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Where I come from New Year's Eve is called Silvester. The man died on December 31 and wasn't a forest dweller but a pope.

Celebrity – Why Do People Care?

Paris Hilton arrived in Australia for a New Years Eve party and the media went crazy, following her every move as the public lapped it up. But what accounts for this interest and worship of someone whose fame is not based on any talent? Why do we care?

Whaling Violations Ignored by the Government

New Zealand is no longer backing international law. It has stepped down and allows international criminals to exploit it’s resources. This is the only answer, however drastic it sounds to the total lack of response to the Japanese whaling fleet within our waters hunting whales in an internationally protected sanctuary.

The whaling fleet is breaking international conservation law within the principles of the United Nations World Charter for Nature, yet no-one except a conservation charity have taken action. The Steve Irwin, the flagship for Sea Shepherd is confronting the fleet as it did last year and despite having been met with gun fire and other physical attacks in previous attempts to halt whaling, they persist. The brave crew of 40 have tackled the extreme weather conditions to halt the ships with a barrage of stinky substances and even a minor collision.

Nutritional Secrets You Should Know

Think of your supermarket as a natural pharmacy. Certain foods have amazing medicinal and health benefits that have been utilized for hundreds and thousands of years. From the rainforest to Pak’n’Save, access to complete nutrition is just a shopping list away.

Pogging Out On Icecream

For my birthday I got six of these thick ice cream cups with wavy edges. They started to look dusty in my cupboard so I got them out today. I usually scream at paying $10 or $12 a pop in an icecream parlour. Sure - if they make their own and use good-quality ingredients it might be worth it.

Be Prepared!

It has happened. The orgastic orgy of overeating and exeuberance has occured and left us weighty and torpid. This is not a blog about christmas, however. This is a public service announcement. Reminding us

The Kapiti Island Caper

The red eye fixed on me, wherever the head wavered to, the eye remained firmly studying me. It’s creator hadn’t deemed just any red eye acceptable though, it seemed to me staring back deep in to it, the most scarlet of berries had been utilised for sight in this creature. It’s head was just free of the shrubbery, and I could not help thinking we had stumbled into the velociraptor of the island. It had stalked it’s prey across the island’s confines and hid, still as the rocks on which it stood, eyeing me.

Of course the Weka stood no chance of eating a person and in fact had no interest in doing so, standing under 50cm it was far more interested in the lunch that my girlfriend and I were chowing down on. It stalked it with a grace and tactic that reminded us of it’s long lost cousin from Jurassic park and indeed there was much to this island that smacked of Crighton’s famous stories.

Remember Those Not So Fortunate This Christmas

It’s easy to get swept up in the Christmas cheer. Turn to the media and it’s all carols, happy families and joy for the festive season. The reality for many is a lot different.  

Season's Gaming

This is my inaugural post as the gaming blogger for Voxy.co.nz and it looks to be a rather inauspicious start; once through with the obligatory introductions I plan on disappearing into the holiday season until the New Year, as I'm sure many of you do. Even so, I thought it best to make some noise sooner rather than later, let you readers know where I would like this blog to go, and get down to some serious gaming talk.

Sugar plum fairy

Why sugar plum fairy, you might ask. She's a character in Tchaikovsky's ballet Nutcracker. And she's a keeper of sweets. Such as the sweet I'm about to make - plum leather.

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