Monday, 11 May 2009

121 – New Zealanders in Global Headlines 5 Nov 2009

From Brian Sweeney, Producer,

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From left: choreographer and writer Douglas Wright; historian James Belich; virtual engineer David Ten Have of Ponoko; writer and academic Denis Dutton; director Colin McColl (px Robert Catto)


New Zealand headlines in this sampling of global media appearing in Daily Express, Newstrack India, BBC, Telegraph, Newsweek, The Times, Maldon Standard, Hindustan Times, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, The Star-Ledger, The Kansas City Star, The Scotsman, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Fox Business, Vogue, Guardian, The New York Times, Sun, The Age, The Salt Lake Tribune and Horse & Hound include:

Douglas Wright's Ghost Dance, one of ‘50 Top Gay & Lesbian Books’
James Belich uncovers “troubled history of Imperialism” in new book
Ponoko, Wellington co., “designing a factory for the 21st century”
Denis Dutton, academic, muses “impressive” price tags of concept art
Colin McColl’s Italian Girl in Algiers not bound by European tradition
Silver Ferns, win inaugural Fastrack World Series beating Jamaica

New Zealand accent most attractive and prestigious outside UK
Suzie Moncrief, WOW, took “art off the walls" and put it on people
Burt Munro, salt flats speedster, smuggled fuel disguised as wine
Samantha McIntosh, showjumper, 34, wins at UK's Horse of the Year
Daniel Vettori “doughty batsman, skilful bowler and shrewd captain”

Denis Dutton, Art Instinct author, bento boxes elevated to “art”
Surf City, Auckland band, play NY CMJ Marathon; “buzz band” status
Stoneleigh enables NZ pinot noir to gain foothold in US
Fallon Simchowitz, 17, Kansas, bilingual in sign language
Napier “offers engaging ... concentration of provincial 30s edifices”
New Zealand tramping “best & most economical way” to see country
Rhythm & Vines, NYE; Hot Water Beach, 2 of 6 best things to do
New Zealand base-jumper leaps 421m off KL’s International Tower
Dr Rob Young, Respiragene, says fear motivator for kicking habit
new album out in UK; “told you they were funky”
Jane Campion’s Bright Star one of her best films; Oscar contender
Cliff Curtis, Trauma star and “super hero”, 41, shuns stunt double
Txt2Quit, 26-week quit smoking programme, offers mobile support
Matt Reed, US-based triathlete, 34, wins Toyota Cup series, Dallas

Alyn Ware, peace activist, awarded Nobel alt for anti-nuke stance
Myfanwy van Hoffen, Zimbabwean immigrant, proud to be a NZer
New Zealand has “good ideas” when it comes to tort reform
Dunedin “quirkiest” in NZ with Nude Blacks; Jaffa race; “love train”
Erebus 30th anniversary sees Air NZ apologise to victims’ families
Claire Bulman, author, publishes debut children’s book, UK
Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones to screen for Queen
Lake Tarawera’s sizzling sandy edge a new sensation for journo
Jessica McCormack, jeweller, designs 2009 Fashion Fringe trophy

Kevin Roberts, nzedge co-founder, quizzed on state of the ad industry
Atconz Real Estate to spend $100m on Iraqi housing development
Sunil Kadri, Male Entrepreneur of the Year for salmon “fish disco”
Coromandel “magical”; author Fay Weldon’s favourite place
Anna Paquin, True Blood star, less Baywatch more Erin Brokovich
Liam Finn, musician, “forging his own way” in tenor-falsetto, USA
New Zealand cricket: “meagre resources; better record than England”
Rodd & Gunn raise bar of excess with AU$30,250 crocodile-skin bag
Fat Freddy’s Drop compared to 70’s funksters Ave. White Band; War
Sirocco, randy kakapo, filmed mating with wrong species, a zoologist
Jonah Lomu, takes on bodybuilding ahead of return to French rugby
Jane Campion, director, “a friskily spontaneous breeze”, Harvey Keitel

The Alternative Rugby Commentary and its’ host Jed ‘Jedi’ Thian embark on another Northern Hemisphere jaunt in November, following the All Blacks on their end of year tour of the UK to give a fresh, frank and funny look at our national game. For five weeks the House Bar in Wimbledon will play host to the ARC with five confirmed shows for the All Blacks’ autumn internationals against Wales, Italy, England, France and the Barbarians. “If you are a Rugby lover but the guy on the TV has been giving you the s****, then the Alternative Rugby Commentary is where you want to be for this November’s autumn Internationals.” With growing fame all over the world as the driving force behind Alternative Rugby Commentary, Thian has been in the hot seat since 2005, bringing his unique brand of bombastic bluster and acerbic verbal jousting to the staid world of sport commentary. The ARC is simulcast on the web at for “real sports fans all over the world who want sports commentary with real balls.”

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