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Get your Star Wars on
13 July, 2015
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Get your Star Wars on

I have been feeling the Star Wars love a lot lately and have been noticing more and more non-specialty stores stocking Star Wars merchandise which is kind of why I got all excited and wrote a little happy shopping list thing. Read Geek Edit: Star Wars on Cake Oven.

Unhinged ginger binge
6 March, 2015
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Unhinged ginger binge

Over the summer I went slightly mad for boozy ginger beers. Not “dancing on tabletops” mad, I have a toddler to take care of and trust me when I say hangovers and demanding babies are not a good combination. Basically, I just wanted to try as many of the different ginger beers available.

Nerds, assemble!

Nerds, assemble!

Late last year, via Twitter I heard of an unusual event taking place and as soon as I heard about it, even as tired and sleep-deprived as I was, I knew I was going to have to organise a babysitter

It’s cosplay but not as we know it
2 March, 2015
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It’s cosplay but not as we know it

Welp, Armageddon Expo: Christchurch edition is imminent and as was fully expected I have yet to complete my cosplaying endeavours, though I have made a start on junior’s Eleventh Doctor fez.

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.

Library confidential
1 February, 2015
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Library confidential

My first library position was when I was seven and was allowed to shelve books at my primary school library. They gave me a badge that said “librarian” and everything, which seems a bit like overstatement now, to be honest.

HAPA Design Store: Loving the local

HAPA Design Store: Loving the local

I’m a city kid. I grew up in Linwood which, though not in the middle of town, is only a 10-15 minute bus ride to Cathedral Square (back when Cathedral Square did double duty as transport hub and spiritual centre of the city).

Know your kitsch: Three flying ducks
1 February, 2015
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Know your kitsch: Three flying ducks

One of the first things we acquired in anticipation of buying our first home was a set of three flying ducks from Pepin Design. That instantly recognisable silhouette was so appealing possibly because I grew up in the era of Hilda Ogden on Coronation St, the unofficial patron saint of ceramic ducks.

The Princess Bride hostess with the mostest
1 February, 2015
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The Princess Bride hostess with the mostest

I recently turned forty and by way of celebration I threw a Princess Bride screening party for my friends and family.

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  • Last night I woke up from a dream because, in the process of fending off the evil bird trying to eat my face... I punched myself in the nose,
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