There was a moment when media types from New Zealand and overseas were wandering slightly awe-struck past the Olympic-sized billiard room at Olveston.
New Zealand defended its way to a series win against the English cricket team this week. An excerpt from David Loughrey’s new book Grass Roots: Great Otago Sporting Rivalries* remembers a local cricketing battle.
David Loughrey has immersed himself in the world of the humble caddy at this year's New Zealand Open in Arrowtown.
David Loughrey took a week off recently to become a writer, and noticed a rapid change in both his personality and his lifestyle. This was his experience.
Summer came to an unprepared and slightly skittish city this week, and a small miracle occurred. David Loughrey reports.
A retrospective of Ida Valley one-word poet Jim Fletcher's life and seminal work was published recently in the ODT. Now there are calls to develop a fellowship devoted to the art form. David Loughrey reports.
Everyone is vying for Winston Peters’ attention as National, Labour and sundry parties woo the man with the balance of power. Dunedin hates it when other people get all the attention. David Loughrey explains how that could change.
The weather report on the evening news is a good opportunity to reflect on the fact there are other cities and towns in New Zealand, places outside Dunedin. Most of them are pretty appalling, as...
David Loughrey found a diary in the street this week, and thinks it holds lessons for all of us. He has decided to publish the excerpt below for the benefit of the Dunedin public.
David Loughrey researches a historic literary controversy in the Ida Valley, and discovers how the area became the creative hub of the Maniototo.
A monster turkey landed in Dunedin this week, at the same time as a representative of prominent evil empire the US visited this country. Coincidence? David Loughrey thinks not.
Lavish bacchanalian indulgence Trenz is coming to Dunedin next year, and the city’s tourism industry - in fact the city itself - has a chance to really impress.
People nowadays know it is important to remain sodden with water at all times. But David Loughrey remembers a dim past when a lack of that knowledge meant the most terrible suffering, especially...
At first glance, the situation seemed alarming, writes David Loughrey.
Over a few days recently, David Loughrey took in the unparalleled beauty of the Dunedin he sees when he crests the hill at the intersection of Eglinton Rd, Neidpath Rd and Stafford St on the way to...
A vast network of futuristic surveillance landed in our little city this week. David Loughrey was at the cricket test to see who, or what, was looking, and how Dunedin scrubbed up.
His weather-beaten fedora faded and misshapen after years of use, David Loughrey tripped across Otago and Southland this summer in search of a new hat. Along the way he saw Mosgiel in a new and...
Christmas is a time of heightened emotions and increased health and safety concerns. David Loughrey considers Christmas hazards anyone can face, but limits himself to those starting with the letter "B".
It is Christmas, a taxing time for Dunedin’s menfolk, who find themselves embarking on a journey to a place they feel least comfortable: the retail precinct. David Loughrey considers the rigours of...
One of our own hit the big time in Hollywood recently - Dunedin, which played a big part in emotional tear-jerker The Light Between Oceans,