Altruism and Passion

We had a ball at WORD Christchurch's Shifting Points of View sessions on Sunday 30 August. Tonight - Monday 7 September - there are two more diversely fab events. One on altruism (sold out!), and one on passion. There is still time to book for Sarah Waters. Tania is a big fan - calling her…
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This week in Christchurch history (7 to 13 September)

7 September 1850 First Canterbury Association settlers sail from Plymouth, England on the Charlotte Jane, Randolph and Cressy. 7 September 1863 G. Lumley convicted of manslaughter. (See article Supreme Court: Monday, September 7 1863 in Lyttelton Times, 9 September 1863 via Papers Past) 8 September 1850 Sir George Seymour leaves Plymouth with settlers. 11 September…
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Imaginary Cities

 Shifting points of view is WORD Christchurch's season of brain-tickling talks at the Christchurch Arts Festival (Peter Singer and Sarah Waters on Monday 7 September yo!). A podcast of this WORD Christchurch event was recorded. I arrived (just) in time on a nippy Sunday for Imaginary Cities. It featured the super-intelligent powers of authors Fiona…
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Patricia Grace: On Belonging

Last Sunday I shrugged on a heavy coat and ventured out into a grey and dismal Christchurch morning to hear two New Zealand fiction writers - Paula Morris and Patricia Grace. The On Belonging session was advertised as exploring themes "themes of nostalgia, memory and belonging" however both women confessed very early in that neither…
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Celebrating Father’s Day

Father's day makes us pause, remember and show love and appreciation for our dads. Some of us resist the  overt commercialism of it, while others of us love to buy gifts; either way most of us find it impossible to ignore. So kids everywhere, young and old, make or buy cards and plan something special…
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Five years ago: 4 September 2010

Five years ago today, Christchurch and Canterbury were shaken awake at 4.35am by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. My neighbours and family wandered around the corner to see this on Victoria Street. Daily Bagel and Covent Fruit Centre September 4 2010, Kete Christchurch Knox Church, 4 September 2010. Kete Christchurch. Our first library blog post on…
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