The Eye of the Fish


More pigeons

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I swear, these things are breeding. A whole family has appeared overnight. Luckily the weather has taken its toll on them already, and one of the blighters is on its way to pigeon-pie land.




The demolition of the Portico in Civic Square is about to start soon, apparently. Is anyone going to miss it? Soon after it was first proposed to be demolished a year or so ago, a friend of mine (a prominent architect in town) received a phone call from someone who felt it was an outrage [...]


Santa’s little finger


A rare post this morning on an old friend of mine – the giant Santa statue in Auckland. Sadly, after a million years of him being tied to a central Auckland building (see: urban related discussion) the cold-hearted people of Auckland have decided that they no longer want a Santa in their midst. Standing about [...]


Rising Damp


Front page article on the DomPost the other day was an article about a boy needing a haircut at school. Truly world-shattering news. Almost as important as the case a few weeks back, of the cat that slept in two different beds. Wow. Nothing is more important in the world than knowing if kitty prefers [...]




I know that Wellington has a pigeon problem, but it does seem to have grown all out of proportion…. seen here near Prefab cafe. Does anyone have advice on how to kill / dissuade pigeons ? Even if they are smaller than this one….? Post-script: far from flying away completely, following its disappearance from Prefab, [...]

Is Bill English as stupid as Jonny English?


It’s a pity that JohnKey has already completed his cabinet reshuffle, as he seems to have missed a prime candidate for dropping due to idiocy. No, not Hekia Parata (well, yes, she seems to have been overlooked as well) but Jonny Bill English. It’s hard to believe that this man was once put forward as [...]


Cecile Bonnifait and the women of Architecture

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The news over the weekend of the lauding of Fearon and Hay at the World Architecture Festival is pretty big news indeed – the hot duo winning two major awards, and major brownie points amongst their flotilla of wealthy clients. Fantastic work guys, thoroughly well deserved, and hopefully more on that later. Eye of the [...]




Seeing as old gorgeous George has just got hitched in La Serenissima, I thought I might pop along too. A few pictures here of a previous visit, where I was documenting the lesser, unseen side of Venice. We all know what the media like to portray: the beauty of it all. But there is another [...]


Fresh start


Meh. Bygones. I’m over it. What Wellington needs now, and seems very good at providing it, is a fresh start on an old street corner, and the corner of Abel Tasman and Cuba Street seems just the right place to do that. Wandering around this slightly forsaken part of town the other night, I hadn’t [...]