I caught a sneak preview of Slavko Martinov's Pecking Order, and it has everything you want in a movie: intrigue, conspiracy, subterfuge, heroes and villains. Oh, and chickens. Lots and lots of chickens. This doco - its creators jokingly call it a "flockumentary"- is going to make members of the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club world famous. Watch out for Doug, he's a gem. It opens nationwide on May 18, and I guess you could call it the ultimate chick flick (badoom tish).
I'm blitzing through The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. It covers the fascinating life story of Christopher Knight, who went into the woods aged 20 and didn't come out for 27 years. Even then, he only came out because he was caught during a burglary.
Knight had survived in the woods by breaking into holiday homes for food, and had only spoken one word to another human the entire time. He didn't say goodbye to anyone and his parents never reported him missing. It's a bizarre story - and it's all true.
It's New Zealand Music Month and don't we just produce some great music in this country? I'm loving the chilled vibes of Louis Baker (check out his show at Auckland venue REC on May 19), and the debut album from Auckland chill-pop act Leisure still features high on my playlist. All Over You is such an outstanding tune - especially for those suffering the end-of-summer blues.
Have you tried the turmeric lattes from The Raw Kitchen at City Works Depot? I just can't get enough of that golden goodness.
I'm in the middle of a training plan with Aaron Boslem at Movement Lab in Grey Lynn. He really knows his stuff and works me hard. Movement Lab is such a beautiful place to work out in - it's so bright and light.
If I'm not getting fit at Movement Lab, I'm having a crack at Box & Ride on New North Rd. It's a part-boxing, part-spin class and is an intense, satisfying work-out. Plus when you're boxing you can always imagine the face of that person at work who really grinds your gears, so it counts as therapy as well.
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