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In a few short weeks the epic reign of Stuart Crosby as Tauranga Mayor will come to an end and a grieving public will vote for his replacement. There are 11 candidates. They've got a bunch of positions. But who can tell if they'll stick to...

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Josh Durning. Having a chat with Josh Durning is an education. Which is nothing but a good thing, as Josh's current gig is teaching. But it's hard not to feel as though he's temporarily living in limbo. Josh, about whom I've written...

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When an apology is needed I always wonder whether to put it first or last. Both have problems. If it comes at the end it's possible that those of y'all who object to a rambling prose style that inserts random Americanisms will have given up...

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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things currently making him happy. In convenient soundbite-sized portions. And once again he's featuring two of his favourite food groups: gigs and movies. Yep. In a week that encompasses...

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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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