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Drinking: I not understand

Drinking: I not understand

A friend and I had a sit-down in the Centre City Mall. We were experiencing some motion sickness, because when you walk around upright and everyone else is lurching, you can start to feel queasy. The world adjusts to their tilt, not yours.

Two black eyes: a Fringe diary

Two black eyes: a Fringe diary

The annual Dunedin Fringe Festival starts today. As anyone involved will know, preparations can be exhilarating, exhausting, and other words starting with exh. This here's a diary of a week leading up to a Fringe event.

The Chinns lose a beehive

The Chinns lose a beehive

In Hokitika there lived a wild beehive. Uncle Doug, on whose farm the wild beehive lived, claimed it had been in that pine tree for 40 years. He was proud of it: he had attached a sign to the trunk of the tree with an arrow pointing upwards, saying, "Look at 40 year old bee's nest up in the tree."

Alvin, given to lamentation

I went away for the weekend. I hitchhiked for part of the journey and got a ride with a man whose name was not Alvin but let's call him that.

Handfuls of nudist beaches and TVs

Handfuls of nudist beaches and TVs

Giants have been in the news again.

Melodramatic email to Mrs Vine

Melodramatic email to Mrs Vine

In which a subeditor writes an email to the garden writer, and then decides to make a blog entry of it.

Dear Mrs Vine,

I write to blame you.

On holiday, bushwhacking

On holiday, bushwhacking

This comes from under a rainy tarpaulin that fills and spills into an enamel bowl here, plastic buckets there, halfway up a hill near Motueka.

Please keep the library tidy

Please keep the library tidy

It was night-time. A man stumbled halfway up the steps of the old chief post office and said, "Hey, wanna earn some money?"

"Hm, no thanks," I replied from the shadows.

"You sure?" he said.

"Yes, I am just here to tidy the library."

Two-car garage and bits of holly

Two-car garage and bits of holly

"So can we expect a Christmassy blog from you, full of festive cheer?" asked website deputy Blair.

How to convert pee into elderflower cordial

How to convert pee into elderflower cordial

First, you participate in a scientific study. You give the scientists a 24-hour urine sample which they will consult for its salt content, and in exchange they give you a $30 New World voucher. Also, paraphernalia: a plastic measuring jug, a plastic funnel, and two plastic bottles, all to be used in the collection of pee.

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