Last Thursday I visited Malthouse to meet a man with one of the dodgiest moustaches since David Warner in order to drink beer out of a Secret Squirrel cutting edge beer glass.

Friday, 02 August 2013 16:36

Winter is Coming - Send Beer

For those who have been living under a rock or in Hamilton, Game of Thrones is the hugely popular epic fantasy television saga chronicling the unending battle for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. 

Undoubtedly the dominant story in Wellington this last week has been the so-called “swarm” of earthquakes hitting the Capital. By far the biggest and most dramatic quake (so far – fingers crossed) was the 6.5 magnitude jolt which hit at 5:09pm on Sunday.[1]

In the course of an average working day, I read and write a tremendous variety of material, both on screen and in print.  Today, just for example, I was reading about tertiary education policies, by-election results, women’s voting patterns, retail grocery trends in Europe,

Thursday, 30 May 2013 10:40

Malthouse Blog- Pliny the Elder

Pliny The Elder meets PJ The O’Rourke

As a self-employed writer and commentator on a vast range of issues, I hold strong opinions on virtually everything.  While I am only marginally better informed than the average Kiwi, I have one key advantage – I’m always correct. 

Getting feral with hops

When Coasters propose that their beloved province secede from New Zealand, they are usually only half joking.  The West Coast region is unique – almost a different country reluctantly tacked onto the back of the Southern Alps.  Few people live there but those who do tend to be gruffly friendly and delightfully contrary.  The Coast air often contains the pleasant whiff of wood smoke and the environmentalists who object are derided instead of elected.  The pace of life is slow, internet connectivity slower and every year tourists flock to one of the most unspoiled places in the world.