Miho’s Jazz Orchestra

Went to a great gig on Saturday night at the Te Pahu Sound Lounge.  Well worth checking this band out. They are all superb musicians and their show is a lot of fun. Formed as a one off recording project to help raise funds for Miho’s New Zealand home town of Christchurch after the earthquakes, the band ended up having so much fun they decided to continue performing and making music.

Miho Wada – Flute & Alto Saxophone, Pascal Roggen – Electric Violin, Violins & Cello, Drew Hutchinson – Guitars, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone, SungJin Hong – Bass, Double Bass & Trumpet and Jared Desvaux de Marigny – Drums



Our Foodie Night

On Friday night, Tanya and I went to our friends Nanette and Susan for a wonderful meal.  It was inspired by Annabel Langbein’s recent cook book ‘a free range life’.  We all had a great time, starting off with a pitcher of Waiheke Island Iced Tea (definitely very alcoholic), followed by a dip made from sardines, prawn wrapped chorizo on skewers, a Turkish inspired lamb salad (complete with authentic ‘tiki’ salad servers) and to finish, a velvety smooth chocolate mousse.  All washed down with plenty of red wine (Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Red Label Zinfandel) and a nightcap of Jura.

Adventures with Greyhounds

Recently Tanya and I took our greyhound Gibson to meet up with a large group of friends and their greyhounds on a lovely weekend trip to Colville on the Coromandel Peninsula.  The whole trip was co-ordinated by Victoria our wonderful GAP (Greyhounds as Pets) person and local accommodation was arranged by John and Maureen.  We all stayed at the wonderful Colville Farm Holidays/White Star Station http://www.colvillefarmholidays.co.nz

Everyone brought a huge selection of delicious waistline expanding food for us all to enjoy.

Tanya, Gibson and I, along with some of the others, stopped at the Admiral Arms on the way up for a refreshing ale and a huge plate of fish and chips whilst some headed straight to Colville. The Taranaki crew were already there, having decided to make a real weekend of it. Really wonderful to welcome Shirley and Derek with Mac and Nellie and Kim and Graeme with Wizard and Lucy. It was lovely to meet up with them again we all appreciated the effort they made and it was lovely to share the hound camaraderie weekend with them all.

Everyone was in by around 2pm and after a quick group photo, change of shoes and finding some warm coats we were off….

Tanya and I with Gibson; Maureen with Bree; Joy with Spud; John and Maureen with Solo and Krissy; Nan and Susan with Sophie and Felix; Kathy and Kevan with Willow and Sparky; Jan and Tom with Yonce, Anne and June with Tina; Sharon and Pete with Cruz and Lettuce; Steve and Shilo with Teddy, Sam and Victoria with Lily plus the Taranaki team.

The weekend consisted of:

Arrive; big walk; massive afternoon tea; let food go down; pre-dinner drinks and nibbles; dinner; drinks; hounds pass out on floor; original poetry recitals plus a reading; more food and drinking; live music; more eating and drinking; humans finally call it a day; morning

breakfast; walk on beach; more food; clean up; and then try to get everything back into the cars.

On the way home Tanya and I detoured via Waitete Bay and then Thames for tea. Everyone had a great weekend.  Gibson was completely wasted for days afterward.

Winter in New Zealand

Yes, winter……. I recently spent a pleasant afternoon at Hamilton Gardens with Tanya. These are some of the images that I made. Yet again using my iPhone and a camera app called Hipstamatic, which I’ve been enjoying using very much.

Blues Club Xmas Party Dec 2011

A great time was had by all at Biddy Mulligans on 8/12/2011

The Nukes and The Flaming Mudcats

The Nukes and The Flaming Mudcats at Biddy Mulligan’s on Thursday 10th November 2011


SFRQ 2011 Finals

SFRQ (Smoke Free Rock Quest) Finals 2011 were held at the Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton

It was a pleasure to be at the final and to see and hear the finalists in action.  A great night.

Special guests were Dane Rumble and last years SFRQ winners The Good Fun.  The top six to play off at the national final on September 17 were:

Get off the Grass, Rangitoto College North Shore, Auckland: Alex Estrin (drums), Flynn Roser (electric guitar and vocals), Julius Hattingh (electric guitar and vocals) and Matt Neale (bass)

Massad, Sacred Heart College Auckland: Massad Barakat-Devine

Attic Sky’s, Whakatane High School, Bay of Plenty:  Riley Brightwell (bass player and vocalist), Miles Sutton (guitar) and Ollie Butler (drums).

A Bit Nigel, Taupo-nui-a-Tia College, Taupo, Rotorua region: Hamish Nixon (lead guitarist and vocalist), Sam Marshall (bass and synthesizer) and Manawa Veitayaki (drums and backing vocals).

The Velvet Regime, Naenae College and Hutt Valley High School, Wellington region: Nigel Martinez (lead vocals and guitar), (Stefan Poad (vocals and guitar), Joel Averes (bass) and Jason Reder (drums).

The Peasants, Garin College, Nelson (Formerly known as The Peasants of Eden): Georgia Nott (vocals and percussion), Abbey Phillips (vocals and keyboard), Chris Phillips (drums), Joseph Corban-Banks (bass), Rupert Wockner (rhythm guitar), Holly Tippler (vocals and keyboard) and Clark Hinton (guitar).

for further information on the bands go to:


Buried in Coal

Today in Hamilton at 12noon in Te Awa, LUSH eco warrior team member Tanwen Ward was buried neck deep in Charcoal in-store to demonstrate the devastating effects that Coal Mining has on us and our environment.

There were volunteers from Coal Action Network Aotearoa on hand in to talk with members of the public about renewable energy sources and give them the opportunity to sign the ‘Keep the Coal in the Hole’ petition.

LUSH have pledged to give all proceeds (minus tax) from the sale of their limited edition soap ‘The Rising Tide’ to Coal Action Network Aotearoa.

Jam Night

Jam Night at Biddy Mulligan’s Thursday 13th October 2011

Tony Kaye gave out four Lifetime Membership Awards to, Nate Taiapa, Pauline Sinel, Mike Garner and Sally Garner.  Mike, Sally, Pauline and Nate then played a set, followed by Darcy Perry and band, after which Taliesin Ward, Angus Wishart, Bradley Blackie, Tony Kaye with Bruce Dennis on drums took the stage.