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In the age of Kondoism is it ok to not let go?

Small enough to fit inside a closed fist, the black painted ox has lain quietly in its box for over thirty years. Inside its earthenware shell a hidden metal ball rattles and wards off bad luck like a witch doctors drum. Dewy painted eyes watch with the patience of a reliquary. Red rough vestiments tickle […]

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The Soldier and The Queen.

Prologue: In the pale dawn light, a dark figure scuttles over ruined Parisian rooftops. Low on four limbs, its abdomen scrapes over broken tiles and split guttering. Stumbling, it pauses, tasting the air. Shivering it clasps a fur coat closer with reptilian claws. Cold blood oozes from a deep cut in its flank. A yellow […]

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Shakespeare and Sausages.

The night of the Petersburg Neighbourhood Dramatic Society’s performance had arrived. Felicity Trangle was director and running late.  The motley group of shopkeepers, teachers and retirees had worked tirelessly from lunchtime to transform the John Ridge Community Hall into a Shakesperian wonderland.  The Prince would be wandering around in a landscape of fruit and veg […]

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Cinderella 2.0

Cinderella as SciFi – Opening of Act 1.                                                             *** Veronica Jones’ deskmate, Javid Daniels, wheeled his chair over. In his haste bumping her latte and […]

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Bad Dancing on a school night…

A young woman called Patricia Wright while attending her local Inner Motion Dance Collective one Thursday night said: “OK.”  If it was to Barry Braun, the balding middle-aged chemist who had a perchance for beige slightly too see-through leggings offering a bran biscuit. Fine. Or yes to Mable Blaine’s invitation to the Korean Bathhouse post-dance […]

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New Zealand Lockdown : Halfway?

CNN ran a story recently advising the world to learn from a tiny windswept Pacific island, in the middle of nowhere. A high profile piece is run about New Zealand’s admirable COVID-9 response in The Washington Post. International compliments in a time of global difficulties. New Zealanders have long chuckled or been rankled about being […]

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New Zealand Lockdown – Day 2.

Puppet tigers and impossible FX. Weta Digital, the famous VFX house that brought the world that Gollum guy and pretty much-defined CGI in the process, is now working remote. Sounds pretty current for the times. Most big tech firms went remote early, after all, isn’t that what they excel at? IT? Networking and routing and […]

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New Zealand Lockdown – Day 1

Some fronts are quieter than others… As the sun rose over New Zealand this morning it was quiet. Things looked normal from our quarantine Hobbit hole, but then again most mornings are quiet. If one didn’t bother to log on to the world, one could be forgiven to think that it was just another day. […]

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Lockdown at midnight.

New Zealand heads into a complete lockdown tonight. At midnight the shutters will come down and like Hobbits, we will all stay inside. Movement is limited to a local walk, a quick trip to a supermarket. Socialising is via devices, which seems quite normal actually. Chatter online suggests we are now living in a new […]

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Opinion: Raising Diversity.

A niggle at the back of one’s mind is like a heckler at a show. Choosing to listen to or not is tough. Tonight the audience seems unfazed. Perhaps they don’t hear it. The actor is a professional — its a broadway show after all. She’s tough. She even wrote and produced the whole thing […]

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