April/May 2009


  • Thunderstruck, Satisfaction, Gok’s Fashion Fix, Tropic Thunder, Battlestar Galactica, Live forever (Britpop doco), Lord of War, final season of The Wire, New Zealand’s next top model, Underbelly: Mr Asia
  • listening:

  • Pale Young Gentlemen, Junior Boys, Doves “Kingdom of rust”, Blitzen Trapper, Bat for Lashes
  • reading:

  • Desperate Romantics: the private lives of the Pre-Raphaelites by Franny Moyle
  • The Clash
  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: or The Murder at Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale
  • Greed by Richard Hall – about Mr Asia
  • Vlad the last confession by C C Humphreys
  • March 2009


  • final season of The Wire, Young at heart, New Zealand’s next top model, Sex and the city movie, Rise (vampires), I spit on your grave, Joy Division, Underbelly: The Mr Asia story
  • listening:

  • Doves “Kingdom of rust”, The Indelicates, Blitzen Trapper, La Roux, Morrissey, Lily Allen, Bat for Lashes, Aphex Twin, Handsome Furs, Little Boots, Blitzen Trapper
  • reading:

  • Remix by Lawrence Lessig
  • The Queens and the hive by Edith Sitwell
  • Sunday Times Style
  • February 2009


  • Starter for 10, Robot Chicken 3, Made in Sheffield: the birth of electronic pop, The Kovak Box, The Duchess, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Metalocalypse 2, St Trinians, Miss Pettigrew lives for a day, Paranoid Park, Preacher, Sylvia
  • listening:

  • Fever Ray, N.A.S.A., White Lies, Patrick Wolf, Sam Sparro
  • reading:

  • Angel Uncovered by Jordan
  • Firmin by Sam Savage
  • Preacher by Garth Ennis
  • The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner
  • English eccentric interiors by Miranda Harrison
  • January 2009


  • The Holy Mountain, Angel, True Blood, Mystery Men, Juno, Happy go lucky
  • listening:

  • Handsome Furs, Dead can dance, Zero 7, Sam Sparro, British Sea Power, Girls Aloud, Animal Collective, Art Rush, Hot Pink Delorean, The Auteurs, The Cars
  • reading:

  • Snuff by Chuck Palahnuik
  • Native Wit by Hamish Keith
  • Cretaceous Dawn by L.M. Graziano and M.S.A. Graziano
  • Homicide by David Simon
  • Top 10 49ers by Alan Moore and Gene Han
  • Testimony by Anita Shreve
  • In search of the English Eccentric by Henry Hemming
  • December 2008


  • The X Files movie, Teeth, La Bete, Joe Strummer: The future is unwritten, Infernal Affairs 3, Clerks, Farscape, I am a sex addict, The Mist, The White Countess, Entourage season 4, Cloverfield, .Rec, Doomsday
  • listening:

  • Empire of the sun, White Lies, Frankmusik, The Knife, Friendly Fires, Boy Crisis, Emmy the Great, TV on the Radio, Passion Pit, La Roux
  • reading:

  • Homicide by David Simon
  • Just after sunset by Stephen King
  • Wild boy – My life in Duran Duran by Andy Taylor
  • Hang the DJ – an alternative book of music lists
  • Born Yesterday by Gordon Burn
  • A woman in Berlin – Anonymous
  • New Zealand Portraits by Richard Wolfe
  • Hang the DJ: an alternative book of music lists
  • November 2008


  • Suburban Mayhem, Heroes (is back) Atonement
  • listening:

  • Grant Lee (Buffalo and Phillips), Janis Ian, Kanye West, Plastic Bertrand, Depeche Mode
  • reading:

  • The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd
  • The Fire Gospel by Michel Faber
  • The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher
  • Flood by Stephen Baxter
  • October 2008


  • Jeeves and Wooster, A history of Britain – Simon Schama, Ashes to Ashes, 30 Rock, Top Chef, Outrageous Fortune, The Hills (the shame)
  • listening:

