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I just spent a few days down in Wellington, and what a pleasure it was.It may have helped that I hit the city during a brief stretch of sunny, calm weather; meteorological conditions fairly common here but rare and treasured in the capital.It's...

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There must be little more annoying than for a singer to have their music appropriated by a politician they dislike. Albi and the Wolves. It doesn't happen a lot in New Zealand, though Don McGlashan made a notable statement after John Key was first...

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Everyone's going back on holiday I guess. Why not? Two long weekends in a row. That rocks as far as I'm concerned. Forget work in between and just take 10 days off. The doctor is in and that's his prescription. I'm sure you already...

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There are a few nervous promoters out there at the moment I'd hazard.Famous football manager Sir Alex Ferguson once memorably described the final stages of the league championship as “squeaky bum time”. I would imagine there's...

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The first time I heard Bowie it was ‘The Laughing Gnome'. I was little. I loved it. Even at that young age I knew it was a bit cheesy but “Here, what's that clicking noise? That's Fred, he's a metrognome?”, “Where...

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It's always exciting hoeing into the first column of the year. As January's a bit early for new music I'll skip to the ‘plus' bit of ‘Music Plus' and look at the raft of exciting films heading our way. Some space...

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With 2015 drawing rapidly to an end and a New Year poking its head over the horizon, I thought I'd turn this week's column over to a bunch of local musicians. Here are some New Year's resolutions from the musical community – perhaps...

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Ho ho ho! Clearly this is The Christmas Column. Well it will be shortly. I've got music and drinks suggestions for Christmas. But, before that, I wanted to share some distressing horticultural news…Because, dammit, I've become the victim...

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It's almost that time of year, when columns such as this become lists.Best movies, best albums, top 10 Christmas presents, exciting gigs coming up, New Year resolutions; the lists go on and on; ways for journalists (and the rest of us) to fill a...

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Dunno. It's rather sneaked up on me this year. Hard to believe there's a mere two weeks to gather the requisite sack-load of pressies...Usually about now I have a crack at recommending local music as a thing to gift to your loved ones, but...

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