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Wellington's Most Attractive

Monday, 18 March 2002, 7:54 pm | Napkin Diaries

Doesn’t Wellington look tousled, ragged, as if it’s had a good shag? Highlights of the festivals were: Swan Lake; Rota; the Cubans; The World’s Wife; Victor Rodger’s tight, taut Ranterstantrum; CL Bob and Len Lye’s films in Scratch; Jo Randerson’s ... More >>

Variety Fair

Monday, 11 March 2002, 2:23 pm | Napkin Diaries

I arrived at the Newtown Festival in time to see Abba Addiqtion – complete with metallic gold boob tubes, bad wigs and faux Swedish accents - take over the stage from local rockers Cherry. More >>

General Pleasantries

Monday, 4 March 2002, 5:44 pm | Napkin Diaries

Didn’t we feel posh last Sunday when Sarah Barr, Wanda Martini, Gita Mann and I donned our hats and Max Stout put on a tie, in order to grace the Governor General with our presence at her Festival 2002 Garden Party. It’s nice of the GGs to open their ... More >>

The Secret Festival Diary of the Napkin Diaries...

Monday, 25 February 2002, 3:58 pm | Napkin Diaries

Paula Pistol reveals her secret festival diaries: "Walk to work, bit hungover after evening out at Bodega trying to drunkenly reconstruct songs from Guy Capper’s “The City of Organisms” show at Bats earlier. Friday, 9.45am: Arrive at work late........ More >>

What A Whopper!

Thursday, 14 February 2002, 1:21 pm | Napkin Diaries

There I was on Sunday in Island Bay, bopping along to Koa’s tunes with Wanda Martini, Sarah Barr, Gita Mann and a beaming, cheerful crowd, high on Lothlorien’s sparkling feijoa wine and the whole Whopper Chopper experience. And so another season of the ... More >>

Season of Joy, Goodwill and Dodgy Excuses Arrives

Wednesday, 5 December 2001, 1:21 pm | Napkin Diaries

The Season of Joy, Goodwill and Dodgy Excuses has arrived. As promised, the girls and me went to Indigo for the “Christmas on the Rocks” gig last hot Friday. While we watched Five Car Pileup’s Reta le Quesne take the stage in a tight leopard-print ... More >>

Be Kind To Each Other

Wednesday, 5 December 2001, 1:16 pm | Napkin Diaries

I’m going to vent my spleen this week. I need to purge all the recent little poisonous moments that have occurred to my loved ones before the weekend arrives, at which point I expect the Season of Joy and Goodwill to descend upon Wellington in a cheerful ... More >>

I'm loving Dallas instead

Thursday, 22 November 2001, 7:15 pm | Napkin Diaries

Wanda Martini and I didn't shed a tear when 43,998 other Wellingtonians belted the chorus to "Angels" (What does "I'm loving Angels instead" mean??) down at the stadium. How far away from being "over" is Robbie Williams? I wonder if Robin Reynolds feels ... More >>

Asking for Acceptance - NZ Film Awards Unpicked

Tuesday, 20 November 2001, 11:02 am | Napkin Diaries

Fashion-wise, the ‘understated’ trend of the Emmys infected our awards. Most of the lasses were in trousers, and the lads in dark suits. There were a few impressive outfits (notably the tight white suit with bikini top and cowgirl hat) but, typically, ... More >>

No Cleavage Until Christmas

Wednesday, 14 November 2001, 3:15 pm | Napkin Diaries

Another reason to love New Zealand: It’s still the only country in the world that will make the weather the lead item on the TV news, ahead of GM, the war on Afghanistan and the top ten New Zealand songs of the last 75 years. More >>

Exclusive Inclusivity - The Napkin Diaries

Thursday, 1 November 2001, 6:30 pm | Napkin Diaries

Sarah Barr's father was in town, demanding a circuit of the Capital's cultural delights. Knowing he's a fan of great big abstracts, we escorted him to JS Parker's exhibition opening at Tinakori Gallery. More >>

Carnivals, Parades, Long Weekends and Rainwear

Wednesday, 24 October 2001, 11:54 pm | Napkin Diaries

I have to say I have an issue with rainwear. Umbrellas are traditionally cumbersome, spiky, dribbley items. Most raincoats are just plain ugly and I have yet to find one that doesn't send little cascades of stored up rain down the back of my neck. More >>

Smart Arts

Friday, 12 October 2001, 3:40 pm | Napkin Diaries

Here is the first of many Napkin Diaries from Wellington City based culture-mulcher, Paula Pistol. Scoop welcomes her to our fold... Trays of mojito cocktails swept past as we listened to speeches from Festival brain Carla Van Zon and the Right Honourable ... More >>