Weekend Life: In case you missed Saturday

Weekend Life 22/12/2018

In case you missed the last edition of Weekend Life on Saturday, here's a look back at the best bits from Carly Flynn on Saturday, 22nd December.

Political roundup of the year

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Newshub political reporter Jenna Lynch takes look at the biggest stories of the year - the Jami-Lee Ross saga, Simon Bridges leadership doubts, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's baby announcement.

NZ's own Rhys Darby

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Kiwi comedian and actor Rhys Darby has added a new string to his bow with the release of his first-ever children’s book. The LA-based comedian wrote and illustrated the mystery-comedy book, The Top Secret Undercover Notes of Buttons McGinty, which launched in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year.

The Governess takes on the Kiwi trivia quiz

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Known as the Governess in her role as a “Chaser” on hit British TV show The Chase, Hagerty took a break from filming the The Chase AU of to fly across the Tasman for the weekend earlier this year.

Music and concert news

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Music and concert news with Hendon Blog's Mitch Ley: Shania Twain - was it the show of the year or was she the faker of the year? A U.S. radio station has fought back at calls to boycott ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’, and some Kiwi artists to look out for in 2019.

Book picks of the week

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After an incredible year of reading and recommendations, here are Joan Mackenzie's top picks for the year from Whitcoulls.


Travel with Dan Lake

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A military manhunt for a menacing drone pilot is underway at Britain's second busiest airport - this is the latest travel news with Newshub Travel's Dan Lake.

A Brown Table by chef Nik Sharma

Cooking blogger Nik Sharma began A Brown Table to recreate dishes from his childhood in India. The US-based chef hopes to inspire home cooks to make them feel comfortable with flavours and cooking methods that may feel foreign. 

He just released his first cookbook called Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food.

The Dames Lynda & Jools Topp

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The Topp Twins burst on to out scenes more than 30 years ago with their country music and singing comedy and have now released their second book and like them, it's bright and full of fun. It features local Te Mata Figs, Terraza Saffron, New Zealand Game Birds, Makapua Station and dear farmers Tim Aitken and Lucy Robertshawe among others.

Memorable moments from Hollywood in 2018

Aretha Franklin. Photo: Reuters.

Hollywood reporter Nelson Aspen reflects on the year that was in 2018. This year saw the the deaths of Hollywood icons Aretha Franklin and Burt Reynolds, and a roller coaster for Harvey Weinstein, who triggered the global #MeToo social movement. 

Health: Season of IBS & hangovers

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'Tis the season to eat too much, not get enough sleep, and to stress yourself out. This can cause IBS to flare up, not to mention the hangovers that come with the get-togethers. Dr Kathleen Schubert joined the show to share her top tips for looking after yourself this holiday season.

Motoring roundup of the year

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It’s the end of the year and time to hand out some bouquets in motoring. Motoring expert Sandy Myhre has decided on the her favourite car over the past year.

Author of a brand new Ed Sheeran biography

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Sean Smith is the author of a brand new book about New Zealand's favourite musician, Ed Sheeran. He’s the author of so many celebrity biographies; George, Adele, Kim, Robbie, Victoria, Cheryl, Kylie. All names that you don’t even need the last names for and now Ed has made the list.

Wines for the silly season

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Yvonne Lorkin from WineFriend shares her thoughts on how to make sure no one turns up with dodgy wines if you’re the one hosting Christmas lunch or dinner, andthe right wines to match with our key Christmas day flavours.

Last minute Christmas hacks

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The silly season is notorious for getting the best of us ahead of Christmas, from the stresses of gift giving to hosting the family for the week. Katie Tomasi-Edwards, co-owner of MJT Property Styling, shares her top last-minute tips for a successful Christmas.