Author Archives: SJA

The Awkward Days Between Christmas and New Year…

…can leave you in the doldrums to the point where you don’t know what day it is nor do you know what you’re doing with your life – a similar reaction many of us had to the shocking stories that … Continue reading

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Cartoonists Found Dead – Details Are Sketchy

The last thing I want to do is to make light, belittle or negate the impact of the tragedies that occurred last week in France…

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It’s Not All About Walmart

Here in Christchurch we have a new cricket oval.

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If Only Pigs Had Wings

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,

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Super Hack Barnaby Jack

A Hacker for good is gone for good.

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Prince – People Crane

It had to happen. Kate was heavy with child (pregnant), the Limbo Wing was booked (£16,000 per night – bring your own medical experts) and a nation endured Branston Pickle (while Kate endured Braxton Hicks).

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Quake Not, Want Not

It was Wellington’s turn to experience the skate board shuffle today.

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Poo Bum Suk

That got your attention.

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Home Is Where The Hobbits Are

Hobbit Schmobbit, it’s nice to be home.

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It’s All About Scotland

It finally happened a Brit won Wimbledon. Wait! Hold that front page. Since I wrote that echoing headline a concerned reader has made a line call and challenged the double-fault lurking between the tramlines of my research. Backhand Betty (the … Continue reading

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Why, Why, Why Hawaii

…as Tom Jones might have sung.

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Honolulu Zoo or The Aquarium?

Zoo? Nah it’s tiny and doesn’t have many animals. 

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Don’t Forget The Spam

From Anahola to Yung Hee Village (no city, town or village starts with “Z” in the Hawaiian Islands), Spam is well loved and widely consumed – 7 million cans per year.

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Tuh-Day I Ran Out Uv Whul

Oh blimey more news.

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Impressive Technology in Honolulu

I had no idea that technology has made such huge strides here on the Hawaiian Islands.

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Why Not Ki Ki?

The flight was comfortable and uneventful. I like flights like that.

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Winter Solstice–Summer Starts Here

According to my latest electronic consumer goody – the iHenge, today is the shortest/longest – depending on where your iHenge is located.

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Snow What

Some forecasters are predicting the worst snow for 20 years but other forecasters are predicting that globally there will soon be more mobile ‘phones than toothbrushes.

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Another Rainy Day in Paradise

It’s another rainy day in paradise. I’m briefly in Hanmer Springs or perhaps I’m in Hanmer Springs briefly.

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Tuesday 11th June, 2013

I’ve been planning a few days in a warmer sunny locale.

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Thursday 6th June, 2013

Ingvar Kamprad (87) is retiring but will continue to fly economy class, recycle used tea bags and drive his 1993 Volvo. But this story is really about Gnomes.

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Tuesday 4th June, 2013

France is turning slowly into a French state.

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Monday 3rd June, 2013

My post on 17th May about German words produced some interesting responses.

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Sunday 2nd June, 2013

Coronal Mass Ejections and food. Coronal Mass Ejections may not be as important as food, which is why food safety scares hit the headlines like hot potatoes and CME’s dance around in the upper atmosphere like an ethereal green swamp … Continue reading

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Wednesday 29th May, 2013

The weather has started to turn colder and my cooking has responded by upping the temperature and the calorific values.

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Wednesday 22nd May, 2013

Oh the printed Media is a chuckle isn’t it? A couple of days ago The Telegraph were lauding the selection of Tim Peake (Major Tim) as a British astronaut for the next 5 month tour of duty aboard the International … Continue reading

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Sunday 19th May, 2013

So the great David Beckham has finally decided to hang up his shorts.

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Friday 17th May, 2013

It’s raining today and the Germans have a word for it – Regen.

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Wednesday 15th May, 2013

Walking past a local school today I had to take a picture of this “stick family” on a school-run 4X4:

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Monday 13th May, 2013

“I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.” – G. K Chesterton.

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Thursday 9th May, 2013

If I was a tad younger I might be celebrating today’s announcement that Taylor Swift is to tour New Zealand later this year.

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Wednesday 8th May, 2013

Great day in Christchurch today – sunny and warm. We like that.

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Tuesday 7th May, 2013

17.778 degrees centigrade.

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Saturday, May the Fourth be With You, 2013

Yes it’s that suspiciously auspicious date again.

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Monday 29th April, 2013

George W. Bush.

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Sunday 28th April, 2013

I’ve washed my hands of that last post and think it’s time to see what else has has been occurring in this oddly-shaped bluish planet we choose to inhabit.

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Saturday 27th April, 2013

It’s been an interesting week watching Splurghi work their way around the poo pipes.

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Friday 19th April, 2013

Back in 2004 I wrote about a Kiwi boy who was declared the Southern Hemisphere’s first High Incarnate Tibetan Lama. Karma Kunsang Thubten Dorje Lungtok Hyime Pal Sang Po Pong Rinpoche – the venerable, had been identified as an important … Continue reading

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Tuesday 16th April, 2013

Monty the Marvel Motorist Miraculously Manages a Meander in a Mini We returned from Melbourne to warm Autumn sunshine in Christchurch and during a walk around the local area I was thinking about the recent SPCA campaign for unwanted dogs, … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 10th April 2013

We have found the good people of Melbourne to be relaxed, friendly and easy to talk to.  The news last night on TV carried the results of the recent World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013 which listed … Continue reading

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Tuesday 9th April, 2013

Anywhere but bed beckoned this morning. The beds at the City Limits Apartments are large enough for our liking but both the beds and the pillows are just a shade unforgiving for my silhouette.  On the plus side, the beds … Continue reading

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Sunday 7th April, 2013

We climbed out of bed and donned the appropriate gear for a visit to the zoo. I think I should explain why we fall out of bed in Christchurch but exit from the horizontal in Melbourne (or elsewhere), by climbing … Continue reading

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Wednesday 3rd April, 2013

We all fell out of bed this morning at 0230 as our multiple Apple devices broke out in a rash of chimes, rings, vibrations and wacky warbles.  Headless we muttered incomprehensively and moved slowly around bumping into walls, each other … Continue reading

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Monday 1st April, 2013

I fell out of bed this morning enthused by the prospect of today being both April Fool’s Day and also the bunny’s bottom of the Easter holiday. So is today officially Easter Fool’s Day? Or is it the first Monday … Continue reading

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December 2012 (AKA Not Euro 6)

Carrying on from where I left off… we were in Hong Kong and once the gas reached the restaurant we thought briefly about the lunch special but decided against it. (I hate onions).

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Euro 5, 2012

We returned to Great Britain (or Blighty the Mighty), in time for the Olympic Games closing ceremony.

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Euro 4, 2012

The Olympic games have lifted off and before they bottom out, I’m already regretting not spending even more of my life online trying to secure tickets to events.

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Euro 3, 2012

Lech Waduster stared at the lock, snorted and barked at us not to touch it.

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Euro 2, 2012

Priti Manek stumbled, dropped the coins he was clutching and crouched close to the floor of the carriage. We leaned forward in our seats and helpfully pointed to where his coins had rolled, smiled and then sat back in our … Continue reading

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Euro 1, 2012

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s on-line Visa Waiver Application thingy enquired (and none-too politely I may say), if I’d had Granuloma Inguinale. I paused and pondered the question carefully.

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