Who you going to call? – Ghost Hunters (of Auckland)

My eyebrows litterally moved when I saw this article.

The link is here : Mystery at the asylum

It starts badly for them ‘Hunted Auckland”……..

“With a rise in reports of paranormal activity across Auckland, stuff goes on a ghost hunt with Hunted Auckland at the abandoned Kingseat psychiatric hospital. “

Ghostly figures in photographs, batteries that die suddenly and slamming doors are just a few of the spooky activities occurring at Asylum Paintball.

Owners Vitaly Miheer and Anton Klimenko were worried enough to get Haunted Auckland in for a look at their business premises in the former Kingseat Hospital.

The paranormal investigation and research group is now making a documentary on its three-part investigation.

Asylum Paintball was set up last November in the former psychiatric hospital‘s maximum security ward.

ssIt’s a creepy place, with a past that plays to your lizard brain, the builsings all brick and imposing, trees. It’s deserted, it’s a long way from anywhere. It is spooky. In fact there is a theme entertainment there called, oddly, Spookers. They have lots of actors in dress up Zombie clothes, blood make-up, and themed rooms of things like mad old mental women, spiders, surgery rooms etc. Again Lizard brain loves this stuff.

Its two two-storey buildings have 20 rooms and are connected by a steel-caged security tunnel. They were locked up for 20 years before the paintball enthusiasts moved in.

17768916Like I said, middle of nowhere, I belive they used to bring patients in by boat and that it ws there for its remote location. I could be making that up, I might research it more.

Then the science kicks in ………

Haunted Auckland’s team members arm themselves with electromagnetic field metres, camera and torches to document the paranormal or allay people’s fears by explaining the seemingly inexplicable.

electromagnetic field metres – say what they measure is distance….

They found “energy” in many areas of the maximum security units at Kingseat. The eastern wing and the caged walkways in particular had levels that were unexplainable.

Haunted Auckland founder Mark Wallbank says he was standing outside one of the cell doors and saw a shadow move quickly across the wall.

“It was roughly the shape of a person but I didn’t notice any arms or legs moving. It just floated from left to right,” he says.

Science again ….

Investigators also recorded something that sounded like a man laughing and a number of other strange sounds.

They don’t mention EVP recordings?

So more science ….

“It was everything I could’ve hoped for in an investigation location – soaked in history, rot and decay, signs of the past everywhere, no power, dark corridors, creepy stairwells,” Wallbank says.

He won’t go so far as to say there are ghosts in the building “but we know something is out there”. “We need to learn more about it to understand and that’s why we do these investigations.”

17768912So…. historical context, history of abuse, the darker side of human nature, untold horrors meeted out to the patients/inmates… 20 years of decay, darkness and “creepy stairwells”

Got to be wary of “creepy stairwells”

Back to the Science …

Meanwhile, the strange incidents continue.

“Batteries on our cameras suddenly run out of power. Yet away from the building they last for hours,” Miheer says.

Eyebrows doing the full disco tango now, and then a bombshell revelation …

The pair found a key in an old medical box on the windowsill and discovered it opened every door in both buildings.

They found a key to open the doors, every door, which sounds as dubious as it sounds. It was a lock-down facility, each cell would have the same lock, you then have one key per nurse/guard/doctor it isn’t a mystery.

Then there is the nonsense that you have to put in to justify yourself

Miheer says he’s also captured a shadow figure in a photograph.

“This place may well have something,” he says.

“It certainly has a very special energy. There is some sort of feeling that I just want to stay away.”

Lizard brain clicks into gear…



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Restaurant Critic #6 – The Foodstore – Auckland Viaduct

Occasionally I get the opportunity to be taken out to dinner, for work purposes.

Happened that this happened on Tuesday this week.  We’de been sitting in the SkySport bar Grill having some of their fine craft beers when it came time to eat. Now we could have had the burgers and fries but since it was only the two of us I suggested something else.

So The Foodstore it was.

Based at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, is New Zealand’s first unique live food entertainment experience. With the country’s only true “open” and “interactive” kitchen you will get up close and personal with NZ’s best chefs as they create their culinary magic

Indeed they have the kitchen based in the open in the restaurant for all to see, and there is even a camera training on one station so that you might catch a glimpse of you dinner being served on one of the TV screens dotted around.  Seems kind of odd to have a quality restaurant and TV’s playing.

