South Island revisited

"Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost From stumbling across seal colonies to walking among the trees, the past week of traveling around the south island has only fostered my fondness for this country. My folks who, for some reason, decided... Continue Reading →

Adversity on and off the field

The oxford dictionary defines the vicious circle as 'a sequence of reciprocal cause and effect in which two or more elements intensify and aggravate each other, leading inexorably to a worsening of the situation.’ At the beginning of the season we had a small playing squad but it was enough, last weekend we couldn’t even muster a starting... Continue Reading →

Aotearoa 

As John Snow would say “winter is coming”. The mornings are getting cold, windscreens freezing over and the nights are drawing in but thankfully the sun still shines during the day. Blenheim remains largely in a high pressure zone, meaning relatively clear skies, lots of sun but variable temperatures, in fact last year it was... Continue Reading →

Tongan Time 

Tongan time could be defined as anytime after (never before) the arranged meet time. As someone who believes in being punctual to the point of being early I think I am going to have to get used to waiting. Having said that I’m living a lifestyle where time is merely a guideline in most cases... Continue Reading →

The Great Escape

“It is the sworn duty of all officers to try to escape. If they cannot escape, then it is their sworn duty to cause the enemy to use an inordinate number of troops to guard them” My housemate’s dog (Bruce) seems to live by Captain Ramsey’s words, opting to play the part of the Allied troops... Continue Reading →

Wither Hills

A word of advice, if long walks and stunning landscapes are your thing and you haven’t visit New Zealand, book a flight, parts of this country are simply breathtaking. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, Blenheim sits on the Wairau Plain shadowed by the Wither hills. At their highest point (Mount Vernon) the hills reach... Continue Reading →

An unlikely hero…

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; the three days in which I play rugby and they remain the same whether I’m playing in New Zealand or the UK, so what’s the difference? Well, more than anything else it’s how rugby is entrenched in everyday life out here. Take the British football culture, put it on a course of... Continue Reading →

Toko

Toko short for Tokoua, a word I have become accustomed to hearing over the past few weeks. Tongan for brother it forms an integral part of the vocabulary for a lot of the boys in our team and to date is the only word I’ve managed to learn the meaning. For me, the frequent use... Continue Reading →

Kia Ora

There is no grand idea behind this blog, no real plan or aim to jump on the blogosphere fame wagon, I'm simply going to write about the events I experience paying particular attention to those which I deem amusing, interesting and/or noteworthy. In truth the main purpose it will serve is to save repeating the... Continue Reading →

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