Posts Tagged ‘culture’

Nearly time for the Bionic Beaver

Written By: - Date published: 12:18 pm, May 5th, 2018 - 10 comments

Like everyone these days, I live in a range of widespread cultures. There are always interesting shock effects when one culture runs into another. Like the Bionic Beaver…

Regional Realities.

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, August 31st, 2015 - 133 comments

FYI. The most populous town in Clutha District is Balclutha, which lies 81km south of Dunedin by road. Balclutha’s population, by the 2006 census, was 4,062 (down from 4,137 in 1996). Other towns are Milton (pop. 1,887), Kaitangata (pop. 810), Tapanui (pop. 744), Lawrence (pop. 432), Owaka (pop. 327), Stirling (pop. 309), Clinton (pop. 291), Kaka Point (pop. 201), and Benhar (pop. 96). For a while in the 1980s Balclutha was New Zealand’s most wealthy town, per capita

Don’t Wring Your Hands.

Written By: - Date published: 4:17 pm, November 5th, 2013 - 282 comments

The attitudes put on display by the young men calling themselves the ‘Roast Busters’ aren’t a glitch or the product of some unsavoury sub-culture. Those young men and the attitudes they hold are the product of  very long and complex processes whereby some very fucked up shit has become normalised.

Gimme sense!

Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, January 1st, 2013 - 147 comments

It’s nothing but ardent colonial nonsense to be celebrating a seasonally determined cultural event in the wrong season and about six months off the mark. Every culture that marks new year celebrates around the time of, well…new year. And every culture that marks New Year locates it somewhere in the winter; notionally around the time […]

Book review: Absolute Power

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, April 22nd, 2008 - 79 comments

As regular readers will know, we’ve long refused to let Robinsod write for us due to his penchant for filth and gutter politics. But seeing as the book he’s offered to review for us is written by Ian Wishart we felt it was somehow appropriate. Attempting the unreadable A literary analysis of Absolute Power I […]

Me-too but Cool

Written By: - Date published: 3:03 pm, April 5th, 2008 - Comments Off on Me-too but Cool

Do you have a fascination with ads? Ever wonder where they come up with their ideas or feel like you’ve seen an ad that’s similar somewhere else? This site has a curious and diverse range of original and less original works to view. The motto seems to be if it was successful the first time […]

Good for the ears

Written By: - Date published: 3:23 pm, March 15th, 2008 - 3 comments

For those of you who haven’t already found it, Left Business Observer editor Doug Henwood has a bloody good economics-based radio show that goes up on the web. I’ve rediscovered it after being an avid listener some years ago and can throughly recommend it. His latest interview is with Nobel laureate Joesph Stiglitz (who incidentally […]

Congrats to the Conchords

Written By: - Date published: 4:02 pm, February 11th, 2008 - 3 comments

Stuff reports that Wellingtonians of the year, “Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, who play marginally talented folk singers struggling to make it in New York, picked up the best comedy album Grammy for The Distant Future.” While we wait for the second season we’ll have to tide ourselves over with Conchordian highlights from YouTube like […]

Hone Tuwhare

Written By: - Date published: 3:01 pm, January 17th, 2008 - 19 comments

No Ordinary Sun Tree let your arms fall: raise them not sharply in supplication to the bright enhaloed cloud. Let your arms lack toughness and resilience for this is no mere axe to blunt nor fire to smother. Your sap shall not rise again to the moon’s pull. No more incline a deferential head to […]

SCRABBLE success

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, November 14th, 2007 - 7 comments

Nigel Richards, formerly of Christchurch, has become our first world Scrabble champion. Richards apparently led from the start, needing just three of the five available games to clinch victory. Stuff reports that “In the final game, Richards got four bonus scores for getting all seven letters out & for dirtiest, overapt, recopies and equinias” Clearly […]

Anne Enright wins Booker Prize

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, October 17th, 2007 - 1 comment

Well I must admit to having been excited about the prospect of congratulating Lloyd Jones on winning the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Unfortunately it hasn’t turned out that way, the prize instead going to Anne Enright – congratulations to her instead! The Gathering by the 45-year-old Dublin writer was somewhat of a surpise winner, […]

Outrageous Fortune

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, October 11th, 2007 - 1 comment

Outragous Fortune’s heading to the US. ABC has signed a deal with South Pacific Pictures to turn the show into an American series. This is great news considering that Britain’s ITV has already commissioned a six-part series based on the show, due out next year. Don’t know about you but I’m just hopeful the show’s […]

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