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BPM

Imagine, if you can, what its like when you get so excited your heart rate lifts to match those levels. Now, imagine if that heart rate won’t reset. Picture a homely scene. A mother, cup of tea in hand, maybe a pack of biscuits within reach, settling on a sofa. In her arms, a baby. […]

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Daddy White Sox

You know that guy? I’ve almost become ‘That Guy’ You’ve all seen him. Maybe he is your boss, maybe he is a colleague. Perhaps he is your neighbour, your mate, your brother. You might be married to him, he might be your Dad. Whatever the relationship, That Guy is instantly recognisable. Especially at this time […]

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Slip, Slop and Slap

I’m a hypocrite. Time spent extolling the virtues of being sun smart to my children has fallen on my own deaf ears. A day in the garden, planting and weeding and watering and harvesting. Lovely, a cathartic experience for me, almost a form of meditation as I commune with nature. Sort of. We are not […]

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Blissfully Boring.

Plans for the weekend? I’ve used this forum and my limited readership, like a bit of cathartic exercise these last couple of days. I have vented and released and I feel all the better for it. Now, a stunning Sunday morning has dawned, sun low in a cloudless Autumn sky. This is gonna be a […]

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Hey, World, Leave Our Kids Alone

Wifey and I are pretty open with our kids. There is not much we keep from them, no subject we consider taboo and no questions we are not prepared to answer. Of course we moderate the things our kids have access to; what they view on television and the internet, what they hear when listening […]

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Last Weekendless Weekend

I know that doesn’t even make sense, but it does to me. It is Sunday morning. How do I know it is morning? You would think the neighbours rooster would be a key indicator, but the stupid thing never gives up it’s plaintive call, cock-a-doodling his way throughout all hours of the day. I know […]

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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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The Times They Are a’Changin

Maybe not so much the times, but my days are sure about to get different. Life has turned a corner, or crested a hill. Whatever, life is about to change. It wouldn’t be fair to say life is changing for the better. That would imply the way we were living prior to this change wasn’t […]

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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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