Happy Birthday, Alice

Some children’s stories stand the test of time because they are straightforward or simple tales. Others because the characters are so easy to love. Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, which celebrates its 150th anniversary tomorrow, is neither of these and yet it is a perennial favourite, reprinted and reimagined year after year. In some ways it is…
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Chapter and Verse New Order, Joy Division and Me – Bernard Sumner

Musician Bernard Sumner has been involved in lots of noteworthy things throughout his career. But perhaps his most significant role was in the British band New Order, who wrote that song “Blue Monday”, you know, that 80s song with the lyrics “how does it feel, to treat me like you do”? According to the BBC, that song “is widely regarded…
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Mockingbird Songs

There are very few books that I would give five stars to in a review, however Mockingbird Songs is one. R. J. Ellory is one of my favourite authors and I have enjoyed many of his award winning novels. However with his latest novel Mockingbird Songs I felt he had taken his writing to a…
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Giddying up

Avid readers know that nervous start you get when you find out a favourite author has written a new book but you didn't know about it. Or perhaps that's just me. Addiction is the a-word that applies, not avid. Anyway imagine my dismay when I noticed that Jonathan Franzen has a new book and I did…
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Rock’s Backpages are here!

Some of my earliest musical memories involve heating debates between my parents about what should be next on the record player. Mum wants ABBA and Dad wants Led Zeppelin. The compromise was Queen. Everyone has musical memories and heroes. I had Madonna posters on the wall, even though Dad had nothing good to say about…
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Creating – Waihanga

Make stuff! In July we connect you with things to make and do. School hols School holidays are on from 4 to 18 July. KidsFest in our libraries includes sessions on family history, mindball, storytelling and more. For more Christchurch activities, explore our page of holiday stuff. Some online fun: You can make lots of…
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