The entity known as Toothfish

The entity known as Toothfish

You may have spot­ted the posters around town. There’s the sheep that looks down, imper­i­ously, from beneath a ban­ner pro­claim­ing the news, “The war against nature is over!” There’s the unset­tling large-breasted cat-woman, who tells us all: “You are an anim­al”. And then there’s the sign say­ing, “Wanted to buy now!!!: human child”. These pro­voc­at­ive posters […]

December Film Reviews

December Film Reviews

Most big films get a spe­cial level of pro­mo­tion before they are unleashed on the gen­er­al pub­lic – they get what we call a ‘radio pre­view’. This is where a couple of hun­dred ran­dom cit­izens turn up at a cinema, hav­ing won tick­ets to a film they can’t remem­ber the name of, get jol­lied along […]

Because Wellington theatre needs more awards

Because Wellington theatre needs more awards

It is a truth, uni­ver­sally acknow­ledged, that no endeav­our is worth even the most curs­ory of con­sid­er­a­tions unless it has won an award. In a world that is rid­den with cul­ture, we, as cul­tured humans, will take any dir­ec­tion we can. As we drown beneath tid­al waves of things to see, hear or know, awards […]

Of subversion and vultures

Of subversion and vultures

Is fic­tion writ­ing inher­ently sub­vers­ive? Surely it’s a dar­ing pro­pos­i­tion, to stake claim on the con­tested space between page and eye – and doubly auda­cious to offer to fill that space with words every­one knows aren’t even fac­tu­al, and which we thus hold to a far high­er stand­ard of Truth. To make that title page […]

Piles of shiny art… highlights 2013

Piles of shiny art… highlights 2013

I don’t know about you, but for me 2013 has been one of those bewil­der­ing years… but luck­ily there is always art. This year, the best art turned up when I was least expect­ing it. One night in deep­est winter I came down the steps from Para Matchitt’s bridge. Across the lagoon a crowd of […]

My Makeup Bag with Catherine Hunt

My Makeup Bag with Catherine Hunt

Eleg­ant, smart and charm­ing – and with an envi­able ward­robe to boot – Cath­er­ine Hunt is the kind of girl oth­er women want to make friends with. Reg­u­larly rub­bing shoulders with the who’s who of Wel­ling­ton, Hunt always looks her best – and she’s per­fec­ted the switch from day­time beauty to night-time glam­our, too. She […]

Sadal & Co

Sadal <span class="amp">&</span> Co

  Loc­ated at 85 The Ter­race, Sadal & Co is a hair salon that offers so much more. The brainchild of dir­ect­or Kylie Gib­bons, a friendly blonde-haired woman with a dec­ade of exper­i­ence in the hairdress­ing industry, Sadal & Co is a fun space where com­fort, qual­ity and com­munity inter­sect splen­didly. “We want it to […]

The Beer in Review

The Beer in Review

As I write, the sun is finally stay­ing later and I can sit on my porch enjoy­ing a beer until past 8pm. The spring gales are dying and thoughts are turn­ing to the fest­ive sea­son. But a porch ses­sion is also a good time to remin­isce on the past year and the best beers I’ve had. […]

Giving wine with the X‑mas factor

Giving wine with the X‑mas factor

In the absence of accol­ades, budget restric­tion, brand or word of mouth, choos­ing wine as a gift is some­times as simple as choos­ing the pret­ti­est label. Undeni­ably, a bottle with the most strik­ing pack­aging will attract and, by the look of the cov­er, we will buy that book. It helps that the world of wine […]

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