Last-minute packing

September 29, 2005

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times)

I’ve stopped counting sleeps, it’s finally here. I’m on holiday.

Right about now, I’m probably sorting out last-minute bits and pieces and packing my SPF-gazillion-plus sunscreen before I head off for a family holiday on the sunny Gold Coast.

I think I’ve driven my colleagues to distraction over the past week, counting sleeps until I hit the holiday zone.

I can’t believe that after all the excitement of the election, I’ll be in Aussie when we finally hear who won the top prize. And I don’t just mean Donald Trump’s Apprentice.

As for the other big vote-fest, what is going on, New Zealand? Yes, I’m a loyal Southlander and was pleased our Steven made it through another round of NZ Idol but I have to agree with the judges that he should have been in the bottom two along with Rosita. Teresa and Jesse certainly didn’t deserve that dishonour and as much as I find gap-toothed Teresa’s I’m-about-to-cry-eyes distracting, Sunday night was one of her best performances.

Xtra’s Idol site features the blogs of three couch critics who offer their opinions on the show each week. Now, I realise one of those bloggers, Glenn Hart, is probably a little peeved at Teresa’s eviction from the competition but that’s no excuse for saying: “Invercargill, I hate you. I really mean that.”

I guess he’s assuming it’s Tim Shadbolt and his dancing shoes all over again but, really, how many people does he think live in Invercargill? I realise us Invercargillites are a pretty important bunch but I don’t think were able to make ourselves outnumber the rest of the country.

Even if we included sheep in the head count.


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