Truth Universally Acknowledged

The title of this blog is an obvious reference to my favourite author, Jane Austen. My other great inspiration is Ella Fitzgerald. I intend this site to be general musings about things which interest me, and hopefully you as well.

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

I'm a girl in her twenties living in New Zealand - of Irish and Scottish descent. I'm married to a wonderful guy and we live in a tiny house in the suburbs with a menagerie of soft toys and model aircraft. My main occupations at the moment are attempting to become and author and surviving my day job... wish me luck!


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Friday, 16 March 2007

Yes I admit, I haven't updated this website for some time. And I seem to have lost motivation for doing so, so I thought I would officially announced my intention to take a break from updating it, perhaps permanently. I hope you will still enjoy my previous posts from the past two years.


Friday, 26 January 2007

10 days to go!

We are off to Sun Peaks in BC, Canada. Our longest trip (2 weeks) since we got married 3 years ago. I am excited beyond expression.

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Friday, 19 January 2007

Thought I'd stay on the penguin theme...

This adventurous little chap is now in safety.

And here's another one!

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Thursday, 18 January 2007

Austen adaptations

New crossword here.

Article about the new Persuasion here.

A new novella series as a sequel to Northanger Abbey.

Help decide the promotional poster for 'Becoming Jane'.

And a quiz to round things off.

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Monday, 15 January 2007

Austen-esque author finds her Mr Darcy

This is a lovely story.

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Thursday, 28 December 2006

What would your aristocratic title be?

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Countess-Palatine Charlotte the Contrite of Wallop upon Deane
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title


Wednesday, 27 December 2006

Penguins in popular culture

Here's a nice article about these lovable creatures - beginning with none other than Pingu, of course.

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Friday, 22 December 2006

Merry Christmas everyone!

Truth is stranger than fiction - it's a white Christmas downunder!

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Thursday, 21 December 2006


Oh dear. The moment someone gets a whiff you like wearing fur, you are immediately everyone's worst enemy.

Now, I hear the reason the PETA people are adverse to this fashion trend is because the animals are killed in a rather unsavoury manner in order to obtain their hides. I object to animals being mistreated. I love animals, as you may be able to tell from this blog. As a kiwi though, I find it hard to get worked up into such a song and dance about it.

You see, one of the many animals which were introduced to our little island nation by the invading colonists were opossums, or just possums as everyone calls them. They are a pest. They kill our native wildlife - many different species; they are not selective - and strip and kill our native trees. They reproduce with fervour, and seeing their carcasses on the roadside is certainly not going to produce any sympathy. We have people dedicated to their eradication, but they're fighting a losing battle. Suffice to say, we kiwis have a somewhat negative attitude towards the blighters.

The little critters also tend to possess their own fur coats. And when they've been killed, we tend to make products out of it - hats, muffs, coats... whatever. It's nice that we can get something positive out of the whole thing. Recently fur from those darstardly possums has been blended with merino from our famous sheep, to make 'merinomink', a luxury brand. Apparently it's quite nice. More power to those who can find something to do with all the extra possums - and their fur.

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Tee hee

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Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Last minute gift idea

So we had some FlyBuys expiring next year, and decided to cash in our rather pathetic total. It came down to only two choices - some plastic utensils or a penguin shower radio. Hubby picked up the radio last week.

This little chap is quite something. His goggles are the on/off switch, his flipper control the AM/FM and tuning, and his foot is the volume. He sits on our shower wall and belts out our favourite tunes, increasing the enjoyment of an otherwise tedious activity a hundred fold. We felt a little silly ordering him, but we're so glad we did. If you know someone who would appreciate some music to help their shower-singing along, this would be a great present.

Noel Leeming has it here.

Or you can buy less exciting shower radios...

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Summer? Ha!

El Nino makes its presence felt again.