News Stories

Debate, discussion and viewpoints on news stories for future leaders. TaleTown multimedia English short stories on global news & international current affairs.

  • 2016 Tech Trends

    Moore evermore in Computer History — Happy 50th Birthday to the Law!Insightful story with Rosh’s reflections on 2016 Tech Trends.

    Technological progress was revolutionizing his world but Rosh was excited most by virtual reality.

  • Banking On Insurance?

    Insurance“Since the cost of replacing floor coverings in most of the separate areas was individually less than my policy excess, they declined to pay most of the replacement cost on the grounds that each individual event within my claim was uneconomical."

    "Interestingly, the assessor had initially confirmed to me that the whole house would be covered and given me the go ahead to get it all replaced quickly to mitigate loss of rent while the house sat untenantable due to damages. The assessor later denied they had given me any verbal confirmations of cover.”

  • Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

    Leo Tolstoy in His StudyCount Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy influenced Gandhi & helped shape India’s non-violent resistance movement.

    Russian philosopher & political thinker Leo Tolstoy …

  • Dig Your Own Wells

    Credit Crunch"Can't she just email the bank," Hosh asked, "and just cut-up and throw your card away?"

    "Some banks allow that," said Rosh, "but cards and card numbers are the property of the bank."

  • Don’t Upset Your Insurer

    See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil“They can act as judge, jury and executioner. Their heavy handed actions can ruin the lives of the very people that pay their premiums.”

    “Ruined because of a slip. Ruined because an allegation was made. Or ruined because someone dared demand that their contract be respected.”

  • Dream Big New Zealand

    The Webb Ellis Cup completes visit to Dubai as part of Rugby World Cup Trophy TourNew Zealand surged ahead straight after the interval, with Ma’a Nonu gathering a loose ball and setting off on an arcing run.

    “Lae ja Nonu (Take it away, Nonu)”, Rosh yelled at the TV, at the top of his lungs.

    His shout scared the birds who were waiting on the deck outside, to get their morning feed.

  • Dwelling On Insurance

    Insurance“Unlike many other countries, insurers in New Zealand are almost free to insure or refuse to insure anyone they choose.”

    “No Kiwi has a right to insurance, and the insurance industry is free to refuse your application or cancel your policy at its whim. It does not have to provide reasons or justification.”

  • Euthanasia

    Last aid"Pa," Hosh suddenly asked. "Do we have a right to Euthanasia?"

    "That is an interesting question," Rosh answered between bites. "Why do you ask?"

  • Exciting Period

    The Awful Truth, Day 4:  Could Be Working HarderFunny story: Exciting period.

    Rosh is excited by the buying opportunity created by UK Government support of Northern Rock but Isha finds other jokes exciting.

  • Fair Share Of Tax Cuts

    Throwing Money Away"I oppose tax cuts," Isha was saying, "because they benefit the rich. The rich get a lot more money back than the ordinary taxpayers like me. That's not fair."

    “You’re not the only one who feels that way," Rosh replied, "what you forget is that they’ve paid a lot more in the first place, so it is only fair that they get more of it back."

  • Follow The Money

    George is Keeping an Eye On You!Rosh tries to follow the money to gauge where growing worldwide debt & money printing might lead us.

    Was the wealth effect in NZ just a game of musical chairs?

  • Future Outlook 2017

    Pallas's Cat of Ueno Zoo : マヌルネコ(上野動物園)

    Rosh reflects on Future Outlook 2017 & use of technologies in diverse sectors from transportation to health, to decide what course to set for family finances.

  • Global Water Crisis?

    Sunset from Kure AtollOver a billion people in our world don't have access to fresh drinkable water.

    Little Josh discusses global water crisis and solutions like funding, cutting water usage, reducing leakages, desalination, nanotechnology & sustainability etc.

  • Hope Springs Eternal

    PortraitI was surprised at my relief. My home was shattered, my neighbours burning, my brother was dead, and my mother was broken.

    Yet I felt relief and had thanked my creator, because my children had been spared. They were safe. For the moment.

  • How Tax Cuts Work

    2014_06_210005 - tax avoidance“Even mathematically, tax cuts are not fair to the rich, just like they don’t benefit the poor much. They are skewed in favor of the middle class – the majority.”

    “Perhaps the restaurant owners all over the world are afraid of being beaten up by the five men in the middle. Historically, it has been the working class that has usually caused all the trouble."

  • Is Cancer Not A Disease?

    Uterine, Bile Duct and Breast CancerIs Cancer Not A Disease?

    Abnormal cell growth is an issue as it steals glucose from normal cells & grows at their expense.

    Hosh examines suggested natural cures

  • Khalifa Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, painted portrait DDC_0590"The institution of the Caliphate was thereafter inactive for almost a century. Then on June 29, 2014, the internationally unrecognized Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) declared a new Caliphate, naming Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the new Caliph."

    "Who's he?" asked Josh.

    "He is nicknamed The Invisible Sheikh," answered Rosh.

  • Kiwi Wealth In Houses

    money-castle illustrationConcentration of Kiwi wealth in houses may be concerning, but it has helped NZ stand out as the best deliverer of prosperity in the world in the past decade.

  • Life Of Pi

    Life of Pi"I have left so much behind", Pi said, "In the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go."

    "But what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye."

  • Monk With The Midas Touch

    Heritage Day 2011An 83-year-old Japanese billionaire, who’s redefining how to do business successfully in the new world of today, with what many decry as old 'values of yesterday'.

    In a world where managers are obsessed with pleasing shareholders, Inamori, entrepreneur, management guru and Zen Buddhist priest, focuses instead on making his staff happy.