  • Amanda Palmer, Little Boots, The Streets, Kaiser Chiefs
  • reading:

  • All that glitters by Denise L’Estrange Corbet
  • Dictator style by Peter York
  • September 2008


  • This is England, Strange Days, United 93, Elizabeth the Golden age, The Wire season 4, Ashes to Ashes, 30 Rock, Top Chef, Outrageous Fortune, The Hills (the shame)
  • listening:

  • Little Boots, The Streets, Antony and the Johnsons, Candy coated killahz, White Lies, Cats in Paris, Manics, Bruce Springsteen, Black Affair, Gene, Suede, McAlmont and Butler, The Cardigans, The Virgins, Spiritualized
  • reading:

  • Meetings with Morrissey by Len Brown
  • The Guernsey Potato Peel and Literary society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Perla la loca: a love and rockets graphic novel – by Jamie Hernandezs
  • Phallic Frenzy – Ken Russell and his films – Joseph Lanza
  • Bring the noise – Simon Reynolds
  • Confessions of a Jane Austen addict – Laurie Viera Rigler
  • August 2008


  • The Wire season 3, Ashes to Ashes, 30 Rock, Torchwood, Life on Mars, The Jaquie Brown Diaries, all new Family Guy (spot that Manhattan spoof!)
  • listening:

  • Honey Claws, Black Affair, Glen Campbell, remixes und mashups as per, Ladyhawke, Hot Chip, Johnny Cash, Chris Isaak, Wall of Voodoo, Laura Marling
  • reading:

  • Gig – the life and times of a rock star fantasist – Simon Armitage
  • Crime Irvine Welsh
  • Underbelly – the book the series was based on. Murder most foul
  • Apartment Therapy – hot interiors
  • What rhymes with bastard by Linda Robertson – crazy love
  • Bonding with your bump by Miriam Stoppard
  • Black Postcards a rocknroll romance by Dean Wareham – ins and outs of band life in the early 90s from Kiwi Dean
  • Hot pants in a cold cold world by Meg Cranston – exhibition catalogue
  • June/July 2008


    May 2008


  • The Catherine Tate show, Dexter, Underbelly, Top Gear, 7 Ages of Rock, Tristam Shandy, Number 23, Chopper
  • listening:

  • Red hot and rhapsody, Palmsout, The Blue Nile, Ian Brown, Tindersticks, The Ting Tings, Santogold, Scritti Politti, Death Cab for Cutie, Flosstradamus, Jokers of the scene, Dresden Dolls, Guillemots, Richard Hawley, Dethklok, Beck, Chet Baker, Leonard Cohen
  • reading:

  • Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • Rare bird of fashion – The irreverent style of Iris Apfel by Eric Boman
  • Bonk: The curious coupling of science and sex by Mary Roach
  • Emperors of Rome by David Potter
  • Rex Libris
  • Sashenka by Simon Montefiore
  • Christian Lacroix on fashion
  • Let’s spend the night together by Pamela Des Barres – stories of the supergroupies and muses of rock
  • The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall
  • 100 bullets – graphic novels
  • April 2008


  • Metalocalypse, Blake’s Seven series 3, the end of the evil “Rock of Love”, Jeeves and Wooster 3, Tomorrow People
  • listening:

  • Death Cab for cutie, Kate Bush, Thee more shallows, Neon Neon, 80s compilations, Bona drag – Morrissey
  • reading:

  • The Rest is noise by Alex Ross
  • 100 Bullets
  • A Profound Secret by Joceline Dimbleby
  • Fallen Angel – graphic novels
  • March 2008


  • Reilly ace of spies, The Wire season 2, Jeeves and Wooster 2, So you think you can dance Australia (is the schizzle), 24 hour party people, Rome, Life, The Librarians
  • listening:

