Category Archives: Insider – Jock Phillips

The party’s over

By Insider – Jock Phillips Almost everyone was dressed up – French supporters with tricolour wigs, rooster hats, and red, white and blue drapes; Kiwis almost all in black, with silver hats, fern antlers, and enveloped in New Zealand flags. … Continue reading

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Everyone’s an All Black supporter

By Insider – Jock Phillips It’s midday on the day of THE BIG GAME. The countdown really began at Kiri Te Kanawa’s concert last night when the great soprano welcomed everyone to a ‘celebration’; and then explained that ‘hadn’t our … Continue reading

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Bringing the country to the city

By Insider – Jock Phillips There was a time when all of us Kiwis had the soil of the country in our finger nails.  We had rellies in the country where we spent our summer holidays; and even if we … Continue reading

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Something for everyone

By Insider – Jock Phillips We are now into the business end of the World Cup.  The hordes of Irish and Scottish and Argentinian and English and Italian fans in their campervans have gone home, licking their wounds.  There don’t … Continue reading

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Rugby heroes, rugby villains

By Insider – Jock Phillips Put together a case of old jerseys, cups, programmes and tickets; throw in a couple of panels about heroes of the past; add a scrummaging or a kicking-a-goal interactive; find a catchy title (usually involving … Continue reading

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Black and Blue

By Insider – Jock Phillips My title could refer to the bodies of the Wallaby rugby team, but it does not.  It refers to the colours of the two teams which will meet at Eden Park on Sunday night.  So … Continue reading

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Fun in North Hagley Park

By Insider – Jock Phillips It was a message on my cellphone which inspired this post.  Jackie Hay, a good friend and the inspired organiser of this blogging trip, asked if I could take a photo of the huge Webb … Continue reading

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The Earthquake in Chile – in Christchurch

By Insider – Jock Phillips For the third time in three days I have just had an interesting theatrical experience which was not in a theatre – ‘The Complete History of World Rugby (Abridged)‘ was on a footie field; ‘Having … Continue reading

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Laughing through it all

By Insider – Jock Phillips It is strangely revealing that of all the Fanzones and REAL New Zealand Festival offerings that I have visited over the past month, only in Christchurch, city of quakes, city without Rugby World Cup 2011 … Continue reading

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Return to quake city

By Insider – Jock Phillips The sun was out; the new leaves on the oaks were a brilliant green; and the huge chestnut trees were covered in tufts of white flowers.  Christchurch’s Hagley Park in the spring is a glorious … Continue reading

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