Ten instruments on which I’ve played ‘Louie Louie’

One of my favourite songs is Richard Berry’s ‘Louie Louie’. It’s such a dumbass number – a three chord riff, three-note ostinato bass, and lyrics that were reputedly subject to CIA investigation on the basis of subversive content. But that was because Berry’s vocals were so muffled nobody could understand them. The lyrics, audible in … More Ten instruments on which I’ve played ‘Louie Louie’

The obscure word of the week is nudiustertian

This week’s obscure English word is nudiustertian. It’s an obsolete term meaning ‘two days ago’. I’m not sure why it’s become obsolete – it seems pretty useful to me. You know. Q: ‘When did you make this sandwich?’, A: ‘Nudiustertian’, or Q: ‘How long have we been waiting for the bus?’, A: ‘Since nudiustertian.’ Your … More The obscure word of the week is nudiustertian

New Zealand’s looming failure to control Covid

New Zealand has a fantastic record of biosecurity. We are the only country in the world to have eliminated microplasma bovis from the cattle population. We eliminated hydatids from the sheep population. We got rid of fireblight from the apples. And recently we also eliminated pea weevil where it had arrived in the Wairarapa. New … More New Zealand’s looming failure to control Covid

Conspiracy theories and how they relate to medieval butt trumpets

I realised the other day that my life would make perfect sense if I first assumed that some malevolent entity was trying to destroy me in the slowest and most painful way possible, raising obstacle after obstacle over the smallest things I try to do, ensuring luck never goes my way, and – if I … More Conspiracy theories and how they relate to medieval butt trumpets