It was a quiet night out at the Viaduct, even though the weather has been fantastic and so sitting wasn’t a problem and we sat outside under a heater.

Wait staff were attentive and there were a lot of them around.

Drinks. Well I’d been on beer, and I’d had enough so I had a cranberry juice that wasn’t very pleasant, thin and watery. The Whiskey wasn’t available either that my visitor wanted, so he opted for something generic.


Them :  Goat’s cheese ice cream and beetroot salad. Served raw with fennel and balsamic dressing.

Me: Crispy pig’s head terrine, with shallot, sultana and caper dressing on a a celeriac puree

Theirs was visually stunning! Mine was nice, but not spectacular.


Them: pumpkin gnocchi, with roast pumpkin puree, char-grilled peppers, goat’s feta, red onion and chilli

Me: Fiordland crayfish linguine, with a saffron and cream sauce.

Theirs was very orange, and “not what I expected” but they ate it all. Mine was served in what I thought was a strange way, in like a dessert bowl, and the portion seemed small.  Seemed a little undercooked, but wasn’t, really moorish and took me no time to polish it off.


I think I won this with : The Pineapple Lump. Dark Chocolate marquise with honeycomb and pineapple sorbet.

They had chocolate hazelnut cheesecake, with Frangelico ganache, sour cherry compote and creme fraiche.

Mine was visually stunning, the sorbet was astounding and this was the dish of the night for me

Their’s was served in a glass, again something I thought might have been strange

We were there a couple of hours chatting about this and that, I finished the night fed and happy, not over full, and not wanting to stop of a maccas on the way home.

Would I go again? Yes I think I’ll take MrsPdubyah there.

Should you go? Well of all the places on the Viaduct this is near the top of the list of places you should stop at, it’s interesting there is a lot going on and they know their stuff.


Beer – #331 – Rogue Farms – Honey Kolsch

Brewed by Rogue Ales this is obviously styled as a Kölsch and the farm is in Newport, Oregon USA

7500ml bottle, which is bright yellow!,  has an ABV: 4.8%  which makes it  in NZ Standard Drinks: 2.83,  26 in IBU and 144 calories a serve.

Of Course, the selfie !

Of Course, the selfie !

Situated just across from 40 acres of Rogue hops, 119 colonies of bees were carefully kept and fed and the honey was uncapped, extracted, filtered, and finally infused into a refreshing Honey Kolsch ale.

This has 10 ingredients: Rogue Farms Dare™ and Risk™ Malts; Wheat, DextraPils & Aciduated Malts; Rogue Hopyard Honey & Wild Flower Honey; Alluvial Hops; Free Range Coastal Water and Kolsch #2 Yeast. Free Range water!, I like the flippancy. I do like the bottle, which is painted glass and not ceramic. So slow on a sunday drinking. Not a lot by way of aroma on opening, not a bad thing, but it did hiss nicely with carbonation. Rogue Farms - Honey Kolsch1Pours a really clear pale yellow with a decent and lasting head. Rather thin on the initial tasting, and slightly sour bitter in the middle. I Was expecting a light and easy drinking beer, and this meets some of the expectations well. I was expecting something perhaps sweeter and fuller though. The pdubyah-o-meter says an easy 7 for this, for am a slower sunday recovery day.  I might have liked this a bit sweeter and perhaps something hopper on the palate, the aroma hints at that. But this is a bit thin and doesn’t deliver what it says on the label especially the honey note, but then if it wasn’t in there perhaps you would appreciate it more.


So the double dip review

Am I enjoying it?  As a Sunday recovery beer yes, it’s mellow. refreshing and is doing a thing.
Would I have another? I easily finished the first 80% of this, then I found it heavier going.
Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, I would, this is a beer that would aid and assist conversation


Musically it’s Two Door Cinema Club in the background




Golden, top-fermented style native to Kln, Germany. The style has a very narrow profile and many beers that consider themselves to be kölschbiers are not. Generally they have a moderate bitterness, but fairly prominent hop flavour (typically Spalt, Tettnang or Hallertau). They have high effervescence, medium esters, but a rounded, stylish character derived from lagering.

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Beer – #330 – Hallertau – Hopocalypse IIIPA 2014

Well it’s a Friday so Hallertau Hopocalypse IIIPA 2014 it is! Four Horsemen Of The Hopocalypse -

Hallertau - Hopocalypse1Four Horsemen of the Hopocalyse – a collaboration with four of the most hop driven brewers in New Zealand. Joseph Wood from Liberty Brewing, Steve Plowman from Hallertau, Kelly Ryan and Luke from Epic. Could you add anymore hops to one beer.

