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Entries from August 30th, 2010

50s Meet 80s, or, Pass the Salsa

August 30th, 2010 Comments Off on 50s Meet 80s, or, Pass the Salsa

Three days ago, Willow timorously asked her friend Winona for help. What should she wear to go salsa dancing? Friday night found Willow standing shyly, hands jammed into the pockets of a cowl-necked cobalt tunic picked to Bring Out Her Eyes, looking for the guy who invited her salsa dancing. The crowd is intriguing; pairs […]

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In a Buzzword Blizzard

August 27th, 2010 Comments Off on In a Buzzword Blizzard

Frankie’s fired! Nervberg, as the second in command at the Department of Stodge, has been delegated the dirty work of making several of the staff  “redundant.” The graphics design part-timer, Frankie, is one of them.  He explained it all to Winona, who manages Frankie, in a buzzword blizzard. Cost cutting – restructuring –  budgets – […]

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Meeting Room Thirteen

August 25th, 2010 Comments Off on Meeting Room Thirteen

All up and down the Terrace and Featherston Street, there are cafes that have the luxury of closing all day Saturday and Sunday. Their free weekends are funded by being “Meeting Room 13.” When professionals in a central city office need to have a meeting, there’s a fifty-fifty chance that they’ll take off to a […]

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The Prisoners of Policy

August 23rd, 2010 Comments Off on The Prisoners of Policy

At the Department of Stodge, Winona has noticed an odd stream of people going to Jen’s desk. “Jen, can you…” Each time, Jen gives them a knowing smile and bustles off with them. Winona decides to have a Manager Moment with her about it. “Jen, I was just looking for you. Were you at a […]

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The Favourite

August 21st, 2010 Comments Off on The Favourite

Everyone has one: the Wellington restaurant they adore. Winona had become attached to a quirky brunch place near their flat. Instead of trying to cook in the galley kitchen on a chilly Sunday at 11 AM, it  was more pleasant to escape there. The place served dinner, too, and decent drinks. It was vegetarian-friendly and […]

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113 Years On

August 18th, 2010 1 Comment

Let’s eavesdrop on some of Wellington’s movers and shakers, gathered in a penthouse flat. “…generating dollars per hour…” “…they want me to start this contract in Geneva as soon as possible, the problem is the paperwork that the U.N. requires…” “…extremely busy, no sign of the recession…” “…I say, this pinot noir is tasty. Penfold’s? […]

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Paradise Would Be A Parking Lot

August 16th, 2010 Comments Off on Paradise Would Be A Parking Lot

Will wants a car. His mates all wanted to know what he was looking for. “Personally, I’d like a 4 x4, at least a 3 liter. Manual, of course. I grew up with Holdens but I’m liking what some of the European makers are doing. That’s what I’d like. However, we’ll be parking it on […]

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Valley of the Bachelors

August 13th, 2010 Comments Off on Valley of the Bachelors

There are only three escapes from the Flat of Legend. Moving in with a very serious partner – going overseas – or, for males, taking up their post in The Valley of the Bachelors. In Wellington, three features mark the abodes of men who choose to live alone after they turn thirty-five. Be they blokes […]

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Wellington vs. Melbourne: The Case

August 11th, 2010 Comments Off on Wellington vs. Melbourne: The Case

Winona wondered who would actually call her, instead of sending a text. It’s her sister, Helena. To her delighted shock, Helena is inviting her on a long weekend to Melbourne, air fare and hotel paid, “…if you’d look after the boys a bit? Henry and I could have a little time together, it would be […]

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