Juvie Tui

While I was on my Otago Odyssey in Te Anau my eye happened upon this bird fossicking among the flax flowers.
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Wood Applauds Green’s Bravery

Friday, 12 June 2009, 11:52 am
Press Release: Jackson Wood

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Leading Mount Albert candidate Jackson James Wood today endorsed the formal complaint laid by ALCP candidate Dakta Green into TVNZ’s exclusion of the minor parties from the Backbenches TV special.

“The Mainstream Media has been ignoring my campaign without fail, and this passing over of both myself and Mr. Green has only served to drag TVNZ further into disrepute.”
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Slacktivism

The venerable David Slack has given me his endorsement to run as a candidate in the inevitable Epsom by-election.
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Dr Brash is dead. Again.

@DrBrash, the Twitter celebrity beloved by left and right wing alike, has finally called it quits. He has rapped his last #BrashRap. He has broiled his last #FurChicken. He has hashed his last hashtag. He has tweeted his last Tweet.

“At 1:40 this afternoon @DrBrash sent his final tweet,”  said Jackson Wood (@_jjw_) a spokesperson for the good doctor.

Another spokesperson for @DrBrash said that much like his real life counterpart — Dr Donald Brash — the @DrBrash Twitter account seemed to be malingering.

“He’s really just been lazing around the last couple of months since the election,” Joshua Drummond (@josh_drummond) said. “He’s been all getting into trouble and not really focusing on the issues close to his heart and shit.”
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979

New Zealand has 979 registered War Memorials. That’s one for every 4500 New Zealanders.

I’ve always had a fascination with war memorials. No real idea why. They’re so powerful: morbidly beautiful reminders of how tenuous happiness, peace, and democracy are.
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Duck Sammich

Just made the most amazing sandwich. Roast duck, avocado, gherkin, tomato, and chips.

Talking Smack With Bob

That time I interviewed Bob McCoskrie for Salient. PDF here on the Salient site here.

It was interesting how both sides of the smacking argument pointed toward this interview as proof that the other side was wrong. Thank Buddha that New Zealand has (hopefully) stopped arguing about whether or not it should be legal to hit your child.

Pinot Tieke

I bought a bottle of Peregrine’s 2009 Saddleback Pinot Noir.

Peregrine Wines do conservation work and have helped save the Saddleback. Awesome.

I’ll let you know how it tastes.

R&D: More than rolling the dice

That time I wrote about New Zealand’s Research and Development spending for Salient. PDF here or Salient site here.

Still relevant given the Green’s plan and Labour’s new found passion for R&D as a way out of recession.

Beyond Today

My dear friend Claire Browning has recently turned her immense intellect and energy toward writing a book about the Green Party — where it has been and where it is heading.
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