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Gushing

I never wanted to, but the more my children progress, the more they offer me the opportunity to live through their achievements vicariously.  Prize giving. I am not actually sure the day was called that. But it is exactly what it equated to. In this ever more prevalent P.C world, every single kid in the […]

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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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Sorry, How Much?!

Can somebody please explain the ‘letting fee’ to me?  My wife and I are renters. A few years ago we sold our home and moved on from Dunedin. A career step for the wife took us up the coast of the South Island to Kaikoura. A stepping stone move for Wifey and a change of […]

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Influence

Sometimes it is the people flying under the radar who have the most impact.  I have made mention a few times over by now of the people who have passed away in the last year or two, the ones who proved so  influential. Not just to me, but to the world. These were the big […]

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Bounce of the Ball

All Blacks give way to Black Caps as the kids turn blue and brown. Yesterday was the first attack of the beach for the season. The sun was shining, the day was warm if a little windy, the kids paddled and swam, dug and scampered, all as their dad failed yet again to prove himself […]

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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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Limping Along

Look out, I feel a rant coming on… Lately, I embarked on a mission. The plan was to get myself into the best physical shape I could. Not mission impossible, but not far from it. At least, that is how it has felt, for a man rapidly approaching forty-five and essentially starting from scratch. This […]

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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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