Archive for September 2008

missile strike

September 30, 2008

I just went to buy a sandwich. I started rummaging around my bag for my wallet. It’s somewhere at the bottom of this huge tardis like thing I carry my life around in, and when I yank out my wallet, I accidentally FLING a TAMPON at the Wishbone guy. In slow motion I watched it […]

the guernsey literary & potato peel pie society

September 29, 2008

I bought the book on Saturday afternoon. At the Milford Gallery in Thorndon (a shop I am yet to exit empty handed). The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society begins as writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. A letter arrives from Dawsey, on the island of Guernsey, who has come […]

farewell mr newman

September 27, 2008

He was just awesome in Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. And The Sting. My favourite though, was Dodge in Message in a Bottle (clearly Kevin Costner should never have been in that movie. Still). He loved his wife for 50 years and once said when asked about infidelity, ‘Why go out for hamburger when […]


September 24, 2008

Kim Hill interviewed Hamish Keith a couple of weeks ago. At one point she asks Keith if he suffers from “what we women call the impostor syndrome”. I was stunned to here such an accomplished and confident woman put a name to a feeling that has bubbled up inside of me from time to time. […]

too chicken for exams

September 22, 2008

In my last year at Otago I tutored educ101. I always looked forward to the excuses from students for handing essays in late. Or not being able to attend exams. Some were obviously genuine. Some were just really sad. The most thorough though, was my flatmate Scotty who had a drunken bet with my other […]

the one about little brother

September 21, 2008

Little Brother is 32 today. I was almost three when he was born and I remember feeling fiercely protective towards him. This did not stop me feeding him worms or intentionally whacking him in the head with swingball. We grew up as different as two people can. Physically he got the olive skin, althetic body, […]