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Unplug, Plug In and Live Longer

August 17th, 2011 No Comments

I don’t want to say I told you so, but… Television kills – or at least it shortens your life by 22 minutes for every hour you spend glued to the screen. The unexpectedly lethal impact of watching the box is revealed as latest figures suggest we are spending more time in front of the […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 33

March 21st, 2010 No Comments

Unplugging is particularly hard if you live by yourself. Other people are great sources of alternative entertainment – you can play games with them (or play tricks on them, I suppose), have relaxed chats, do some cooking or a jigsaw, eat dinner together with some great music playing, and if you live with other people, […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 31

March 19th, 2010 No Comments

One of my great hopes for West is that this period of Unplugging from screen-based entertainment will give us space to Plug In to God – maybe Plug back In to God. So often we say to ourselves and each other that we don’t ‘have time’ for things we say are important to us.  I […]

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Unplug and Plug In: One More Reason

March 15th, 2010 No Comments

One of the best things about unplugging from screens is that you can enjoy listening to great stuff while doing something else fun or productive.  I am in love with Radio New Zealand, and get heaps of their programmes as podcasts that I can listen to whenever I’m doing dishes or folding clothes or whatever. […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 18

March 6th, 2010 No Comments

Ruby Duncan is a provocative thinker and local hero.  She’s lived in New Zealand, Australia and the slums of Manila, and is now the head of Iosis, the family support service of the Baptist Union in Aotearoa.   I mention this because she was invited to speak at Parachute this year as part of a […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 4

February 20th, 2010 No Comments

It’s day 4 of our collective fasting from screen-based entertainment.  How’s it going at your place? So far Matt and I have taught each other our childhood card games (it’s all part of cross-cultural understanding) and gone to the high energy Hospice fundraiser, Grease (more about the unsuitability of this adult musical for children later, […]

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Unplug and Plug In Launch

February 14th, 2010 5 Comments

The average Kiwi watches 168 minutes of television each day. That’s the average. So Kiwis spend around 4,000,000,ooo (4 billion) hours a year watching tv. In this mind-blowing article, Clay Shirky does the maths and works out that the free, online, user-generated encyclopedia, Wikipedia, probably took about 100,000,000 human thought hours to create – and […]

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I Choose

January 22nd, 2010 No Comments

I’ve gone through a couple of 24 phases in my life, where my heart has raced along with Jack Bauer’s as he strives to save humanity (or at least America) from the latest terrorist threat. Last time I watched it, something Jack kept saying annoyed me every time.  When faced with a moral dilemma (to […]

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