And now for something completely different …

Do you listen to the radio very much?  In my drive to and from work each day I listen to Radio New Zealand’s National Programme, which is a non-commercial station, and love the afternoon programme they run from late December to mid-January, when a lot of people are on holiday and ‘normal programming’ is sort of suspended.  It’s called ‘Matinee Idle’ and the hosts are Phil O’Brien and Simon Morris, with Production Assistant Kelle Howson.  Phil and Simon are an irreverent twosome who excel in quick repartee and the ability to find quirky, off the wall numbers to entertain and amuse.  On New Year’s Eve they played a little gem called ‘Bulbous Bouffant’, by The Vestibules (, which is actually a video about three guys waiting for the bus, made by a chap called Spencer Parks in 2006 as part of his independent study at the University of Iowa.  I love the concept of taking a whole lot of slightly unusual sounding words (eg macadamia, gazebo, bouffant, blubber, etc) and weaving them together into a sort of chant – it reminded me so much of The Muppet Show, with the same sort of humour:  great stuff!

Had some time tonight after work and before bridge to take a walk in the Botanic Gardens with the camera – it was a beautiful evening, although the wind made it a little tricky for photos.  I have no idea what some of the plants/trees are (I should be more diligent and note down all the relevant botanical information for you, shouldn’t I … nah, that’s too much like work!), but here’s a selection of shots for you:

No time for Zentangling today – I’m almost suffering withdrawal symptoms! 🙂 I did, however, get the chance to discuss it with one of the librarians at Fendalton Library today, as she was practising in the tea room at lunchtime when I in there – like me, she has only recently discovered it, and is enjoying the creative and therapeutic aspects. I shall have to do double homework tomorrow to make up for missing today 🙂

Bridge tonight was fun – good to be getting back into it, although my brain seems to have forgotten a few things over the short break! Always love the challenge of the game, though, and the opportunity to play against better players and to learn from them.

And with that, I’ll bid you all a good night, and we’ll catch you again tomorrow – take care.


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