Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival - Critic's pick of the crop

This Saturday 4 October welcomes back the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival, organised by OUSA. Bridging town and gown, there’s something for everyone – the average Scarfie can (oddly) have their usual Speight’s and drink it too, while the more discerning palate can opt for something a bit more, well, crafty. It may not surprise readers that the team at Critic isn’t overly fond of the usual piss found in Scarfieville and we have thus...

College of Education stretched for cash

In a meeting on Monday 22 September, it was announced that 20 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions at the University of Otago’s College of Education would be cut. The Otago Daily Times reported the...

Gecko geeks and preserving the peninsula

The Jewelled Gecko is one of Otago’s treasures. The lively green reptile is so rare and valuable that the location of its conservation sites cannot be disclosed for fear of eager poachers. Carey...

Aaron Cruden and the irony of alcohol sponsorship of sport

To the rugby desk, where a few weeks ago I touched on the subject of the media’s relation to sport and how it can be used as a...

Critic (still) tackles election year

After the initial shock of Election Day, where, for all intents and purposes, nothing changed, have come the autopsies. For the left, whose momentum towards the end came from the revelations about the...

Ha the Unclear - Bacterium, look at your motor go

Rating: A- After releasing a handful of lo-fi pop albums, EPs and singles under the moniker Brown, no one suspected that the Dunedin/Auckland quartet was gearing up for a drastic makeover. In...

Destiny

Rating: B The hype machine was put into high gear before the launch of Destiny. Although Bungie, the celebrated studio behind Halo, met these expectations in many ways, they also fell well short of them in many more. My biggest disappointment with...

Love Is Blind

Critic’s infamous blind date column brings you weekly shutdowns, hilariously mismatched pairs, and the occasional hookup. Each week, we lure two singletons to Di Lusso, ply them with food and alcohol, then wait for their reports to arrive in our inbox. If this...

Editorial

In some of the most significant (and rare) space news to reach the public recently, it was revealed that India’s satellite now orbiting Earth’s near neighbour Mars cost the equivalent of only NZ$95 million. Meanwhile, US military spending last year alone cost...

EVENT GUIDE

WED 1: OUSA Future DJ Competition Winner Refuel | Free entry from 9pm.

THU 2: Schoolboy Q (Los Angeles, CA) University Union Hall | Tickets available from dashtickets.co.nz.

THU 2: Radio One 91fm and Velvet Worm Brewery present Chick's Hotel Pint Night w./ Toy Destruction, Mansweat and Anarchy Drive Chick's Hotel | Free entry from 9pm. Chick's Magic Bus leaves Countdown at 8.30, uni library at 8.35, returns to town after the show, and is free to ride w./ your 2014 Radio Onecard or $5 without.

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