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May 18, 2016
by Scott Bartley
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I drank poo coffee

I drank the poo coffee. It didn’t taste like poo. Which gets the inevitable first kopi luwak question, out of the way.

To expand, kopi luwak (or, more commonly, luwak coffee) is the one where hungry South East Asian civet cats (they’re not actually cats) eat fleshy, fruity coffee beans and, a few hours later, excrete a handful of warm, sticky coffee beans. The scat is promptly scooped up, washed, roasted, ground, mixed with hot water and consumed by keen human beings. Presumably, the civet cats watch on, somewhat bemused by this behaviour. The theory behind this poop scooping carry on is that the digestive juices of the civet soak into the bean as they pass through the creature’s intestinal tract (it sounded better in the brochure) making it extra tasty. More on the taste later. Continue Reading →

May 11, 2016
by Kilometrico McBiro
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New Zealand Music Month Top Songs – KMcB

OK, so bearing in mind that the greatest NZ thinker / actor / human / musician of all time is Russell Crowe (I recently had an argument with deer hunters in a pub in the deep south who dared disagree with me), then obviously his band 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts should occupy 7 of my top 5 picks.  However, I’ll break with the mainstream thinking here and choose 5 lesser known (than Russell) and less celebrated (than Russell) musical ensembles and performers.  In no particular order… Continue Reading →

May 9, 2016
by Angus Westgarth
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New Town Slogans for Timaru

According to reports on Stuff, Timaru is on the hunt for a new town slogan — a $120,000 hunt. The apparent front runner in unofficial surveys was “Timaz Hard”, but this has been ruled out by councillors due to negative press surrounding the term. I didn’t think it was that bad — in the past we have had “feel the heartbeat” that, rather than capture the town’s spirit, served more as a reminder to check our grandparents’ vital signs. “Touch, taste, feel’ which was Continue Reading →

May 8, 2016
by Justin Brosnan
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The Next Battlefield Release

EA have released details of the next installment of their Battlefront franchise, called Battlefield 1 and will be released on October 21 this year. If you have an EA Access you can play it 3 days earlier on October 18, also the deluxe version will also allow you to play on the 18th and will be released to Xbox One, PC and PS4.

Battlefield 1 is set in World War 1 and includes new elements to the game such as tanks, bi planes, horses, flame throwers and Zeppelins along with 64-player multiplayer which contains trench battles, battleships and improved close range melee combat. This what I have been waiting for, we’re going back to WWI. Continue Reading →

May 5, 2016
by Justin Brosnan
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New Zealand Music Month Top Songs – JB

Since May is New Zealand Music month, I’ve been asked to provide a list of my favourite songs from The Land Of The Long White Cloud. Cool, easy, this shouldn’t be too hard. Well, it is, there are so many good songs that I want to include, but need to narrow them down to a manageable few.

I live overseas and, like many of us tend to do, have become very patriotic since leaving New Zealand. The small things have now become very important to me, like seeing the All Blacks perform the Haka or once hearing Dave Dobbyn’s Slice Of Heaven on the jukebox at a pub in central Queensland, in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Continue Reading →

May 3, 2016
by Angus Westgarth
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New Zealand Music Month Top Songs – AW

May is New Zealand music month and the staff (we use that term loosely) of Get Off My Lawn have been challenged to share the songs that mean something. To us. Because we all come from different backgrounds, live in different countries and may even be born in different decades, so this should be interesting. I’ve drawn the short straw so I’m up first — and in no particular order, because choosing 10 was hard enough. Continue Reading →

May 1, 2016
by Kilometrico McBiro
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The Less Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

In the very early 80s, as a primary school kid, girls were weird and scary to me.  Flash forward 10 years to the early 90s and girls were equally as weird and scary, possibly more so.  Fortunately for me it was the time of grunge and metal, which meant that everyone felt even more insecure and depressed, hiding our personalities, bodies and desires under a flannel-clad barrier of impenetrable, indifferent “cool”.   Continue Reading →

April 27, 2016
by Angus Westgarth
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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 – It’s not as bad as they say

Last year saw the release of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, the 5th, and likely final installment in the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series.  This series was originally made famous back in 1999 when the first game was released on the original PlayStation.

Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5’s release came at the very end of Activision’s license agreement to use the Tony Hawk name in the game and according the stories about this game, its part of the reason the game was so rushed. On launch day the disc apparently only had a tutorial on it and to unlock the game users must download a 7GB patch, and now that the license has expired Activision cannot even ship reprinted discs with the full game. Needless to say the rushed release pissed a lot of people off, as they received a broken game and if you believe everything you read on the internet “an unplayable mess”. Now enough of long winded yarn! I picked up a copy, let’s see how terrible it is… Continue Reading →