Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

“These are the offices of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Dirk Gently, owner and proprietor, at your service. Thank you for asking; the term ‘holistic’ refers to my belief in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things
Based on the novel by Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency follows Dirk on the trail of a gruesome murderer who is somehow involved with the works of Coleridge, quantum physics, and the enigmatic study of the Cambridge Professor of Chronology. Ultimately, the stakes of the case are far greater than a single murder, but go to the fat of life on Earth. Confused? Don’t be – everything is connected

This was the introduction to the play we went to see at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge. An interesting play which at times was rather absurd but thoroughly enjoyable.

Badminton Club party

Went to the Comberton Badminton club party on Saturday and had a great time. One of the challenges was to make headwear out of modelling balloons. We can joint first!

We also had to recognise 4 different drinks which were on the table. Didn’t do too well as we initially only had 1 correct which was improved upon later.

1 Amaretto we had correctly assessed.
2 Glayva we thought was Drambui
3 Kahlua we though was Tia Maria
4 Sloe Gin we thought was Cherry Brandy.

We however finished all the drinks

Thursday – New Zealand

Today is our last day in New Zealand and will be flying back today (and tomorrow). We start the day with a brunch at “The Jester” which is within walking distance (but only just).

We get back and start packing our bags as we depart from Nelson at 17:10 local time.

Wednesday – New Zealand

Today is a drive up to Takaka in the Abel Tasman national park. We slowly climb up the twisty road until we reach 810m and then quickly descend. It is cooler today than it has been of late so have a walk on Tata beach instead of a swim.

We then have lunch in “The Brigand” in Takaka. On the way back we go salmon fishing at Anatoki. Alan and Prue manage to land a decent size fish which we have smoked and then eat for dinner.

Playing a new game to us which is “The Mexican Train Game“. A good game which keeps all 4 of us entertained.

Alan also took some good pictures of the fire that was raging all day in Pigeon Valley.

This fire has now covered 2000 hectares!

Tuesday – New Zealand

A rather early start today (6am) as we plan to take Alan’s boat “Starfish” out to the Abel Tasman national park and plan to get the boat in the water by 6:45am to catch the tide.

We manage to leave the marina at 7am and cruise up the eastern side of the Tasman Bay past Kaiteriteri and Adele Island and moor in torrent Bay and have a swim.


We then go back and see the seals on Fisherman Island and go back to Mapua marina where we take the boat out of the water by 1pm.


We relax in the afternoon and then spot that there is a large fire in the distance. 120 hectare are ablaze fueled by a strong southwesterly wind.

Sunday – New Zealand

We visit the local sunday market in Motueka. It is a mix of a traditional market and car boot sale. Prue buys some wooden spoons and have coffee on the way back.

In the afternoon we visit the Sarau festival which is not unlike a village fete in UKĀ  with band, food stalls, book stalls and a host of other stalls trying to sell local produce. We have a very enjoyable afternoon and get back home after sunset.

Saturday – New Zealand

The weather continues to be very good with almost unbroken sunshine and warm days (30C). We have seen very little rain in 2 weeks now.

We are taking the scenic route to Kaiteriteri where we have a gentle walk along the beach. We climb the road up to the viewpoint and have our photo taken. We then walk back while Prue has a swim in the calm sea.