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  • Super Stardust Ultra: '80s-style shooter retains its charm

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 77

    It really is that simple for those who dip into Super Stardust Ultra, a pleasantly simple little arcade title that's ideal for filling those gaps between more taxing gaming experiences. It's a remake of the original PS3 game, which in turn was an enhanced version of an old Amiga title. Essentially, you are piloting a little spaceship, controlling movement

  • Music like it used to be

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 70

    From brass bands to viols, from Shakespeare to Catherine de Medici, not to mention music by Bach, Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Corelli and many less well-known composers, music lovers are in for a treat with 10 days of Renaissance and Baroque music, theatre and dance in the New Zealand International Early Music Festival from February 27 to March

  • Polanski testifies in extradition hearing

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 72

    Dariusz Mazur, the judge presiding over the case in the southern Polish city of Krakow, said the court could not make a ruling on Wednesday (local time) since it still had to consider additional documents submitted by Polanski's lawyers. Mazur said the filmmaker's lawyers had handed in preliminary documents in English and in German from his unsuccessful

  • Countertenor treat at All Saints

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 76

    The South African-born countertenor is singing in a concert on Sunday March 8 in All Saints Church as part of the New Zealand International Early Music Festival. Winner of the New Zealand Aria Competition and first runner-up in the Lexus Song Quest in 2012, the 27-year-old rising star came to New Zealand in 2003 with his parents at the age of 15. While

  • Evocative sound of viola da gamba

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 72

    Director of the Sydney-based Marais Project, an early music ensemble, she first heard it when she was completing her studies at the Sydney Conservatorium. The viola da gamba, also known as a bass viol, is an early string instrument played with a bow that preceded the cello and was played in the Renaissance and Baroque periods although, as the ensemble

  • Art seen: February 26

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 77

    ''Parallel Play'', Frances Hodgkins and her contemporaries (Dunedin Public Art Gallery) The latest exhibition in the Frances Hodgkins wing of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery is a clever assemblage of works by Hodgkins, each paired with a piece by one of her contemporaries. The juxtaposition of these artworks is intended to show similarities and differences

  • Cliff Richard sex crime probe expands

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 76

    Officers raided the home of Richard, 74, in Berkshire, west of London, last August, when he was on holiday, over allegations which dated back to the 1980s and involved an under-age boy. Richard was later interviewed under caution but not arrested or charged with any crime. He said on Wednesday all the allegations were "absurd and untrue". David Crompton

  • Madonna takes nasty tumble on stage

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 78

    The singer toppled off a set of stairs after her dancers pulled on a long, flowing cape she was wearing. It appeared the pop diva was trying to untie the cape but wasn't quite fast enough, causing her to be pulled backwards off the staircase. After a brief moment of shock, the singer got back up and carried on with the rest of her song, Living For Love. It was the first

  • Fifty Shades breaks NZ's R18 record

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 81

    Fifty Shades of Grey has become New Zealand's highest-grossing R18 film. New figures released today show the raunchy flick has made $2.62 million in box office takings locally, overtaking the previous record-holder Wolf of Wall Street with $2.59m. Other films in the top 10 include Quentin Tarantino's ultra-violent Pulp Fiction, Sharon Stone's turn in the erotic