Remembering the Wahine sinking

April 10 is the anniversary of the sinking of the Wahine in Wellington Harbour with the loss of 51 lives.   Find out more: Our page on the sinking of the Wahine. The sinking of the Wahine, 10 April 1968, Wellington City Libraries The sinking of the Wahine a DigitalNZ set of images Wahine Disaster from NZ History.net…
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Less is more?

When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you. ~George Saunders. I have always enjoyed reading short stories, most probably because I have the attention span of a gnat coupled with a huge need to dissect and psychoanalyze given situations…
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Book Rage

Everyone knows about Road Rage – where all other drivers are idiots, your blood pressure soars, you discover swear words you weren’t aware you knew and, when you glance in the rear view mirror to glare at another driver, you don’t recognise the face looking back at you. But you may be less familiar with…
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Meandering through Middlemarch

Another square crossed off the Reading Bingo grid and it’s gratifying in all sorts of ways. The copy of Middlemarch sourced from a second hand bookshop in Whangarei met the Reading Bingo Book with a Blue Cover challenge and shortened the guilt-inducing list of Books I Know I Should Have Read But Haven’t. That big brain Virginia Woolf…
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The Circle by Dave Eggers

Every now and then you read a book that you want to tell EVERYONE about and The Circle by Dave Eggers is one such book. Mae has just been employed by The Circle, a social media company that operates out of a sprawling campus with state of the art everything, including on tap entertainment, luxurious…
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People-watching online

I was six when my Grandmother handed me a cut out picture of Lady Diana Spencer from the Southland Times that announced her engagement to Prince Charles. She told me to keep a hold of this as the lady in the picture was going to be a Queen. I can remember the picture was in…
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