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Peter Calder: Voyages round his kitchen table

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Bob Orr pilots a harbour boat for his day job but his dedication to writing poetry involves equally hard work.
Peter Calder: Voyages round his kitchen tableOn his days off Bob Orr taps out his poetry on a typewriter at the kitchen table of his small flat. Photo / Dean Purcell

Bob Orr calls me - twice - with afterthoughts. "I'm not very good at interviews," he explains, and his tone is

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Comedy review: Michael McIntyre, Vector Arena

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British comedian Michael McIntyre.British comedian Michael McIntyre.

The words stand-up comedian and sold-out stadium hardly ever appear in that same sentence in this country, but comedy mega-star Michael McIntyre regularly fills Britain's largest venues and he had no trouble packing out the Vector Arena on Monday night on his first trip Down Under.

If the secret of his success

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Monty Python reunion show sells out in 43.5 seconds

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Monty Python reunion show sells out in 43.5 secondsFrom left: Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Carol Cleveland and John Cleese of the comedy troop Monty Python are seen at a photo call. Photo / AP

Monty Python have added another four dates to their "one-off" reunion show after 14,500 tickets to their first London live performance sold out in just 43.5 seconds.

John Cleese, Terry

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Theatre review: An Evening with Mandy Patinkin and Nathan Gunn

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Mandy Patinkin and Nathan Gunn.Mandy Patinkin and Nathan Gunn.

Some in the very respectably filled Aotea Centre would have known Mandy Patinkin as Homeland's Saul Berenson or Jason Gideon in Criminal Minds; tonight he revealed why he is in the inner circle of Sondheim singers.

Nathan Gunn, a baritone in full bloom, elegantly besuited alongside the more casually dressed Patinkin,

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Janet McAllister: You're looking swell, dolly

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Hai Hai Crawling at Wallace Arts Centre.Hai Hai Crawling at Wallace Arts Centre.

Our own doll shrine at home is this thing we found inexplicably abandoned at the St Vincent de Paul op shop in Onehunga. It's a plastic-faced baby wearing an Anne Geddes tag and a large cactus on its head.

In its grotesquery, the Geddes prickle kid on our bookshelf is the anti-"Doll of Japan".

Not even Hello

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