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    My hedgehog got sick, so I handfed it

    by  • August 25, 2013 • Australasia, Awesome, Wellington • 1 Comment

    OK he’s not really MY hedgehog. He’s an SPCA hedgehog, who I’m fostering. Some kindhearted member of the public brought him in to the shelter after finding him in Island Bay covered in mange. The lovely SPCA vets gave him an anti-mange jab and I brought him home to live on the heated tiles in my bathroom while he recovers. In the first three days he lost LOADS of his prickles, but now they’re growing back and are between 5mm and 1cm long. A few days ago he stopped eating for 36 hours so I snuggled him until he would eat from my hand. Hurray! Healthy hedgehog!


    by  • July 21, 2013 • Australasia, Shorter, Wellington • 0 Comments

    Generic earthquake squiggles

    There’s nothing quite like experiencing a 6.5-magnitude earthquake while in the bath. For the last two and a half days an accelerating earthquake cluster has been bothering us in Wellington, most epicentres about 25km off Seddon in the Marlborough Sounds just to our South. Before that, I’ve only felt three or four tiny blips...

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    Balloon with a view

    by  • June 16, 2013 • Australasia, Shorter • 0 Comments

    Google Project Loon balloon over Lake Tekapo NZ South Island

    A Google balloon with an outstanding view of Lake Tekapo. Photo: Jon Shenk

    Google’s just launched loads of balloons loaded with gadgets over New Zealand’s lovely South Island to help the remote parts get access to wi-fi. It’s called Project Loon. Look at the view from that balloon!!!

    Professional people-watching at Adelaide Airport #2

    by  • June 10, 2013 • Australasia, Columnists • 0 Comments

    1940s coins Australia

    Human beings are frequently wonderful. And sometimes you accidentally flirt with them.  Our second installment of amazing humanity passing through Adelaide Airport:   So this morning I had a man in his 70s buy some coffees and cakes for him and his wife. I told him “That’s $19.40 thanks!” He smiled, replying with with “1940! Well, that was the...

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    Hooray for excellent online journalism

    by  • June 10, 2013 • Art, Australasia, Awesome • 0 Comments

    Want to see something really cool? A truly magical bit of forward-thinking online journalism? Like The New York Times‘s captivating and original Snow Fall, Wellington’s Dominion Post newspaper has brought an exceptional dimension to its week-long look at the state of the city. Prime Minister John Key prompted it all when he rudely said...

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    Newspaper job losses and a racist cartoon

    by  • May 30, 2013 • Australasia, News, Opinion, Thoughts • 0 Comments

    290513 The Marlborough Express Al Nisbet cartoon

    Free school meals. Racial spending-priority stereotypes. Pushing the envelope. And general outrage. Al Nisbet’s cartoon appeared in The Marlborough Express, a daily paper at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, May 30th to much controversy and discussion. In his defence, editor Steve Mason said he had discussed the toon with senior members of staff. He said:...

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