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Celebrating World Whisky Day Saturday 21st
Friday, 13 May 2016 15:31

Celebrating World Whisky Day Saturday 21st

Saturday the 21st of May is World Whisky Day. World Whisky Day? What’s this? Is that a thing? Firstly, yes it is a thing and secondly World Whisky Day is a Celebration of Whisky in all its forms. Neat, with water, on the rocks, mixed. Whatever works for you. As long as you’re enjoying yourself.

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Beer, Cheese and Whisky – Oh My!
Thursday, 12 May 2016 11:59

Beer, Cheese and Whisky – Oh My!

 I was deeply saddened to note that a surprising number of New Zealanders, some of whom I had previously considered close personal friends, thought that the final episode of “The Bachelor NZ” was important and that I should know all about it on social media. For those not paying attention – and that includes me – 23 women apparently competed in a poorly scripted reality show to become ‘engaged’ to a rapidly balding bachelor during a series of excruciating episodes.

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Beer – and Giant Robot Camels (Star Wars Day edition)
Friday, 06 May 2016 13:36

Beer – and Giant Robot Camels (Star Wars Day edition)

I write this blog on May the Fourth – Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth be with you”). However, due to a garbled sub-space communication [1] it may not be published until May the Fifth – Empire Day (“Revenge of the Fifth”). [2] This auspicious day led me to wonder – “how much influence on my life has this particular film franchise had?”

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“A Quick Pint” – Why it never means one swift drink
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 17:01

“A Quick Pint” – Why it never means one swift drink

I am an old school kind of guy. That is the cool way of saying that modern technology and I have a very poor relationship (at best). My printer breaks down whenever something is important, my computer claims to have less memory than Hilary Clinton talking about her private email account, and my allegedly smart phone delights in turning itself off while I am physically entering the PIN number to make it actually work.


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Another blog about hops and I could not be happier if Quade Cooper fell over Gareth Morgan
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:43

Another blog about hops and I could not be happier if Quade Cooper fell over Gareth Morgan

Well, the pungent maelstrom of Hopstock 2016 has passed but that does not mean the tidal surge of fresh hopped beers is any way subsiding. My Hopstock experience was a small but intense storm – to celebrate my birthday (the last day of Hopstock) I held a mini-pub crawl and tried four different Hopstock ales. In a feat of incredible disorganisation I got exactly one stamp on my Hopstock passport. It looked like a weak performance but, still, the beers were very nice.


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As green leaves before the hop hurricane fly (Hopstock 2016)
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:11

As green leaves before the hop hurricane fly (Hopstock 2016)

To amusement of many, I have a diary and it is made of paper. I also have the sneaking suspicion it is pink but this has not been confirmed by a trustworthy source. [1] In this diary I put in all the important annual events – my birthday, International Talk like a Pirate Day, Saint Andrews Day, International Talk like William Shatner Day, Wrestlemania Day and Super Bowl Monday. For the record, the next of these august dates is my birthday (18 April) – just saying.


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