I wrote a film once. It was a short film called “The Watcher” and the script was good enough to be given 100% funding from Creative New Zealand. I was over the moon. A few months earlier I’d given the script to my friend, a long-time TV producer who liked it. We decided she would … More Back into it after all these years
I have new glasses, a new phone and a new laptop. I got the glasses because the other ones spent their entire day halfway down my nose and I had developed a sore neck. I got the phone because I was wearing the new glasses when I arsed up and obliterated the screen on the … More A Run of Exceptionally Bad ‘New’s’
The week before last I had an appointment to get my hair cut. I do not know how to cut and colour hair though I do know how I like to look. Recently I’ve been suggesting to my hairdresser that we allow the grey to sneak on in and that I’d like a different hair … More The hair cut and other disasters.
It started with the extractor fan. A faint, annoying buzz when it was on. Then it became the annoying buzz when it was just sitting there not doing anything. After months of switching it off at the wall each time it was not in use, we asked the electrician to look at it and it … More Our Beep Beep buying
My mother in law was a Southland farmer’s wife. She knew all about hard work and new ventures. During her life she was part of the team of two who turned swampland into farmland, then went bush to develop a tourist venture. While there was still some gas in the tank she travelled around the … More Nola
It came to me today as I listened to the achievements of the cricketer making 200 runs on debut at Lords, that while he is most certainly talented and possesses a formidable determination, he could not have stood out there on his own. He needed a team mate at the other end and perhaps more … More Winning
Switch on with the remote then using the playstation controller push the playstation icon to make the screen go blue. (Not an issue. A child could do this.) and you can see the list of instructions. (Isn’t that a menu? ). Click on x for Ben. (Nonono. How do I do that? Okayyyy, got it.)Use … More The Wobbly Thing.
I learnt some interesting facts in Australia one of them being that one out of ten European babies is conceived in an Ikea bed. It came, like all good information, out of a book purchased by my grand-daughter. She’s almost fifteen and thought nothing of spending money on a book she intended giving to a … More Life lessons from the library
Some words hold magic. Escapologist, King Tide, humblebee, are all words ripe for the picking but it was the moon that scored big last night. Bloody and red it appeared just after 11pm through the bare branches of the twisty tree at the end of our deck. It was very cold last night and reminded … More Blood Red Moon
I went to Australia in search of family and I am happy to say I found them. Older, definitely taller and so much more settled than I had dared to expect. We did lots of things together. Some were expensive and some were not. I was a wuss at Sea World. I held the bags … More Home