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Hard News: Dispatches from Summer

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  • Craig Ranapia,

    Having a quiet (and inexpensive) holiday season at home, and praying the Euro collapses so I can turn forty in Copenhagen in some style at modest expense...

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I'm eagerly anticipating that glorious spell when half the city buggers off and the roads go quiet. I will be riding, a lot.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Gracewood, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I thought the traffic had already gone Christmassy as I drove north over the bridge this morning. Turns out some plonker had a crash and traffic was backed up way up the motorway.

    We're off camping (all proper like with a tent and everything) from Boxing Day. Introducing a new generation of Gracewoods to the pleasures of card games under rain-soaked canvas.

    Orkland • Since Nov 2006 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Glenn Pearce,

    Queue is out the door and down the stree at the Westmere Butcher and they've been open since 2am.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 501 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Young,

    Off to spend the solstice with my partner's family and him in Wairarapa, back on deck in the new year...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 566 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    Queue is out the door and down the stree at the Westmere Butcher and they've been open since 2am.

    Thanks for the warning. Will attend to the back-wax first then...

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • RaggedJoe,

    I have bought a new hammock....nuf said

    City of Sales • Since Sep 2008 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Biobbs, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Having a quiet (and inexpensive) holiday season at home, and praying the Euro collapses so I can turn forty in Copenhagen in some style at modest expense...

    Craig, make sure you climb the Round Tower when you're in Copenhagen. Highly recommended for some birthday exercise. It's the best and most interesting legacy of one of Europe's most bonkers monarchs.

    Merry Xmas to everyone at PAS. I learn so much reading this site and love every minute I spend here.

    The River Mouth, Denmark • Since Jan 2011 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Holiday tick; done -- 10 days in Hanmer: swims, sleeping, books, taught the boys backgammon and ate wondrously home-built pizzas and breakfasts. Now we're back and preparing -- langorously -- for Christmas. Pre-Christmas holidays take the heat out of it all. Next is Christmas; then a long lazy summer at home in the quiet of the city, popping the tarseal bubbles while walking the dog and going to a beach.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2896 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    Queue is out the door and down the stree at the Westmere Butcher and they’ve been open since 2am.

    Yikes. I was lucky then. It was merely jam-packed when I went 40 minutes ago.

    I wonder how many people they get coming in at 3am after some pre-Christmas clubbing? They should lay on some beats, bro.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Anonymous Author,

    This afternoon, I'll continue to confront Rémy Martin V.S.O.P. and live vicariously through this footage of Bobby Farrell, in anticipation of exotic holiday parties in Hawkes Bay.

    On Christmas day, I'll be helping my loved ones forget the past with presents, livestreaming O.com All Ye Faithful for some rousing caroling, fulfilling uncle's traditional request for a gift of a double entendre by cheerfully giving him one, while remembering Grammar Santa's tip for recognising a restrictive relative claus, by looking for an aunty who gives impractical gifts.

    Merry Christmas.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2010 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Glenn Pearce, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The funniest thing I saw on the 23rd Dec last year was an older lady who queued for about 30 minutes to get in to get 1/2 dozen pork sausages for dinner.....

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 501 posts Report Reply

  • John Morrison,

    Off to Timaru for dinner with the in-laws. Back home for the usual amount of visiting friends & relations who want the typical Central Otago holiday. For the last few weeks we have had the glorious weather we all crave for, long may it continue.

    Cromwell • Since Nov 2006 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Repaying the sleep debt, given my bio-clock's been in overdraft lately. No further explanation needed.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5420 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    My last day at this job - resigned last month. I've need to get away from a situation that has...not been positive...for some considerable time. We're going back to the UK for an open-ended bit, so this summer is going to be bittersweetly viewed through the lens of 'the last time we...'. The last time we see the pohutukawas bloom, see the surf at Piha, go swimming at Narrowneck, take the ferry, go to the museum.

    I'm feeling somewhat fragile and emotional, and need to renew my acquaintance with Captain Morgan stat.

    Merry Christmas everyone, and thanks for the site, Russell.

    So long and thanks for all the fish.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey,

    Finishing PhD... wrapping it up to hand in early Jan, then my holiday starts.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 659 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    I get a whole glorious week off between Christmas and New Year's to rev up for the Semester Of Doom that is to follow (grant renewal application; departmental seminar; major conference; preliminary PhD exam proposal; all in the span of ten weeks. Panicking now.) Torn between hoping for some snow to fall already so it feels more like winter and hoping it stays unseasonably warm so I can keep biking to work. At least from now on the days are getting longer!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I wonder how many people they get coming in at 3am after some pre-Christmas clubbing? They should lay on some beats, bro.

    looking at you, Victoria Park New World :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    Alas, no summer here. It snowed last Friday, but it's all melted and little likelihood of a white Christmas, even in Bradford, where we'll be. I will be taking pavlova(s), which seems to me wonderfully contrary considering it's become tradition in NZ in large part because it works so well as a summer dessert.

    Went to Copenhagen for the weekend at the beginning of the month. It was freezing and eye-wateringly expensive. Can't say I noticed the Round Tower, but the mulled wine was good. Also, the Euro collapsing won't help you much as Denmark has retained its own currency just in case; and the people we were staying with said the Danish economy is rather sounder than many neighbours in part due to a different home loan system to those we're used to.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 580 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    FUCK. Quake.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Christopher Dempsey,

    Just in time for a meet and greet.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Hans Versluys, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Euro collapses so I can turn forty in Copenhagen in some style at modest expense

    The only snag is that Denmark doesn't use the euro.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2011 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    5.8.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Lilith __,

    How bad is it? I'm in Wellington, my partner's flight just got out before it hit and they closed the airport, and I feel so fucking helpless I was crying on the street.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Power off and phone off in Brighton according to my bro. Reports of liquefaction parklands way, rockfalls sumner and taylors. Aftershocks a bit. It's ok though emma we all want to say fuck many times though.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2896 posts Report Reply

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