It could be the political mean streets of any city, in any country, in the world.
Most people by now are aware the only really decent time in human history to be alive was a short period in England from somewhere in the 1800s to the early 1900s.
Shortland Street is at once a rollicking, fast-paced pot-boiler serving up a mouth-watering platter of suburban life, and an iconic tour de force of this country's neuroses set against the monolith that is its system of health boards.
Marijuana is an insidious scourge of the young and stupid: a gateway drug that needs to be stamped out with blind and fanatical zealousness by ruthless law enforcement officers. Few would disagree with that.
There is something quite creepy about birds, in a way that fits together with many other things in a conspiratorial manner.
The opening shot of a piece of television says much about what will unfurl as scene one becomes two, three, four, five and onward as storylines twist, heave and stutter forwards in a headlong rush to The End.
There is something pleasing - in a parochial sort of way - about Hollywood types and Academy Award-winning directors filming stuff in Otago.
For years now, I have been receiving letters asking when, please, when, will there be a decent television drama about council reporters? Despite most - actually all - of these letters being completely imaginary, it goes to show just how high public support is for such as show.
Sherlock Holmes was a dab hand at deduction. He observed, he deduced, then he solved.
It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious.
Every now and then, it becomes necessary to lock friends and family in the cellar.
Christmas, as always, has been brutal for us, the very old.
One of the undeniable shibboleths of cool is this - if you knew and loved The Mighty Boosh, you are - if you didn't, you just aren't.
Youth is terrific. It has youthfulness. Intelligence has intelligentness.
Tomorrow evening is a big test for Dunedin.
Now and then, one falls in love - platonically - with amusing men.