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Redneck Dad

The following content may offend some readers. Be warned. I sit down on a sunny morning, surrounded by a slumbering household, as nothing more than master of this keyboard. An over-weight, balding, arthritic, white, middle class (I suppose) male. And somehow, I am supposed to be apologetic for that. Because I am white, older and […]

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Summer Soundtrack

In a world where identity is constantly under question, bent by questions around gender and labels, transformed by changes in acceptable norms, is there a place anymore for individuality? Everyone has the right to be different, has the right to be exactly who they see themselves as. It is no easy feat, being the the […]

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Cringe Factor

Have I fully of come of age? Because now, I am ‘That guy’.  We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day with some of Claire’s family, down in the big smoke of Auckland. Twenty five or so loosely affiliated kin, together for a laugh and a smile and to share a feed. Stressful for those at […]

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Party Like It’s 1999

No, wait…Prince is dead.  So many have passed and gone over the last couple of years, the icons and cultural leaders and luminaries of a generation. Such is the way with the passing of time and all that. It isn’t for me to wax lyrical about the influence many of these people exuded and how […]

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A New New Year

Good bye to Hoki Hubby. As the new year rapidly approaches, Wifey and I split open box after never ending box, setting up our old life in a new environment. We are still in Northland, not all that far from the place we called home for the last couple of years. The Mighty Hokianga Harbour, […]

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Bad Apples. Bad Man.

Grace Millane. Saddened? Hell yes. Sickened? You know it. Shocked? Unfortunately, no.  I haven’t been on a date in a long time. Possibly because, as a forty something, hirsute, chubby, balding man with an empty wallet, I am far from desirable. More likely my lack of recent dating experience is due to my long-term, happy […]

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Dish Drying Dreams

Soapy detergent suds and a setting sun, to the backing track of the Smashing Pumpkins.  I hope everyone has a dishwasher. Here, at my place, unless I can convince the girls it is their turn, then I am it. The Dishwasher. Not Harvey Keitel The Cleaner. Nothing as cool as that for me. So I […]

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Bah Humbug

Great, here we go again! Enforced festivity anyone? December 1st. That’s right, for all you international readers, it has already begun for us here in the shaky isles. Christmas cheer, seasons greetings and all that. Time to roll out the decorations, debate the virtues of real or fake trees, start compiling lists of the naughty […]

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Marvel-ous

Another one bites the dust. At 95, it is highly unlikely anyone will be taken by surprise at the passing of Stan Lee. A good knock as ‘they’ say. And what else can’t be doubted is the influence the man had over so much of our modern culture. One of the key people behind Marvel […]

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Creepy

What to do when your kids get spooky? Culture has been a bit of a theme of late. The 31st of October does nothing to alter that. Halloween is a tradition that might date all the way back to the Celts, but it is relatively new to New Zealand, courtesy of the the good ole […]

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