So US Secretary of State Condolezza Rice has left our shores. She inspired protest. She met the PM and said “New Zealand is now a friend and an ally.” She provided timely distraction for Mr Peters, travelling to meet with the Pacific Island forum. But the item that stirred my Kiwi pride was reading that one of the world’s most powerful women will soon be wearing Kiwi-made, after she “felt the urge for a little retail therapy. Auckland-based designer Adrienne Winkelmann was invited into Rice’s hotel room for a private viewing.” Who says the Standard can’t do light and fluffy somtimes?