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2020 Vision It’s a tradition here at Malthouse Blog Publishing Ltd. to start January with predictions for the coming year. But this is a special occasion – we open a new decade, with the opportunity to make predictions for the next ten years. The responsibility weighs heavily upon my weary shoulders. Prediction 1 – this year, just about every industry conference or business convention will make predictions for the next…
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 17:15

Malthouse’s Epic Birthday Party Friday 13th

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You know that one friend who always misses your birthday? He’ll post on your Facebook page: “Hoppy bthdy Mate 4 ystaday!!! Hope it a good1!!!” And he’ll do that four days after your birthday. Every year. Missing a friend’s birthday is embarrassing, and so it should be. So it’s perhaps a bit ironic that the most famous birthday in the history of the world is missed every year. I’m talking…
Saturday, 30 November 2019 17:36

Fortune Favours the Bold

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Fortune Favours the Bold The Duke of Wellington was an extraordinary man. He had two extremely successful careers – the first in the military, the second in politics – and he invented the gumboot. He received six – count them, six! – knighthoods, and not one of them was for the gumboot, which is surely worth a knighthood in its own right. Arthur Wellesley was born in 1769 in Dublin,…
Friday, 22 November 2019 16:42

Give me Liberty or give me ping pong!

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The game of table tennis has a long and noble history. It began, as ‘ping pong’, as an after-dinner entertainment for upper-class Brits. And while most of us know it as a wet-weather school-holiday diversion in the garage, it is also a highly-competitive professional sport that played a small but influential role in easing Cold War tensions. It’s 1971. The Vietnam War is at its height, with the communist North…
Friday, 25 October 2019 16:17

Boo! It’s Halloween

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We have a funny old relationship with Halloween here in New Zealand. It’s often seen as a commercial event, and Americanism forced down our throats and not a part of Kiwi culture. But it is much more than that – it is a very old, pre-Christian celebration, and it is certainly not American. Before it was sponsored by The Warehouse, Halloween was celebrated as the Christian festival of All Saints…
Friday, 06 September 2019 11:48

Say it loud! I’m Ginge and I’m proud!!

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“The biggest mistake the Scots made was pausing in Ireland for 400 years on their way to America”. That’s what my  Great-uncle Dunn told me when I was two years old, and I’ve never forgotten. Dunn and the McLoughlins who make up my mother’s side of the family were proud Orangemen, Scottish Protestants who settled in Ireland from the early 1600s. Dunn himself was a US citizen, being born in…