Summer Times

Cosby asked, 'Don't I know you? Aren't you Noel?'

Cosby asked, 'Don't I know you? Aren't you Noel?'

Over a 52-year career, Radio Dunedin host Neil Collins has rubbed shoulders with countless singers, sports stars and celebrities. One of his most memorable experiences was meeting comedian Bill Cosby in the mid-1970s. He tells reporter Allison Rudd the story.

Five things I'll be doing on holiday: Warren Prescott

Five things I'll be doing on holiday: Warren Prescott

LJ Hooker real estate principal, of Oamaru.

Leading the way to antipodes

Leading the way to antipodes

Having come up with the idea of mounting a modern-day expedition, Mark Price needed something to explore. All the good ideas had long been taken.

Still honing his craft

Still honing his craft

Shane Gilchrist shares a cuppa and a few cackles with enduring Kiwi songsmith Dave Dobbyn.

Give them a sporting chance

Give them a sporting chance

They've been ignored, mocked and derided - but all they really want is some love. Otago Daily Times sports editor Hayden Meikle identifies 10 sports that deserve a chance.

Plenty of challenges on Government track

Plenty of challenges on Government track

Our final ride for Summer Times 2009/10 is more an adventure than a mere bike ride. It includes the Government Track, a sinuous dray path hewn from the bush-covered hillside above the Waipori Gorge in the 1800s, probably by gold-miners.

When the Arklow Flyer rose to win a 10-mile handicap

When the Arklow Flyer rose to win a 10-mile handicap

As a young lad growing up during the 1860s and 1870s in the Irish village of Avoca (better known to TV audiences as Ballykissangel), a short distance inland from Arklow in County Wicklow, the Arklow Flyer, became obsessed with mechanical contrivances, particularly the still-evolving bicycle.

Man of media reminisces

Man of media reminisces

He's the easy afternoon voice of national radio, and the keen bloke who turns up to sort out your garden, but as Elspeth McLean discovers, Jim Mora hasn't forgotten his formative years in the South.

Boring job, but Katharine knows her onions

Boring job, but Katharine knows her onions

Winter Olympics aspirant Katharine Eustace (34) is a highly energetic physiotherapist who arrived in Wanaka several years ago not knowing what the future would hold.

Pacific views aplenty on recommended ride

Pacific views aplenty on recommended ride

Lonely Planet says the Otago Peninsula is one of the best places in the world for a bike ride, so I thought I'd better include a peninsula ride in this series.

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