Freya Hill

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Athletically Challenged

I made the most amazing discovery last week; so amazing that I was still thinking about it at 6.20am the next morning, as I bounced on a mini-trampoline in a room full of sweaty strangers. No doubt I had a strange smirk on my face, a combination of child-like glee at being on a trampoline…

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Chicken Chic

I just got pecked by some raging feral hen-beast, whilst sitting innocently out in my own back garden.  I’m pretty sure we’re the only madhatters who allow their chickens to have complete run of the whole garden, like some undersized and over fluffed wannabe peacocks. Chicken keeping is experiencing a bit of a renaissance amongst…

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Rollin’ In Da Burbs

Oh how the times have changed. I was raised in a Toyota Hiace; I mean this almost literally. From the ages of 5 years to 18 years, my family’s chief vehicle was the Hiace van, Bertie the Bus. Before Bertie came to us, he had been a plumber’s van. Even as a primary school kid I…

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Too Many To Choose

I like yoghurt, and so when I’m doing the grocery #shopping, the yoghurt aisle is a place I always linger. I probably spend upwards of 30 seconds pondering and inspecting my options before making a #choice. 30 seconds is a long time when you consider most other items in my trolley are a ‘grab and…

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Keeping Up With The Jones

Countdown Supermarket has recently launched a new ‘soap opera’ style marketing campaign. ‘Meet the Colemans’ introduces the potential customer to the fictional Coleman family, who are designed to represent the typical Kiwi family. The campaign gives the family a back-story, and a developing storyline. We are encouraged to see to see ourselves in the Colemans….

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Seasonal Confusion

#christmas has taken my mind. It’s been replaced by a mince pie, a plate of bbq food and an afternoon nap.  I’ve given up trying to rationalise and justify to myself why it’s ok that I eat poorly, drink more and exercise less. The great Christmas/New Years/#summer Holiday ‘silly season’ is upon us. From mid-December…

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being (…young and educated today)

I have a dear friend who is a law student. My friend works incredibly hard at her studies, and will no doubt be a successful lawyer.  Last month I visited her, and we had some very interesting conversations about what it means to be a young, educated person today.  Undeniably, young adults in 2011 have…

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Oral Indicators

I was talking to a Canadian recently about the raised-in-#canada Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds. I remarked that Reynolds was doing quite well (he was voted People magazine’s 2010 Sexiest Man Alive) and then I commented that ‘He would have had to dump his Canadian accent when he crossed the border.’ The Canadian I was talking…

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Sleeping With Strangers

I have often thought that undertaking air #travel today is like being a contestant on some mad, and quite sadistic, tv game show.  Think ‘Amazing Race’ but with bite. From the moment you arrive at the airport, the whole affair is designed to test your patience, sanity and ability to perform under pressure (or extreme…

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Lulu Loyalty

Oprah has a lot to answer for. The whooping, the hollering, that infamous couch-jumping incident of a middle aged movie star, and of course the mass hysteria (and rocketing sales) which surround any product linked to Brand Oprah. Recently, Oprah released her annual ‘Ultimate Favourite Things’ list. The list is made of products Oprah feels…

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