Carlo & Malik

Netflix Season 1 (so far) Episodes: 12 In Italian with English dubbed (poorly too, as it’s lifeless – as if the dubbers are just reading the script rather than putting any effort into it) Rating: 3.5 Inspector Carlo Guerrieri, a veteran police officer from Rome, finds himself partnered with a rookie who was born in…

Ma Maison

I was in Akaroa for the weekend with the MapWorld girls. Sandra, of course, rode her bike there and back. The rest of us were driven there and back by Jude. Our motel was right on the waterfront – and old tired, motel, but it had three bedrooms, and was clean and tidy. Akaroa is…

Fisherman’s Wharf

On a drizzly cold night, we all (10 of us, except Miriam who lives there) made our way through the tunnel to Lyttelton to go to this gem. It’s located overlooking the port, and the menu is mainly fish, and delicious. Everyone enjoyed their choices. The paua dumplings were great, the sizzling fish platter was…

Vices and Virtues

As there were only 3 MapWorld girls available for our usual Tuesday night get-together, and there are no movies on that we’re all interested in seeing, we decided to go for a First Table meal instead. Tonight we went to Vices and Virtues. The restaurant is part of the Sudima Hotel. Davide was our host…

Bella Vita

After a very long absence, I was back in New Plymouth at long last (Covid delays of course) to spend the weekend with my family. On Saturday night, we visited Bella Vita for dinner. As the name suggests, it’s an Italian restaurant. The menu is extensive, and there’s even specials. I so wanted fish, but…

Resistance

Rating: 4.5/5 At the time of his death in 2007, Marcel Marceau was the world’s most famous mime. But in 1938-’39, when World War II rescue drama “Resistance” takes place, Jewish-born Marcel Mangel was just 15 years old (two decades younger than actor Jesse Eisenberg who plays him here) and had not yet adopted his stage name, much…

Nom Nom

Tonight, we went back to a favourite. I confess I thought it was a BYO which it isn’t. I’m trying to intersperse a BYO restaurant in amongst the others. I failed tonight. But no one was upset with me. The menu at Nom Nom (which I’ve reviewed a few times now) is Southeast Asian: Thai,…

Lockdown – chooks and books

But wait. There’s more. No I’m not going to offer a set of ginsu knives (whatever they are). I’ve got 2 categories of cartoons that I want to share as a grand finale: chooks and books.                

Lockdown, Level 1, (Day 80)

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 (ZERO active cases, 22 deaths – unchanged for 19 days) I feel like I should have the strains of Frank Sinatra in the background singing “My Way” And now, the end is near And so I face the final curtain My friends, I’ll say it clear I’ll state my case of…

Lockdown – Covid Cartoons

Over the last 10+ weeks I’ve posted a number of Covid related cartoons and images. Following is a recap to end this blog.