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TAPPING THE PULSE

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TAPPING THE PULSE

High living and low life in the hospitality capital.

7 June 2000

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BLAIRST.COM
FAULTLINE CRACKS
PAUA ON
FINNS SAY: EAT MORE FISH
IF FISH DON'T WORK, TRY THE DISCO
SECOND BREWMASTER'S SELECTION LAUNCHED
CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK


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BLAIRST.COM

Wellington's most concentrated hospitality precinct - Blair Street now has its own virtual domain. Surf to http://www.blairst.com for some entertaining, high-bandwidth movie clips.

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FAULTLINE CRACKS... PAUA ON

The presciently named Faultline Bar in Wellington's Oaks Complex has gone into liquidation. The site formerly hosted the also ill-fated Bishop and Actress Bar.

And, as is usually the case in the hospitality capital, when one place closes... another opens. New on the scene is The Paua Bar on Cambridge Terrace, heading south from the Embassy past the Deluxe Cafe and Chariot.

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EAT MORE FISH, GET PUFA, CHEER UP?

A Finnish study has shown that people who ate fish less than once a week ran a 31% higher chance of depression than people who ate it more often. Dr. Antti Tanskanen of the University of Kuopio said that the evidence gained from a random survey of 3,204 adults from four areas of Finland was statistically significant only for women, though results for men were similar. He also said that while fish contains omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) it was too early to recommend that fish or PUFA would help mild to severe depression. Survey respondents completed a questionnaire measuring depressive symptoms and fish consumption.

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IF FISH DON'T WORK, TRY THE DISCO

Those Finns! Not only do they study fish and have the world's biggest cellphone company (Nokia) but some inventive Finnish crowd have come up with a highly entertaining Shockwave-powered virtual disco. Surf to http://www.mobilesdisco.com and assign yourself a character, then mingle in the bar and downstairs disco. Warning: it helps if you speak Finnish (though you'll find people there from all over the world); and the experience can be highly addictive... a crowd of Wellington dance culture types spent hours in there a couple of Fridays back...

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SECOND BREWMASTER'S SELECTION LAUNCHED

The second seasonal release from Lion Breweries' Brewmaster's selection will be launched this afternoon in Wellington at the Backbencher Pub & Cafe in Molesworth Street. More on this next week.

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CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK

Peter Johnson of Brighton, UK, is such a fan of his local takeaway that he eats there five times a week. Fair enough. But Johnson, a 49-year-old unemployed chef loved the All In One takeaway restaurant enough to get its name and phone number tattooed on his forehead. Did he get free pizza? No. "But whenever he comes in, he'll go straight to the front of the queue," said owner Nasser Bandar.

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