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  • Russell Brown,

    And Russell, what happened to Magazzino?

    I don't really know, but clearly they couldn't pay their bills last year.

    It's sad: I've been buying magazines from Stuart and Megan for a long time.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18892 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Wasn't yesterday's weather glorious?

    I left work last night, and planned out an epic cycle from town to the favoured supermarket to get barbeque things. Just past Red Baron Motorcycles on Great North Road I started to hear that loud rhythmic hissing that told me I'd just gotten a snakebite puncture on the rear tyre.

    It took me a good half-hour to walk home, but it was so bright and sunny and gorgeous that I didn't regret it in the slightest. It's nice to live in a city where you get days so good that a breakdown becomes an unexpected plus.

    Anyway, I got the nail out of the tyre, got to work fine this morning, and am planning an evening around Pollen Island by kayak to round off the week. Ace.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1558 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    A dispatch from Collingwood, NW Nelson. Everything (houses, cafes) is still for sale here, as they are every summer. It is a wonderful spot but people still are captivated by its summer glories, buy up locally, then move on once they have experienced a winter or two of 8 weeks of rain.

    We are staying again in the old Masters House on Beach Road (we are usually a few houses along) and it retains its quaint charms--a bit like sleeping over at the museum. The sea is like warm tea (not sure what warm coffee would be like)

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2311 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    ...snakebit puncture .... nail out of the tyre

    Nitpick: that wasn't a snakebite; a snakebite puncture is when you hit something hard enough with tyre pressure low enough that the rim "grounds out" as the tyre herniates slightly to each side, so you get two small parallel cuts in the tube. These look like your tyre's been fanged, hence the name.

    I hear you, though. Cycling around through to Oriental Bay and along the waterfront last night was glorious. One of my friends rode home from Upper Hutt to Hataitai, it was so good.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    Thanks for the link Russell. I've gone and posted something full of bloody typos again..proofing ain't a personal strength as many album covers will attest.

    Must.edit.

    I was sad to see Magazzino gone. It always an early port of call on any trip to AK, if only to see what local folks are doing. And I was mightily impressed with Pilot, the first edition of which hit the shelves before Xmas. Andy Pickering, a happy refugee from (and co-founder of) Remix has provided one of those moments of brilliance I mentioned.

    Strangely Normal are unique, and I love'em. I went in on XMAS eve and found a jacket I liked for an impending trip to an American winter. I went back on the 29th to buy it and Michael said it wasn't a perfect fit. He called the next day and I went in. Both he and Claire said it needed to be adjusted more. They then went to the workroom on NYE, made me a brand new jacket and delivered it on the evening of Jan 1. Point me in the direction of an uppity Italian chain that will do that.....

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Simon, I wish I was that organised with Michael and Claire. We're still working on making a suit jacket that I ordered about a year ago. I may ask them to pretend I'm you and behave accordingly.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16669 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Strangely Normal are unique, and I love 'em.

    Ditto. They've done me a couple of shirts for the TV show and hopefully there'll be more (yes, there's a wee bit of waiting going on).

    It was only this Christmas (crazy pre-Xmas Swanndri sale) that I officially retired the Strangely Normal winter jacket I must have been wearing for eight or nine years.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18892 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Have a look at the xray image. The news article is about an Auckland woman who was accidently shot in the head with a crossbow. Thats not her xray. It's make believe.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2746 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Just back from 10 days in Rotorua. And can I just say one of the things that I had dread about returning was to have to catch up with all the postings here. Ne'er mind. Anyway, I went with some of my family to a couple of houses on Lake Rotorua (check out Ngonotaha next time you're down there, it's a pretty little place). Weather was fantastic, the Lake was gorgeous to look at and swim in (but very shallow on the side we were staying.), and I took a lot of books to read. Heaven. Word to the wise, however. Do not return to Auckland via SH2. It's like driving down very wide country (metal ie) road at the moment. Bloody stupid.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    I'm about to fly up to Christchurch. Then tomorrow morning, I'll be flying from there to...you'll have to wait for the next exciting episode of "What Grant did on his holidays"...

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 606 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I vote that the plane takes you to Gore. Maybe Balclutha.

    I mean, if you're going to be smug about your big trip and what you're going to see, that's what you deserve, surely.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6178 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Avondale is as good as a holiday sometimes. I feel bound to clarify that my own persistent unavailability has contributed to my jacketlessness, and that I was perhaps seeking a more ruthless approach from my supplier to ensure focus.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16669 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    I've driven several 1000k over the last wee while,& although the festive season was really good in parts (paticularly at Oamaru & the awesome limestone country just south of Waimate) there were sadnesses and gaps, and it was good to get back to the beach. But there were still things missing...

    One of those has just arrived: envy me! I have 2 kilo of Totara lowland cherries & I'm devouring them!

    (Hey, I'd share if you were here...)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Consider yrself envied. I remember scoffing awesome huge cherries from Seddon many years ago. Concentrated sunshine..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16669 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    One of those has just arrived: envy me! I have 2 kilo of Totara lowland cherries & I'm devouring them!

    Oh, how cruel!

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Dear Jackie
    (smiling a dreamy entirely non-enigmatic cheery cherry smile)
    it was meant with lurrrve-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    well, I shall have my cherries soon, islander - coming down to Lake Hawea for Waitangi weekend so I am sure that on the way from Dunedin, we will go through cherry country. Will we?

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    My mum and I went halves on a kilo of hugely expensive Otago cherries just before Christmas. Worth every penny.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3656 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Yes Jackie - and much other luscious stonefruit as well-
    Danielle - the price is now between $8 & $11 a kilo, depending on variety, at roadside or orchard.

    One of the geat pleasures of summer.

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    they're $9.99 a kilo at my local shop, Danielle (used to be called Green Rebel - down the bottom of Landscape rd) - and they are yummmy.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Not the same sort, though, I'll bet..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16669 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    My mum and I went halves on a kilo of hugely expensive Otago cherries just before Christmas. Worth every penny

    They were one of the joys of my trip back to NZ at Xmas. Now I need to find an excuse to come back during Bluff season....

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    ...and yesterday it was onwards to...Sydney ! Mucked around at my brother's place in the morning, had a quick nosey around town in the afternoon, then met up with some mates at a pub in Newtown, hammered the Cooper's Ale into the evening.

    Today I trundled around the music shops, bought a couple of Sonic Youth and James Brown cds at a JB. But the real bonanza was at the Virgin store inside Myers on George St. There was a big table full of $5 cds.
    Most of it was crap, but I scored stuff by Ornette Coleman, The Wickerman soundtrack (the classic original, not the crap recent remake), Augustus Pablo's King Tubby's Meet's Rockers...and a bunch of other stuff that would've cost me a bundle a Redeye, etc.

    Tomorrow I'm off to the All Tomorrow's Parties music festival on Cockatoo Island: Nick Cave, Spiritualized, Harmonia, Silver Apples, The Saints (orig. line-up), and loads of other cult faves.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 606 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    So, what sort of an idiot do you have to be to dress your three-year-old in his best and newest shirt and then let him eat dark red cherries?

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 705 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey,

    So, what sort of an idiot do you have to be to dress your three-year-old in his best and newest shirt and then let him eat dark red cherries?

    ahhh, that fashion mused kicked in again - "hey that shirt is way too new, way too 'nice', way to conformist - let's irregularly stain the shirt!"

    Which is my weird way of saying don't panic and stain the rest of the shirt in dark red cherries. Lemons and lemonade and all that.

    See India Flint for observations on staining with natural dyes.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

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