My latest rant

Sometimes I just need to rant. Be afraid, you are my captive audience.

Hotting up for the big NZ political Idol show

September 17 is the political version of the NZ Idol final. Without the singing, of course (thank goodness for small mercies). As we all know, too much of anything is bad for us — as the South Korean man who up and died after playing Starcraft online for nearly 50 shows. The same goes for politicians. Everything in moderation. And let’s face it, they’re all so damn boring we’re unlikely to want to have...

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Remembering fashion fads and mistakes

The wrong choice of apparel is the quickest way to make yourself look like a total knob or a dinosaur, or in the case of Motley Crue, both.  There I was, innocently minding my own business, watching the Live 8 spectacular on Sunday when all of a sudden the band that time forgot appeared.  Admittedly, back in the 1980s, I thought Motley Crue was okay. I even looked at the band members product-laden hair...

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Graceful aging and spandex

Graceful aging and spandex

It started off like any other Monday — opened one eye, crawled out of bed, staggered towards the kitchen to get up close and personal with a cup of tea, got attacked by the cat, prised open the other eye, found the morning newspaper and settled down to read it. That was when it hit me. I spied the date. I was mere days away from being the mother of a 16-year-old (insert Jaws...

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We all have hate lists — don’t we?

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) If you have anti-virus software on your computer you’ve probably noticed a flurry of activity during the past couple of days with new virus definition updates coming thick and fast. If you’re not already familiar with Symantec’s Security Response site, now is probably a good time to pay a visit. You’ll find information on the latest and greatest in the world of viruses and...

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Message for a pervert…

A special note for my very own pervy reader I appear to have cultivated: If you’re going to send e-mails of that nature, it’s much more effective if the smutty bits are spelt correctly. You might find http://www.dictionary.com/ helpful. Please, step away from the keyboard and wash your hands. And don’t do that, you’ll go blind.

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Moving, schmoving…never again

Eight years ago I said I was never moving house again. This time I mean it. You didn’t get a column from me last week because I was too busy unpacking. In fact, by my normal deadline time I still hadn’t hunted out all my computer cables. Not that it mattered because I couldn’t have connected to the net anyway. In an attempt at being semi-organised, I’d made calls to Telecom, Contact Energy and...

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