The long march

By Geoff Chapple In Uncategorized

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21st February, 2004
Beware the Imperial typewriter. Beware the big, black, early-plastic rotary phone. Its whirring dial. The Gestetner, too - the cranking of it, the ceaseless issuing forth of the cyclostyled sheet. For these instruments, in the wrong hands, were capable of changing this country forever. And did they fall into the wrong hands? Yes, they did. The man's name was Tom Newnham. Before there were desktop publishers, he was one. Before networking was ever defined, he was doing it. He became, it seemed, the secretary of everything, and his brick bungalow in Auckland's Dominion Rd became the headquarters ...

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