Monthly Archives: March 2008

>Pull the plug

> I was visiting a mate who’s a physician at a psychiatric hospital I asked him how they determined whether a not a patient should be institutionalised? “Well”, he said “We fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, … Continue reading

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>A bit early…

> Getting on the first flight out of Nelson yesterday morning. Being the sophisticated, polished big-city gent that I am, I insist that Mrs jb boards the aircraft first, but obviously don’t think to give her the boarding passes. She … Continue reading

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>I’m very sari

> Those taxi drivers at Auckland Airport are a pretty unhealthy-looking lot. All look a bit Sikh to me…

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>On hearing voices

>“Hi, jb” I heard this voice, but I couldn’t work out where it was coming from. We’d agreed to met Meg and Ben from Nelson Daily Photo at The Red Gallery on Bridge St in Nelson for a coffee, after … Continue reading

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>On being happy

>The happiest person in New Zealand is a 75 year old widow, having retired to Nelson on a $75,000 income, living in a freehold property and with no dependent children. Glaring obvious, really. Nelson is blessed with a benign climate … Continue reading

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>I get confused

>They have this fixation down here with motor scooters. One cafe in Nelson City is called “Lambretta” and there’s another one out in Brightwater called “Vespa’s”. What? Oh, it’s VESPERS. So that’s why they’ve built it to look like an … Continue reading

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>Fools I have met

> MiNDFOOD is an integrated media brand delivering information from New Zealand and around the world. The magazine and website feature television, podcasts, electronic newsletters, features, recipes, photopraphs and daily news. The core editorial platforms of Society, Wellness, Environment, Culture, … Continue reading

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>This is Nelson

>The “Windy City Strugglers” is a Wellington-based blues/roots band (one self-penned description is “The ZZ Top of folk music”) we saw at the Boathouse in Nelson at the end of 2006. They’re really good. Nick Bollinger who writes the music … Continue reading

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>Catch 22

> So I’e seen a back issue of a magazine, want to get hold of it and call up the publisher’s subscription department. It went like this: “I’d like to get hold of the October/November issue of Homes NZ please” … Continue reading

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>This is quite tricky

>I’ve been wandering around Nelson for a week now, looking for the famous Meg and Ben. Every Japanese couple I spy (and there are a lot…), I approach and say “Hi Meg, hi Ben” Mostly they just run off. Some … Continue reading

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