Articles by Jess Soutar Barron

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No touching!

03 April 2020

I am spying from my kitchen window on the first day of the New Normal. My elderly neighbour is sitting on her front lawn. Her healthcare worker, still in uniform and lanyard, sits on the bonnet of her Starlet. Two…

Jess Soutar Barron03 April 2020

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Me 2.0

01 February 2020

As the last strains of an incomprehensible Auld Lang Syne drift into the night we reach for our Zentangle journals and jot down these words: In 2020, I will be a better version of Me.  It feels so good to…

Jess Soutar Barron01 February 2020

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Easy Rider

01 February 2020

‘E’ is for ‘Easy as’ Don’t go shopping with a cynic. It’s a buzzkill.  The first issue is power. The man in the bike shop tries to tell Paul Paynter the “rules” cap the e-bike’s speed at 25kph. Paul scoffs:…

Jess Soutar Barron01 February 2020

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01 December 2019

Silly-season shenanigans have crept up and we are scrambling to fill stockings for littlies and oldies and Uncle Roy, who’s so hard to shop for because he’s so dull.  We reach for what’s easy, like books. Easy to make decisions,…

Jess Soutar Barron01 December 2019

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Man Bike Dog

01 October 2019

Weekend hits and we get amongst it. Hiking up the Goat Track, down the stopbank by the Tukituki, taking on the traipse from Red Bridge to Black Bridge with nothing in our guts but two flat whites. Dog in tow.…

Jess Soutar Barron01 October 2019

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Plucking at Your Sweet Spot

01 August 2019

It’s the closest we get to shrieking shamans, to burning effigies and scarifying virgins. We ululate into the atmosphere, pound the floor in a lunatic’s quick-step, hug strangers, chant the chorus and whirl dervish-like into the night. Live music does…

Jess Soutar Barron01 August 2019

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Bonus Game

01 February 2019

Pinball wizards gathered in Havelock North before Christmas for the inaugural International Flipper Pinball Association event in Hawke’s Bay, ahead of rolling out a league in the Bay this year. Organisers Lynda and Adam Corner have been playing pinball for 30…

Jess Soutar Barron01 February 2019