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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The Nerd Degree: Friends

I had a kind of grunty cold at the time we were recording this and made goddamn heroic efforts not to cough into the mic during this episode and where’s my medal? But heroic efforts aside, yes, my Friends fan-fiction basically grew out of a desire for someone to clean my house… for free. What…

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The Nerd Degree: Cake

Cake. It’s safe to say, I’m a fan. And when it comes to the Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cakes book, I take that shit seriously. So when I say if I were a cake I’d be the swimming pool cake, even though it’s clearly for comedy purposes… I’m also deadly serious. Any cake that…

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The Nerd Degree: Lies

If ever there was an episode during which you had carte blanche to make stuff up, this would be it. In the introduction we had to state a lie that we had told and even though I shouldn’t be, I am somewhat proud of the outrageous lie that I told my 3 year old. BAD…

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