Lucky in Love

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 6.5px Helvetica} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {font: 7.0px Helvetica; font-kerning: none} Each week, we lure two singletons to The Bog Irish Bar, give them food and drink, then wait for their reports to arrive in our inbox. If this sounds like you, email: critic@critic.co.nz   Manny I've been thinking about the best way to approach this, and...

Sage Advice

“We run Dunedin and every other city in this nation. You can’t stop us, because you need us. Just let us do what we do, and nobody gets hurt.” - Dave, spokesperson of ‘The Workmen’ Dunedin chapter   Over the ages, the city of Dunedin has been home to many great sages and bards. Who better to help uncover its rich and ancient heritage than a local Dunedin expert and historian? This week I have been...

Inventions Out of Time

Rating: 4/5 Gunpowder was invented by the Chinese, along with everything else ever. Lots of people talk shit about gunpowder due to its unfortunate association with guns. However, such an association misses the fundamental essence of gunpowder: it smells really, really, really, good. It is a smell that evokes both childhood and chaos, the pure annihilation of everything flawed or difficult in the world. Leaving just the smooth fizzling tang...

Vapourium Presents Science Tank

For the last 500 million years, the micro-animal Hypsibius dujardini, otherwise known as tardigrades, have ruled our planet. If you’ve never even heard of these bad boys, then boy howdy it’s time to learn you. Measuring up to a whopping 1mm in length, their curious little three pronged hands look like miniature garden cultivators, whilst their bodies resemble little obese caterpillars made from vacuum cleaner bags. It’s no...

The Hell Hole

The contractions had started. The woman’s husband was at work, and she was at home, on maternity leave, waiting in boredom for the last weeks of her pregnancy to end. The thing she had longed for throughout the past eight months was beginning, but it was too soon. She had called her husband, but he wasn’t answering. The contractions were sudden, long, and close together. It felt like someone had reached inside her and was grabbing and...

Ethel & Hyde

Dear Ethel and Hyde, So a couple of weeks ago I went to this big post-exam blow out party with my flatties. We preloaded at home and were on form when we arrived. I got talking with this guy I recognised from one of my classes. He was pretty flirty and after few more drinks he suggested we go back to his. On the walk to his flat I vaguely remember having to push him off me a couple of times because he kept trying to make out (and more) in the...

Mystery Object Hunt (July 17-23)

This week calls for masses of celebration (I think that every week but this week holds true. I swear).   Monday 17 July – World Emoji Day, Yellow Pig Day Imagine a world where...