This is listed as brewed by Epic Brewing Company (NZ) in the Style: Imperial/Double IPA, and they are in Auckland, a ways up the road in Riverhead. I could visit anytime I like. Or I can drink at home :-) They have a fine restaurant. 

I brought a 1 litre  growler (1000ml) of this, which is 12% ABV 180IBU’s,  This might contain near 1,000 calories if my maths is up to it converting Ml to US Fl Oz. That’s a bit extreme.  A Standard serve is 12 US Fl Oz, or about 355ml., this contains a whopping 9.4 standard drink units when calculated by ABV. Golly.

Hallertau - HopocalypseIt’s almost sweet smelling on opening, there’s not much giveaway if this is a hop monster beer.  Aroma really kicks in on opening though, pours fantastic burnt orange and with a fluffy head that dissipates but seems to persist a bit.

This is a lot sweeter than you could expect it to be, seems to have a lot of  caramel malt thing going on, which is interesting.

There is the alcohol that you can pick on the top, it’s pretty obvious if you were wondering, and it lingers and finishes a bit tart. But hey it’s a big IBU beer and these are things that you could be expecting to happen it shouldn’t be a surprise.

This might not be the most sensible thing I’ve ever drunk, particularly pre-dinner.

The Pdubyah-o-meter ticks up a tad, makings this a 7.5 which is better than good but not  on the podium for medallists.

Watching the Formula 1 practice on the teevee. These new V6 cars are like sewing machines compared to the thunder and lightening that was last year. You can hear the tyres squeal and the turbo chirp. I guess that’s a good thing, but I prefer the noise. Someone should invent an app.

I know it’s important to round this off with a couple of things.

Am I enjoying it?  Yes I am, it’s both sweet and bitter, and a bit quaffable despite the misgivings about the alcohol astringent
Would I have another?  I do have another, and I’m looking forward to it. I may have the munchies later though.
Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yup.

On the drive home I was listening to Muse, loudly. I’m sure I look odd in the car with this dialled up to 11



Imperial IPA, Double IPA or DIPA is a strong, often sweet, intensely hoppy version of the traditional India Pale Ale. Bitterness units range upward of 100 IBUs and alcohol begins at 7.5% but is more commonly in the 8.5-10% range. The flavour profile is intense all-round. Unlike barley wines, the balance is heavily towards the hops, with crystal and other malts providing support.

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From a stressful job to the stress of no job

After 15 years with the same employer, doing various roles from sales to people management I got to point where enough was enough.

Having travelled more than 450,000 commuter kilometres to work and back day in day out I got to the point where enough was enough.

The meetings where we navel gazed and pontificated about things we didn’t know or had control over,  I got to the point where enough was enough.

The one-upmanship, the slide in company culture, the alliances made and broken, promises made and lies told. I got to the point where enough was enough.

So from having a steady employment I resigned replacing one stress with another.

To be honest it’s a roller coaster of emotions, most of which, I think, relate to a stressful situation that frankly I don’t think anyone is equipped to handle.

I’m confident of a new job, really confident, and that’ll be really refreshing, and a challenge of making new connections.

I will look back with fond memories and a great time had, but sometimes change calls, and you have to face it head on.


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Beer – #329 – Black Dog – Bite Hopped Pilsner

Black Dog beer, I’ve only had out on my travels in pubs from taps. So this is a new experience. Pilsner too, a style with which I have a love/hate thing with, at least in my head.

This is a  500ml bottle (16 fl oz) of a 5.5% ABV beer, which is 2.17 drinks, could be about 230 calories worth in the bottle, not a serve. I may have this all wrong.

Brewed by Black Dog Brewing Company This of course in the style of a  Pilsener and they are in Wellington, New Zealand, and I will get to visit them one day.

ah ha! the selfie

ah ha! the selfie

This is a hoppy Pilsner done in the Kiwi style. This is our representation of a style that New Zealand brewers are really crafting into something unique, a hoppy lager style beer that showcases our country’s hops. Bite features Motueka and Nelson Sauvin hops, both of which are making a big name for themselves around the world. Kiwi hop growers can’t produce enough of these varieties so you better get a glass of this one while you can!

