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The secret is out

The secret is out

An Arts Foundation award will help songwriter Dudley Benson realise his ambition of recording with the Southern Sinfonia. It's nice to get some recognition, too, the former choirboy tells Shane Gilchrist.

Risotto and rock 'n' roll

Risotto and rock 'n' roll

Next big thing Broods played Dunedin Town Hall last week. The following day, their photograph was in the paper again. Otago Daily Times music columnist and musician Sam Valentine reports on how the other band experienced the show, the support band, his band, Males.

Back on the tables, screaming

Back on the tables, screaming

Jimmy Barnes' latest album, 30:30 Hindsight, might offer a retrospective glimpse at an enduring career, yet the Australian rocker prefers to look to the future, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Solid as a block

Solid as a block

Farley's Buildings are among the oldest commercial buildings surviving in Dunedin, and though few might think it from their modest and scruffy appearance, they are rich in social, cultural, economic, religious, and even political history.

Sun rising on solar

Sun rising on solar

The sun looks set to shine on solar power as batteries come on line.

Pulling the plug

Pulling the plug

Meetings with prize-winning authors form the basis for a satire by a Kiwi expatriate, writes Stephen Jewell from London.

Men of conscience

Men of conscience

Dunedin is likely to set up New Zealand's first conscientious objector memorial. It would have been unimaginable during World War 1, when ''conchies'' were widely vilified as shirkers and traitors. Bruce Munro asks, how should we now view those who fought for peace by refusing to take up arms?

Taming the 'fashion monster'

Taming the 'fashion monster'

A Dunedin designer is finding solutions for the footprint left behind by fashion, Kim Dungey writes.

Water colours

Water colours

A boat trip in Doubtful Sound was a great day for artist Pauline Bellamy, and an enduring inspiration.

Rare in all its forms

Rare in all its forms

Rare in the wild, takahe are also seldom seen in museum collections, writes Ellen Sima.

Poor self-esteem

Making a connection with a teenager with poor self-esteem can be particularly difficult, not only for parents but also for their peers and other adults.

Dispatches from home

Dispatches from home

Christchurch string band the Eastern has honed its lyricism to a razor-sharp edge for its latest album, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Long on variety

Long on variety

New Zealand's largest short-film festival, Show Me Shorts, celebrated its 2014 launch in Auckland this week before spreading its tentacles all the way to Stewart Island. As festival director Gina Dellabarca explains to Shane Gilchrist, it's become a bit of a beast.   

Parallax

Parallax

Skip and tarpaulin, North Rd.

What's important

WHAT ARE VALUES?You'll often hear people comment that someone is always genuine, or that they are always caring, helpful, humorous. The list is endless.

What they are usually commenting on is someone's values.

The ideals that are deeply and personally important to us.

Our values express who we naturally are.

No talk in the park

No talk in the park

Liz Breslin spills the beans on her trip to the formerly top-secret Bletchley Park.

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