Otago Daily Times: Magazine

'Twas midnight in the bedroom

I was brought up on traditional Christmas stories, the sort that saw me going to midnight Mass and arranging holy plaster figures in a home-made wooden crib.

Stories in sound

Stories in sound

A University of Otago Summer School programme turns an educated ear to the evocative art of radio plays, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Setting some standards

In the last column we looked at boundaries, those imaginary lines you draw around yourself to define how you wish to be treated.

A creeping fascination

A creeping fascination

Fear, fascination and food - creepy-crawlies play a bigger role in our emotional and physical world than we often recognise or care to admit. Bruce Munro talks invertebrates with Emma Burns, the curator of a bug exhibition at Otago Museum.

Familiar sounds beckon

Familiar sounds beckon

As the year draws to a close, Sam Valentine breaks with precedent somewhat and recounts his 25 most-loved international releases of the past 12 months.

A castle for keeps

A castle for keeps

It needed work, but the potential of Larnach Castle was always apparent, Margaret Barker writes.

Bring back the refund

Bring back the refund

When you meet new people, the conversation often turns to work.

Stalking bookish Krakow

Stalking bookish Krakow

Another of the world's cities of literature, Krakow has a storied history, Heather Hapeta writes.

Putting the house in order

Putting the house in order

Legislative changes combined with insurance implications following the Canterbury earthquakes have altered the landscape of the real estate game in Dunedin - and for the better. Shane Gilchrist goes house hunting.

Painting by numbers

Painting by numbers

Award-winning British science communicator Professor Marcus du Sautoy is here to reveal the hidden, intertwined worlds of maths and arts. His talk will be entertaining, but with a serious purpose, writes Bruce Munro.

Taking to the stage

Taking to the stage

University of Otago graduate Heidi Geissler has dared to follow her dreams, writes Diana Noonan.

Minding the language

I'm always listening to snippets of other people's conversations, which mostly gives me interesting ideas, information and inflections. Mostly. Sometimes it just makes me want to rant. And this, I'm afraid, is one of those occasions.

Massif mistake?

Massif mistake?

As Mt Aspiring National Park celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, two Otago men claim it was actually a surveyor's mistake that first put the mountain on the map, writes Shane Gilchrist.

There are limits

I'm sure you've heard it said or even commented yourself on someone when they seem to have ''gone a bit too far'', that they have ''pushed the boundary'' or ''stepped over the boundary''.

The stars line up

The stars line up

When the 7Days comedy team visits Dunedin next week, funny former South African Urzila Carlson will be on the panel. She answered some probing questions.

Festive footprints

Festive footprints

In the build-up to Christmas, we spend time and money seeking out the perfect present for our loved ones.

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