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Tuesday July 12

Breakfast crossed live to London based correspondent Lisa Owen to find out how the city is coping and whether it was back to work for many London commuters today.

Breakfast spoke to Cathy Kern from Plunket about new research that shows a link between family violence and animal abuse.

Paul Henry spoke this morning to the director of the New Zealand Film Festival, Bill Gosden, and the vice-secretary of the Society for the Protection of Community Standards, Graeme Fox. They discussed issues of censorship that surround this year's film festival.

This morning Francesca reviewed Leela James' album A Change is Gonna Come

Paul Henry/Kay Gregory spoke this morning with David Russell from the Consumers Institute about how it's possible to carve years off mortgage payments by cutting back on a latte a day. For further information see

Breakfast talked to emerging playwright and composer Rochelle Bright who's the first New Zealander to be accepted into the Graduate Musical Theatre Programme at the New York University Tisch School of Arts.  Despite recieving a prestigious Dean's Fellowship award which will cover her tuition for the two year course, she's still needing to raise $100,000 to cover her living costs over there.  For more information email or donations can be sent to:
The Rochelle Bright Musical Trust
PO Box 68493

In this week's family segment Breakfast spoke to Dunedin author and teacher Keith Tonkin about a new series of "faction" books he's written designed to educate school children aged 10 - 14 years about New Zealand history.  The books are based on historical fact told in a fictional story.  The two books he's just published, which are the first of a series are called The Big Snow, about the 1861 snowfall in central Otago which claimed the lives of many gold miners and The Longest Journey, a story about a young boy's trip to New Zealand in 1851 on the boat The Canterbury.  The Big Snow and The Longest Journey are published by Gilt Edge Publishing.