Divatastic bargains 3 stunning necklaces for $10? Me likee!
Watch: Star Trek, Ivanhoe to the power of 3, John Simm in Crime and Punishment
Read: The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood
Listen: “In every dream home a heartache” Roxy Music, The Virgins, Glasnost

October 2009

Watching: Mongol, Frost/Nixon, The Devil’s Whore, America’s Next Top Model, Outrageous Fortune, The Riches
Reading: Logicomix, The Model as Muse, Curiosities of Literature by John Sutherland, LA Candy by Lauren Conrad, Stalin’s Nemesis: The Exile and Murder of Leon Trotsky
Listening: Dizzee Rascal, Kittens Ablaze


Watching: More than this (Roxy Music doco), America’s Next Top Model, Outrageous Fortune, Who do you think you are?
Reading: The Angel’s Cut by Elizabeth Knox
Listening: Calvin Harris, Roxy Music

June/July 2009

Watching: Wuthering Heights, Let the right one in, Outrageous fortune, Satisfaction, Gok’s Fashion Fix, Tabatha’s Salon makeover

Listening: Dan Black, Blitzen Trapper, White Lies, Teddy Thompson, Dizzee Rascal/Bonkers, N.A.S.A., Depeche Mode

Reading: Gothic: Dark Glamour by Valerie Steele and Jennifer Park
Paint a vulgar picture: fiction inspired by The Smiths
Bad vibes : Britpop and my part in its downfall by Luke Haines
Wetlands by Charlotte Roche
Desperate Romantics: the private lives of the Pre-Raphaelites by Franny Moyle

April/May 2009

Watching: 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: 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

Watching: 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

Watching: 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

Watching: 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: Native Wit by Hamish Keith
Snuff by Chuck Palahnuik
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

watching: 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


  • Homicide by David SimonJust after sunset by Stephen KingWild boy – My life in Duran Duran by Andy TaylorHang the DJ – an alternative book of music listsBorn Yesterday by Gordon BurnA woman in Berlin – AnonymousNew Zealand Portraits by Richard WolfeHang 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 AckroydThe Fire Gospel by Michel FaberThe Northern Clemency by Philip HensherFlood 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 CorbetDictator 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 BrownThe Guernsey Potato Peel and Literary society by Mary Ann ShafferPerla la loca: a love and rockets graphic novel – by Jamie HernandezsPhallic Frenzy – Ken Russell and his films – Joseph LanzaBring the noise – Simon ReynoldsConfessions 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 ArmitageCrime Irvine WelshUnderbelly – the book the series was based on. Murder most foulApartment Therapy – hot interiorsWhat rhymes with bastard by Linda Robertson – crazy loveBonding 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 DeanHot 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 rockThe Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall100 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 Ross100 Bullets
  • A Profound Secret by Joceline DimblebyFallen 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 SummersMade for each other: Fashion and the Academy Awards
  • Galliano by Colin McDowellParis after the Liberation by Anthony Beevor and Artemis CooperJack of Fables – fun wee graphI hope they serve beer in hell by Tucker Max – an utter wankerHuman Diastrophism by Gilbert Hernandez – brilliant Love and Rockets graphBlue pills by Frederik Peeters -heartrendingly romantic graph memoirMy Booky wook by Russell Brand – quotable geniusRome Burning by Sophia McDougallTamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds100 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 BracewellKate Bush biographyFarthing by Jo WaltonTough Love – Kerry KatonaBillie 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 SebastianMashuptown ahoy
  • reading:

  • Scandal of the season – Sophie GeeThe Apple – New Crimson Petal stories – Michel FaberGothic 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 LoweEx Machina – ace seriesJust 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 RunwaySopranos – the end is nigh
  • Listening:

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

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


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

  • 12 inch 80sMashups thread
  • Reading:

  • A bit of a Blur – Alex JamesNever the bride – Paul Magrs, just finshed this wonderfully weird story set in WhitbyY: the last man
  • July 2007


  • Seinfeld season 8Project Runway
  • Listening:

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

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

  • Seinfeld season 8James May Top Toysnew Top GearDeadwood 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 brilliantReading The Hottentot Venus
  • Soup – ’tis the season for itLewis Hamilton – wunderkind of Formula One. Congrats on Montreal victory. Oh Indianapolis too?Finished Battlestar Galactica season 2. PhewThe return of Tony Soprano this weekRichard E. GrantThe hometown – Auckland – Writers and Readers FestivalBye 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 allBattlestar Galactica
  • Arrested Development season 2
  • the Blythealizer – DIY BlytheSurvivors – a new society post plagueArmageddon – 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 StreetGreek 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


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