  • French songs, Dvorak, Freemasons mixes, New Wave, bhangra, NINJASONIK, Santogold, Nick Cave, Song to the Siren (The Czars, This Mortal Coil), Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush, Nas, N*E*R*D, Girls Aloud fo sho
  • reading:

  • One train later by Andy Summers
  • Made for each other: Fashion and the Academy Awards
  • Galliano by Colin McDowell
  • Paris after the Liberation by Anthony Beevor and Artemis Cooper
  • Jack of Fables – fun wee graph
  • I hope they serve beer in hell by Tucker Max – an utter wanker
  • Human Diastrophism by Gilbert Hernandez – brilliant Love and Rockets graph
  • Blue pills by Frederik Peeters -heartrendingly romantic graph memoir
  • My Booky wook by Russell Brand – quotable genius
  • Rome Burning by Sophia McDougall
  • Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds
  • 100 years of Fashion illustration
  • February 2008


    • Robot Chicken, Jeeves and Wooster series 2, So you think you can dance Australia, Rome, The Big Lebowski, Elephant, Sunshine
    • listening:

    • Fedde Le Grand, Rumours – Fleetwood Mac, Ministry of Sound 2008, Tom Paxton, Hard Fi
    • reading:

    • Guy Bourdin, Marie Helvin autobiography, Dandy in the Underworld, True Romance allegorien, Anglomania
    • Lost Girls by Alan Moore
    • Antony and Cleopatra – Colleen McCullough
    • Kicking against the pricks bout Nick Cave

    January 2008


  • Art School Confidential, Tim “Senor Peter” Gunn, Life with gingernut Damian Lewis, I am Legend, The Fountain, Infernal Affairs, Entourage, Top Model, Battlestar Galactica 3, The League of Gentlemen, Heroes
  • listening:

  • Electric Light Orchestra, The Cars “Candy O”, Leonard Cohen (repent repent),Bryan Ferry, The The, The one and only – (featuring Fallout boy on Timbaland presents Shock Value), Hardfi “No Cover Art”, South Park Christmas, DJ Morgoth, Illumunoids, Muse
  • reading:

  • Re-Make Re-Model – art and Roxy Music by Michael Bracewell
  • Kate Bush biography
  • Farthing by Jo Walton
  • Tough Love – Kerry Katona
  • Billie Piper autobiography
  • The Interesting bits – the history you might have missed
  • I Killed Adolf Hitler
  • The Party Dress – Alexandra Black
  • Trinny and Susannah’s body shape bible
  • On the Edge – Richard Hammond
  • Ex Machina – Power down
  • December 2007


  • Infernal Affairs, Battlestar Galactica 3, The League of Gentlemen, Heroes
  • listening:

  • Hardfi “No Cover Art”, DJ Morgoth, Illumunoids, Muse
  • reading:

  • Portrait of an unknown woman
  • November 2007


  • Wilfred, Seinfeld, Top model, Dr Who, The history of violence
  • listening:

  • Guillemots, M.I.A., Synth classics, Leonard Cohen, Belle and Sebastian
  • Mashuptown ahoy
  • reading:

  • Scandal of the season – Sophie Gee
  • The Apple – New Crimson Petal stories – Michel Faber
  • Gothic and Lolita – Japanese street fashion
  • October 2007


  • Top model, The Lost Room, Kath and Kim, Children of Men, Drawn together
  • listening:

  • Dizzee Rascal, Chemical Brothers, Richard Hawley, Mark Ronson, Bluetones, Shriekback, Stars of CCTV, Mashuptown, The Brunettes – Structure and cosmetics
  • reading:

  • All that Glitters – Pearl Lowe
  • Ex Machina – ace series
  • Just finished The Accidental Time Machine. Bloody readable.
  • Now on to the latest Thursday Next adventure First among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
  • September 2007


  • The Wire
  • Project Runway
  • Sopranos – the end is nigh
  • Listening:

