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From Within the Fallout Zone

October 9, 2017

Autumn is here, and with it the parks are under a technicolour blanket of leaves, the canal is covered in smog, and I’m wrapped up in a sweaty scarf biking through it all. I imagine a different scene in Wellington, where the spring tide is trying to swallow cyclists off Lambton Quay, succeeding every so […]

September 25, 2017

My day job is running a café at a community farm in East London. The job largely consists of serving cappuccinos to volunteers from big banks and insurance firms who come one day a year to shovel shit for their sins. Most of them work within central London, some earning more than the cost to […]

August 14, 2017

If you read stuff you’ll know all Kiwis come to London for it’s “proximity to Europe” and “because all my friends were already over here, anyway.” Sooner or later, these reasons for leaving NZ become your means of surviving the Big Bad City, i.e. I live with old friends from Wellington, and I’m on Skyscanner […]

July 17, 2017

In London, and coming from a city like Wellington, it’s easy to fall into a routine. Things aren’t so different to be shocking for long. Eventually you get on the same train to work, go to the same pub for the same guitar rock, with the same Kiwi mates. Contrary to those travel-inspo-insta blogs, you […]

May 29, 2017

I can vote and I live in Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency… The fact that I — along with any other Commonwealth citizen living in the UK — can vote is news to me; my interest in UK politics was, up until moving here, summed up to some kind of queasy feeling about Blair, Bush, and the […]

May 15, 2017

David Hockney at Tate Britain Modern Art is to me what Bavaria is to Critic’s latest booze review — “like a finger in the bum hole. Not enough people think to try it, but if you do, you discover it’s a bloody good time.” I haven’t really tried it, luckily. But my girlfriend’s an artist […]

May 1, 2017

The cultural fallout zone As your resident London ex-pat I’m making good on all hipster stereotypes. I’ve opened a coffee shop in East London, I’m living in a boat on the canal, and my pints are pulled by the same slick-haired bartender that served me in Wellington — a small world for those who can […]

April 3, 2017

“Google: a terrorist’s best friend” read the Daily Mail’s frontpage headline after the Westminster attack. The Mail, going out of their way to verify that Google truly is a friend of “the Terrorists”, investigated thoroughly: “it took the Mail two minutes to find a manual on how to use a car in a mass murder.” […]

March 20, 2017

Popular political discourse has recently become a language for extroverts. Created by extroverts, it is best consumed and regurgitated by them too. Shouted from on-high, the difference between *the* Truth and a half-truth is blurred. With this blurring, the importance of truth in political discourse is displaced. Suddenly we find ourselves in a world where […]

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