How did a part-time cleaner find herself running a 400-person volunteering effort to help people affected by the Nelson fire?

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Like most of Nelson, Saxton Field is a dustbowl. The vast sports fields look not just depleted, but angry. The grass is an aggressive orange hue; loose, dry grass and dirt whips along when hit with a strong gust, and the heat emanates from the ground.

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Stacked chairs, Dowse, Lower Hutt


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Cable Car Terminal, Wellington


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A day at the Wallace Art Awards @ The Dowse, Lower Hutt



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The face slap, the pelvic thrust, …


In praise of the backing vocalist

We all know Merry Clayton’s “Gimme shelter” story from 20 Feet From Stardom

Then somehow you stumble over Boz Scaggs reviving “Lido Shuffle” back in 2004 at the Great American Music Hall and get blown away by his 2 backing singers, taking his high notes for him and the feigned face slap at 3:36.

Which time-transports you back to 1976 and the release of “Silk Degrees”.

A seriously good piece of film-making, tracking from studio rehearsal via truck to the gig, roadie setup through to the concert, with the precociously talented Jeff Porcaro (yep, Toto, “Africa”, sorry about that, David…) on drums and 3 backing vocalists with ALL the moves.

Check out 3:03 for the joyous synchronised pelvic thrust.

Doesn’t get much better…



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This a bit much…..

Even for me.

Bloody hell…..

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So where’s the solar plexus….?

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