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Rugby @ Forsyth-Barr Stadium

Crash, tackle, try!

Last Friday we went to see a rugby match – my first ever, to be honest! – and it was pretty fun!

The local team – the Highlanders – played South Africa visitors the Stormers. Not knowing much about the rules or tactics, it looked in the first few minutes as if the Stormers were going to take the win. They pulled off a neat try in the first few minutes, as we were still settling in to our seats.

Nevertheless, the Highlanders persisted and it was clear pretty quickly after that that they were the better team: better ball handling, and more accurate plays. I still don’t understand the game very much, but it was a good night!

Highlanders vs Stormers @ Forsyth-Barr Stadium
Highlanders vs Stormers @ Forsyth-Barr Stadium

A long way to Fitzcarraldo

Last weekend, the New Zealand International Film Festival kicked off some pre-events in Dunedin before the main festival begins in August. I happened to notice the flyer for the screenings while we were having some drinks one evening the week before, and flipping through the guide, a film caught my eye: Fitzcarraldo, directed by Werner Herzog.

I first heard about this film when Irish band The Frames, many years titled an album and song for this film. Nevertheless, I had not seen it until a few years ago when we watched it on our television in Germany. Continue reading A long way to Fitzcarraldo


Melbourne, April 2017

My sweet pooch, Ginger is about 16 years old. I rescued her at about 4-5 months old and she has been a member of my family ever since. She lived with me at my mum’s while I studied at university, and moved out with me to my first sharehouse in Fitzroy where she had another dog and three cats to play with.

When Tom and I moved in together, she came too. Then, in 2012 we moved to Germany – originally expecting to only stay away two or maybe three years – so we left her behind with my mother. Continue reading Melbourne, April 2017


Stretching myself

After we moved into our house, I started looking around for a nearby yoga studio. There are a few in town to choose from, but I settled on 2nd Floor Yoga as the range of classes suited me as well as the location – so close to my work!

I started off doing a couple of classes after work each week, but when they began offering classes at lunchtime as well, I thought that would be an interesting way to invigorate my day!

I’m now doing two evening plus two lunchtime classes each week, and I feel great as a result! I can feel some flexibility and strength returning, and at the end of every class, I just feel longer!

Until starting these classes, I’ve been trying to do a yoga session using classes through an iPad app and that was good, but it just wasn’t enough. Being part of a class means having the energy of the group to propel you further and stronger, and having the teacher acting as a guide as well is really necessary for improvement – for me, anyway!