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By GUY WILLIAMS The recent death of Prince Philip has brought back memories of life at sea for a Queenstown man. London-born Brian Jessop was 18 when, in 1949, he was called up for National Service, the UK’s then-peacetime conscription system. Leaving his...

Rocker’s doco

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown bar named after American rock star Jim Morrison is to feature in a TV doco on his life. Morrison’s Irish Bar was the setting this week for a Skype interview from London with local-based clinical psychologist...

Bottom-line success

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown entrepreneur’s taking on global brands with a nappy range she claims is better for babies and the environment. Bridget Bodie-Healy’s founder and CEO of the Noopii range which is stocked by New Zealand’s major supermarket chains,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER It might seem far-fetched someone who’s been described as ‘‘one of the finest violinists in the world’’ should play in a disused cheese factory. But that’s what’s happening this Sunday when Russian-born Natalia Lomeiko performs in the Thomas...
By PHILIP CHANDLER In a Queenstown CBD increasingly riddled with empty premises, that won’t be a problem when the redeveloped O’Connells building opens next year. In a major coup, landlord Skyline Enterprises has leased two retail floors to one tenant. That is...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's biggest live music venue has become another Covid victim. Loco nightclub, which is part of the Base Backpackers complex, closes its doors after next weekend. In a Facebook post this week, it announces, ‘‘with the heaviest of hearts’’,...
Queenstown’s cultural scene only improved when world-leading Celtic harpist Kate Targett-Adams settled here last year. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to her about why she decided to move here, how she got into playing the harp and the many other strings...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Last year was a challenging time for most musicians, as uncertainty reigned supreme and lockdown dulled the senses. But for one violinist, whose CV already listed venues most artists would kill to play, lockdown presented a career highlight...
Queenstowners of a certain age will recall the late Pat Farry’s career as a pioneering rural GP.  But, as PHILIP CHANDLER discovers, his son Ben’s also forged an amazing career — in the world of drama. He explains why...

UK muso feels the love

By MATTHEW MCKEW ‘‘It's like being on another planet,’’ says a London drum ‘n’ bass DJ set to perform in Queenstown tonight after escaping what he describes as ‘‘endless misery’’ in the UK. Kanine, who’s played the likes of UK’s Glastonbury...
One of Queenstown’s biggest corporate hotshots says his biggest annoyance is people assuming he moved here to retire. Roger Sharp talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about why he moved to the resort, how Covid-19’s caused him to be very busy...
By PHILIP CHANDLER New Zealand's most promising young pianist performs at Arrowtowner Sir Michael Hill’s Lodge at The Hills this coming Tuesday. Sylvia Jiang, 24, will be playing a fully-restored 1897 Steinway Concert Grand, with all proceeds going towards furthering her...
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