#121: Five Fab Fellas (and a cast of thousands)

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Edge Message #121 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM

From left: choreographer and writer Douglas Wright; historian James Belich; virtual engineer David Ten Have of Ponoko; writer and academic Denis Dutton; director Colin McColl (px Robert Catto)


New Zealand headlines in this sampling of global media appearing in Daily Express, Newstrack India, BBC, Telegraph, Newsweek, The Times, Maldon Standard, Hindustan Times, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, The Star-Ledger, The Kansas City Star, The Scotsman, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Fox Business, Vogue, Guardian, The New York Times, Sun, The Age, The Salt Lake Tribune and Horse & Hound include:

Douglas Wright’s Ghost Dance, in list of ‘Fifty Gay & Lesbian Books Everybody Must Read’
James Belich, writer, illuminates “troubled history of Imperialism” in new book – The Times
Ponoko, Wellington company, “designing a factory for the 21st century” – Inc. Magazine
Denis Dutton, academic, muses “impressive” price tags of conceptual art – New York Times
Colin McColl’s Italian Girl in Algiers not bound by European tradition – The Scotsman
Silver Ferns, win inaugural Fastrack World Series beating Jamaica 32-37 – Daily Express
New Zealand accent most attractive and prestigious outside UK – Newstrack India
Suzie Moncrief, WOW founder, took “art of the walls” and put it on people – The Age
Burt Munro, salt flats speedster, smuggled fuel disguised as wine – New York Times
Samantha McIntosh, showjumper, 34, wins at Britain’s Horse of the Year – Horse & Hound
Daniel Vettori “doughty batsman, skilful bowler and shrewd captain” – Dream Cricket
Denis Dutton, Art Instinct author, bento boxes elevated to “art”, “superfluous” – New York Times
Surf City, Auckland 4-piece, play NY CMJ Marathon; “buzz band” status – Washington Post
Stoneleigh enables NZ pinot noir to gain foothold in US – The Star-Ledger
Fallon Simchowitz, 17, exchange student, Kansas, bilingual in sign language – Kansas City Star
Napier “offers engaging, strollable concentration of provincial 30s edifices” – Guardian
New Zealand tramping “best and most economical way” to see country – CBC News
Rhythm & Vines, NYE; Hot Water Beach, two of six best things to do in NZ – Guardian
New Zealand base-jumper leaps 421m off KL’s International Tower – BBC
Dr Rob Young, Respiragene director, says fear motivator for kicking habit – The Times
FOTConchords’ I Told You I Was Freaky out in UK; “told you they were funky” – Guardian
Jane Campion’s Bright Star one of her best films; leading Oscar contender – Times Online
Cliff Curtis, Trauma star and “super hero”, 41, shuns stunt double – Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Txt2Quit, 26-week smoking cessation programme, offers mobile support
Matt Reed, US-based triathlete, 34, wins Toyota Cup series, Dallas
Alyn Ware, peace activist, awarded alternative Nobel for anti-nuke stance – BBC
Myfanwy van Hoffen, Zimbabwean immigrant, proud to now be a NZer – Telegraph
New Zealand has “good ideas” when it comes to tort reform – Newsweek
Dunedin “quirkiest” in NZ with Nude Blacks; Jaffa race; Easter “love train”
Erebus 30th anniversary sees Air NZ apologise to victims’ families – The Times
Claire Bulman, author, former rifleman, publishes debut children’s book, UK – Maldon Standard
Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones to screen for Queen, Leicester Square – BBC
Lake Tarawera’s sizzling sandy edge a new sensation for Indian journo – Hindustan Times
Jessica McCormack, UK-based jeweller, designs 2009 Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden trophy
Kevin Roberts, nzedge co-founder, interviewed on state of the ad industry – Fox Business
Atconz Real Estate to spend $100m on Iraqi housing development – Trade Arabia
Sunil Kadri, marine biologist, Male Entrepreneur of the Year for salmon “fish disco” – Scottish Sun
Coromandel “magical, mysterious”; author Fay Weldon’s favourite place – Telegraph
Anna Paquin, True Blood starlet, 27, less Baywatch more Erin BrokovichTelegraph
Liam Finn, musician, “forging his own way” in tenor-falsetto; live in Wisconson
New Zealand cricket: “meagre resources” but “better record than England” – The Times
Rodd & Gunn raise bar of excess with AU$30,250 crocodile-skin bag
Fat Freddy’s Drop compared to 70’s funksters Average White Band, War – Guardian
Sirocco, randy kakapo, filmed mating with wrong species, a zoologist – BBC
Jonah Lomu, took on bodybuilding challenge ahead of return to French rugby – The Times
Jane Campion, director, “a friskily spontaneous breeze”, Harvey Keitel – Guardian



The Alternative Rugby Commentary and its’ host Jed ‘Jedi’ Thian embark on another Northern Hemisphere jaunt in November, following the All Blacks on their end of year tour of the UK to give a fresh, frank and funny look at our national game. For five weeks the House Bar in Wimbledon will play host to the ARC with five confirmed shows for the All Blacks’ autumn internationals against Wales, Italy, England, France and the Barbarians. “If you are a Rugby lover but the guy on the TV has been giving you the s****, then the Alternative Rugby Commentary is where you want to be for this November’s autumn Internationals.” With growing fame all over the world as the driving force behind Alternative Rugby Commentary, Thian has been in the hot seat since 2005, bringing his unique brand of bombastic bluster and acerbic verbal jousting to the staid world of sport commentary. The ARC is simulcast on the web at www.arcrugby.co.nz for “real sports fans all over the world who want sports commentary with real balls.”





Top image, Walter Peak, Queenstown; above, Mana Island, Kapiti. More pictures at www.paradiseroad.com. Fern symbol viawww.nzflag.com.



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