Archive for March, 2011

30/03/11

Spain isn’t really known for its wine. My first experience with Spanish wine was a 98-cent bottle of what was described as simply ‘red wine’ and, while I’m not really fussy when it comes to alcoholic beverages, I was well aware of the quality (or lack thereof) of what I was drinking at the time. [...]

29/03/11

In our lifetimes we all move on from jobs or careers as we search for more financial security, our dreams evolve, or even as we are made redundant or obsolescent. It is something that will occur on average 7-10 times in our lives. But something we aren’t usually faced with is inevitable retirement from something [...]

28/03/11

Nerds rejoice! Another Pokémon game has been released! Pokémon Black/White is the latest game in Nintendo’s mammoth Pokémon franchise. This is the fifth generation of games and the second (and assumedly last) on the Nintendo DS platform after the Diamond/Pearl games and the Gold/Silver remakes. Again Nintendo haven’t changed the formula much and the same [...]

28/03/11

The idea is simple and charming: Go to the Chatham Islands; meet the people, experience the culture; return to New Zealand and devise a show about it. The poster, bearing the tag-line, “We’re f**king sick of the silence,” suggests a scathing piss-take of a place so insignificant there’s no danger of people feeling sorry for [...]

28/03/11

We live in a society of niches. Of cliques. Of groups. Everything and everyone clusters into little family or faux-family units. We construct our identities from those groups to which we subscribe or belong. Whether we are in them by choice, or simply by dint of birth or identity, the communities we are a part [...]

28/03/11

Earlier this month, Bioware released the latest epic in their seemingly never-ending chain of quality titles—Dragon Age 2. I’ve been a big fan of this developer for quite some time, so I eagerly got my hands on the game on launch day, and have since sunk around 30 hours of gameplay. DA2 is immediately distinct [...]

28/03/11

Cuba Mall, popular hang-out for buskers and pigeons, was treated to a much-needed clean up last week in preparation for the Rugby World Cup. The spruce-up is part of the Wellington City Council’s Graffiti Removal Campaign. Council CitiOperations Manager Mike Mendonca says the project targeted removing graffiti and stickers, touching up paint and improving the [...]

28/03/11

Japanese students at Victoria University have banded together to fundraise for their quake stricken counterparts back home with a touching and creative idea. The students plan to fold thousands of origami cranes and string them together in groups of 1000. In Japan, these ‘thousand origami cranes’ are symbols of prosperity and happiness. Gifting them to [...]

28/03/11

Public participation gives the Council a better under-standing of the problem and an outcome that more people are happy with. Usually this means that the social, cultural, environmental and economic impacts are maximised for everyone as well. If more people are happy with an outcome, policies will be more legitimate and easier to enforce. Participation [...]