The Reserves of New Brighton

Richard Greenaway is an Information Librarian with an interest in the history of East Christchurch. He has an eye for a good story and the skill and patience to check and cross check all kinds of references. He has compiled a wonderful array of New Brighton stories. Here he explores the reserves early residents of New Brighton could…
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Haere ra Terry Pratchett

"I intend, before the endgame looms, to die sitting in a chair in my own garden with a glass of brandy in my hand and Thomas Tallis on the iPod, the latter because Thomas's music could lift even an atheist a little bit closer to Heaven. Oh, and since this is England, I had better…
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The Road to Wigan Pier: George Orwell’s early 20th Century musings

The Road to Wigan Pier is another one of those books which has helped me realize the privilege of living in this part of the world, at this point in history, replete with all the technological processes and improvements which make life (somewhat) faster, easier and less painful (think dentists in the early 20th century). Before I read this book I was discontent due to my plethora…
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Art, art on the streets

One of my favourite Christchurch things is mad good street art. The Spectrum Street Art Festival is on now, and that means a new bunch of big walls to spot in the city. There is also a T-shirt exhibition at Canterbury Museum and the Spectrum YMCA exhibition which I reckon is even better than last…
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The skinny reader

Nowadays hardly anyone comes into a library and asks for a skinny little book. Which is a pity, as there are some terrific reads that fit the "small but perfectly formed" description. I'm a skinny reader - of books with fewer than 150 pages that is; they must have been published fairly recently and they must…
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