Archive for February, 2011

28/02/11

A few years ago, I discovered my boyfriend of the time had cheated on me and pelted him with his belongings, telling him to take them all and leave. Blinded by anger, I hadn’t realised I was standing in front of the one exit to the room. “I’ll go,” he cried, desperation in his eyes, [...]

28/02/11

When it comes to beer, Wellington is different to most towns and cities. It’s not because there’s  a local brand that people drink with fierce loyalty, but the complete opposite. In Wellington there’s variety—and if you know where to look, you won’t need to dip into your living costs to pay for it. Here, beer [...]

28/02/11

I want them back, Hugh Grant. No, not my shoes, you can keep those. I’m talking about the hours I’ve spent watching the nauseating gag-fests that you have the gall to refer to as ‘films’. What exactly are you smirking at, Katherine Heigl? Sure, I found Knocked Up tolerable but only because I think Seth [...]

28/02/11

Tamara Drewe opens with an extended sequence following a shirtless farmhand, played by the rugged Luke Evans, as he pounds fence posts into rolling hills while the morning sun slips into the sky. It’s an unambiguous opening—this is one of those British comedies, the pastoral comedy that only serves to pander to retired English ex-pats [...]

28/02/11

Valentine’s Day is all about the love, and nothing says “I love you” like a plate of yummy cupcakes. This is my favourite cupcake recipe because they are super easy, and there’s not much that can go wrong. Cupcakes are simple, sweet and very much in vogue. They can easily be decorated to suit any [...]

28/02/11

The King’s Speech is set in that overshadowed period of history between WWI and WWII: a simpler time, where wireless communication was a new and exciting invention, and you could wear a top hat without looking like a guitar-playing weirdo. (Slash, you’ve ruined the top hat for everybody!) The film focuses on the Duke of [...]

28/02/11

New Zealand will support Vanuatu with $50,000 to assist in recovery efforts after Cyclone Vania in January. Foreign Minister Murray McCully made the announce-ment on 18 February, saying the money would go to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Vanuatu. “ADRA is a non-Government organisation that has been involved in a number of [...]

28/02/11

Everyone always derides lawyers for being heartless creatures. But the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. While some tax lawyers are undoubtedly drier than the Sahara, the law can’t seem to get enough of love. Legislation is used to regulate almost every facet of our love life. It states the age at which you [...]

27/02/11

I was going to start this entry by apologising for using a disproportionate amount of references to popular culture in what is supposed to be a blog on sustainability; but then I thought that maybe I wouldn’t. Apologise, I mean. Be grateful: I almost called my blog “Living-a-’Good-Life’-does-not-involve-listening-to-an-unpleasant-song-by-One-Republic-but-rather-embracing-a-more-sustainable-lifestyle.” Analyse that. If my life to date [...]