Category Archives: Family


I’m at my parents’ house for a few days. The radio is almost always on. It’s talkback radio. I think it’s Newstalk ZB. New Zealand’s #1 Talk Station. During the day, the talkback radio is overlaid with the tennis commentary … Continue reading

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On a long-haul flight, time stretches, warps, balloons. As we fly across time zones, in and out of days and nights, time becomes a tangible substance that we move through, like dense fog, or like water. It seems to exist … Continue reading

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Horse of the sky

Last weekend I went up in my dad’s Cherokee (him flying, not me). My dad has a hangar at the little aeroclub just outside Blenheim, where he keeps his plane, which is named SNE. He’s a hobbyist, not a commercial … Continue reading

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Growing moss about the mouth

I never eat fruits or vegetables at all, ever, and neither did my father before me, and while I am constipated, fat, breathless and weak, I am not yet dead. – Stewart Lee Just like a chicken running around without … Continue reading

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I Would Have to Choose the Shark: An Interview With John-Paul Young

JP Young performs at Happy, 2009 John-Paul Young is my brother. Like me, he was born in Te Kuiti, the King Country of New Zealand and the Shearing Capital of the World. He is the former singer-songwriter-guitarist of celebrated Hamilton band … Continue reading

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That ain’t right

It was a work of colossal administration. First came a kind of slow-leak effect, giving me the immediate worry that Kingsley, when fully deflated, would sprawl out into the street on both sides of the island, where there were cars, … Continue reading

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My mother’s vehicles

This is a belated Mothers’ Day post. (Technically I’m still in time, because it’s still Sunday 8 May here.) Vehicles my mother has driven A Mark II Ford Cortina (three-column change) A white Nissan Stanza with chocolate-brown seats and the dog’s tartan … Continue reading

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