Taniwhanui celebrated turning 35 with a party at the weekend. The theme was Demons into Darlings. Harry arrived on my doorstep to pick me up dressed as an industrial Goth. He suggested I take my cassock. There has to be someone to turn everyone into darlings. Taniwha lives in a set of residential flats in north Dunedin I have passed a number of times, not knowing anyone who lived there. The party was begun when we arrived. I was surprised at the number of people whom I knew: the ice pick murderer; the victorian couple (he made drinks); the Irish vagabound who used to work at the pet shop; Jackson (whom it seems everyone knows); the Czech in a top hat (that’s the third time I’ve met him when I’ve gone out); and members of Majellan, including the demonmask, among others.

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