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I have a number of reputations to uphold, among them a prodigious appetite for saturated fats. Cheesecake and doughnuts have been a staple for a large part of my life, and I can only presume that obesity and diabetes have been kept at bay only by the love of a good woman and semi-regular exercise. …

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Home Alone

I suppose it’s an annual pilgrimage: as Matariki descends upon this lush nation, I take myself to my hometoon of Wellington for a bit of colour and culture. The Lovely Wife didn’t accompany me this year as our schedules didn’t work out (and we’d been down this way only a few weeks earlier). This time …

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FLASHBACK: Roughing It

From November 2007 (lightly edited): Let’s say I have to write a scene with corporate suits speaking corporate-speak. I want it to be fluid – a language that’s appropriate to the characters but still accessible to the audience. Minutes and minutes of talking heads yakking at each other – but interesting. Touchstones are Oliver Stone‘s JFK, …

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STILL LIFE WITH CHICKENS: final week in Wellington

The Wellington season, despite some early nerves, has gone very nicely with good houses and great reviews from Theatreview and The Theatre Times. Speaking of nerves, the extended Mamea aiga attended the opening night: our Stern but Loving Parents, Awesome Sister and her girls, and Staunch Bro and his family. They said they enjoyed the show and I …

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STILL LIFE WITH CHICKENS: final approach to Wellington premiere

It’s all “Still Life”-this and “Still Life”-that, some of you are carping. I can’t help it. It’s a big thing for me. It’s a week out from the show’s Wellington premiere and my anxiety has increased considerably. Why the nerves, you may ask, when 1). box office returns must be pretty good, and 2). touring is the fun part …

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2017 in Points

Fair use, Link My reading output (input?) this year was better than last year. But it coulda should’ve been much better. Standouts from the reading diary: Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver — I maybe should’ve read this when the Lovely Wife suggested it before agreeing to follow my wife to rural Northland; Ratatouille (2007 draft) by …

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My humble running ipod is approaching its tenth anniversary. Before I had it for musical accompaniment, I made do with whatever songs I could huff and puff to*, invariably resorting to music from films from a misspent youth. I was on an away-mission recently and I forgot to pack it for my travels. I still went for …

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Lud

The first warning signs showed a couple of years ago. Fortress Mamea runs on 10.6 Snow Leopard, an operating system that’s now seven generations behind the current OS. We like 10.6. It works for us. The Lovely Wife can still watch ponies galloping in slow motion on Youtube, while I can keep in touch with friends …

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