#2669 The Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

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I did all my Christmas shopping in NYC and couldn’t wait to give everybody everything the moment I landed in NZ, so I gave my family their presents the morning I arrived, and now there’s nothing for anybody on Christmas Day. Nightmare. But over the last few days I did the rounds at all my favourite shops in Auckland, which gave me a chance to pick up some ideas for last minute gifts. So if you’re in New Zealand and you’re still struggling to think of what to get for your people, hopefully this’ll help. p.s. Yes, those are socks.

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#2668 The Age Debate

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Anon asks: How do you feel about age differences in a relationship? My boyfriend is 12 years older than me, I’m in my early twenties. It never bothered me until I realized in five years he’ll be 40, and I’m not sure I’ll be ready for children in five years. I’ve tried dating guys closer to my age, and it’s never worked out, either because they don’t have the same interests as me or they aren’t mature enough to be in a serious relationship.

Hey, gidday mate. Age differences are one of those insanely frustrating exterior forces — like geographic distance, or parents being second cousins — that can really mess with an otherwise perfect union. I feel your pain.

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#2667 On Mt Eden In Gucci

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Hey, gidday mates! This is only the second time I’ve looked at my computer in the four days I’ve been back in New Zealand, such has been the whirlwind of family members to hang out with and babies to kiss and Tom Bulls to entertain. But like I mentioned the other day, I flew in, went home and showered, ran out the door, and hit the road with James Lowe to shoot two Gucci blog posts (click here for the first); this is the second.

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#2666 City Of Sails

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My past 48 hours: On Wednesday morning I was on 15th Street in New York having breakfast with a Frenchman, a Polack and a Russian; by the afternoon I was sitting at the airport with Hasids and their bodyguards in New Jersey; that night I was surrounded by fellow Kiwis (including Dean O’Gorman of The Hobbit fame) at LAX; and the next morning I was flying into Auckland International Airport, picked up by my parents, home to my sister’s house for a quick shower, then straight back out the door to the top of Mt Eden then the Westhaven Marina to shoot Gucci with my mate James K Lowe.

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#2665 Presenting Florence Noble’s ‘Things Are Going Really Well’

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Not sure if you’ve noticed, but there has been a huge amount of talk about breakups and millennials and millennial breakups this past week. New York magazine ran a story saying that this generation of ours is not the hookup generation we once assumed we were, but the breakup generation; Vice ran a particularly depressing piece about everything you learn when your longterm relationship collapses in your 20s; and I can honestly tell you that 90% of the relationship advice questions I receive relate to getting over heartbreak or cheating partners or the implosion of a premarital cohabitation type deal. Oy vey. So with all that in mind, I present to you the exclusive online premiere of Florence Noble‘s short film Things Are Going Really Well. As you might imagine, it’s a comedy about the tragedy of running into a past love when you’re still not over it, but you really want to appear as if you’re okay. Sound relatable? You must be human.

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