Archive for March, 2009

23/03/09

This week I’m returning to the apostrophe. I have to admit that I made a massive mistake last time—I didn’t do my research. So in order to correct my mistake and redeem myself in the eyes of whoever might have spotted it (are you out there?), and also for my own practice, I’m going to [...]

23/03/09

Janet Sampson, in what many consider an unsurprising move, called an impromptu press conference in the middle of a sticky LAWS 121 question about whether the Mori Ori were covered by Te Treaty o’ Waitangi (and weren’t they all eaten up by people from Taranaki anyway?). Sampson, 54, claimed her old bones felt the cold [...]

23/03/09

Buzzwords. Gotta love them. In 2008 the word “change” was thrown around politics like handfuls of cocaine in a Mexican drug lord’s barrio homestead. Happily ecstatic pundits, high on the cocaine of change applauded anyone who used the word more than twice in a sentence. Obama, America’s biggest drug pusher, coated the USA in a [...]

23/03/09

There is a large mural painted on a wall which runs alongside Wallace Street in Mount Cook. This mural pays tribute to Ian Curtis, the troubled singer of Joy Division. Graeme Downes (of The Verlaines) once told an interviewer that Joy Division’s albums weren’t available in New Zealand stores until two years after Ian’s suicide. [...]

23/03/09

My goodness, what attention games are getting these days, eh? Developers of Empire have been dribbling us little trickles of information via pod casts and sneak preview videos. And I’m amazed at how much PR is churned out. This is so entirely different to the boop-there-it-is of my youth. Back in my day games received [...]

23/03/09

Unfortunately, by the time this issue of Salient has come to print, the DocNZ festival will have just concluded in Wellington, and will be on its way to Christchurch. Though it is a bit late to plug the festival, it’s still worth noting the programme operates as a useful guide for seeking out some great [...]

23/03/09

Strange Resting Places is a collection of stories based around the exploits of the Maori battalion in Italy during World War II. Centering around and spinning off from the core story of an unlikely meeting between a solder from the battalion and a deserter from the Italian fascist army. These stories are about communication across [...]

23/03/09

Derek Flores, the svelte Canadian improviser and co-host of the New Zealand Fringe’s venerable variety chat show the Chit Chat Lounge and I, Sando son of Sando, arranged to meet up to discuss comedy, love, improv and the Young Guns of Comedy (the 20th and 21st of March 8pm). Feeling like the most beloved son [...]

23/03/09

There is something about autumn that breeds stoicism. I don’t know about you, but on these cold March days, I feel pleased with myself just for leaving the house. “Gosh!” I say to myself, “You’re standing up. How very impressive.” Then I go about the rest of my day feeling that I’ve been hard done [...]