Otago Daily Times: Magazine

New Year's resolutions need some work

There's a trick or two in turning those good intentions into action.

A record of Burns' passion

A record of Burns' passion

Toitu curator Sean Brosnahan tells the story of a writing desk that claims a racy past.

Pushing the boundaries

Beyond the boundary, the abyss awaits, writes James Dyke.

Our dark side

Our dark side

Why are many of New Zealand's cherished icons so shallow, and what is this fascination with Gothic themes? Silence, darkness and free drinks abound as Bruce Munro continues his whistle-stop nationwide road trip in search of Kiwi identity.

Tongue firmly in cheek for Ori

Tongue firmly in cheek for Ori

This week the Otago University Students' Association announced the line-up for Orientation 2015.

No foreigner to a good hook

Foreigner founder Mick Jones says the secret to success in the music business is to keep a song simple and sincere. As the veteran rock guitarist prepares for a concert at Gibbston Valley next weekend, he discusses hooks and honesty with Shane Gilchrist.

Casting some light

Casting some light

The Acetylene Gas Lighting Co Ltd blazed a trail, setting up the street lighting in Picton, the first town in New Zealand to use the system. The company's building on the corner of Stuart St and Bath St retains its prominent window pediments and volutes, and continues to be well-used.

My Dragon Summer

There are lots of contenders for the saddest lines ever written.

Getting on top of it

Getting on top of it

If it transpired that your level of debt wouldn't be paid off until after you retired, well, then we'd have to do somethingAndrew MacKenzieAs another year of battling the bills looms, sorting the finances seems a good idea, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Baby love

Baby love

For new grandmother Lynne Baab, meeting a granddaughter separated by an ocean was the best.

Rising and shining

Those extra minutes of snoozing may not be doing you any good, Gemma Paech writes.

Always a dreamer

Always a dreamer

In 1973, a year after publication of Lady Moss Revived - a first book of poems by Dunedin poet Peter Olds - Otago Daily Times reporter John Gibb, then literary editor of the Otago University Students Association newspaper Critic, interviewed him about his writing, for the student newspaper. This year, Cold Hub Press published You Fit the Description, a large selection of Olds' work. And Gibb went back and asked Olds a few more questions, including about the importance of dreaming in his life and work.

All things considered

All things considered

As the holiday season draws to a close, the city traffic thickening like the post-Christmas midriff, it's important to make some plans about life, be they big or small, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Ones to watch and hear

Ones to watch and hear

Another year gone by, another year of undoubtedly great New Zealand music ahead.

A taxing problem

Economics is often held up as the enemy of sustainability.

History on our doorstep

History on our doorstep

Pam Jones steps back in time as she explores the history-rich Totara region.

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