Shortland Street wouldn’t be Shortland Street without its dramatised, boundary-pushing and sometimes oddly attractive villains. Have you ever wondered where they are now? Most likely not, but did you all of a sudden get the desire to find out upon reading the title of this article? The answer is yes. Before I continue, I must admit that although I have watched the show since I was born, I do not possess the kind of memory that Chris Warner does when recalling how many children he has. So without further ado, here is where New Zealand’s most-hated (and most-loved) Shortland Street villains (from the past decade or so) are now. Continue Reading
If you don’t know who Suzy Cato is, please stop reading this article, contemplate all that has contributed to your life, and repent for your sins. Then maybe come back here, educate yourself, and discover why she is the reigning Queen of New Zealand.
Suzy Cato began her television career in 1990, gracing ‘The Early Bird Show’ with her presence, starring alongside a cast of puppets including ‘Russell Rooster’, an owl, a kea and some ducks. Two years later she was given her own afternoon show, ‘3pm’, produced by Kids’ TV Ltd. After sitting on that throne, she then hosted ‘You and Me’, a pre-school show that I’m sure was used by many parents to babysit their spastic offspring. Last, but sure as hell not least, she set fire to childhood television in 1999 with ‘Suzy’s World’; the greatest production in human history (sorry Game of Thrones). Continue Reading
We are all familiar with the ‘downfall’ of Natalia Kills. In 2015, she and her husband Willy Moon were judges on X Factor New Zealand. One fateful live show, Kills was offended by contestant Joe Irvine, adamant that he had copied her husband.
“I am disgusted.”
“Do you not have any value or respect for originality?”
“I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence, having to even dignify you with an answer of my opinion.”
Willy Moon then chimed in, comparing Joe Irvine to that of Norman Bates; “It’s like Norman Bates dressing up in his Mother’s clothing.” Continue Reading
This may be the most important thing I have written all year; I don’t know everything. I really don’t. I write articles pertaining to my thoughts, beliefs and values, and although this blog may present them as gospel, that is not my intention. This blog is essentially a recording of my journey. Every article I write is written with the ink of my own knowledge and experiences and not for one moment do I consider that ink to be superior. I just consider it to be mine. Continue Reading
Are you shook? Most people are when I tell them I want to be a teacher. In fact, they protest the very thought and insist that I pursue another career path.
“There’s no money in teaching.”
“You won’t last long.”
Fuck you. Fuck each and every one of you who conjure such words with your mouth and force them upon me. I sincerely apologise for my inability to align myself with what you deem as worthy, but in saying that, I do not apologise at all. I want to be a teacher and if that unsettles you, then so be it. However, if you would like to open your mind for perhaps the first time in your life, then keep reading. Continue Reading
Since a young age, I have both consciously and subconsciously paid heed to the role of women. I remember watching after-school as all of the Mothers came to pick up their children, and wondering to myself why no Fathers ever came. My own parents had split when I was younger, and therefore it was a puzzle I couldn’t solve alone.
“Where are all the Dads?” I hammered into the head of my teacher.
Work? Why was work an extension of manhood and devoting one’s life to children, an extension of womanhood? These thoughts fell as seeds within my mind and my brain soon grew bigger than my skull. Continue Reading
After reading The Urban List’s 24 Things You’ll Understand If You’re From West Auckland, I had to write one for all us blessed beings that spent our childhoods in West Auckland.
So without further ado and in no particular order, here are 24 things you’ll understand if you grew up in West Auckland. Continue Reading
I have recently been listening to the podcast What’s The Tea, featuring RuPaul and the gorgeous Michelle Visage. As an avid fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I expected the podcast to be an extension of the show; a platform to talk about the Drag Queens and the competition. However, after only one episode, I have been bitch-slapped and taught that I should never go making assumptions.
RuPaul and Michelle actually delve into the oddities of life and question why we are here, how we are here and what we are here for. They constantly refer to the ‘human condition’ and how we are all students of the world, being taught lessons that manifest themselves in a multitude of ways. They stitch these philosophical muses into popular culture, interviews with guests and above all humour, which in my opinion, makes the podcast more ‘bingeable’ than Drag Race itself. Continue Reading
Statistically speaking, the majority of us will never be royals because only 1% of us can be the 1%. We all have dreams, we all have creative expression and we all have a genuine desire to be distinguished from our pairs. For most of us though, none of it will ever be reciprocated. How do we continue with our lives knowing that our dreams may remain dreams and that our lives may never be remembered? Continue Reading
A little under a week ago, I decided to cease the use of all social media for 30 days. I saw this detox as necessary because I realised that somehow, I had convinced myself that social media was necessary. This realisation along with knowing that life is awfully short, sent me into complete hysteria. I immediately deleted the apps from my phone and blocked the websites from my computer. Goodbye Facebook. Goodbye Instagram. Goodbye Snapchat. I was on a mission to prove to myself that I could exist in this world without social media and furthermore, that I would exist better without it.
Before I continue, you have to understand the irony of this situation. I am in my third year of university, studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English & New Media Studies. Some of my assignments literally involve using social media and a lot of the theory I study, is about social media. However, I kind of think that this is what led me to my Britney Spears meltdown. Continue Reading