  • 12 inch 80s
  • Mashups thread
  • Bustin and Dronin – Blur remixes
  • Reading:

  • Sons of Heaven – just started the final of the wonderful Company scifi series
  • Divisadero – just finished this by the author of The English Patient
  • August 2007


  • The Stand – don’t fear the Reaper
  • Project Runway
  • Listening:

  • 12 inch 80s
  • Mashups thread
  • Reading:

  • A bit of a Blur – Alex James
  • Never the bride – Paul Magrs, just finshed this wonderfully weird story set in Whitby
  • Y: the last man
  • July 2007


  • Seinfeld season 8
  • Project Runway
  • Listening:

  • new purchases: Bugsy Malone soundtrack
  • and The Cure – Kiss me kiss me kiss me…
  • see the lovely video for Catch
  • Mashups thread
  • Reading:

  • Wallpaper by Lachlan Blackley, sumptuous designs
  • Y: the last man
  • and previous obsessions
  • Watching:

  • Seinfeld season 8
  • James May Top Toys
  • new Top Gear
  • Deadwood Season 2 – the return of the Swear Engine
  • Listening:

  • Modular “Leave them all behind 2”
  • Rufus Wainwright “Release the Stars”
  • Flight of the Conchords
  • Reading:

  • Alberto Vargas, pin up girl artist supremo (he did the Candy O album cover)
  • Cutting Confidential
  • Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone
  • June 2007

  • Battles by Atlas – graunchy and brilliant
  • Reading The Hottentot Venus
  • Soup – ’tis the season for it
  • Lewis Hamilton – wunderkind of Formula One. Congrats on Montreal victory. Oh Indianapolis too?
  • Finished Battlestar Galactica season 2. Phew
  • The return of Tony Soprano this week
  • Richard E. Grant
  • The hometown – Auckland – Writers and Readers Festival
  • Bye Bye shite Burger King ads
  • Battlestar Galactica Season 2 – over 1000 minutes
  • May 2007

  • L’Trimm – Cars that go boom
  • Arrested Development season 3GOB!!
  • Dan Rhodes – only the best living author. That’s all
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Arrested Development season 2
  • the Blythealizer – DIY Blythe
  • Survivors – a new society post plague
  • Armageddon – comics and sci fi including Jared Lane
  • Grinderman – Nick Cave brings it
  • April 2007

    March 2007

    • Shall we take a trip – Northside – A classic vinyl discovery starring the poptastic Ian Broudie “The Lightning Seeds”
    • Monsieur Gainsbourg revisited – sexy English cover versions of Serge’s finest by singers like Jarvis Cocker
    • Carnivale – Season 2 sinks further into the damn dark
    • Heroes – Hiro is the cutest hero
    • Kenny – heroic, epic, romantic, toiletic
    • Q & Empire & Vogue – music movie fash mag hag
    • Renfield Slave of Dracula by Barbara Hambly (novel) & Vampire Loves by Joann Sfar (graphic novel) – about to give it a vampiry whirl

    February 2007

    January 2007

    • Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro – superior chicklit
    • New tv show Heroes – very cartoony&crazy
    • Doctors Who – Eccleston and Tennant
    • Kuler – colour tool
    • Shoes @ Amazon
    • Eifelheim by Michael Flynn
    • Headband mania @ Equip, Portmans etc
    • Sodastream

    December 2006

    • The Cars – Candy o
    • Richard Cheese “The Sunny Side of the Moon”
    • Coriander
    • Active gym gear at The Warehouse
    • DJ gear at The Warehouse

    November 2006

    • Fritz the cat
    • Artem Chigvinsev, hot Russian dancer from “So you think you can dance”. my o my
    • Deadwood, cocksuckers!
    • Fireworks
    • Curb your enthusiasm season 5 – Larry is still DA MAN. OH YAY!!!
    • Hanmer – oh yes please

    October 2006

    September 2006

    • Seinfeld, Little Britain, etc
    • 1610 by Mary Gentle
    • Benvenuto Primavera

