A kind of magic

Award-winning comedian magician Jarred Fell is a regular performer in Christchurch, including at the upcoming Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival 2022. He talks to Metropol editor Lynda Papesch about shocking and delighting audiences in equal measure. Life – indeed the whole world – is definitely a stage for Jarred Fell. Deemed New Zealand’s […]

Seeing, hearing, tasting, touching and smelling

Christchurch sensory perceptionist Dr Jo Burzynska talks to Metropol editor Lynda Papesch about experiencing and enjoying the world around us. The smell and that first sip of coffee in the morning, birdsong filtering through the traffic, the velvety petals of a rose; all invoke the use of our five main senses for brief moments here […]

Back to school

Another year of classes has started and it brings different challenges for students, parents and caregivers alike. Here are some ideas from Metropol to keep everyone happy before, during and after school. Students Keep up with school work Create a daily routine and stick to it Make a To-Do list Keep track of more than […]

Burnout busters

Burnout is a word being used increasingly in relation to work, sport and even coping with home life. One way to prevent or deal with burnout is to set boundaries. Sometimes that may seem difficult, but persevere; it’s worth the effort. Here are some suggestions from the team at Metropol. Start small Try saying no […]

Perfecting periwinkle

Pantone’s colour for 2022 is ‘VeryPeri, a combination of blue and reddish violet, named after the periwinkle flower. Purple is a word that springs to mind, but it’s more of a blue-violet hue which can look amazing when used to brighten an interior. As a colour it works superbly with white, and also with most […]

From the editor: 20 January 2022

And a Happy New Year We’re all well into the New Year now, and on many fronts hoping that it will be better than the last. I learnt a long time ago that there really is no such thing as luck. Life is what you make it, and preparedness helps. Remember the Boy Scout motto […]

Continuing cricket’s legacy

Sir Richard Hadlee is fronting an urgent appeal to raise the final $1.6 million needed to finish the Canterbury Cricket Trust’s (CCT) new state-of-the-art facility being built at Hagley Oval. Metropol editor Lynda Papesch caught up with him to talk past, present and future. An international cricket player for 18 years, Sir Richard has made […]

Dream weaver from head to toe

Woven textiles and accessories add texture to outfits from jeans and a tee to crisp, clean white linen, tropical sun-kissed outfits and more. From top to toe, hats, bags, belt and shoes, woven straw, wicker, raffia and the like can soften an outfit or make it look more casual, and summery.

If the shoe fits

Walking is a terrific way to get around and when doing so it is essential to have comfortable footwear. The myriad choices these days effortlessly blend comfort with fashion so yes, you can have both. Remember that shoes should cushion and support your feet, feel comfortable and fit well. Shoes should be bought towards the […]

Beautiful baches

From beachside cottages handed down through generations to cosy caravans, custom built hideaways and fold-out designer container homes, baches are part of the Kiwi psyche. Long weekends, holidays and overnight breaks are all excuses to up sticks and head for a bach. Usually located by the sea, river, lake or forest, baches are all about […]