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Ground Control to Major Tom

My daughter Sophie was 2 months old when my Ellerslie neighbour said, ‘Fuck it, let’s go to the Cake Tin and see Bowie’ On that night it rained so much the Manawatu was flooded for weeks after. Bowie was the …


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Rest in peace, Graham Brazier

I last saw Graham at his second home, Brazier’s Books on Dominion Road in Auckland. I wanted to show my girls a real bookshop. Graham was at the counter, sitting down with his guitar. He asked if he could sing …


When America’s Funniest Home Videos calls

Today’s random phone call, followed by an email, comes via America’s Funniest Home Videos. SIX YEARS AGO I submitted a video – as a joke. The Clearance Coordinator needs first/last names and email addresses for the following people seen in the clip …



8 kick-ass pieces of writing advice

Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life. HUNTER S. THOMPSON Inspect your “hads” and see if you really need them. MARTIN AMIS The length of a film should be directly …


That Sugar Film

A rainy Saturday afternoon. Kid’s soccer cancelled. ‘Really,’ I scoffed. ‘A film about sugar?’ I’ll sit through any movie. It’s like a gig, there’s always something you take away. But sugar? The premise: Aussie Actor Damon Gameau decided to eliminate refined …



A taxi driver saved my marriage

I left my wedding ring in a cab. It wasn’t even my wedding night, just a few beers with the boys. I have this terrible habit of fiddling with my ring. If I’m standing on a boat I wonder, what …


The story of Rainbow Looms vs. Bob Dylan

People make up stories all the time. Bob Dylan made up his own back story by creating an identity his record company would run with. Steve Jobs went out with Dylan’s ex, so he could say he went out with Dylan’s …


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A life changing moment in Hawera

Nelson Mandela said we should buy a house 100 metres from where we were born. Or something to that effect. So during the holidays I took the family through my home town of Hawera in the mighty Taranaki. I texted …


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