Archive for April, 2011

10/04/11

There are plays, and then there are plays. August: Osage County, showing at Circa Theatre until May 7, is one of the latter. Having wowed audiences from London to Broadway, Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize winning play has finally been given its eagerly anticipated Wellington incarnation. Set in the oppressive heat of late Oklahoma summer, the [...]

10/04/11

The difference between the belief in a higher power, and squabbling over member proportionality is stark. Beliefs are the opinions that govern your life, and, if you’re gaining these from on high, politics might not be nearly as important to you as it is to others—but philosophical belief and a belief in a just way [...]

06/04/11

Before I left New Zealand to embark on my new life in La Rochelle, a former exchange student gave me one of the best pieces of advice I’ve received since I first decided to live in France for a while. “Psssh, don’t worry about your schoolwork. Exchange is for parties and travelling around Europe, not [...]

05/04/11

UPDATE – Curse yoou Peter Gluuckmaaaaaan! Always a step ahead of me :\ (pmcsa.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Looking-ahead-Science-education-for-the-twenty-first-century.pdf) I’d like to take a slight aside today, and talk about education and growing up as a scientist, and about the differences between the present and the past. And I guess gripe about education in general! I’ve been reading about the [...]

05/04/11

The great World Cup dream is over for the Blackcaps. Call it ambitious, call it optimistic, call it plain patriotic blindness, but it wasn’t all that bad. Considering prior expectations, in fact, it was quite good – nobody expected us to go this far, even on the lucky side of the draw, and that quarter-final [...]

04/04/11

The Foo Fighters, Auckland Town Hall, Tuesday 22nd MarchOn Tuesday the 22nd of March the Foo Fighters played a benefit show to 2,500 Foo fans at the Auckland Town Hall. The show raised $500,000 in ticket sales alone for the earthquake torn city. I arrived at the Town Hall at around 5.30pm on Tuesday night [...]

04/04/11

Johnny Flynn is the compatriot and colleague of the significantly more famous folk princess Laura Marling. There’s a lot of similarities between Marling and Flynn; they’re both blessed with beautiful full voices and they both make good use of an English folk tradition that maybe hasn’t seen its full due in indie music. And they [...]

04/04/11

Turning a fantastic book into a film seems to be a trend of late and Never Let Me Go is the latest of these projects to hit our screens. Based on Kazou Ishiguro’s book of the same name, this film introduces us to a world and society which, on the face of it, is vastly [...]

04/04/11

We all had the same childhood. All of us. You. Us. Everyone. It’s a paint-by-numbers experience: the colours will be different, but the template is the same. We all ate dirt. We all attached ourselves to a favourite plaything in an almost comical display of devotion. We all thought we were different. It’s a wonder [...]