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April 11, 2011

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 […]

April 11, 2011

A non-definintive, non-representative sample of the religious buffet in our fair city. Wellington Methodist Parish, 75 Taranaki Street The Wellington Methodist Parish gains the biggest Kumbayah from this author, as it conducts multilingual services—Fijian, English, Samoan, and Tongan—and has a lot to do with the Downtown Community Ministry, which helps the homeless and less fortunate […]

April 11, 2011

So one day, the seas rise up and swallow the Earth. The end. It sounds like an idea from Michael Bay’s head, which is like throwing a brick into a tumble dryer, with much the same outcome. But just like that knockoff Transformers franchise Bay chundered, we revel in the theory all the same, and […]

April 10, 2011

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 […]

April 4, 2011

Since the birth of humankind some hundreds of years ago, the nature versus nurture question has raged in the furnaces of our homes as we’ve watched our children develop. I don’t have any kids, but I imagine the questions ‘we’ ask ‘ourselves’ are something along these lines: “Why is my son hell-bent on putting holes […]

April 4, 2011

Television, you überskank. I used to be on your side.  I was part of the generation that had three parents, one of whom was Mum’s new boyfriend Samsung—a rather large, colourful character, but always there for a good laugh. He was a friend, dude. And we had some good times, right? Re-runs of old shows […]

April 4, 2011

Kids are fearless. Throwing on ‘whatever’, playing with identity, taking on any trend. Why can’t we dress like we did when we were children? Childhood fashion knew no boundaries. Socks didn’t have to match; jewellery was preferably tacky and plastic; and Simpson Band-Aids were the perfect accessory. Hair tumbled any which way, and who gave […]

April 4, 2011

For those of you who are not fluent in my year 6 secret code, this translates to, “I love Lucy.” Lucy was a girl of age 9, going on 10. She had strawberry blonde hair, was good at ball sports and looked fantastic in sneans. Lucy was my primary school crush. Although the obsessive intensity […]