Conspicuous consumption

For me holidays are always an opportunity to consume, not merely Christmas dinner leftovers and far too many Ferrero Rochers, but also culture. The books, movies and TV shows I haven't had time for during the year get their chance over the festive break. It's always a struggle, of course. There's simply too much to…
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SCIRT World Buskers Festival 2016

With the New Year comes another outing for the SCIRT World Buskers Festival, which is back for its 22nd year. Between 14th and 24th of January, Christchurch will be hosting 65 world class local and international acts for our enjoyment. This year's selection of acts include street performers, comedians, fringe artists, musicians and visual artists. Once…
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Weirdly good

Back in 2011 I had tickets to go and see Weird Al Yankovic. Unfortunately the gig never happened because of earthquakes but I always hoped that he would make it back some day. So much so I even wrote a blog post and my own somewhat silly musical parody in an effort to lure him…
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Read Harder Challenge

I realised last week that I signed up for some reading challenges at the start of this year. Cue panic! I've completely bombed on the Reading the World Challenge, unless we're going for continents rather than countries, but with some creativity I've managed to fit books I read this year into most of the Read…
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Recent necrology, December 2015

Some well-known people who have died recently Tom Arden, 1961-2015 British science fiction and fantasy writer Gwendoline Butler, 1922-2015 British writer of mystery fiction and romance novels, also using the pseudonym Jennie Melville Natalie Cole, 1950-2016 Singer and daughter of Nat King Cole whose talent was overshadowed by a troubled personal life Peter Dickinson, 1927-2015…
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