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2003, 2017

The Breath of Death: In Memory of a Jogger

March 20th, 2017|

Sunday morning I was strolling home past the school when a black muscle car with massive exhaust accelerated past me. It is a steep rise and last week it was sealed, with a lot of loose gravel not yet bedded in. I thought the car was going too fast when [...]

1203, 2017

Peter in His Pomp

March 12th, 2017|

Peter Fraser was to me and perhaps many others the archeytypical dour Scot who dutifully delivered the First Labour Government’s security blanket in the dire drone that turns many off his national instrument, the bagpipes. It was only when I began researching his life for my spy novel The Plot [...]

101, 2017

Top 20 Albums 2017

January 1st, 2017|

Astral Weeks  Van Morrison Highway 61 Revisited  Bob Dylan Twenty Years of Jethro Tull  Who’s Next  The Who Eagles Complete Greatest Hits Bob Dylan The Collection Elvis No 1s Everyone Is Here The Finn Brothers Buddy Holly Oh Boy! Rust Never Sleeps Neil Young Van Morrison Montreux 1980 Bob Dylan [...]

101, 2017

Top 20 for 2017

January 1st, 2017|

The Treadmill Tapes, Confessions of a Compulsive Pop Picker was published in 2007, launched at Paekakariki’s Kakariki Bookshop in Wellington Road with proprietor Michael O’Leary leading the singing of Happy Birthday to Ringo. The bookshop has moved to the station, bookending the Paekakariki Railway Museum with the tearooms where I [...]

512, 2016

Crowded Owls

December 5th, 2016|

The selfie photograph is in the bathroom of the house I moved to two years ago. On the wall behind is Paekakariki mate Michael O’Leary’s painting of us as two donkers or barn owls, in the foreground my Aussie cousin Patricia’s painting of Summer Owl. Billy Bunter the Fat Owl [...]

412, 2016

Owls Ascending

December 4th, 2016|

Murray Reece matched Burton for over a decade with birthday gifts of engaging black and white owl cartoons. In 1981 it was Large Footed Jogging Owl (Pedestalis Athleticus). An owl is hunched in rugged jogging shoes not unlike those I used along the southern flank of Wellington. The next year [...]

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