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312, 2016

Owlandish Gifts

December 3rd, 2016|

In the late 1970s the owl figurines came thick and fast, and I bought the featured bamboo cabinet to display some of them. Glum carved wooden Indonesian owls alongside ferocious red and green owls, Korean brass wedding owls, tin Indian owls studded with red blobs, green and red soapstone owls, [...]

212, 2016

Owl Painter

December 2nd, 2016|

Bosch is probably best known today as Michael Donnelly’s LA detective, and he is named Hieronymus Bosch after the fifteenth century artist of that name. I have read the Bosch novels and have prints of many of the Bosch paintings. The first I acquired back as a student teacher in [...]

112, 2016

Owl Boy

December 1st, 2016|

The brass owl thermometer is the first thing I bought with my first pay. I was 12, and a school friend Max lined me up with my first job, tying up 800 tomato plants at a New Lynn market garden. I survived the threat of being sacked for lack of [...]

3011, 2016

Owl Man

November 30th, 2016|

I am transformed into an owl by friend and Wellington/Christchurch painter Julian Royds, co-winner with Colin McCahon of the Hays Art Award. She took photographs of me and worked on them, dedicating this 1984 birthday gift to ‘David McOwl’. Think of it as the cover for a modest collection of [...]

1810, 2016

Imagine No Authors and No Publishers

October 18th, 2016|

Imagine, Matthew Reilly asks in the book Save Oz Stories, the Australian Olympic swimming team will now include swimmers who are not Australian selected by British and American coaches based in London and New York. Matthew is one of 23 Australian authors who have contributed indignant essays to a book [...]

610, 2016

The Painting that Defined Me

October 6th, 2016|

The folksy Grant Tilly painting above my Paekakariki fireplace defined me. In 2003 I left three decades of Island Bay and the southern coast and moved here for the sake of my aching bones.  I wanted to bring the beautiful bay with me and Grant obliged, exactly fulfilling my brief [...]

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