Of marmalade, memories, and me: A tribute to Paddington Bear

I've always been interested in old-fashioned toys, and find it really interesting learning what toys have been popular at different times. There have been some fascinating playthings through the years - no, fidget spinners, I don't mean you! - but of all the toys I've seen, it's always been the humble teddy bear which held a special […]

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#Covfefe … or ‘President Trump and Shakespeare are more alike than you might think’

"This morning, I was completely covfefe'd. I arrived for a training session at one location, but didn't realise the training had been moved to a different part of town. Oops!" See what I did there? I used a word that didn't exist 24 hours ago, and you probably understood what I meant by it. Donald Trump, […]

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Tomboys, Dead Gophers, and a Coyote – Ivan Coyote at the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season

Funny, tender, perceptive - Ivan Coyote is all these things, and on Monday night I was lucky enough to see them talk at The Piano as part of the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season. Ivan Coyote @ivancoyote is in the house! pic.twitter.com/gQAvld1GnY — WORDChristchurch (@WORDChCh) May 16, 2017 I was really disappointed to miss Ivan on their […]

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The Mikado: A very modern comedy

People people-watching in bustling New Regent Street, folks out and about in their finery, and a sea of black and white as those carrying black instrument cases make their way towards an unassuming looking back entrance off Gloucester Street - New Zealand Opera is back at the Isaac Theatre Royal, and this time it's for their 2017 production […]

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What languages do you speak?

There are approximately 6900 languages in the world today. That's right - six thousand, nine hundred! That's A LOT of different languages! How many of them can you speak? We all learn a language when we are born. That's our 'mother language' - we pick it up from our family and friends, and learn it without too much effort. […]

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