Archive for August, 2010

02/08/10

Welcome, dear readers, to The Rules of Engagement: a ‘how to’ guide for life and social graces. All the answers will be revealed. Sort of. This week I investigate an age-old dilemma: How to Attend a Semi-Acquaintance’s 21st Birthday Party and Retain a Sense of Dignity. I had a strange and disconcerting experience at work, [...]

02/08/10

Ned (Gavin Rutherford) and Joy (Heather O’Carroll) have been married 11 years and the spark is gone. Their cheeky chappy neighbour Dale (Christopher Brougham) narrates their tale of cookie-cutter suburbian repression. Things start disappearing from their house. First, it’s small things; cufflinks and the like. It soon escalates with larger and larger objects disappearing. As [...]

02/08/10

“Earthquakes don’t kill people, it’s buildings that kill people.” —Dr Geoff Thomas, Victoria University School of Architecture Get ready, so you’ll get through. We’ve all seen the ads and seem to know the story—we’re in for the big one, right? Within the space of a minute, the ground will split into a cavernous fissure, indiscriminately [...]

02/08/10

Ronald Hugh Morrieson is something of a Kiwi literary outlaw. An author who consistently challenged the prudent literary values of his time, Morrieson spent his years living and writing in South Taranaki until his death in 1972. Throughout that time, he wrote four novels—The Scarecrow, Pallet on the Floor, Came A Hot Friday and Predicament, [...]

02/08/10

Up until now, Salient’s illustrious Animals of the Week have been—to some extent—endearing: the sloth, the slow loris, the kakapo… heck, even the pistol shrimp has a certain charm. But the same cannot be said for the star-nosed mole, which has a face only a mother could love. The best thing about this grotesque creature [...]

02/08/10

Warning: story contains light-to-medium geology. I realise geology is seen as one of the more boring and geeky outcrops of the hard sciences. To tell you the truth, that was half the reason why I chose to study it. I arrived in New Zealand quite a while back as a confused sophomore science student. I [...]

02/08/10

Sam Hunt is one of New Zealand’s most eccentric characters, known for his personality as much as his poetry. Purple Balloon is a loosely structured narrative of Hunt’s life. Included are the biographical details of his upbringing in Auckland, significant milestones, various jobs and numerous road adventures. The film is not arranged in chronological order, [...]

02/08/10

Where in the world is Alan Young? Voting for the upcoming VUWSA by-election opened last week and those standing were given the opportunity to speak at a Candidates Forum at Mount Street Bar on Wednesday. However, only four of the nine candidates running in the by-election showed up to speak to an audience of just [...]

02/08/10

Students hoping to vote No Confidence for Publications Committee Representative will be sorely disappointed after it was not included as a voting option in online ballot forms for the VUWSA by-election. The VUWSA Constitution states that where there is only one candidate standing for a position on the VUWSA exec, “you may vote ‘no confidence’ [...]