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    Longest distance photocall ever?

    by  • October 31, 2013 • Awesome, Creativity, Shorter • 1 Comment

    Photoshoot across the world with author of Terrible With Raisins Lynne McVernon and editor Sarah Stead

    Just participated in a pan-global photoshoot to promote author Lynne McVernon’s new novel, Terrible With Raisins, which I helped to edit. I’m in New Zealand, she’s in the UK. What’s to be done? Skype photocall! I reckon it’s the longest-distance photoshoot there is. My dad, pedant that he is, countered with photos from the...

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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!

    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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    The Game of Thrones cast as you HAVE seen them before – you just didn’t know it

    by  • June 6, 2013 • Awesome, Featured, Pop culture • 3 Comments

    Rose Leslie Ygritte Game of Thrones in Downton Abbey

    Context is everything. Check out our favourite Game of Thrones characters in their previous incarnations. Firstly, that incredible (by which I mean, incredible first season only) British teen drama Skins,  which gave us – along with Dev Patel and Nicholas Hoult – Gendry and Gilly. Also known as Joe Dempsie and Hannah Murray. Also...

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    Winter’s bad enough WITH the sun

    by  • May 13, 2013 • Awesome, Shorter, Travel • 0 Comments

    Last Antarctic sunset: credit ESA

    We thought we had it bad. The crews wintering in Antarctica this year just watched the sun disappear for three months. “The night brings darkness, promising a blackness to put fear in us, but also supplying a great spectacle – the stars, the Milky Way and something even more amazing”, crew member Antonio Litterio...

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