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Hey, hey, it's National Poetry Day! And there you have it, a rhyming one-line poem to kick off the column.John Donne.Sure, it's not the longest or most profound poem in the world. But neither is it the shortest. I believe the world's...

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It's always a famine or a feast; there's either nothing happening or everything. The plan was to spend this week talking about the International Film Festival, which started last night and is underway at the Rialto Cinema. But then emails...

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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things that currently make him happy. Last time it was three gigs; this time it's three albums. One from right here in Tauranga, one from around here – New Zealand – and one...

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The music business in New Zealand is full of people you've never heard of unless you're in the music business. This week I'm writing about one of them.His name is Simon Lynch. I've met him a couple of times in passing and through...

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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things that currently make him happy. This week it's three shows. During three weekends. Is that enough to make someone happy? It is if you're Winston and one of the shows has a...

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News of France's Bastille Day horrors arrived too late for last week's deadline.So, slightly belatedly, I thought we'd make this week French Week and look at a great French singer.Serge Gainsbourg.There are a lot to choose from, from...

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So what did you do in June? A real ale festival in Kent? A day wandering the streets of Venice? Win $400 at bingo? Hang out with UK blues legend Paul Jones? Probably not. But that and much more is what the boys from R&B purveyors Brilleaux did when they...

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Recently, whenever I have plans to write about something, people die.Is it something about this year? Because 2016 certainly seems to have been a particularly attritious time for the arts sector. At the risk of depressing y'all, before mentioning...

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Cuisine is so hot at the moment; I keep seeing billboards advertising a band called The Food Show. Okay, obviously that's a joke. But what a good name for a band: you could expand your audience to a whole new demographic, though there might be...

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Bands often make the mistake – particularly after a long, slow album recording process – of thinking they've done all the hard work when the album is released. But, realistically, this is only the beginning.Anthony Coutler.You arrange...

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