Don’t get me wrong. The ongoing global pandemic is a truly important and largely tragic topic. But I feel we need a forum this week where we talk about something else. And this is just that.
I cannot do another editorial about isolation, alert levels or quarantine. I can’t write about CoronaChaos and when every conversation veers towards the impending economic recession, the largely inadequate overseas response, or some boomer telling me it’s a hoax, it gets a bit much.
So this week, we’re talking about something else.
Last week, Madeline Chapman from the Spinoff, ranked the biscuits in New Zealand, and while she did a pretty decent job, I want to publically go on the record and state that Chocolate Scotch Fingers and Choc Thins deserved better. They deserved a higher ranking and are under recognised and under appreciated as legitimate biscuit options. The Number One Biscuit was a decent choice, and look: game recognise game. But as a nation, we must come together to appreciate and value these biscuits – it must be our highest priority.
We’re not writing about the coronavirus this week.
To be frank, we’re sick of it. The virus – and the related lockdown – have been clogging up our news feeds for months now. It’s all we hear, think, and write about. And it’s beginning to block out all the interesting things happening outside of the virus itself.
Here’s something you might have missed this week: University of Auckland lecturer Mark Harvey, who teaches Dance Studies, spent last week recording an interpretative dance video with his dog. The video, titled “Let’s Share the Ground Together”, saw Harvey don a frilly necklace of toilet paper rolls and roll around in his backyard.
“We appear to have spread this virus from the animal kingdom, so I wanted to explore the lives of animals around us, in this case, the life of my dog – to follow my dog, to see things from her perspective,” Harvey wrote – apparently completely serious – on the university website.
“Of course I’m interested in the big questions, on how to make the world a better place – but also how we can we connect people around these big issues, to explore what motivates people to consider and act on issues such as climate change, colonisation and inequality, but by taking a sideways rather than didactic approach.”
The video is as strange as it sounds. If you’re interested in watching, you can do so by following this link: https://youtu.be/qB9MS7uhkvY