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Time to raise a glass for
By REBECCA THOMSON
Wellingtonians are being invited
to raise a glass in an attempt to
break a world record.
At midnight on Sunday,
November 20, Wellingtonians
will gather at the Wellington
Rowers Function Centre to par-
ticipate in Pieroth's worldwide
The wine company aims to
bring together 25,000 people
from 27 countries for a wine-
tasting at the same time. This
means an 11am start in London,
10pm in Sydney, 7pm in Hong
Kong, and midnight in Welling-
ton, Auckland and Christchurch.
Wellington organiser Mark
Graham said at least 25 people
were needed for the Wellington
Hopefully we'll get about 50
[people]. It's hard for us because
it's midnight, but at least we're
not Chicago. They have to do
their tasting at 5am.''
A lawyer would be present to
witness the record-breaking
attempt, said Mr Graham.
Guinness World Records
needs an official witness to be
It just needs to be an
upstanding member of the com-
munity, so a JP, teacher or law-
yer will do. We have a lawyer.''
A red wine from Salento,
Italy, has been created for the
The record for the largest
wine tasting was set in 2008,
when 17,540 people tasted wine
in 409 pubs simultaneously in
To be part of the tasting,
A scoop for DIY publishers
By REBECCA THOMSON
Self-publishers: Hannah Salmon and Ben Knight are looking forward to Zinefest.
Photo: REBECCA THOMSON
Getting to know those page three girls
Page three girls from the British
tabloids have made a splash in
Hannah Salmon and Ben
Knight have published a zine
about letters sent to page three
girls featured in British tabloid
Zines, or fan magazines, are
often typed at home, photocopied
and distributed locally. They can
cover topics from music and poetry
to social theory.
Salmon and Knight's zine Daily
Secretions will feature at Zinefest
on November 19.
The text was from real letters
sent to page three girls of British
tabloids,'' said Mr Knight.
We wrote out the letters word
for word and got artists to illus-
It look about two months to
complete the zine, Ms Salmon
But there was a strict deadline
because it was for a uni paper I
Their shared interest in social
groups, subcultures, marginalised
groups and politics inspired the
couple to publish two more zines
under the same title.
The second issue looks at the
fans of American Christian band
Insane Clown Posse.
It's terrible music, but the fans
are die-hard. They call themselves
juggalos and paint their faces like
clowns,'' said Mr Knight.
The band is truly bizarre. They
came out as being evangelical
Christians, who openly refuted
science and denounced violence,
after 10 years of horribly
Mr Knight said the zine looked
at how the band's fans responded.
The couple's third zine focuses
on events back in New Zealand.
The flipbook-style zine is a col-
lection of comments posted to
news sites, web forums and blogs
about the 2007 anti-terrorism
It's about dispelling the myth
that prejudice doesn't exist in New
Zealand,'' said Mr Knight
. The stuff people wrote got
YouTube comments, for
example, degenerated into awful,
Ms Salmon has illustrated the
zine with satirical drawings of
prominent people, including Paul
Henry and Osama bin Laden,
whose names cropped up in stories
and comments about the raids.
Besides publishing three zines,
Ms Salmon has been helping to
organise this year's Zinefest.
She said the festival, now in its
fifth year, would feature about
100 zines, covering topics from
comics to social theory.
Zinefest, Saturday, November
19, at Mighty Mighty, from noon till
5pm; at Happy Bar, from 8pm
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