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I worry about the residents of Pongakawa; it must be hard living in a den of iniquity.Who would have thought? I have friends in Pongakawa and they seem like perfectly nice people. But all the time they've been ensconced in the centre of a hotbed...

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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things that currently make him happy. This week it's gigs again. More gigs than you can shake a stick at. More gigs than you can shake two sticks at. In fact, shake all the sticks you...

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You might recognise Neil Billington, but you may not know why.Neil, who is coming to town next weekend to perform at the Tauranga Art Gallery, is one of the finest harmonica players to emerge from New Zealand. But that's not why you'd recognise...

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The most memorable film I ever saw was ‘Satantango': black and white, in Hungarian, seven hours long. It was an experience like no other, 20 years ago now, at the Auckland Film Festival. There were two intermissions and the small band of intrepid...

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Get down, get your groove on and get jiggy – Saturday is International Blues Music Day.Yep, the first Saturday every August is, according to IBMD director Johnny Childs, “a day for the international community to unite in celebration of the...

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All sorts of bad things can happen in a city like Tauranga; it's lucky we've got the council to protect us.Say what you will about the council – and if you ever glance at the comments on stories at Sunlive it seems clear that people...

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Despite trying to answer all emails, I must confess I'm a lousy correspondent.I say this by way of an apology to everyone I haven't replied to. Sorry. I really meant to. Your emails are important and do affect what I write about.Recently this...

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It's that time of year – new local albums are emerging. I can think of five currently out or almost ready. Two of them come from Welcome Bay's Colourfield Studio and they share the distinction of having specific time periods at their...

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It must be time for a catch-up. It's been a while.This week we've got a whole bunch of stuff: people coming back from overseas, people leaving for overseas, injuries and illnesses and – of course – some upcoming gigs.First up,...

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Occasionally, Winston's brain is so mouldered from over-indulgence that he can't string together a coherent column. So just picks stuff he likes. He hopes you like it too.    Gig of the Week: Next Tuesday, June 30, at 7.30pm,...

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