Harpur's Bizarre

Bird Flu

Bird Flu

For my birth­day last year, my very enthu­si­ast­ic Irish­man gave me a won­der­ful, yet con­tro­ver­sial gift. If we lived in Karori, it wouldn’t be an issue, but we live in an apart­ment – one with many rules. “No high heels on the rooftop”, “No fire­works on the rooftop” and the clas­sic “NO PETS”. As a […]

Yogic Myths

Yogic Myths

Recently, I became a qual­i­fied yoga teach­er. I became everything I swore I would nev­er be. A dirty hippy. Namaste. I wasn’t sure I wanted to go down the yoga teach­er path because I had a lot of pre­con­ceived ideas as to what yoga is and the ‘types’ of people who do it. As much […]

The Angry Sun

The Angry Sun

Sum­mer is upon us. Long days, cheap Sav and 56 out­door wed­dings to attend over the next three months. The sun, who has been a bit half-hearted about his duties in the south­ern hemi­sphere, is pre­par­ing to come out in full force, ready to make up for lost time like an estranged fath­er. He’s desperate […]

Ain’t That a Kick in the Teeth

  My teeth are a liab­il­ity. After weeks of try­ing to ignore the con­stant stabbing pain in my jaw, which has ris­en to a cres­cendo of agony and blurred vis­ion, I went to the dent­ist to find I am blessed with an abs­cess and will be fur­ther blessed with a costly root-canal bill. Add this […]

New car, old issues

Since I was a child, I have always pined for a ‘flash’ car. Grow­ing up with cars that had names such as ‘rust buck­et’, ‘time bomb’ and ‘cat killer’, the thought of one day own­ing a car that was not shame-indu­­cing was a lifelong goal. In the wealthy dairy com­munity where I grew up, being […]

Bye, Maintenance!

The biggest fash­ion event of the year has arrived. Thou­sands flock to gaze admir­ingly at beau­ti­ful, yet imprac­tic­al items of cloth­ing. Of these people, some treat cloth­ing as wear­able art them­selves, where­as oth­ers see it as some­thing to pre­vent hypo­ther­mia. Some use fash­ion to express their per­son­al­ity; oth­ers use it to avoid a con­vic­tion for […]