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Me & Sam, 1980

// September 14th, 2010 // 1,003 Comments » // Life, People

Jake Hits The Internets

// February 16th, 2010 // 317 Comments » // People

My brother Jake Walker is a painter extraordinaire and has put a whole bunch of his recent work online for the enjoyment and edification of the world. He’s based in Melbourne at the moment but his work definitely has a New Zealand flavour. He does some fantastic stuff, I suggest you check it out and even better, go to one of his shows if you get the chance!

Tourism Exhaustion

// February 14th, 2010 // 466 Comments » // Life, People

Sydney visitor and scenic landmarks!

I’ve had a fun four days with my friend Annemiek visiting from New Zealand. I took her around the tourist traps of Sydney. Now I have sore feet and a happy but exhausted demeanour. Here’s a few of the highlights we took in:

- Ikea (FIRST destination)
- Harbour Bridge / Milson’s Point / Luna Park / Domain
- Sydney University
- Darling Harbour
- Powerhouse Museum
- Monorail
- Chinatown
- “Wicked” at the Capitol Theatre
- Taronga Zoo
- German beer and food at Essen restaurant
- Apple Store
- Pitt St Mall (such as it is at the moment with massive renovations underway)
- Krispy Kreme doughnuts

Phew! No wonder I am a little sleepy. Lots of fun though – especially Wicked – what a show!! God, I don’t remember the Zoo being that expensive though. $41 for an adult? Really Taronga Zoo? Really?

It all did wonders for my foursquare stats too.

New Phoenix Foundation EP For Christmas!

// December 11th, 2009 // 855 Comments » // Music, People

Merry Kriskmass

The Phoenix Foundation, one of NZ’s most popular bands and featuring my very own little bro Samuel, have just released a new ep “Merry Kriskmass” available for download and as usual it is effing awesome!

Here’s what the band had to say:

‘’I feel no pain, feel no fear, for the Krisk is a white reindeer” …. yes, a small stuffed white man and a reindeer have somehow managed to inspire our brand new little EP called Merry Kriskmass.

This fun, slightly odd 6-track EP managed to enter our lives during the time we were supposed to be recording our new album, providing much needed distraction from the often-gruelling album recording process. So much so, that we decided to share it with you in the hope that perhaps it brings some extra Christmas cheer.

We hope you enjoy. New album coming next year, and MEEEEERRY KRISKMASS.

Buy it here!

Happy Birthdays Abound!

// December 19th, 2008 // 1,203 Comments » // People

Today is my little brother Sam’s birthday. He is 30! Amazing huh. And so, to embarrass him, here he is performing in all his glory, with no fancy egg laying graphics!!

Happy birthday Sam.

Also today is my dear friend Audrey’s birthday. She is EVEN OLDER than Sam! I don’t have much to embarrass her with except this photo of her aged 17…

1992 Audrey

Happy birthday Audrey.

You are both awesome, and also both look good with guitars. And have shaggy hair and stuff.

Egg-Laying Flying Brother Spreads The Joy

// December 1st, 2008 // 453 Comments » // Music, People

My bro Sam’s latest video clip is a masterpiece!

School Holidays

// September 24th, 2007 // 380 Comments » // Life, People

Aside from my feelings about school holidays as a parent, it is interesting how much of a difference they make to the Wellington vibe. At university today, there were kids in the cafe, and in the hallways. And sitting here in my little shoebox of an office, I am frequently hearing kids’ voices echoing up the alleyway next to me.

It’s all kind of nice. There aren’t enough kids around in Western society I reckon – it’s not a very kid-friendly construct.

Still, let’s spare a thought for my co-parent who has had to put the telly on already at home, as it is raining, there are service-people around, and the kids were going crazy!

I’m Back

// May 2nd, 2006 // 668 Comments » // Kids, Life, People

Once again I have proved to myself that if I don’t blog every day, I will fall by the side of the information superhighway in a pile of unmotivated goo. So once again I am resolved to take up the baton of bloggliness and put up a post every day, even if it is a boring link or You Tube video – but SOMETHING. Despite all the madness life is throwing at me at the moment, the blog must take priority!!

So, a quick update:

Busybusybusy. So busy. The kind of busy where you’re almost hoping you have a heart attack or a nervous breakdown becuase then at least you’re be lying down. But that’s a natural consequence of doing two papers, having two toddlers and having tons of work on I suppose. Oh, and also I have a chemistry exam tonight but am succesfully blocking that from my mind, as I haven’t had any time to study for it.

Busy being a “solo” mother while I work. Bringing up our offspring brilliantly. Doesn’t have anyone to play World of Warcraft with any more.

He’s had a horrible lurgy the last week with a rash and hoarse throat. But back at kindy today for the first time in ages. Hooray! Is currently obsessed with Madagascar and (still) Hi-5.

Cute but evil. Charming yet strongwilled. Many many tantrums interspersed with incredibly cute chattering. He has invented some new words including “hopalop” (lollipop) and “oranjinin” (orange).

Post-Something Stress

// November 23rd, 2005 // 424 Comments » // Life, People

Poor Jan is a little bit traumatised by yesterday’s incident and keeps wondering if the drunken murderous woman is going to knock on the door again and blame her for the arrival of the police. Pretty unlikely as I doubt she could remember which house it was. A very nice (very young) policeman came and took Jan’s statement, but he thinks probably nothing more will come of it, as it is one of those domestic incidents where no one presses charges and nothing happens. Until the next time someone pulls a knife during an argument.

We were calculating all the things Jan has witnessed over the years – carjacking, mugging, burglary, stolen car crash, strangulation and now stabbing. She just needs gunshot really to complete the set!

Elements of the day: Sodium (Na), Magnesium (Mg), Aluminium (Al), Silicon (Si), Phosphorus (P). I had forgotten silicon is an element, I associated it purely with breasts! Isn’t chemistry interesting?

Violent Crime Intrudes On Domestic Bliss

// November 22nd, 2005 // 457 Comments » // Geekery, Life, People

I just got home from the dentist to find our street full of police cars. Of course I rushed down to tell Jan who loves rubbernecking at these sort of things, only to discover she had been heavily involved in the drama!

I was about to blog the whole incident but maybe that is not such a good idea, suffice it to say that Jan had to call the ambulance for a stabbing. She wasn’t a witness to it or anything but had to deal with the ambulance and police. She is pretty freaked out but is fine and so are the boys. We are waiting for the police to come and take a statement.


My chemistry class went great. Tutorials proper start tomorrow night. I have to memorise the periodic table and have managed to do the first 10 so far…

Elements of the day: Hydrogen (H), Helium (He), Lithium (Li), Beryllium (Be), Boron (B), Carbon (C), Nitrogen (N), Oxygen (O), Fluorine (F), Neon (Ne).