Why I Hate The Expression “PC”

Plaguing this country for at least the last decade has been the desire to describe everything we dislike as being “PC.” For a while it was “PC gone mad,” but now people can’t even be bothered saying that. Particularly in the land of talk-back radio and newspaper letters to the editor (not to mention nauseating…

‘The GC’ – Feeling Sorry For The Cast

I watched the second half of New Zealand’s answer to Jersey Shore, The GC last night, knowing I need to be up with the play on all things pop-culture in my line of work but also not wanting to lose too much IQ in the process. If you’re not a Kiwi, The GC has become…

Joe Frazier Dies: Why He Made Muhammad Ali The Greatest

One of the 20th century’s greatest underdogs died this week. You could also describe him as one of the most courageous and brave figures in all of sport. And as well as being a man who is often listed amongst the greatest heavy-weight boxers of all time, as crucial to his story is his rise from extreme…

The Tangiwai Movie – Why They Got It Wrong

On Sunday night I sat down with a couple of friends for a Kiwi film we’d all decided was a must-watch, Tangiwai – A Love Story. Within minutes we were squirming in our seats, at the half-way point I felt mildly ill and as the end credits rolled I’d declared it the worst film of…

Billy T. James’ Funniest Skit

Billy T James in the 1980s. I’ve been back in New Zealand two weeks now while I await my posting with Princess Cruises as an Assistant Cruise Director and when you don’t have a job and the weather is rank, you have a bit of time on your hands. This manifested itself in a game…

40 Years Since Ali vs Frazier & The Fight Of The Century

March 8 marks 40 years since arguably the most famous boxing match of all time, the “Fight Of The Century” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. It’s a testament to both those men (and to George Foreman) that so many of the other contenders for that title also involve them: The “Rumble In The Jungle” of 1974…