The master cleanse

Posted 2:58pm Sunday 28th September 2014

For nearly 70 years, the Master Cleanse has existed to “detoxify” and shed unwanted pounds. Stanley Burroughs, who is conspicuously missing a “Dr” from his title, created it in the 1940s. Regardless of whether or not detoxing is a legitimate concept (it isn’t), the Master Cleanse has been at the Read more...

Long time lurker

Posted 4:38pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Forget TV and print, the place to be popular right now is the Internet. It’s not just for young people anymore, either: my parents use it to research, read, form friendships, and campaign for the Labour Party; and they’re, like, 100. Unlike the rest of my family, I am singularly terrible at being Read more...


Posted 5:55pm Sunday 31st August 2014

When I was young, I used to draw maps and mark an X on the spot where I wanted to find treasure. There never was any, but today there are more than 2,500 hidden treasures in Dunedin. Every day in our city these treasures are found, swapped around, and put back for you to find by a whole community of Read more...

The original Goth

Posted 9:16pm Sunday 10th August 2014

"Emo", short for “emotional,” was a phase some of us may have gone through in high school. If we were particularly angry, we might have been called “scene.” The dark hair and clothing, the misguided misanthropy, the multitude of heartbreaks; only a few people will pull through these phases to become Read more...

Modern art - A modern weapon

Posted 10:15pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Russia and America. The U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. They played on the same team during World War Two, but only because the captain of the opposition was the more immediate asshole. In the reconstructive, politically tumultuous post-war years, their distaste for each other solidified; the Cold War had Read more...


Posted 6:52pm Sunday 13th July 2014

One day on George Street, two women intercepted me. The older one stared with such intensity that I felt sure she was a relative I’d forgotten about, and I slowed to meet her. “Excuuuse me,” she said, “I’m from Miss Universe New Zealand Otago.” Her voice was enduring, and loaded with upwards Read more...

Tainted Lull

Posted 2:07pm Sunday 25th May 2014

After being whipped, branded and hungry, Critic sexpert Josie Adams recounts her night at Dunedin’s Fetish Ball. It was a dark and quiet night on Crawford Street. The darkness was warm and lit by the still streetlamps, and even the shadows glowed with beckoning comfort. It was an empty night, Read more...

The golden games

Posted 3:11pm Sunday 11th May 2014

Arcade games have been around for a while now. With their near-certain demise playing out since the 1980s, Josie Adams explores Dunedin’s final bastions of vintage electronic entertainment. In 1770, Europe and America were spellbound by a machine. It was called the The Turk, and it was an Read more...


Posted 1:58pm Sunday 27th April 2014

For such a sexually active group of people, the student populace knows surprisingly little about the end goal: orgasm. Critic’s Josie Adams explores the body areas and methods for having the best time. For many of us, sex is simple. We want it, look for it, have it, and then start all over Read more...

Where the Wild Things Aren't

Posted 4:50pm Sunday 6th April 2014

I am not a very good user of the library. I came once in first year for the comfy red couches, and I stayed because when you bump into people you vaguely know there and engage them in conversations, while they’re busy, they’re not allowed to yell at you – because you’re in a library. The library may Read more...

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