#125 – Gin, Whisky and Moon(shine)

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Edge Message # 125 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM

From left: Russell Coutts, Shayne Gilbert, Nick Willis, Melissa Moon, Rebecca Taylor, Gin Wigmore


New Zealand headlines in this week’s sampling of global media:

• Russell Coutts, BMW Oracle CEO, enjoys 4th America’s Cup win – Washington Post
• Shayne Gilbert, retired Lt Col, leads UN aid taskforce in Haiti – The Takeaway
• Nick Willis, middle distance runner, 27, wins mile run indoors in Boston – The Times of India
• Melissa Moon wins Empire State Building race, 1576 steps in 13 mins – Universal Sports
• Rebecca Taylor gets standing room only acclaim at NY Fashion Week – Village Voice
• Gin Wigmore, singer/songwriter, 23, makes US debut in March with Citizen Cope – CMJ
• Kerry Spackman, neuroscientist, uses science to change performance levels – Guardian
• Kiri Te Kanawa to be presented with Classical Brits lifetime achievement award – BBC
• Peter Jackson should “foreswear sugar and reintroduce plasma, brain matter” – Guardian
• Helen Clark, UNDA head, in Sydney advocating awareness on climate change – AAN
• Karen Walker inspired by Sound of Music, Dylan and Sun Gods at NY Fashion Week
• Crowded House Birmingham concert added due to “phenomenal demand” – Express & Star
• Black Grace debut at Princeton blending athleticism with innovation – Bucks Local News
• Tom and Barbara Burstyn’s This Way of Life inspires audiences in Berlin – Variety
• Justin Bird, pianist, 25, plays solo in Ohio, someone “wonderful” – Dayton Daily Times
• Filo Tiatia, Ospreys forward, 38, lends voice to Swansea community appeal – BBC
• Antarctic Heritage Trust discover Shackleton’s spirit in boxes on ice – Guardian
• Russell, once 1800s “hellhole”, now thriving tourist hub – Sydney Morning Herald
• Stewart Island “place so remote few have heard of it let alone visited” – The Independent
• New Zealand Herald says national flag “nondescript”; “time for a change” – Telegraph
• New Zealand pinot noir 10 years on, still in search of a character – New York Times
• New Zealand short filmmakers set to take over the world after Berlin, Sundance success
• New Zealand flavours ? horopito, kawakawa – influence OZ chefs – Sydney Morning Herald
• New Zealanders are now outnumbered by 5.8m dairy cattle; fodder for new jokes – Guardian


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Top picture, Massachusetts-New York Interstate; above, “Global” W29th St, New York. Thumbnail, Raumati South, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand, 2008.  More pictures at www.paradiseroad.com. Fern symbol via www.nzflag.com.


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