Saturday, September 29, 2012

Richard Requests a Post and I Wonder

Richard is nagging me to do a post, and I have an hour until I have to be at a friend's for dinner, and it's the holidays so I'll indulge with a bunch of thoughts. Firstly, I feel a little intimidated here, as my fellow bloggers have either ceased to post, or turned very elite and dedicated.

Now, a little song:

This is from the cool little documentary called 'Searching for Sugarman'. We saw it a the film festival and I think it comes out on general release in a fortnight at the Lighthouse in Petone. All you need to know about it is this: back in the 1970s a record called Cold Fact by Detroit artist Roderiuez somehow came to South Africa and it became a hit, an anthem for young liberal white South Africans who supported the end of apartheid, selling nearly over half a million albums (where as only half a dozen sold in the US). But no one knew anything about him, except that he had committed suicide on stage, so two South African music fans set out to find the truth.

If you must look at a trailer, look at this one, but stop it after one minute. Then go and see the film. Then tell me what you thought of it.

It's holidays, always a good time. But also a waiting game this time. We put in the visa application last week and now we must hold tight for an answers. I could run through all the masses of things we have had to do for this application, but I'm not ready too yet, it has been incredibly invasive of our relationship.

One term back teaching in NZ complete and I feel most of my frustration directed more at politicians than any student in my classroom. It has been comforting and challenging to be back in a classroom in New Zealand in ways I can't expand on now as I'm expected at a friends for dinner in fifteen minutes. Have a good evening.


  1. Hi Nicola. I'll have to see that movie.
    Thanks for the update.

  2. Thanks for the update Nicola. I can understand the visa questions being a bit annoying. When we applied for Permanent Residence, I had to show proof of a permanent relationship. A marriage certificate and two kids were deemed insufficient evidence.

  3. Of course, TSB, having two kids only proves you've had sex two times... they want to know you're in a stable and long lasting relationship!

    Richard (of RBB)-Thanks for the comment (and encouragement)

  4. It is good that you were able to find work back here quite soon after coming back. At least having a job is one less worry. But when dealing with the Big Brother burearecrats, life can suck. Hang in there girl.