Crying like a girl

Crying like a girl

My friend has been struck by an insan­ity induced by the pres­ence of chil­dren. She cries when she sees tod­dlers hug­ging their par­ents, obli­vi­ous to the fact that the par­ent is only just restrain­ing them­selves from squeez­ing the liv­ing day­lights out of the brat who, only moments ago, stopped cry­ing after three days straight. She […]

Old men on motorcycles

Old men on motorcycles

Why the hell would a man in his mid-40s sud­denly up and buy a Ducati? This is what a lot of people asked me when I up and did it. The first words that light up on the front­al lobe in blind­ing blue neon are ‘mid-life crisis’. Sci­ent­ists at the Uni­ver­sity of Mel­bourne told us […]

Capital Questions with Damianos George

Capital Questions with Damianos George

Fish­Head sat down with Dami­anos (known to the world as ‘Dee’) George in the glam­or­ous Black Spar­row bar of Wellington’s fam­ous Embassy pic­ture theatre. Dee has been the man­ager of the Embassy for the past eight years, and loves every minute of it. After years of work­ing in the Wel­ling­ton hos­pit­al­ity scene, and a short […]

Getting over the whoopsie

Getting over the whoopsie

At age 60, when most people are con­tem­plat­ing retire­ment, Mark Peck flung him­self back into the arena of con­flict that we call polit­ics. The decision to run for Wel­ling­ton City Coun­cil last year was a strange one, giv­en that he’d served at a far high­er level as an MP, and was run­ning a suc­cess­ful business. […]

Cold Climate

Cold Climate

Al Barry has been the con­science of New Zea­l­and doc­u­­ment­ary-mak­ing for over 40 years. In 1973, he sailed to Mur­uroa with his cam­era to record the protests over French nuc­le­ar test­ing and in 1979 he formed — along with Rod Pross­er and Rus­sell Camp­bell — the Van­guard Films col­lect­ive of pro­gress­ive film­makers who pro­duced a […]

The Biggest OE

The Biggest OE

I shouldn’t have to tell you that this year marks the centen­ni­al of the start of the First World War. The well-recor­ded and tra­gic involve­ment of many men from New Zea­l­and means that we are sure to see, over the next four years, many retell­ings and rein­ter­pret­a­tions of this ‘Great War’ across all media in […]

What might have been

What might have been

Seattle is the home of Amazon, Snow Crash author Neal Steph­en­son, and the Sci­ence Fic­tion Museum, among oth­er bywords in spec­u­lat­ive writ­ing. So it came as some sur­prise, as I browsed the SF sec­tion in one of our city’s densely stocked book­stores, to be hailed by Maori, a thick volume from Alan Dean Foster, best […]

July Music Review

July Music Review

Shunkan Honey, Milk and Blood (Art is Hard Records) As Shunkan, 20-year-old sing­er, multi-instru­­ment­al­ist and DIY record pro­du­cer Mar­ina Sakimoto cre­ates bed­sit indie-pop songs, which while drenched in an emo­tion­al register of solitude, are as expans­ive as great crash­ing ocean waves. Based in Inver­car­gill but ori­gin­ally from Los Angeles, Shunkan has just released her first proper […]

In case you haven’t noticed, con­tem­por­ary New Zea­l­and jew­ellery is sen­sa­tion­al. I don’t mean Michael Hill’s dia­mond rings; I mean jew­ellery made by con­tem­por­ary jew­ellers. And right now, con­tem­por­ary jew­ellery is going off (to use a surf meta­phor). This is evid­ent in our own city, with two gal­ler­ies devoted to jew­ellery — Avid and Quoil […]

Restoring Balance

Restoring Balance

If you’re exper­i­en­cing a mid­winter (or long-term) break-out, pig­ment­a­tion prob­lem or oth­er skin woe, and have tried everything but failed to find a solu­tion that works, then make Thorndon’s Skin Ther­apy your next des­tin­a­tion. Treat­ing skin from below the sur­face, and find­ing the under­ly­ing cause for prob­lems, is the focus for Skin Ther­apy own­er, Rachel […]

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