Yachtitis by Trevor Plumbly

A Vile Bug Takes Hold There’s a nasty virus sweeping the country just now and I’m a bit worried it’s the second outbreak in recent years. Australia had a national epidemic of it some time ago but seems to have it under control these days. ‘Yachtitis’ is slow to establish itself, but at its peak is highly contagious and mind-affecting. Symptoms are easily spotted: normally inoffensive folk start speaking in mariner tongue, dropping words like ‘gibe’, ‘spinnaker’ and ‘tack’ into normal conversation. They suddenly become sons of the sea, not your ‘yo-ho-ho… Read More

A Sporting Chance by Trevor Plumbly

A Nation Obsessed by Sport International image is pretty important to most countries, especially small ones, and New Zealand is certainly no different in its anxiety to scrub up for foreign approval. Superficially, we shine up pretty well: ‘Godzone’ and all that, a clean, green land occupied by smiling, tattooed Maoris, All Black rugby players and all manner of sportspeople gung-ho to show the world what a tiny country can achieve on the world stage. Medals and titles won are usually accompanied by an ‘against all odds’ reference to our somewhat sparse… Read More

Group Exercise Sessions in Auckland by Angela Caldin

Personal Training for those of Advanced Years Devoted readers of this blog may remember that before Christmas I treated myself to six sessions with a personal trainer called Nic. I got considerably fitter and began to feel muscles that had not been tried or tested for many a long year. I wasn’t sure what the next step should be, until, towards the end of January, Nic got in contact to say that her group training sessions were restarting after the summer break and would I like to join one of them. In… Read More

Kiwi Corporate Hospitality – It’s a Little Bit Different by Emily Smart

ASB Championship Tennis What a delightful treat. Two complimentary corporate tickets to the Auckland ASB women’s open tennis championship in the middle of a beautiful summer. Babysitter sorted, outfit chosen, full breakfast eaten beforehand to soak up excess alcohol, partner in unusually good mood, and a date-like atmosphere in preparation for our big day out. Now I’m not sure what image you have in mind when I say corporate hospitality, but I’ll take this opportunity to relay my one and only experience which was, suffice to say, an evening of drunken debauchery… Read More

New Year Resolutions Made and Broken by Angela Caldin

Categories of New Year Resolutions We’re into the new year now and many resolutions will have been made – and possibly already broken – concerning food (eat less of it), alcohol (drink much less of it) and exercise (do more of it). I am fine with alcohol because I gave it up many years ago, but food is much more of a problem, especially here in NZ, because my daughter makes the most delicious cakes and biscuits which I find almost impossible to resist. Exercise is a different matter and something I… Read More