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The good and the bad of coupledom
26 February, 2015
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The good and the bad of coupledom

Oh, St Valentine. If you’d known about the deluge of heart-shaped trinkets, couples getaways, miniscule underwear and jewellery of questionable taste that would be thrust upon the world like a sweaty, unwanted suitor every year in your name would you still have performed all those clandestine wedding ceremonies

20 February, 2015
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Awesome family car for sale

I took a photo of this car for sale at the side of the road yesterday and then showed it to my fiancé, saying that as it’s a station wagon it would make a great family car. His reaction was to question the state of the mileage.

Seven reasons to love Dave Grohl
19 February, 2015
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Seven reasons to love Dave Grohl

Last night the fiancé and I attended The Foo Fighters’ Christchurch concert, the first of their 2015 Sonic Highways World Tour. It was epic in more ways that one. In order to get there we had to battle sleep deprivation (we’d both been awake since at least 4:30am), baby-wrangling and babysitter organising, and monstrous traffic

The pain and suffering of parenthood
17 February, 2015
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The pain and suffering of parenthood

One of the things they never tell you about parenthood is how much it hurts. And I’m not talking about labour, or breastfeeding, or even those uterine cramps you get while breastfeeding (like a super-fun combination of both discomforts).

Eleanor Catton is not a traitor
13 February, 2015
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Eleanor Catton is not a traitor

What does it mean to be a proud New Zealander? Does everyone actually understand democracy? Do only some people get to have opinions on politics? These questions and many others came swooping into my mind yesterday after listening to Sean Plunket’s frankly bewildering Radio Live rant about Eleanor Catton. Follow up questions included “who stole […]

Twin harpists ruin Star Wars
13 February, 2015
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Twin harpists ruin Star Wars

Okay now, when I say “ruin” what I really mean is “pay musical tribute in questionable cosplay”.

What not to watch while pregnant
11 February, 2015
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What not to watch while pregnant

In November 2013 I started writing a blog post about movies and television episodes to avoid watching while pregnant. I never finished writing it because the next day we were informed that our baby would be arriving ahead of schedule. As I know several people who are pregnant at the moment I thought it would be […]

11 February, 2015
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Why does the Wellington Christian Science Church look like an albino walrus with cataracts and gingivitis?

Apparently it’s “an Ian Athfield”. I know you’re not supposed to speak ill of the dead, but what the fuck was he thinking?

Watching this music video will make your week
4 February, 2015
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Watching this music video will make your week

Some people love Ricky Gervais, other people can’t stand him. But it really doesn’t matter where you stand, you’ll still enjoy this music video he made when he was in a mediocre pop duo in the 1980s. If only for the incredibly uncanny Bowie impersonation.

The Dukes of Hazzard and other terrrible role models
3 February, 2015
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The Dukes of Hazzard and other terrrible role models

Sometimes it’s the small news stories that give a real glimpse into New Zealand life and culture. For instance, a man in Timaru recently managed to earn himself a disorderly behaviour charge when he attempted to emulate one of the Dukes of Hazzard by sliding across the bonnet of a police car.