A rockin' good time in Timaru

Rebecca Smith of Timaru at the Hospice Rock & Hop held at Caroline Bay this month.

"You wanna hit the portaloos early," Ali says dryly.

Animal magnetism the cross we bear

Not helpful. Loki and his mate, Moo, on my car as I left the house for work one morning this week. Unlike our other ...

The wounds are slowly healing. The latest ones, that is.

Immensely IMPressed, despite IMPlosion

A group of Lincoln City fans, with an imitation FA Cup, outside the Emirates Stadium before Sunday's quarter-final ...

It always looked like Mission IMPossible – and so it proved.

Contemplating treachery, out of desperation

Arsenal fans hold up a banner calling for manager Arsene Wenger to resign after this week's UEFA Champions League match ...

The question was a variation on one levelled at me regularly over 16 years.

You can't have my Thursday nights too

Eto Nabuli scores one of his three tries in a losing cause against the Force on Thursday night.

OPINION: Hey, did you see those Reds got done in Perth on Thursday night, despite Eto Nabuli scoring a hat-trick of tries?

My plan to move the goalposts

Environment Minister Nick Smith announces a plan to make 90 per cent of New Zealand's  waterways swimmable by 2040.

Good morning, everyone.

Joining the latter-day Resistance

Press photographers take pictures of a Madame Tussauds wax effigy of Sophie Scholl,  displayed at Ludwig Maximilian ...

I stumbled across two sobering accounts of wartime heroism that had somehow passed me by this week.

Nothing sweet in closure video

The entrance to the Cadbury factory in Dunedin. Columnist Derek Burrows considers how a brand set to close its Dunedin ...

OPINION: Closing Cadbury's Dunedin factory shows the company couldn't be further from its roots.

Scratching my head over 'pilot whale'

A volunteer waters down a pilot whale stranded on Farewell Spit.

Opinion: If ever there was a classic misnomer, surely it is "pilot whale".

Caught in the weirdness of a 'Ginge-go-round'

Ginge has quickly taken to one of the favoured sleeping spots enjoyed by Stella, who disappeared last year.

OPINION: Have you ever had an experience that seemed, somehow, other-worldly?

America first in first call to NZ

US President Donald Trump speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin last week. Columnist Derek Burrows ...

Derek Burrows imagines how the first phone call between US President Donald Trump and Kiwi PM Bill English panned out.

Another great gone too soon

Jonah Lomu is tackled by South African halfback Joost Van der Westhuizen during the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.

True sporting greatness is something that transcends national boundaries.

Fed up that I went to bed

A delighted Roger Federer receives the Australian Open trophy from Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, while a pensive ...

'twas Monday morn, and I was torn ...

My beloved Imps march on

Lincoln City team and staff celebrate in the changing room after the FA Cup third round replay victory over Ipswich Town ...

OPINION: You might be hearing more about Lincoln City.

The 'Trumputin' era's distorted reality

The finger of fate. Donald Trump in full finger-pointing flight

Lies, lies, lies. They confront us at every turn these days.

Summer finally set to shine?

Rain hits Nelson last Friday, as the first of two weather systems "outside the normal range" swept the country

"Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York ..."

Smelling trouble among the roses

What Derek Burrows really smelt out among the roses was trouble.

Opinion: I've just been walking around our garden looking at all my wife's roses.

Shunning my Sunday arvo sandwich

The number staring back up at me from the scale on New Year's Day did indeed prompt an internal cry for help.

It didn't hit me until I was at home, watching something on Sunday TV I can't even remember now.

Songs for the Don

US President-elect Donald Trump at a USA Thank You Tour event in Alabama on Monday.

OPINION: So, another entertainer has decided they really don't want to perform at US President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony at the weekend.

Focusing on the next half-century

South African opening batsman wants Dean Elgar of South Africa raises his bat to his team-mates after reaching his ...

"So, what does it feel like to be (insert appropriate age here)?"

Didn't see 'that' coming

Surprise! Some predictions for 2016 didn't make the mark.

OPINION: This is the time of year when numerous crackpots come out of the woodwork and give us their predictions for the year ahead.

No harm, but good riddance

Jeff Elston in the Timaru Boys' High School archives with Bertie the Biff and the coffin he was consigned to.

Bertie the Biff, Tom Tickle, Oscar; it reads like a slightly macabre roll call of schooldays past.

Is this really my future?

There's definitely more white in there now than anything else.

I think I'm moving up the shortlist. And it's a little worrying, to be honest.

Giving bad driving the finger

This wasn't taken from my car, and to be fair, the manoeuvres we encountered weren't as dangerous as this, but if I'd ...

It was never going to happen, as I knew by the time the thought was fully expressed.

Tangled - a modern Christmas tale

The owners of this house in the Philippines seem to have avoided the problems I encountered in my tangles with Christmas ...

OPINION: It's still 10 days to Christmas and already the festive season has left me in a bit of a tangle.

Cricket needs its own 'Christmas Carol'

Bill McLaren's autobiography has some fascinating insights into the art of commentary.

As I turned away from the TV screen I was already in full rant in my head.

Worried our grass might not be carted

We were confronted with the possibility our grass clippings may not be removed in time for a garden wedding on Saturday.

OPINION: The heavy clattering of a helicopter passing over seemed to confirm my worst fears.

Tragedy tears at my heart

Fans pay tribute to the players of Chapecoense killed in a plane crash in the Colombian mountains, at the club's Arena ...

OPINION: A little piece of my heart has been in Brazil all week.

Faulty switches turn Friday Black

An employee scans a purchase during a Black Friday sale in California.

Opinion: Last week we had another day when we could worship at the altar of consumerism – Black Friday.

An invention with a net benefit

The internet can help you do pretty much anything, from what Elvis Costello is doing here, to fixing a creaky bed.

OPINION: Does your bed creak?

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