Phoenix Foundation on Jools Holland

Hey, it’s Friday! And we haven’t done Friday music vids for aaaages. So, for your viewing and listening pleasure, here’s Welly-boys-doing-good-overseas, the Phoenix Foundation, playing live on the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland show… Feel free to add your own Wellington-themed (or, otherwise) musical suggestions in the comments.

2011 Calendar by Tim Denee

If you’re a bit late in getting your 2011 calendar sorted out, you could do worse to download and print out Wellington graphic designer Tim Denee’s lovely (and free!) design. Get it over at his website.

Site upgrade

Hey all, just did a site upgrade (from Drupal 5.something to 6.17, for those that are interested).

I seem to have lost some comments off the last couple of posts — they should be recoverable and back online tomorrow.

If you notice anything else amiss, drop us a line at our info email address.

(Incidentally, this new theme is temporary — we’re working away on another one in the background — this one was just easier to use with the upgraded system instead of upgrading the old theme, which was riddled with, errr, idiosyncratic code).

Free Pompeii (for Wellingtonians)

If you weren’t aware, just a heads up that the Pompeii exhibition down at Te Papa is free for Wellington ratepayers and residents this Thursday (4 March). Details here.

[hat-tip: goNZo Freakpower]

Weight Watchers

Congratulations to Parallel Dance Ensemble (and their video making team) for taking out the top award at this year’s Handle the Jandal music video awards. Enjoy…


Other winners (click thru for video on YouTube):

Best Use of Exploitative Tactics to Promote A Band:
Judah Finnigan and Ben Forman for Highlife’s Berserk

Best Editing:
Joe Fish for James Duncan’s A Obvious

Best Cinematography:
Kimberley Brown for Electric Wire Hustle’s Perception

Best Concept:
Lisa Dunn for Parallel Dance Ensemble’s Weight Watchers

Best Animation:
Preston McNeill for Isaac Aesili’s With You In My Bed

Rising Star:
Greg Pawsey for Cougar Cougar Cougar’s Satan’s Blues

WiFi @ Hashigo Zake

We are informed (thanks Chris!) that Hashigo Zake (website here, blog here) has free wi-fi for patrons.

Nice. Message ends.

Real Hot Bitches – record breakers

Who knew (this particular Wellingtonista didn’t) that our fair city’s top ’80s cheese-rock dance troupe’ – the Real Hot Bitches – had set the world record for most people in a synchronised dance? In Christchurch, of all places. Here’s the evidence, in all its legwarmed, spandexed glory…




[Hat-tip: From the Morgue]

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra – Tickets Giveaway

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra have flicked us a couple of tickets to give away for their upcoming show at the Michael Fowler Centre (Sat 27 June). 

To be in to win, watch their new ‘It’s a Heartache’ video, then email with the subject line: WIUO Competition, and in the body of the email, answer this question: what is the flavour of the tart that features in the video?

Competition closes Noon, Wed 24 June.

Winner has been notified! Thanks for all the entries.



stop! stop! Hey, Mr Bus Driver, that person running down the footpath, waving at you, just ten metres or so from the bus stop? They probably want to get on the bus.

And the guy who’s just got on and tells you to "wait, there’s someone just coming" – he’s probably wanting you to wait, ‘cos there’s someone coming.

I understand you’re the ‘Express’ – but, really, no-one is going to be put out if you wait an extra 5 seconds to let a straggler catch up (especially if you spend a minute haranguing a passenger for daring to try and pay their fare with a $20 note.)

Big Freeze Video

Video of last week’s ‘Big Freeze’ (previously blogged about by Sue here).


  Courtesy: The Sidestrip