A year of outfits

#ootd 2017: Origin story In early January last year I began a little experiment. I would take daily photos of my work outfits and share them on Twitter using the hashtag #ootd (outfit of the day). Why? I was partly inspired by my workmate @kebabette‘s #gamcam tweets which document her rather glorious collection of hosiery…

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The Nerd Degree: Christmas. Special.

Okay, so in case you hadn’t noticed it’s Christmas. I reckon, if you’re anything like me you’re probably a bit over the whole concept already in which case you should definitely consider this Christmas-themed episode of The Nerd Degree a soothingly humorous balm to your overactive, agitated pre-Christmas stressors. Get that last-minute wrapping done to…

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The Nerd Degree: Star Wars Special III

Very, very early this morning I watched Episode VIII: The Last Jedi at the cinema and hours before that I recorded the semi-traditional Star Wars episode of nerd comedy podcast panel show, The Nerd Degree. There are a number of diehard Star Wars fans in the Nerd Degree roster and these episodes are always a…

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The Blurred Degree: Two episode double-banger

Comedy nerdfest, panel-show podcast, The Nerd Degree, recently turned three. Every parent will tell you that three is a difficult age. Bad choices are common as are crazed dance moves, terrible pronunciation, and bright colours are par for the course. Fitting then that the 3rd birthday of The Nerd Degree, (aka A Very Special Drunken…

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Changing ‘The Changeover’

The Changeover has been my favourite novel since I was 15, I’ve read it five times (as a dedicated “once only” reader of fiction, this is a very high number for me) and I’ve written before about what a wonderful gift that book was, and continues to be. How much stress a book-fan suffers when…

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What I learned from Margaret Mahy

Last night I watched Campbell Live and found that the piece on the Fosters, a couple who were so unhappy about their two-year-old being taught te reo Māori vocab in preschool that they were considering withdrawing her from it. I found myself at moments almost shaking with fury at the wilful ignorance on display, at others…

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Gothic gals

I was thrilled to be asked to take part recently in a WORD Christchurch session as part of their Shifting Points of View “mini-festival”. Actress Rebecca Vaughan (who was mesmerizing in her show Jane Eyre: An autobiography), YA author Karen Healey, WORD Christchurch Director and novelist Rachael King, and little old me getting together onstage…

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