Friday, 25 June 2010


It's a bogan night social at my last workplace, and I've just got a temporary dinosaur tattoo. So I'm going to repeat the capitals I put in the title, and ask IS IT SO WRONG?

Monday, 21 June 2010

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Corporate interests versus civil liberties?

After my blog a few months ago on the 2012 Olympics sponsorship interests putting limits on freedom of speech, it's fascinating to see it actually happening at the World Cup.

Apparently a large group of women were ejected from the Netherlands-Denmark match for taking part in a publicity stunt for Dutch brewing company Bavaria (which is a region in Germany, oddly). Two women have now been arrested under the "Contravention of Merchandise Marks Act".

Now, this all sounds kind of fair enough - the World Cup gets a lot of money from sponsorship and that's how it runs. Maybe I'd do it differently, but I'm not running the World Cup. And if you're a sponsor, there's no point paying $zillions if your competitors get on camera for free. Apparently ITV sports commentator Robbie Earle has been sacked for giving tickets to the women, so it sounds like there really was a deliberate "marketing stunt" going on. I'm not sure what penalties you should dish out to the individuals and to the company involved, but if you break the rules, something's going to happen.

My concern is this - what were the women actually doing? Here's the BBC photo:

Okay, maybe they were doing a special dance, like bees doing a corporate Macarena or something. Maybe they were sending coded messages in semaphore saying "BUY BAVARIA, BUD SUCKS". Their actions are something I can't comment on.

But it looks to me like they're just wearing orange. In which case, the only thing I'd say to the World Cup organisers is "Have you met anyone from the Netherlands?"

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Fame at last!

Those splendid people at the Capital Day section of the Dominion Post have mentioned me and that thar awesome dinosaurs video in today's paper, complete with a photo of me being a T-Rex. Huzzah! The best bit is seeing "Writer, musician, international rogue" end up in print :) If I had a Christmas card list, I would definitely be updating it!

Next stop Capital Times?

Monday, 14 June 2010

Gig this Thurs 17th: SFBH Acoustic Lounge, Wellington

I do kind of try not to spam everyone about everything, but a friend complained that she couldn't find my acoustic gig on my blog, so here it is.

Acoustic Lounge @ San Francisco Bath House, Cuba St
Thursday 17th, 5:30pm
FREE + drink specials

I'm playing my first live performance since launching this here wonderful dinosaurs video, so it would be awesome to have a whole bunch of people come down singing along.

The Acoustic Lounge has a great sound and great atmosphere, and I might even premiere a brand new song for y'all, so come down after work and bring your friends.

Here's the Facebook Event, clicky please! :)

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Glorious sunny day

Wellington's summers may be a bit shambolic, but even a winter day can be nice if it's sunny. Very mild today, although pretty sharp this morning! So long as it's dry though, I don't mind :)

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Dinosaurs music video - all the links

So first things first, if you haven't seen it, you can see my video for "I Believe In Dinosaurs" on Youtube now:

Below are all the links to where you can see the video, hear the song, and view websites for it.

Please click "like" and leave a comment wherever you see it, and share it with friends and family!

You can see the video at:
Vimeo (640x480 view)
Facebook page (I think this is the highest quality)

You can hear the track at:
Reverbnation (128kbps but good for sharing)
Last FM (320kbps, high quality)
Facebook page (player is down the left hand menu, 320kbps)

Facebook page (just for dinosaurs!)

Finally if you feel like being super sexy, you could click "suggest to friends" on my facebook page and get your friends to be a fan too.

Thanks so much for all your support and general all-round coolness.
Your friend Jez x

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Video premiere live?

Okay having trouble getting a live feed up on here, so just keep hitting this address to see our living room premiere of "I Believe In Dinosaurs"