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How do I hit on people safely? Our first agony aunt response!

How do I hit on people safely? Our first agony aunt response!

Our first letter to our slightly slutty barren spinster was a very topical one. One where our protagonist is clearly paying attention to the world around him and needs some old fashioned tips on dating.

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Ask a Slightly Slutty Barren Spinster anything

Ask a Slightly Slutty Barren Spinster anything

Dear Ruminator Readers, I have long been a fan of this website. Lord Sutch is my favourite NZ political commentator.

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Werecreatures, zines, and metal

Werecreatures, zines, and metal

There has been lots to see and do in Christchurch in the past week. Come indulge in some flânerie with me.

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Look at Chad's crotch. LOOK AT IT.

The Nickelback Effect

Thirteen years ago I (allegedly) stole my first piece of digital media – and I have been on the run ever since.

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Musings of a teacher on the cusp of retirement

Musings of a teacher on the cusp of retirement

By a teacher who is getting old. I can see my own teachers shouting and rolling in their graves, how did she become a teacher?!

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Portrait of an existential crisis

A writer writes: who am I?

I’ve been doing this blog for about 18 months now, give or take. It’s been fun. There have been some wonderful contributions from a wide variety of authors. Choice.

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To express my gratitude, here's me being hilarious with a statue T-Rex in Thailand.

You guys are so choice

So yesterday after repeated emails from my webhost I finally caved and upgraded our hosting plan because we exceeded our monthly cap by quite a bit

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Look at this face! Who could stay mad at this face?

A letter to New Zealand

Hello New Zealand It’s Dave here.  How you been?

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Let’s not be dicks

Let’s not be dicks

So this isn’t going to make me very popular but I don’t care.

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Why New Zealand is pretty great.

Why New Zealand is pretty great.

Disclosure: This is not a cooking review. It is also not about politics.

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Goodbye to all that, with added spraycans

Goodbye to all that, with added spraycans

There are ways of saying goodbye to your home. Ours involved realising the garage was getting demolished too, and grabbing stuff out of it as quick as we could.

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Kiritapu

Kiritapu

There are many different ways to honour the people who shape us. We present awards and bestow honours for remarkable achievements, adding letters at the end of names like “ONZ” or “QSM” or prefixing names with “Dame” or “Sir”.

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My First Writers Festival

My First Writers Festival

My sister drove us to Auckland from Hastings, with a stop in Taupo for Burger Fuel, where we shared two burgers between us.

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Beyond the headland: an encounter with Keri Hulme

Beyond the headland: an encounter with Keri Hulme

Last week Ali Ikram travelled to Oamaru to interview one of the country’s greatest living writers. Keri Hulme does not travel by plane to avoid lung infections.

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Why we should remember them

Why we should remember them

It was freezing. It wasn’t one of those nice chilly I-just-went-to-the-snow-and-had-a-bundle-of-laughs-wearing-pompom-hats kind of freezings either; more like the kind of deathly freezing that burrows itself deep deep down into your soul and numbs you from the inside out

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Today is our first birthday so there’s nothing serious to say

Today is our first birthday so there’s nothing serious to say

  What you get today is things that amuse me. Because fuck you, it’s our birthday. I mean I love you all

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Ruminator Live?

Ruminator Live?

So a friend of mine who’s a bit of a doyen talked to me about an idea he had for a live show.

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Blog wars: or how I learned to stop worrying and start being an Emerald Stormtrooper

Blog wars: or how I learned to stop worrying and start being an Emerald Stormtrooper

First off, what the fuck is an Emerald Stormtrooper? Apparently this blog is frequented by them. Are you an Emerald Stormtrooper?

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