Stan Walker

Top man. Seriously, so lovely. Have a listen to his reaction when we tell him what he's been up to before the interview, and his excellent renditon of Tutira Mai Nga Iwi..

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A sad farewell...

For years now, Cohen Holloway, the actor has been a part of our mornings, bringing a wonderful array of voices, characters and ideas to the show.

When I arrived at Classic Hits Wellington, the show was Dave, Will and Cohen, Will moved into my old job as night host and is now hosting Classic Hits Radio Northland's breakfast show. He was replaced by Camille. Now, unfortunately, we've had to release Cohen to go and be amazing elsewhere.

Have a listen to the farewell of one of the most talented bastards I've ever worked with.

Security Blankets

We have a particular item in our home which is fast moving up the pecking order. To our 3 year old daughter Sophie, this item is a best friend, confidante, constant companion and fully fledged member of the household. White Blanket is his name, Sophie has insisted on this and we must address him as such. He is simply a blanket, no more special in design than any other piece of material, apart from the incredible amount of dirt that seems to hold him together.

If you ask our daughter about this rag, she will tell you that he is a boy and he is one year old - the same age as Sophie’s little brother and according to her, can do everything just a little bit better than her little brother can do it. White Blanket gets pushed around in a small plastic pram when he’s not being carried like a newborn. He is very good on the slide, and you’ve never seen another blanket perform like he does on the trampoline.

He is the ringleader of a growing group of ‘friendees’ who go to bed with Sophie every night and God help the rest of the house if he’s nowhere to be found and, until recently, used to go everywhere with the family. Over many tears and tantrums, it was decided that he stays at home and sleeps while Sophie is at Kindy. Yes, he has his own bed when he’s not cuddling with her.

Mum and Dad are only allowed to touch White Blanket if they are handing him directly to Sophie and little brother is under pain of death if he goes within 3 feet of him. Lucky for him, he’s not particularly interested. He has a raggedy pink rabbit named Ugly who is his best friend, confidante, constant companion and fully fledged member of the household ...

Most kids have a little mate that, to us adults, seems to be some sort of filthy inanimate object that needs to be washed. To our kids however, these objects are real and it’s completely ok. Their imagination is a beautiful thing and we can only hope that in adult life, our children’s friends are as loyal as the White Blankets of their childhood.

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Avatar - Racist - WTF?!

"Avatar is being criticised by a small but vocal group of people who allege it contains racist themes - the white hero once again saving the primitive natives."

Full story on Stuff...

I saw Avatar and as far as I can tell, Earth's Army invaded a planet with blue indigenous people on it and then the blue indigenous people were saved in the nick of time by a cripple, a nerd, an old lady and a Spanish chick in a helicopter.

FFS, how many minority groups do you need to make a quorum these days?

Sale now on...

Briscoes have always been laughed at for having sales all the time. The old "What, Briscoes are having a sale this weekend? You're kidding?!" gag is well known by Kiwis the world over.

Now it seems that a young pretender is trying to take that 'always having a sale' buzz off them. Perhaps Tammy, the hot Briscoes lady has got something that this other retailer wants a bit of?

The impetuous newcomer is none other than Harvey Norman who either have a such a huge load of money to spend that they're gunning for a pissing match with Dubai or they're in the shit and are trying to trade out of it.

I know it's the season for sales and we can expect a few more of them. We've done the Christmas sales, they were closely followed by the Boxing Day sale and then the inevitable Happy New Year sales but old Harv seems to be going way harder than everyone else.

The wonderful thing about this is that it proves that advertising works, this is a post dedicated entirely to a price point advertising campaign, campaigns which pay my salary and for which I am eternally grateful.

Sale on now! 50% off everything!! 4 years interest free!!! Must end Monday!!!! Crikey, how are they going to top that next weekend because with all these amazing deals in the ad breaks, I'm going to need a bigger TV.