    August 2006

    • Extras ‘Get ’round here ’cause I’m fudding myself stupid and I’m bloody loving it.’
    • Pandaemonium – with Wordsworth as a right git and Coleridge as a prophet
    • Vinyl vinyl

    July 2006

    • Twisted Hop & quizzes
    • Rome – toga-ripping fun “Assume the position”
    • 3 Blythes in one week

    June 2006

    • Dangermouse
    • King Arthur’s Disasters
    • Tipsy toppings from Prenzel
    • Exercise your creative impulses with:
    • Snow and Hibernation
    • Eau Dynamisante
    • New bed and new pc
    • Blake’s Seven series 2

    May 2006

    • SS’s cooking
    • Le Bon Bolli
    • Nissan Figaro
    • Chocolate crackles
    • Plethora of parcels from Japan

    April 2006

    March 2006

    • “The Cell” by Stephen King, cellphones launch “Dawn of Dead” type civilisation breakdown
    • “Wolf Creek” – scared me sh**less. Eeek
    • “The Life Pursuit” – Belle and Sebastian
    • The Rasterbator
    • Nick Cave mon amour

    february 2006

    • Coming Home
    • Madame Pompadour at Queen Vic Market
    • Latest Kage Baker novel “Children of the Company”
    • Koko Black hot chocolate in Lygon Street
    • Melbourne
    • Belgian Beer Cafe: beer, mussels and fries mmm
    • Dance class at Les Mills – harder, faster, fitter, stronger. Keep it coming and dance till you can’t dance no more

    january 2006

    • Leverage
    • The mixture of beautiful and freaky plantlife in Hagley Park and the little planthouses
    • Glassons idea – cut feet off your fishnets and make footless tights
    • Asian horrors – check out “The Eye” etc = fear and crying in Christchurch
    • Curb your enthusiasm
    • Bookwhores
    • On a foodie tip:
    • Roast beef and horseradish sauce sandwich at Carnivores
    • Vietnamese spring rolls at the Asian food court
    • Black bean vege burritos at the Burrito Company in Armagh Street
    • The mint lemonade and the eggplant tempure at Maido in New Regent Street
      Greek pizza at Winnie Bagoes
    • A crack in the edge of the world : America and the great California earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester


    december 2005
    Blake’s Seven at Alices
    Wikipedia this!
    Family Guy is back
    Seinfeld, esp George, aka Biff

    Project Runway, esp Austen Scarlett
    november 2005
    Shooting a pink uzi at “Time out”
    The Boobilicious range from Kayser
    The return of the evil Jeremy Wells on “Eating Media Lunch”
    The beach at Sumner
    Turn yourself into a South Park character
    Sorry Ralph and Kimi et al, but Antonio is le man du jour
    Wardrobe culling
    The sun
    Hagley Park
    Blythe doll – List of all Blythes released
    Kimi winning at Suzuka
    Shaun of the Dead
    Day of the Triffids
    FAMILY GUY on TV – Saturdays at 8.00
    cheap and cute hair thingies from Casino 711
    My sweet casa
    Partying in red dress
    Nik in NZ Idol – he looks like a young Shayne Carter, and loving that falsetto
    Jasper Fforde – The Big Over Easy
    Furniture shopping
    Big Brother games
    Alfonso Gomez
    John Safran
    “The Borgia Bride”
    Hell Pizza
    Bryan Ferry at Live 8
    Gore t-shirt
    and a Twizel one too Emma!
    Team America World Police
    Uchenna and Joyce winning “The Amazing Race”
    Making mixtapes … Bah to iPOD
    Family Guy Season 3
    Formula One and especially the huge cojones of my man Kimi
    The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby … a book about books
    “America’s next top model”
    “Dancing with the Stars”
    Jeeves and Wooster
    Dinah Washington
    Mary, Queen of Scots
    Christopher Eccleston