Archive for April, 2011

Lest we forget

Lest we forget

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VUWSA is to lay a wreath at the ANZAC Day ceremony to be held at the Cenotaph on Lambton Quay. This year’s Citizens’ Service of Commemoration and Wreath Laying is to be held by the Wellington City Council, in conjunction with Wellington Returned and Services’ Association and the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. VUWSA President [...]

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Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil

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Hillbillies have had it pretty hard in film. Between The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Deliverance and The Hills Have Eyes there hasn’t been much room for progressive portrayals of rural, working class white people, especially in the horror genre. Eli Craig’s debut film, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, attempts to address this disparity by parodying the [...]

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Salient Says Watch This – Religulous

Salient Says Watch This – Religulous

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God bless you, Bill Maher, God bless you – despite the fact, of course, that the big guy’s probably not too keen on the idea. You’re generally kind of dick to him. And considering that you don’t think he exists, well, the whole thing’s a little problematic, really. Nevertheless, the sentiment of the statement still [...]

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Censorship is one of the most controversial issues of the literary world. An ongoing conflict rages between writers and governments, religious organisations, and various media watchdogs who attempt to ban books for their “immoral content”. Books have been challenged almost since their invention. It is known that Plato suggested expurgating Homer’s Odyssey for ‘immature’ readers [...]

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Veganism – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mushroom

Veganism – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mushroom

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When I made the switch from casual vegetarian into strict vegan (which was prompted by the finishing of a fantastic book, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals), I was born again. For you see, it was just so darned easy to be a vegetarian. I could load my plate at adult dinner parties, skip arrogantly past [...]

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Kate Follows Celia – Climate Change as a Religion

Kate Follows Celia – Climate Change as a Religion

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New Zealand is a secular state, meaning that state and religion are entirely separate. In correlation, today traditional religion plays a less important role in society. People still want to believe in something, so they are turning to alternative things to worship, like Facebook, consumerism and Star Wars. There is substantial evidence to suggest that [...]

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A Streetcar Named Desire: Embassy Retrospective

A Streetcar Named Desire: Embassy Retrospective

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For girls and film buffs everywhere, a young Marlon Brandon is by itself a selling point for any film; as someone who fits both categories I was very excited to see that the Embassy Theatre was playing a retrospective screening of A Streetcar Named Desire on Friday 1 April and Sunday 3 April. Directed by [...]

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Animal Of The Week : The Gastric Brooding Frog

Animal Of The Week : The Gastric Brooding Frog

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This week, we take on the role of a herpetologist. No need to fret—this has nothing to do with the study of genital infections, as its name might suggest. Rather, herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians; my personal favourite of which is the gastric brooding frog. This is a genus of frogs, consisting [...]

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Wellington to get less Groovy

Wellington to get less Groovy

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After over ten years of providing a music Mecca for Wellingtonians, Real Groovy is set to close its doors for good. The music store has operated on Cuba Street since 1999, but will close on May 31. Owner Mark Thomas cites a number of reasons for the closure, including the economic recession, big chain retailers [...]

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