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Saturday, February 28, 2015

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Some friends were round the other day and, what with these new drink driving laws impacting everyone's partying, I noticed all of us were consuming low alcohol beverages of one sort or another. Which naturally led to reminiscence about Ritchie Pickett,...

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‘Tis the season to be merry, tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. Oh, hang on. That was the festive season.What we're enjoying now is the festival season. Best to keep your weekends free for the foreseeable future, as each one brings forth a new festival....

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My favourite video store is closing at the end of this month; I'm in mourning.That may seem like an extreme reaction. But I like video stores, in the same way that I like bookshops and those quaint places where people used to buy CDs. Sometimes...

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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things that currently make him happy. And two things made Winston extremely happy this week – two new local albums. Well, part-local. Half of one band is local and a quarter of the other...

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Perhaps my memory's waning, but I can't remember the start of a year with more events happening in the Bay.Every weekend from New Year onwards has been crammed with concerts, festivals, markets, competitions – pretty much anything you...

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Some things seem meant to be – that's how I feel watching Swamp Thing play.I've seen them several times now, most recently at a festival in Northland a couple of weeks ago.  It was one of those sweltering summer days we're...

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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things that currently make him happy. This week it's gigs, gigs, gigs. That's three gigs in all, and a couple of extras, just because. Country gigs and blues gigs – blow the...

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And we're off. Welcome back. We made it through another year.And we're positively dashing into 2015, though I must confess it seems hard to get more than minimally motivated at this time of year, what with half the country continuing to holiday,...

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And here we are in limbo. One year nearly gone; one not yet started.It seems as good a time as any to do one of those ‘Best of...' things. Except this one isn't. I waxed eloquent about the futility of ‘Best of...' lists recently...

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Last column before Christmas. No stress then...Actually it does seem to be getting a bit frantic out there. Lotsa folk running in ever-decreasing circles. If you're one of them let me just assure you that, yes, the traditional pre-Christmas cocktail...

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