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It’s upon us, Fringe Festival time.

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I always love this time of year becuase you never quite know what might be happening around the corner. But you do know it’s a celebration of creativity that’s truly unique to our lovely Wellington.

Driving home today i saw art installations being installed, and i can’t wait to go visit them tomorrow

My cellphone sent ‘SECRET’ to 2343 along with my name and email so i could find out more about the Footnote Plus fuse secret production.

My ears and eyes are preparing for a 3D film plus octophonic sound at the Paramount courtesy of SpartacusR.

Do let us know what you’re looking forward to over the next few days and weeks!

Get your shopping on

Sunday, this sunday from 11am till 2pm Craft2.0 is on at TheNewDowse.


It’s a free event and promises to be the biggest fair yet, with over 70 different crafty types selling amazing stuff.

If you want to get all your Christmas presents in one place, Craft2.0 is the place to attempt such a feat. Plus buying locally handmade presents allows you to feel a little smug.

And did i mention the 123 FREE gift bags being handed out at 11am?

See The Darjeeling Limited for FREE

MySpace Black Curtain is holding a special screening of The Darjeeling Limited in Wellington at the Paramount Theatre on Tuesday 18th December at 8pm.

Come along to the screening and be in to win a pack of 5 DVDs including Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, plus a Darjeeling Limited soundtrack and official movie poster!

The screening is FREE! Your MySpace profile is your ticket. It’s a first-come first- served basis so turn up early to avoid disappointment.


An emotional comedy about three brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year who set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other. Their “spiritual quest”, however, veers rapidly off-course (due to events involving over-the-counter pain killers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray), and they eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert with eleven suitcases, a printer, and a laminating machine. At this moment, a new, unplanned journey suddenly begins.

Directed by Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) and starring Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman and Adrien Brody.

Pop along to the Book Fair

The DCM Book Fair is on this weekend at the TSB Arena on Wellington’s Queens Wharf.
DCM BookFair Friday Unpacking

On sale will be books, magazines, records, CDs, puzzles, stamps, artworks and DVDs. I was one of their helpers in setting up books this afternoon and i can confirm there are some supremly awesome bargains to be had.

Plus you can feel smug about doing good things. The Book Fair raises many valuable dollars towards DCM’s work with those who struggle in the city.

and that can never be a bad thing.

Why I love Wellington Public Library

Well to start
– it’s prutty
– i can never resist the whit chocolate and raspberry muffins at clarks at the central branch.
– the karori branch has a fully integrated cafe so one can have a coffee in the library
– most importantly they keep on doing new and cool things.

My latest library discovery is downloading audio books, and not at the library but from the comfort of my own computer
It looks like a recent thing, and to access this all a Wellingtonian needs is their library card

so for now their downloadable media section is now taking pride of place in my toolbar.

Plus you can win a DVD rental by check out their new visual catalogue
which adds one more thing to my list
i also love the library because they use logical names for new things.

Film Festival Sneak Peak

Some of you will be like me and saving your pennies up for the 36th Wellington Film Festival. It hits town on July 20th and runs till August 4th.

If the early line up announcement of some globally anticipated films is anything to go by it’s going to be yet another great see festival.

My top 3 picks are:


Webstock Mini

The handy pocket-sized version of Webstock returns to Wellington on Tuesday next week. You might think it’s all for uber nerds and super geeks, but you would be wrong.

In fact, research just in has shown that attending Webstock Minis has been scientifically proven to make you more interesting, better-looking and all round more desirable. And, honestly, that’s regardless of how much you drink!

For your ticket price you can learn about some cool things like Second Life, the upcoming version of Firefox and all you can eat and drink.

The whole thing winds up with a debate entitled “Web 2.0 is all fizz and no substance”. Mike Brown, Sandy Mamoli and
Mark Cubey will uphold the proposition against Philip Fierlinger, Brenda Leeuwenberg and Che Tibby.

We are fully in the negative camp, because the team features one of our newest Wellingtonistas, Che Tibby.

Register for Webstock Mini:


Occasionally, and only just occasionally my geek side shine though. This happens to be one of those days, so for your enlightenment and please I present The Wellingtonista in graph form.

In case all those colours confuse you this is what they mean…

  • blue: for links
  • red: for tables
  • green: for the DIV tag
  • violet: for images (the IMG tag)
  • yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
  • orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
  • black: the HTML tag, the root node
  • gray: all other tags

…and if you are still confused, don’t worry I am also, but don’t we look pretty 🙂

If you want to see our graph magically populate check out. After which you can try your own web site.


The comedy Festival hits town on Sunday
Yes just as we get those first blasts of winter and that lack of sun depression hits, people visit town with one purpose and one purpose alone: to make you Laugh.

The mighty Paramount Theater kicks off the Wellington Comedy Festival on Tuesday 8 May with the opening night extravaganza – First Laughs

If you can’t make a decision on who to see my pick is Late Laughs at the San Francisco Bathhouse every Friday and Saturday night. Nothing beats a mix of comics cutting loose late at night, alcohol and their competitive instincts kick to make for for a rather excellent evening.

Make a kitten smile

BadgeTasticStart counting your coins people, because Craft2.0 hits the Hutt in four days. For those of you who can’t count, that’s this Saturday March 17th aka St Paddy’s Day.

The fair kicks off at 11am with the first 200 people scoring a Craft2.0 bag of awesomeness full things like:

  • The Craft2.0 Poster
  • Badges from SuperVery
  • Babylicious candy and discount vouchers
  • The latest Idealog – whose contributors include Craft2.0’s most favorite blogger
  • Discount Vouchers for Beckon
  • A surprise from Reka Cafe
  • Big Bang balloons
  • K-bars!!!!
  • Your very own personal leprechaun.

And just for Wellingtonista music fans, here’s the band schedule:

And did I mention there were crafts, loads and loads and loads of crafts all for sale? Just loads, people!

Just quietly my knowledge of Craft2.0 is so vast you’d almost think I was one of the two crafty divas making it happen.

Oh wait 😉

Note: all Craft2.0 Leprechauns are invisible to human eyes