One is a‑Mews-ed Douglas Mews, musician

One is a‑Mews-ed Douglas Mews, musician

It’s a good mix, cham­ber music and cock­tails. Douglas Mews thinks so, any­way. A while back, play­ing a show about Nel­son (the Lord, not the town), he mixed up a rather intim­id­at­ing drink called Nelson’s Blood, a half-brandy, half-port con­coc­tion. It was inspired by stor­ies of sail­ors who showed their respect to the great admiral […]

Heliworx flying high on the coast

Heliworx flying high on the coast

When Donna Wil­li­ams met expert heli­copter pilot Den­nis Young she was scared of heights. Think­ing this dis­par­ity meant their rela­tion­ship might nev­er get off the ground, lit­er­ally or oth­er­wise, she con­fron­ted her ver­tigo and flew with him. “Before that flight I wouldn’t have even got up on a gar­age roof,” she says. It obvi­ously did the […]

Look like Laura

Look like Laura

As Fish­Head’s beauty edit­or, I’m in the lucky pos­i­tion of being able to test drive new and excit­ing products, while as a polit­ic­al report­er for News­talk ZB, I need hassle-free skin and hair products that stay put while I’m run­ning round Par­lia­ment, trav­el­ling over­seas or rub­bing shoulders with power play­ers. Here are my favour­ites for […]

Taken for granted

Taken for granted

A few years ago I vis­ited Cam­bod­ia. The high­light was a trip to Siem Reap to see the largest reli­gious monu­ment in the world, Angkor Wat. This temple com­plex, ori­gin­ally Hindu, then sub­sequently Buddhist, is the cent­ral fea­ture of the Angkor UNESCO World Her­it­age Site, con­tain­ing the mag­ni­fi­cent remains of the Khmer civil­isa­tion. Built in […]

King of the Road

King of the Road

As a youth, I liked noth­ing bet­ter than cruis­ing around in cars with my mates — usu­ally oth­er people’s cars back then, as we didn’t have the means to buy our own. Very rarely, one mate in par­tic­u­lar would get a loan of his dad’s Hold­en Cal­ais. With its flash ste­reo, plush leath­er seats and […]

Blue Water

Blue Water

For years, Wel­ling­to­ni­ans have looked at the band rotunda and sighed. Wouldn’t it be won­der­ful if Wellington’s most pic­tur­esque loc­a­tion had a res­taur­ant to suit? Noth­ing fancy, just any­thing bet­ter than the Fisherman’s Table, an insti­tu­tion that some­how clung to the beach with all the vile tenacity of a con­gealed lump of fat from its […]

The lighter side of life

The lighter side of life

When someone says “craft beer”, the usu­al con­nota­tions, at least to a non-beer drink­er, are of hugely hopped, rich beer, usu­ally with an ABV above 7 per­cent. And to be fair, for a while this was the case as brew­ers wanted (and in lots of cases still do want) to explore and expand the science […]

Wordsmith and winemaker

Wordsmith and winemaker

A swage of pith-cut­t­ing acid­ity is the first bat­ter up to the plate and is fol­lowed closely by a finely honed team of all stars which pack a com­bined punch like a mer­cen­ary All Black Centre in a heavy-weight box­ing bout.” (Mar­grain Chen­in Blanc) It’s not your typ­ic­al wine descrip­tion, but Strat Can­ning is not your […]

Melting moments

Melting moments

    Food trends may come and go, but one con­stant will always be in favour: chocol­ate. What is it about this ingredi­ent that makes people weak at the knees? Melt­ing togeth­er dark chocol­ate and cream for a ganache is one of the most sat­is­fy­ing things you can do when cook­ing — the gloss it […]

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