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General

Tradition and respect

Tradition and respect

I’ve been invited to an event in the next few weeks which is designated as black tie. I don’t have any problem with this, and will almost certainly follow the dress code in its official, formal capacity, which is rather more complicated than many kiwis think.

by × May 5, 2013 × 0 comments

Humour

Bring it back: Creepy window displays

Bring it back: Creepy window displays

Sometimes I see a picture of something from the past, and I get jealous to the point of becoming angry.  I’m jealous that the thing I saw and its sheer awesomeness no longer exists in modern day society.

by × May 2, 2013 × 0 comments

Health

Daily dosing

Daily dosing

Imagine that I have asthma.  Imagine that I was diagnosed about two years ago, and since then I’ve been using an inhaler everyday and though my life probably isn’t totally awesome all the time, I’m heaps healthier than when I was first diagnosed, which makes me happier, and more fun, and better at my job.

by × May 1, 2013 × 14 comments

Humour, Reviews

Uniball Power Tank: A review

Uniball Power Tank: A review

The Uniball Power Tank is just another entrant to Mitsubishi’s popular Uniball range of precision writing instruments. The model I tested featured black ink, but green, red and blue are also available.

by × April 30, 2013 × 2 comments

General

Shhh. Listen.

Shhh. Listen.

There are perfectly straightforward reasons why the sound of your recorded voice is quite different from what we think we sound like.

by × April 30, 2013 × 0 comments

Reviews

Instant chocolate mousse

Instant chocolate mousse

Almost instant gratification

by × April 29, 2013 × 5 comments

Health

Spring clean your insides

Spring clean your insides

I’ve got a challenge for you – and before you decide to ignore me and go read some other intellectually stimulating blog, just give me a chance… I dare you to try a detox.

by × April 28, 2013 × 3 comments

International

Eye for an eye

Eye for an eye

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the news recently, you may have heard Amnesty International condemning a Saudi Arabian court ruling that Ali al-Khawahir was to be deliberately paralysed for stabbing his friend in the back 10 years ago, unless he could come up with £180,000 in compensation.

by × April 26, 2013 × 0 comments

Health

Anxious Much?

Anxious Much?

This anxiety bullshit is bullshit. We all experience it in one form or other. I’m sure there are fabulous evolutionary reasons for it. Saber-tooth tigers and such.

by × April 25, 2013 × 1 comment

Humour, Marriage Equality

Things Colin Craig didn’t say

Things Colin Craig didn’t say

In support of our blogging brethren over at the Civilian, we thought we’d also note some things that Colin Craig didn’t say.

by × April 24, 2013 × 3 comments

Humour, Tech

10 Best Things To Tell “Computer Support”

10 Best Things To Tell “Computer Support”

The Computer Support Scam has been around for a while now – here in NZ it comes and goes in waves, but at my place, we’ve had a couple calls in the last few weeks so it looks like we’re back on their call lists.

by × April 23, 2013 × 12 comments

International

A Time for (less) change

A Time for (less) change

After all the sullen news of the last fortnight I wanted to write a nice, positive piece this week. I was going to say something about the joys of public transport in London.

by × April 23, 2013 × 0 comments

General

Dead Dreamboats

Dead Dreamboats

My friend, Courtney, and I share the hobby of drooling over dead guys.  It sounds weird I know, but…. ok, it’s weird.  I take a lot of comfort in knowing we’re not alone.

by × April 22, 2013 × 0 comments

International

Defending the celebration of death

Defending the celebration of death

Lord Sutch tackled the celebration of death in his recent post. I’m inclined to agree with his final thoughts, but specifically in a New Zealand context.

by × April 21, 2013 × 2 comments

International

Death does funny things

Death does funny things

Death’s a funny thing. We’re not that comfortable with it. We don’t know how to think of our own deaths, let alone someone else’s.

by × April 20, 2013 × 0 comments

Reviews

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Breakfast of champions

by × April 18, 2013 × 3 comments

Health

Confessions….

Confessions….

According to my mum, I’m an addict. She thinks I have a serious problem. She’s probably right. 

by × April 18, 2013 × 1 comment

General

The Day The Music Hid

The Day The Music Hid

I was in the UK when it happened. HMV and Virgin and other big music outlets suddenly rearranged themselves. One day, their entrances were enormous displays of music. The next day, the music was gone, and instead there were DVDs. Lots and lots of DVDs.

by × April 17, 2013 × 5 comments