Tag Archive: Life

An Emotional List

I read recently in a newspaper about a study into the range of emotions human beings can feel. The study turned up 27 of them. And this was a study undertaken by the University of California Berkeley, and not some random list drawn up by two men in a pub over a pint…

Withnail & I

Picture this: A large, empty, cavernous movie theater auditorium in the depths of winter. I’m in a jacket and scarf, and my breath is visible. It’s a matinee screening and no one else came. The lights go down and the ruby red curtains part. A soulful saxophone echoes: a four a.m. version of Procol Harum’s A Whiter Shade of Pale. Up on the screen, a man sits in profile in a darkened sitting room and smokes a cigarette. He’s contemplating the universe, or he’s about to face a firing squad…

The Long White Cloud

You probably didn’t expect to read an entry from me in this slot. I’m in New Zealand house-sitting for the kid (Stephen Ross); he’s gone on vacation to work on his book. I suspect he’s really gone on vacation to catch up on his reading; he’s a prince among procrastinators, and there’s a gap on the bookshelf where his collection of Perry Mason mysteries used to reside…

Mother of a style killer for buy racers

In the 1960s, if you were a young man and wanted to be considered dangerous, you grew your hair long and attempted as much facial fur as possible. You wore black, you cultivated a walk that resembled a sneer, and you spoke in the deepest register your larynx would allow. Dangerous was cool in the 1960s. It was an era when long hair on a young man was viewed with contempt and suspicion – a decade earlier, it was almost grounds for a prison sentence…

Fireworks go against all logic

The average Kiwi doesn’t have ready access to a gun, and for good reason. If the spotty-faced, good for nothing “yoof” who lives down your street could easily step into a supermarket and buy a handgun and a few dozen rounds of ammunition along with their beer and fags, all hell would break loose…