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Peak peak Rumination 2: Damn fine cup of coffee

Peak peak Rumination 2: Damn fine cup of coffee

Have you jumped on the Twin Peaks rewatch train yet? Check the schedule at the bottom of this post – episodes one and two are on the menu this week! That breathtaking image above is by Grant Buist (@fitz_bunny on Twitter), creator of legendary NZ comic strips Brunswick and the ongoing Jitterati. See below the essay for his tweet-by-tweet journey through episodes one and two! Below: a writeup of the first episode of the regular series, which follows on from the pilot episode, so it’s sort of episode two ok?? This is by the marvellous Jenni Sands (@jennitalula on Twitter), who is currently reviewing the entire Empire Top 500 Movies […]

by × January 25, 2017 × 4 comments

Reviews

Peak peak Rumination: starting at the start

Peak peak Rumination: starting at the start

The Ruminator presents: The Official Ruminator Twin Peaks Rewatch Companion! In the coming months, we will follow along with the great Twin Peaks rewatch (see end of post). Join us every Tuesday for some tasty ruminations on Twin Peaks from a bunch of great writers! (Maybe including you?) This week: start your rewatch with the feature-length pilot to Twin Peaks! Here’s Ruminator regular Morgan Davie to set the scene… When Twin Peaks came to New Zealand, we were young. We liked St Elsewhere and Cheers and Dallas. It was Ancient Days, people. Your television was a curving screen the size of a magazine spread, and the picture was grainy and […]

by × January 18, 2017 × 11 comments

International, Politics

Between a Trump and a Russian place

Between a Trump and a Russian place

I saw an article yesterday that came from early December about the current intelligence community and its panic over Donald Trump. The article, from Reuters, says that Canada is concerned about Trump’s comments around using torture and other ethical atrocities as well as his ties to Russia

by × January 15, 2017 × 0 comments

General

A Personal History of David Bowie on the Occasion of the First Anniversary of his Death

A Personal History of David Bowie on the Occasion of the First Anniversary of his Death

By Adam Simpson (@misfitmovies) [Most of this was written in the days following the death of David Bowie in January 2016]

by × January 10, 2017 × 4 comments

Politics

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away

So who saw that one coming? No-one. Big news.

by × December 6, 2016 × 0 comments

International, Politics

When is a door not a door? When it’s ajar.

When is a door not a door? When it’s ajar.

Since *that* election I have read myriad reasons why it played out the way it did

by × November 17, 2016 × 0 comments

Reviews

Reverend Horton Heat: Effortless brilliance

Reverend Horton Heat: Effortless brilliance

The Rev is a band I have wanted to see for, I dunno, 10 years now?

by × October 6, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour

Pro comedy in Wellington!

Pro comedy in Wellington!

Outside of the Comedy Festival there is a tonne of comedy shows around Wellington city that you should check out. But it’s rare that we get a show of this calibre coming to town.

by × September 14, 2016 × 0 comments

Politics, Rights

Erewhon: Where everyone is lazy and does drugs

Erewhon: Where everyone is lazy and does drugs

RadioNZ (sorry RNZ) has a remarkable story up about New Zealand’s high level of immigration, and how this high level of immigration is actually bringing in a lot of low-skilled workers

by × September 5, 2016 × 1 comment

General

The deer on the left represents me locked in battle with the deer on the right, while that deer represents 2016.

Some great things about 2016

So 2016 hasn’t been great huh? That’s the meme. That it’s been a shit year. Smacking us all right in the gooch. Terrorism, celebrity deaths, poverty, Trump, we’ve had a lot. So I thought in honour of it being such a shitter let’s take a look at some good things.

by × August 31, 2016 × 1 comment

Politics

Wellington alive and kicking

Wellington alive and kicking

Guest post by Wellington Mayoral candidate Justin Lester

by × August 30, 2016 × 1 comment

Uncategorized

Supporting the Ruminator

Supporting the Ruminator

The annual subscription fee has come up again and as I (Dave) have started my own business, money is a bit tight, so if you want to donate to help keep the site live then awesome!

by × August 25, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour

Raybon and Tim and Cohen oh my!

Raybon and Tim and Cohen oh my!

We love comedy at the Ruminator. We review the shit out of it every festival and we’re a big supporter of local comedy which we think is going from strength to strength.

by × August 25, 2016 × 0 comments

Politics

Eats gravel, shits highways

Eats gravel, shits highways

Over the weekend, on TV3’s ‘The Nation‘, the Wellington Mayoral candidates got together and had a shitfest.

by × August 8, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, Reviews

Our Favourite New Podcast: “Boners of the Heart”

Our Favourite New Podcast: “Boners of the Heart”

Forget everything Mel Gibson taught you about What Women Want; this is where wisdom lies. Boners of the Heart is like listening in on a slumber party, but in a non-creepy way.

by × August 4, 2016 × 0 comments

International, Politics

A complete abdication of responsibility

A complete abdication of responsibility

It was a fascinating day yesterday, watching the Brexit results come in and seeing how divided United Kingdom had become.

by × June 25, 2016 × 0 comments

News, Politics, Rights

A Pox On Both Your Houses

A Pox On Both Your Houses

 If there’s one euphemism I’m sick of hearing it’s “property investment”. 

by × May 17, 2016 × 6 comments

Humour, Reviews

Comedy Festival Review: Red Bastard

Comedy Festival Review: Red Bastard

Whew. This is going to be tricky. And possibly a bit of a wanky review. So for that I apologise.

by × May 12, 2016 × 0 comments