The End of Black Sabbath’s touring

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Black Sabbath at Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, 2014. Photo by MusikAnimal CC-BY-SA 4.0

Black Sabbath is touring the world for the last time. It’s appropriately called The End.

The Auckland show was on April 28th and then they rock Dunedin on April 30th.

I’ll be grabbing my black t-shirt and jeans and flying down to Dunedin to do some headbanging to the wonderfully heavy sound. Ozzie is one of the few old rockers that can still sing like he did in his youth. I’m so excited!

Jesse Bering: Science not morals

Cover of PervAfter reading a review of Perv in The Press’ Your Weekend magazine I was very intrigued. Jesse Bering is a science communication professor at Otago University so this book is looking at perversions from a scientific perspective – not a moral one.

Many thanks to Word Christchurch for giving me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and sit right up the front of the fascinated crowd. The topic is an uncomfortable one for even the most open-minded of us but he gave the talk with such grace and humility even when heckled by a couple of audience members.

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Jesse Bering. Flickr 2015-08-30-IMG_9023

But surely this is what it’s all about: having the conversation. Looking at our own desires and the desires of others and seeing them as just that, without judgement.

Unfortunately I’m still on the holds list for this book but I hear he writes in a humorous way. Phew! That will make the subject a little more relaxed reading!

Cute and fluffy fruit bats

I love big furry fruit bats. Their fur feels like a cashmere jersey and their wings are like suede.

On a holiday in Singapore I was lucky to get very close to bats at the Night Safari which increased my love of them. My upcoming Australian holiday has bat-searching and visiting a bat-hospital top of the to-do list.

Fruit bats or Megabats as they’re officially known, are essential for the seeding and regeneration of rainforests. They can have a wingspan of up to 1 metre. They feed on fruit, blossoms and nectar. They do not use echolocation to navigate at night but have well-developed eyes and a good sense of smell to help them locate food. They live in social groups in trees in ‘camps’.

Don’t believe that bats can be cute? Then check out this video of baby bats in an Australian bat hospital.

For more bat facts

Head Like a Hole are touring again!

Electric guitarHead Like a Hole (HLAH) is a rock band from New Zealand. Formed in Wellington in 1990, the original members were Nigel Regan, Mark Hamill, Nigel (Booga) Beazley and Andrew Durno.

Having taken the name Head Like a Hole from a Nine Inch Nails song of that name, the band gained a following with outrageous gigs, performing naked and caked with mud, or with complete face and body paint.

Their music is grunge rock with some lyrics that may offend. Definitely and 18+ band but great fun especially live.