Archive for March, 2011

07/03/11

There were balloons everywhere, giving the room a party atmosphere it didn’t deserve. Exhaustion and near-silence prevailed until a case of lukewarm Mountain Dew was passed around, which at the very least gave those present something to cry into. Differences from last year were immediately noticeable—all the work reports were both formatted correctly and readable. [...]

07/03/11

Victoria University’s O Week outshone the Ghost of O Weeks Past with a number of events that enabled students to forget they have actually begun university for the year. Friday night saw an excess of make-up and fake blood at the Zombie Disco Ball for those in Halls of Residence. Monday on Kelburn Campus saw [...]

07/03/11

While Victoria University students have been standing in queues at vicbooks and getting crushed in the Kirk foyer, University of Canterbury students have been donning fluorescent vests and arming themselves with shovels to help quake-stricken Cantabrians. The University of Canterbury Student Volunteer Army works with Civil Defence to help people in suburbs who are suffering [...]

07/03/11

Tea parties are making a comeback in a big way and they are a great way to get the crew together to celebrate something special or just an excuse to eat pint sized food. High tea is popping up all over Wellington and the delightful Martha’s Pantry is more popular than ever, but if you’re [...]

07/03/11

The call to be a drama teacher is such as to seem perpetually shadowed by brooding clouds. Being a bit of a mixed bag, you never really know what you’re going to get; be it the middle aged to greying English teacher who has a sudden urge to celebrate verse, to the drama school graduate [...]

07/03/11

Being an obsessive music fan is a harsh existence. Almost everyone whose songs you love will one day disappoint you to the point that you will develop something of a rage towards what they have become. Some manage to avoid this and continue their greatness into old age but for every Nick Cave there are [...]

07/03/11

Science journalists have a really tough job. They must, in the little space afforded by a newspaper column, convey some measure of truth and a large helping of human interest to the interested reader. And readers are tricky beasts! Even when an article is not about science but about something that will affect directly their [...]

07/03/11

What makes beer ‘craft beer’ is a hotly debated subject among beer geeks worldwide. Every person has their own definition of what a craft beer is. To me it is a beer which is well made, has assertive flavour, and stays true to its stated style, while respecting the ingredients. Big brewers have noticed the [...]

07/03/11

Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right is a cutesy social commentary with a staggeringly simple premise: it’s a family drama, with lesbians. A stellar-cast rom-com with one great big dykey twist. It should have been every liberal movie-goer’s wet dream. Starring Annette Benning and Julianne Moore as the aforementioned couple, the story picks up [...]