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Flip Grater days

Flip Grater

Photo Credit: Justus Nussbaum (Own work) (CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Last winter, I wrote a review of Flip Grater’s latest album of the time, called: While I’m awake I’m at war.

It was a fairly dark and stormy night, all electric flashes and distant rumbles. I had a good fire going, a whiskey in my hand and my feet up in a comfortable chair, listening to a few of the album tracks, while the rain fell in squalls on the tin roof. It was bliss! … more »

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Rant:History Repeating

Politician Polling

Last night I had a dream.

More of a nightmare really; I dreamed that I answered my front door, only to find a bloke wearing a fake tan, a blue rosette and a plastic surgery smile that wouldn’t look out of place on an American home shopping ad, standing on my front porch.

Being the suave urbane sophisticate that I am, I should have asked the canvasser if he liked sex and travel (“then f*ck off!”). But the subconscious being what it is, I was forced to endure a 10-minute national party infomercial, starring John Key, along with an assorted supporting cast of the usual players, Muppets one and all.

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Rant: Urine my heart

Urine samples being prepped for drug screening

This was written by an Air New Zealand flight attendant in Auckland.

I’m damn sure I’m not alone in agreeing with him…

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The day the south was rocked

Christchurch 2010 Earthquake

I am immensely relieved that no-one was killed in the recent earthquake in Canterbury.

With a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter scale, the quake struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am local time on the 4th of September and is believed to be the worst earthquake to hit Godzone since 1931.

Friends of mine who live in an apartment block in the CBD of Christchurch provided a harrowing account of the experience:-

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Second Sense Ringing

The Second Sense at the Crown & Badger, Tauranga, NZ

A few weeks back, I caught up with an old school pal of mine for a whiskey and a brief trip down amnesia avenue.

In the course of our 20+ year news catch-up, he mentioned that he played bass in a rock covers band called The Second Sense and suggested I come along to a gig.

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Tri-Nations Victory

All Blacks

All Blacks take it!

lol biggrin smile

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Cool Christchurch

Canterbury view. Photo: N.Tanner

Despite all my travels around this little blue-green planet, I have to confess that I’ve never been to the South Island of New Zealand.

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