All I got on opening was yeast, but that’s normal, right ?

Black Dog - Bite Hopped PilsnerMint pour of a crisp yellow orange beer with a lovely foamy head and loadsa carbonation going all on in the glass. Nice.

Still only a yeast aroma, I’m not so bothered by this though. I am looking forward to the first sup.

This isn’t as earthy as I lead myself to believe this might be, and it’s actually somewhat muted.

It’s also not that hopped in the way that you might think that hops = bitterness , or add flavours like grass or pine or cats urine, or whatever.

This is a pretty clean and crisp beer, it’s nothing edgy or spectacular, or difficult or challenging, or something you drink to feel different, it’s just a good beer done well.

There is nothing at all stand-out though, and this is where this, for me, becomes a good domestic beer, an everyman beer. Which isn’t bad it’s just a commercial beer, and being in the money is important for the side projects.

It’s very quaffable and the pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a on the scale of things, which is only at the average level of beer, for me.  This however isn’t the whole of it, because of the  the arbitrary 3 Question Quiz

  1. Am I enjoying it?  Yes, yes I am
  2. Would I have another?  Yes, yes I would
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I think you could sit and have a share session with a few of these as it’s low impact and high enjoyment.

So, I’d like another, yes I would, but if only we were having a Sunday afternoon half-back/quarterback session, but then you could insert commercial beer X in that slot and get a similar result.

If I was grading this for report it could be B- must try harder!

Musically we moved (I say we, MrsPdubyah insisted something more upbeat) to George Michael and his Symphonica  Album , who doesn’t like swing!

As an aside on Untappd  I got another ‘badge’ Crisp as Day (Level 2) - Light and crisp, a Pilsner is all you need to make your day great. Though, perhaps another one would make it even better. That’s 10 different Pilsners. No one can claim I like all the same beers.


While the definition of “pilsner” is open to much debate in the beer community, it generally refers to pale, hoppy lagers, ranging from 28IBUs and up.

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Beer – #328 – Croucher – Anzus

Croucher Anzus, for a lazy sunday –  I don’t drink enough Croucher beer,  – Brewed by Croucher Brewing this one is in the style of an India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are in Rotorua, New Zealand

Of course a Selfie

Of course a Selfie

A Tri-nation brew created for the Great Australian Beer SpecTapular as a low alcohol alternative to the 6-10% ABV ’hop bombs’ currently flooding the market. Croucher have hoped with ANZUS IPA to give these three nations another shot at working together in harmony – however rather than it being on a military basis, this time it would be on the craft beer frontier… specifically HOPS! Representing New Zealand was the newly released Kohatu, the Australian representative was our new favourite hop Galaxy, and the new US release Zythos.

A Bottle – 500ml  - of a 7% ABV beer, being 2.7 standard drink units,  210 calories a serve. Nicely cold.

Nuclear Free ANZUS IPA is our effort to repair relations between these three international Super-Powers. While a Nuclear Free ANZUS military alliance didn’t work, the Nuclear Free ANZUS IPA with its heady blend of the best aroma hops from Australia, New Zealand and the USA sure does. After a glass of this it won’t be Uranium they’ll be smelling on your breath.

Grassy hop burst on the opening, light fizz, so not expecting a head.

Croucher - AnzusPours a cloudy golden orange, and a small and persistent head, a win! Nie hop aroma.

Sip and ..  a full mouthful of Bitter resinous grassy hops and a bang of malt sweetness.

I was expecting something less cloudy and perhaps less aggressive.

Then is suddenly settles down, and you get something like but not quite an orange zest note that carries the bitterness to a reasonable finish, which isn’t dry not does it wreck your palate.

I’m a bit on the fence though about this, the flavours all appear at once, and the really present hop bitterness is very persistent. Although there is a decent carry and length I don’t feel fulfilled, or as fulfilled as I think I could be.

The pdubyah-o-meter then has this at a 7 on it’s scale of things, which is still good, but fails to break through the field and become a front runner, at least in my opinion, which may differ.

I’m not enjoying this as much as I think I could be, and I’m hoping that I finish it soon so I can move on to something else.

So the newish 3 question finale

  1. Am I enjoying it?  I think I am, but I could be enjoying this more.
  2. Would I have another? Actually no.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I don’t think that as it is, just the beer, It works as a discussion beer. I can’t wait to finish it and more on to something else, and that can’t be good for conversation.

