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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Event: Summer Sounds Music Festival

For anyone planning a staycation this summer then there's a couple of chances to chill out to some great music. The Summer Sounds Music...

Read: The killing of our trans sisters has to stop

Yesterday, two headlines caught my eye as I scanned the news. The first was about Playboy Mexico putting...

Read: Trump is the boil on America’s skin

After four years of the Trump Show, I honestly expected a Biden landslide, but on election night that wasn’t to be. Of course, there...

Read: My friend’s experience of NZ quarantine shows Laura Ingraham might be correct!

I have to tell you, I’m worried. This week, former journalist and UK Independence Party loyalist Suzanne Evans likened New Zealand to Nazi Germany....

Read: This week proved I live in a liberal bubble

The events of the past week have proved conclusively that I live in a liberal bubble. A record number of LGBT candidates were elected...

Read: The most stunning election night in New Zealand history!

Wow. What a night that turned out to be huh?  It’s been obvious for months that the government would be re-elected but I am...

EVENTS

Event: Summer Sounds Music Festival

For anyone planning a staycation this summer then there's a couple of chances to chill out to some great music. The Summer Sounds Music...

Event: Doc Edge at the Civic

Doc Edge and Auckland Live are presenting four exceptional new films at Auckland’s iconic venue, The Civic, for one day only. The day includes a...

Event: Raybon Kan in ‘Kan Touch This’

Award-winning comic Raybon Kan is delighted to announce a six-centre tour of Raybon ...Kan Touch This in October and November. Kan is in top form and is delighted to...

Event: Every Brilliant Thing

You’re seven years old. Dad’s picked you up late from school. He says that Mum’s done something stupid. That she’s hurt herself because she’s...

Event: Crowded House NZ Tour March 2021

CROWDED HOUSE released their first new music in more than a decade with the debut of the single “Whatever You Want” available from BMG HERE.  The video for...

ENTERTAINMENT

Listen: Addressed to Greta is a beautiful new novel by Fiona Sussman

https://soundcloud.com/andrewwhiteside/fiona-sussman In this audio interview, Andrew Whiteside and talks with author Fiona Sussman about her latest novel Addressed to Greta.  The book is a beautifully crafted...

Read: New Music from Matt Berninger, Phoenix Foundation, Lana del Ray.

I’ve been listening to some cool music this past month including a really nice mellow album from Matt Berninger, and The Phoenix Foundation's first...

Watch: Mary Poppins opens in Auckland

The New Zealand production of Mary Poppins has finally opened after months of delays because of covid-19 and the show is a smash. I...

Read: New music from Marilyn Manson, The Vamps, Sam Smith, Tammy Nielson

I love music and I like a wide range of genres. Over the past few weeks, there've been some really cool album and single releases,...

REVIEWS

Watch: Let Him Go is slow but intense and surprising

Let Him Go is a film with an innocuous title that belies a very surprising and dramatic film… Plot After the death of their son, a...

Watch: Made In Italy is cute but not a must-see movie

Made in Italy stars Liam Neeson and his real life son. It’s a drama with comedic bits - is it a must see film...

Read: Every Brilliant Thing is edgy, scary, and totally wonderful!

Silo Theatre is known for producing challenging works and Every Brilliant Thing certainly adds to that reputation. It is an edgy production that could...

Watch: Baby Teeth is a coming of age flick with a dark undertone

Baby Teeth is an Australian coming of age comedy film that has had good reviews - but have those reviewers got it right?  Plot Milla is...

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MY LIFE

Read: What I learned about my relationship with food

A couple of nights ago I had dinner in a local Malaysian restaurant with a wonderful friend of mine. She ordered a chicken curry,...

Read: Did I get fat and sick again??

Welcome to part three of my journey with wellness. You may recall that in part one I explained how I started Michael Mosley’s diet...

Read: Did a new diet ruin my health?

As I mentioned in my post ‘You look fat and sick,’ in March 2019 I embarked on an ambitious challenge to change my diet...

Read: You look really fat and sick!

Imagine bumping into someone you know and they utter the words in the title above. Well, those exact words were said to me in...

EDITOR'S PICK

Read: Nine stupid things to stop doing in 2020

Humanity has many good qualities, but can also be pretty damn stupid. This is particularly true when it comes to how we treat one...

Read: George Pell and the moral bankruptcy of the Catholic Church

The conviction of Cardinal George Pell for sexual abuse has exposed both himself and the Catholic Church as being morally bankrupt.   For years, Pell...

Read: The Death of a Friend

Ten years ago, my best friend Matt Wildbore died. I first met him when I interviewed him for a TV show I was working...

Read: Jesus said don’t judge others Mr Folau

In the bible, Jesus preached about love and compassion and not about judging one’s fellow man. That message seems to have fallen on deaf...

L G B T

Read: The killing of our trans sisters has to stop

Yesterday, two headlines caught my eye as I scanned the news. The first was about Playboy Mexico putting a transgender model on the cover...

Read: Changing of the guard at Auckland Pride

The woman who has helmed Auckland Pride for the past two and a half years and steered it through the most tumultuous period of...

Watch: Queer Tales – The Perverted Priest

The queer history of Aotearoa New Zealand is fascinating - it can also be funny, moving, and tragic. In this first episode of the...

Watch: The Pride Parade came back to Auckland

It’s been two years since an official Pride parade wound its way down Ponsonby Road ion Auckland New Zealand. Well in 2020 a smaller...