Cracker by Damian Christie

You're All Winners to Me

After a wee unanticipated delay with the judging, I’m pleased to announce that Dave Gibson from has come back to me with the winners of the WORDSBY t-shirt competition.

Avid readers will recall that the competition was based around the WORDSBY series produced by, which essentially teams up an artist/designer with a songwriter/band in order to produce a series of quite cool t-shirts. And so I asked for people to submit their favourite kiwi lyric they’d like to see on a t-shirt.

Dave got back to me yesterday and was blown away with the quality of the responses (he clearly underestimates the musical geekiness of the PA readership, as did I with some of the frankly incredibly obscure suggestions that came through. Rather than three WORDSBY t-shirts, he’s decided to give away SIX, one to each of the following entries, and even better is looking into the possibility of getting some of these made for Christmas (songwriter’s permission, design etc all notwithstanding)

1. Steve Barnes – The Front Lawn - "They're making money out of money here"

2. Bill Jones - The Chills - "Fill your mind with alcohol, comic books and drugs....this is the only way for me”

3. recordari – Julia Deans, A New Dialogue: “Don't talk to me like I'm one of your cynical peers. Talk to me like a lover”

4. Russell Brown - Blam Blam Blam - "Free thinkers make messy citizens"

5.Emma Hart - Dance Exponents - Christchurch (In Cashel St I Wait)

6. Venetia King - Collapsing Cities – “I'm never going out again. Or so i said last weekend”

Obviously a couple of PA bloggers in there, but there was nothing in the terms and conditions about PA staff not entering, so hey, I’m not going to begrudge these fine folk a WORDSBY tee of their own.

If your name is on the list above, flick me feedback below with which tee from the WORDSBY range you’d like, sex, size, colour (if there’s an option), your email address, full name and a physical address (rather than a PO Box) and we’ll get your prize right out to you.

Thanks everyone for your contributions and to Dave at for his generosity with the prizes. I think the WORDSBY project is a great idea – which is why I approached him in the first place to do this – so keep an eye out for new tees as they become available and bear it in mind when looking for Xmas presents for those hard-to-buy-for music lovers in the family…