Welcome to Distractions..


The website of Chris Bourke, New Zealand writer, book and music reviewer and radio producer (That's me, above, outside Shackleton's hut on Antarctica, and below in Abbey Road studios, in the control room overlooking Studio B).

Here you will find regular updates of recent distractions, reviews and feature stories from the past, procrastination aids and roadmaps for those who say you can't get there from here.

Much of it is about cultural life in New Zealand: as the band name used to say, life in the fridge exists. There is a special section of the site covering the great Anzac band Crowded House, subject of my first book, Something So Strong (Pan Macmillan Australia, 1997).