Category: Just me

Posts about me, my family and friends (yes I have some), Seymour the Wonder Cat and his not-so-trusty sidekick Norman the Newbie Cat and life in general, both online and offline

Frolicking weta grates on nerves

We’ve been hit by a weta invasion in our bathroom lately. After a bit of checking, it seems the likely source of the annoying little critters is a large tree outside the bathroom window. It’s not that I mind the…

Xtra wishes for a very merry Christmas

This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Are you ready for Christmas yet? There are just 11 sleeps until the big day and for some reason, I’m more organised this year than I’ve ever been in the…

Sitting duck for telephonic junk

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Greetings to the concerned readers who noticed my absence during the past few weeks. An unexpected stay in hospital and some up-close and personal experience with the pointy end of…

The fallen: we will remember them

Tuesday marks the 91st anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs) at Gallipoli. Thousands of young New Zealanders and Australians died in what many class as our defining moment as a nation. On April…

You remember how to www.histle, don’t you?

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Hands up all the habitual whistlers out there … hmmm, come on, surely there must be someone apart from me. I whistle. Constantly. And loudly. It’s a habit I picked…

Back to fans and 24: Conspiracy

I’m back and yes, the holiday was splendiferous. Thanks for asking.  To the reader who became concerned by my conspicuous absence from these pages during the past month and e-mailed asking if I’d been eaten by a crocodile while on…

Last-minute packing

(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…

Lows and highs

Saturday got off to a sad start with a funeral but ended on a high note with a wedding held in my living room and attended by more than 100 guests. No, I don’t have the world’s biggest lounge —…

Torturous times

A couple of weeks ago, Southland Times sports columnist Jamie Mackay — unhappy with the way his column had been cut the previous week — suggested sub editors were a strange bunch of people who, as children, most likely pulled…

No toasters but sponges

So, that was Christmas (apologies to John Lennon for mangling his wonderful lyrics).   I’m pleased to report there wasn’t a toaster, or any other unwelcome kitchen appliance, to be found under the oh-so-fake tree on Christmas Day. Instead, I was…