A lesson for conscriptionists

We've recently digitised a very interesting publication that shows a different side to military service than the one we're used to seeing. In 1912, military training or "drills" were compulsory for boys from 14 years of age. Refusal to attend training, even on religious grounds, was considered a serious infringement that could result in confinement at a…
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The sacrifice

Disturbing. Troubling. Uneasy.     These words stayed with me as I read The Sacrifice. This is a sharp and pointy book. It caught my attention. I was curious from the beginning as the first words sent shivers down my spine. Seen my girl? My baby?  She came like a procession of voices though she…
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Happy birthday, Ngaio Marsh!

Ngaio Marsh would have been 120 today. This world renowned crime writer and theatre director was born Edith Ngaio Marsh in Fendalton on 23 April 1895. Her father, a clerk, built Marton Cottage at Cashmere in 1906. This was her home for the rest of her life, although she spent significant periods in England. Ngaio…
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Confused and befuddled with Grain Brain: Welcome to the world of dietary advice

I think we can be forgiven for feeling that all the dietary advice that dominates our headlines and magazines (even The Listener for heaven's sake) is confusing and often contradictory. Always at the forefront of trends, the library too has its fair share of titles to confuse and befuddle! At this point I hasten to…
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