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 […]Read More from Of marmalade, memories, and me: A tribute to Paddington Bear
"It was a dark and chilly winter's night, but the crowd in the foyer of the Charles Luney Auditorium at St. Margaret's College didn't let that deter them. They were bundled up warm, busy chatting to their friends, and keen to get into the auditorium to hear Auckland University's Michael Corballis present 'Mental Travels in […]Read More from Memories, mind-wandering, and the evolution of language
Shakespeare with tentacles, teenage sex, dead bodies galore, and nerf guns. Yup, you heard right. Hamlet: The Video Game (The Stage Show) is on now at The Court Theatre until June 24, and it is nothing like the Shakespeare you learnt at school. Kathleen Burns is one of the cast, and we had a chance […]Read More from Hamlet: The Video Game (The Stage Show): Q&A with Kathleen Burns
"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, […]Read More from #Covfefe … or ‘President Trump and Shakespeare are more alike than you might think’
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 […]Read More from Tomboys, Dead Gophers, and a Coyote – Ivan Coyote at the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season
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 […]Read More from The Mikado: A very modern comedy
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. […]Read More from What languages do you speak?
I remember reading Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking as a child, and thinking what a wonderful, exciting life this nine-year-old girl had. With no adults to tell her what to do, a pet monkey and horse who lived in her house, and two good friends who lived right next door with whom she could have adventures every […]Read More from Pippi Longstocking – 70 years young, and still going strong