Quinn Berentson has won $2500 for resurrecting the moa – in his award-winning book, Moa: The life and death of New Zealand’s legendary bird. It is among three winners of the New Zealand Society of Authors’ Best First Book Awards, and was described by chief judge John Campbell as “a really great historical biography, in which almost everyone (including the bird itself) is varying degrees of mad”.
A US tourist says actor John Malkovich played a starring role in coming to his rescue when he fell and gashed his throat on scaffolding in Canada. Seventy-seven-year-old Jim Walpole fell on Thursday in Toronto while on a trans-Canadian trip.
Velvet Underground, the 1960s avant-garde rock band, has settled a fight with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts over the rights to an iconic pop art image of a banana that graced the band’s best-known album. Velvet Underground sued the Warhol Foundation in January 2012 after reports that the foundation was planning to license the banana design for cases, sleeves and bags for Apple Inc’s iPhone and iPad
Talking to Tina Cross about her 40 years as a singer, performer and entertainer is a bit like opening the floodgates to a huge memory dam. “Sorry if I’ve rabbitted on,” she apologises towards the end of our interview.
Cabinet Minister Maurice Williamson has missed out on his chance to appear on the American chat-show Ellen.
REVIEW: The producers of Doctor Who continue to be clever with their titles for this half season of the show. It opened with The Bells of Saint John by show runner Steven Moffat, referring to the call the Doctor took on the Tardis phone from new companion Clara Oswald.
US TV network CBS has apologised after its Emmy-winning reality series The Amazing Race angered veterans with an episode featuring Vietnamese communist propaganda.
Here’s an old bit from a stand-up comic’s act: “Some say the glass is half empty. Some say it is half full.
Our marriages often provoke us to throw the china and utter the unforgivables. The context is usually personal, not political, but either way, passions run high.