Best chef . . . . . Nikolai MageI used to know of Nik as a romantic rival, and tbh I was a bit scared of him. But that was before I experienced his hospitality! He is delicious.
Biggest comeback, Best gig buddy . . . . . Paul MarkhamPaul was a record store clerk when I was a strung out 21 year-old. He put me on to various chillwave artists, but I'm ashamed to say I blanked him when he were stuck on the same bus together, later that year. I was so happy to run into him at Jessica Pratt and did not make the same mistake twice. Paul is probably the nicest guy in the world.
The Superfriend, Biggest bromance, Best work mate . . . . . Peter Satro aka the Magic TilerPeter said of me, "You are exceptional", after we worked on a project together. Polish is Peter's native tongue, and I think he meant "I'm the exception to the rule", but I'll take it!
Best four-legged . . . . . Ralph
Best international . . . . . The FalksThe Falks run this great guesthouse in the French countryside. https://www.lesrochers.online/
It is the first time I have given two cheek kisses to a man, saying goodbye to him.
Best new family member . . . . . Karen DrydenThere's a Dryden facebook group, for the Dryden diaspora. We all got sent DNA tests and it turns out Karen's husband is our relative. Our families lost touch following a Victorian family feud. Karen messages me more than my own family do.
Best local . . . . . The Auckland Public Library as personified by Karen Issell (aka Kissy.)How good is the Library? On my birthday I got my favourite book (the story of the Hacienda nightclub) out from Devonport library, after bungling the ferry to Waiheke.
Best meeting story . . . . . Angharad Summers & Crazy AlekCrazy Alek asked if anyone wanted a free flight to Melbourne, over NYE? Because Angharad had booked a flight from Auckland, but was flying from Chch.
I met Alek at a bar; the girl I was with brushed past his chunky knit, fox-red sweater. Naturally he asked if we wanted to have a threesome with him?