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Entries from June 28th, 2011

The Promised Land

June 21st, 2011 1 Comment

At Wazzer’s work on Monday morning, the waitrons are bundling cutlery and paper napkins together, using water so that the paper napkins stay wrapped. They’re supposed to use just a dab of water, but these bundles will be mummified like papier-mache, they are all so distracted by one raconteur. “So she’s moving to Australia next […]

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“Was That Me?” And Mark Your Calendars

June 17th, 2011 Comments Off on “Was That Me?” And Mark Your Calendars

It happens to me occasionally: I get cornered at a party and someone says, “That was ME in your blog, wasn’t it? Tell me!” It was you…and somebody else, too. I see social phenomena a few times before I go, “There’s a story there.” I’ve met four Bohemian Couples and I visited Nappy Valley twice […]


Bohemian As

June 16th, 2011 1 Comment

For every twenty normal couples in the Wellington area, there’s a duo that are like peacocks amongst the pukeko: the Bohemian Couple.  Will and Winona have been “collected” by one of these couples,  due to Will’s software expertise and Winona’s vivaciousness. The Bohemian Couple may be into the arts, or science, or run a specialty […]


Nappy Valley

June 14th, 2011 Comments Off on Nappy Valley

It just seemed to happen, sooner than anyone expected: the nice couple who bought that house in Karori, or Island Bay, or Petone, had a baby. They’ve named the infant Ada, or Austen, or after grandmum or grandpop – those 30s and 40s names are fashionable again now. Callers were welcome to meet the newborn […]


Two Paths Diverged At A Cafe, And I…

June 13th, 2011 1 Comment

Winona is nervous. Marianne Swatch liked her talk. Marianne Swatch! And now, after a series of penetrating questions and how-do-you-like-where-you-are-now, Marianne Swatch has invited her for Coffee. “Stop by and meet the team, and then we’ll go for coffee and chat,” she said. Winona fudged a morning off of work for it. She’s so nervous […]


Rather Too Victorian

June 9th, 2011 1 Comment

Wazzer gets home from the women’s business meeting to find her flatmate-cum-landlady, Willow, perched in the breakfast nook. “Hey, mate, how’s it going? Want to order pizza? “I – yes, that would be lovely. Here’s your corset back. Thank you so much!” “So, how’d the long weekend go?  Hot guy? Steampunk Ball? Hey? Hey?” Willow […]

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Special For Matariki

June 7th, 2011 1 Comment

Winona wraps up her talk for the women’s business group by trying to undo the misunderstanding about Wazzer.  “Just a little note – there was a mix up with some business cards – please note that Waz – I mean, Wha – um – Wai – ah – Miss Thompson is the Business Manager, not […]

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It’s Business Time

June 2nd, 2011 1 Comment

“So this is a women’s business group,” Wazzer murmurs, glancing around a repurposed conference room on The Terrace. “They do themselves well, don’t they?” She smooths down her skirt. Her platform boots don’t look too out of place. “Movers and shakers. Mummy pulled a few strings so that I can talk to them about the […]

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