As an aside  i’m also on Untappd and with this I earned the “We believe in IPA and you should too. You certainly have a taste for the hops! That’s 40 different IPAs” badge. I feel like a lush, which is slang you may have to look up.

Musically I’m having a listen to the Who is William Onyeabor album


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.

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Learning all the time about beer

Originally posted on Dangerous Man Brewing Co.:

Belgian Dark Strongs are an enigma of a style. They share certain characteristics with Belgian Quadruples while in many peoples minds they have a distinct separation. Traditional Trappist beer designations were based on initial gravity readings, for example, a gravity of 1.060 would be designated as 6, and a gravity of 1.080 would be designated as an 8. We can see these designations still with La Trappe Brewery’s beers. This helped to designate the stylings of Single, Dubbel, Tripel, and Quadruple. A Dubbel is twice the gravity of a single as, whereas a Triple is three times the gravity of a single. These days, a mix of secular and trappist breweries use these designations as well as their own, creating dynamic process of naming conventions.

American craft brewers have taken these styles and continued to expand their definitions. Belgian breweries tend to get locked into style and product and maintain…

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Beer – #327 – Celt Experience – Ogham ’Willow’

Recommended to me – Celt Experience Ogham ’Willow’

Brewed by Celt Experience this is in the style of a n Imperial/Double IPA and they are in, a first for me, Caerphilly, Wales. More than just cheese!

Half Selfie

Half Selfie

Ogham Willow Magestic IPA – 8.8%
95 IBUs – American Yeast, Big World Hops and Euro malt
Willow is instrumental in spawning spiritual visions, engendering a clearer understanding of the world in which we live. A Big beer…. A Magic craft….. Magestic…… Yes Magestic, not just majestic Created with percolating, infusing and dry hopping with potent US hops, but allowing balance through deep bodied British malts and cultivating a smooth citrus backbone from Eastern European hops.

330ml bottle, 8.5% ABV, 95 IBU,  264 calories and 2.21 standard drink units .

Celt Experience - Ogham ’Willow’Lots of yeast and hop aroma on opening.  Dark Orange pour, and of course no head!, fruity aroma though.

Wow that’s a whole mouthfeel of flavours, bittern some sweet notes, finishes bitter and a bit dry.

Come Citrus too, orange.

It’s quite nice, it’s a full on experience in the mouth, but it’s a complicated beer, in my own opinion.

The pdubyah-o-meter thinks that this is ok, but it’s in a big field of many good beers. This does have things going on and layers in it that others in this class don’t have, the orange is quite pronounced.  Bitter and finishes dry. So a deserved 7 making this a good beer. I do have another, which his unusual for me, and so I reserve the right to review my review or on appeal. 

It’s Friday, this friday there is no music, as yet…. but it is early and I do have ideas…..

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4:04 am and the clock goes tick-tick-tick Musings

I was watching some youtube things, and you know how that ends up, normally pictures of cats right. Well not in my case.

Hollow Earth Theory : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollow_Earth

Hollow Earth. Hidden entrances at the North and South poles. Hitler sent expeditions! The claim was that the earth’s crust is only between 8 miles and 200 miles thick

Gravity? Well there is a micro start in the center providing gravity for those on the outside. Not sure how those on the inside get on, perhaps they’re squished to the ground flat, living in 24-7 sunlight

Oh this is where UFO’s come from too.

Which lead me to Expanding Earth Theory http://hollowearththeory.com/articles/expandingEarthAnimation.asp

But before that how NASA made up UFO’s so they could launch loads of satellites and space weapons, and how they use chemtrails to fly holographic aircraft



Which lead me to a video about how the human race is an Alien Experiment….

I’m not judging but the most plausible was the NASA one., well not the holographic chemtrail thing but.

I could expand on that by saying there are many possible scenarios of life on other planets

  1. There is life on other planets.
  2. Life on other planets is at a similar stage of development to that on Earth
  3. Life on other planets is more primitive than that on earth

Now because we don’t perceive or have an explanation for things that can travel Faster-than-light, or an understanding of worm-holes that may or may not get us from one place in the universe to another doesn’t mean they don’t exist or are not feasible.

But the question is that begs is how would you detect life on the 3rd rock from the sun  at the edge of a spiral arm we call  the Orion Arm, which is about two-thirds of the way from the center of our galaxy to the edge of the starlight?

It was a slow night