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About coNZervative

A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well. John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his 50s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has an MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII). Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities. RIDER: This site is not connected to nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.

Powerful Political Art from Cuba

WOW!  “The Untouchables” The first image refers to pedophilia in the Vatican. Second child sexual abuse in tourism in Thailand, and the third refers to the war in Syria. The fourth image refers to the trafficking of organs on the … Continue reading

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Meanwhile Somewhere Near the End of Western UnCivilisation

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What I’m Listening To (Jan 2016)

Gary Moore – not the namesake my ex mayor in Christchurch – is my favourite guitarist and easily one of the best in the world.  Loving this live album at Montreux a classic performance of Moore (like Queen Live at … Continue reading

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Early Easter Bunnies (Face of the Day)

WTFriggy?  Give us some kind of holiday between please

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The Revenant (2015) Di Caprio Meets Snow

This is Leonardo Di Caprio’s latest outing and a real departure for him. I have to say Leonardo is emerging as a leading actor of our generation and I suspect will become the A-Listing legend over the next decade on a … Continue reading

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Bowie Irony

No one has talked about Davy Jones aka David Bowie for decades. Now that he’s died He’ll be A Hero…at Least For One Day! If I hear just one more “Star-man – waiting in the sky” allusion I’ll jettison in to … Continue reading

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What is Charles Up To? (Iran)

What has my favourite columists over at The Washington Post got to say for himself?  Charles is hot on Iran “If you’re going to engage in a foreign policy capitulation, might as well do it when everyone is getting tanked … Continue reading

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Face of the Day (Idaho M. Lion)

Aren’t they all inbred in Idaho? A mountain lion with a strange deformity has baffled United States biologists. The young male mountain lion was tracked by a hunter and killed on December 30 after it attacked a dog in a … Continue reading

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A Year of Good Reads (Ideas for Summer)

Looking for good reads this summer?  Here’s a selection of some of my favourite reads over the last year.  Click the title to read more on each. What were my best and worst?  I really enjoyed Edward Wilson below; and re-reading … Continue reading

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A Chicago Comedian Stops DRinking for Two Years (Here are the results)

I really like this; sound advise and results on so many levels What I learned by not drinking for two years Two years ago, a few days before New Year’s Eve, I last got drunk. It was the closing night … Continue reading

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