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The Listener, a liberal leaning current affairs weekly (my mate Houghton refers to it as “that Commie rag”,so you can guess his political persuasion…) features grammatical catastrophes. As in: The Invercargill City Council approved $3000 for a muriel for the … Continue reading

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I think these sculptures are by Jane Downes – they’re very similar to ones we saw at Headland Sculpture on the Gulf on Waiheke in 2015. Get to see these walking around the inlet foreshore track kindly provided by our … Continue reading

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Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

Aka the Tui –  the best bird in the world. Iridescent green with a white tuft of feathers at its throat, with a song to die for   And they’re FAST. The ones around the cottage move between the manuka … Continue reading

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“Felt more like a 3.7 to me…”

They don’t call New Zealand the Shaky Isles for nothink (as our Proime Minister is wont to say…). GeoNet (Geological hazard information for New Zealand – registered 20 moderate to strong earthquakes in January 2017 alone.  You get a … Continue reading

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The only thing that you can say against the Sublime cafe on Haven Road is that they serve up in takeaway cups. Not if I can do anything about it. Rocked up the other day with my own espresso cup … Continue reading

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A roost of kites

Or a ‘husk’, a ‘kettle’ or a ‘soar’ Probably not the latter – they look fairly earthbound. Sunsails in a Nelson laneway

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Hand-colour a postcard while you wait for your flat white at the Red Gallery café

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