What not to wear to the sevens

Billy T James costumes - relevant to NZ, comfortable to wear, unique, very appropriate. Nice work! (Pic stolen from the Dom Post)

Billy T James costumes – relevant to NZ, comfortable to wear, unique, very appropriate. Nice work! (Pic stolen from the Dom Post)

It’s that time of year when people will call us buzzkills for not enjoying having our streets extra-clogged with vomit and having all of our female friends feel extra unsafe on the streets because of all the douchecanoes who think that because they’re wearing a costume they can harass with impunity.

But we’re not buzzkills, really! And to prove that, we’ve put our heads together and come up with some Wellington-inspired ideas for your Sevens costumes.

Just don’t do blackface, okay? And don’t harass people in the street. What are your costume ideas?

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Official Wellingtonista Unofficial Webstock Wednesday Warmup time again!

Photo by Christsje on FlickrIt’s that special time again! For the fourth year in a row, we’d like to invite you to come and have a drink with us before the Webstock conference.

Once again,  we’ll be at the Fork and Brewer, upstairs in Bond Street, from 5.30pm on Wednesday February 13. Spot us by our Webstock satchels,  Instagramming and warm, welcoming smiles (and also by the handy sign – we’ll be to the left at the top of the stairs). If you are into that sort of thing, we’re calling it #4wwww (for Wellingtonista Webstock Wednesday Warmup, and also cos it’s the fourth year in a row).

This is an excellent time to catch up with the people you only see once a year or so, talk tech, drink beer (or whatever else you fancy), flirt, find new friends to sit with during the conference, put faces to Twitter handles and just generally have a good time. Even if you’re not going to Webstock, you’re very welcome, but be warned, you may feel very jealous.

If you’re from out of town and haven’t booked your hotel yet, we made some suggestions last year, and would happily add The Rydges to those recommendations. And if you can’t join us on the day, we can tell you where to go while you’re in Wellington anyway.

Twtvite is here, Facebook event is here.

(This isn’t an official Webstock event, but they do like us, promise! And it’s been going for long enough that it’s pretty much part of the official calendar)

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Signs of the time – advertising we like

So many surfaces in Wellington are crammed with posters trying to sell us something, so we thought it might be nice to look at some of the advertising that actually looks good. This week, our favourite piece of advertising are these posters from Wellington Zoo.

Wellington Zoo postersThese absolutely gorgeous animals (there’s a red panda in the series too) are by Argentinian illustrator Christian Montenegro and the campaign was put together by Saatchi & Saatchi. Hurray for such a colourful and playful design! In fact, the zoo tells us that the posters are so popular that they’re actually giving them away to visitors, so now would be a really good time to visit, if our posts about close encounters hadn’t already convinced you (EDIT: they say on Facebook “From now until the end of the holidays (or when we run out, whichever comes first!) we are giving away A2 versions of these posters to Zoo visitors so make sure you pop in to see us soon” – just to clarify).

Okay, with every best there has to be a worst, and I think this offering to cruise ship passengers to really experience some Wellington culture speaks for itself: McDonalds, how exotic!

What signs/campaigns have you seen around that you love or hate? Let us know – leave us pictures or links in the comments.

 

 

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