Category Archives: Nowhere near Not Nelson

Can’t decide…

You choose. Not even Not Nelson. Pacific coastline south of Kaikoura. iPhone 7. Looking at the feather image, I sometimes ask myself why I bother hauling a Nikon D7000 around…. Advertisements

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I might have left this too late….

A tad slack in writing this post in a timely manner and if I don’t get my skates on, I might be an Honorary Uncle before the pixels hit the ether…. Andrew van Leeuwen and I go back quite a … Continue reading

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I have indeed been referred to thus. Frequently. But I don’t mind the comparison with these exquisite culinary objects – mussel pies from the capital of the Green-shell Mussel universe, Havelock, on the road to Blenheim Pop them in the … Continue reading

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“Gentleman, start your engines…”

That’s more  Indie 500  than Le Mans, but there they wave the flag, the drivers (used to) run across the track, jump into their cars, crank them up and head off for a  24 hour jaunt around the track.. At … Continue reading

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…back in Mainz, it’s snowing. Guest photog: Andreas Los

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A gig

My alma mater, Westlake Boys High School in Auckland, roped me into speaking at the 2015 Graduation Dinner the other day. 550 or so folks (about the total roll of the school when I was there – it’s now 2400…) … Continue reading

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Our absence appears to have been noted…

Mainz’s crappy weather – 150km/h hurricane force winds, hail and temperatures around 12°C – brightened up by an act of Unrandom Kindness from star journalist neighbours Birgit and JW. How nice.

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