Best fiction of the Year and otherwise – fiction selector Philip Tew

You’d think that the only novel published this year was The girl on the train and next year, when Emily Blunt has taken the train into town, it should continue dominating bestseller lists everywhere. There is, however, some murmurings in the publishing trade that "domestic no bliss at all" is starting to slow down. Otherwise…
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Never too old to learn

Do you envy those with a bit of paper from university? Do you think "If I had the chance I could do that"? Did you try university when you were younger and wonder if you could give it another try? Are you are over 55 years of age and have not studied for the last five…
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This week in Christchurch history (30 November to 6 December)

1 December 1863 Opening of the Ferrymead to Moorhouse Avenue railway, New Zealand’s first public steam railway. (The gauge was 5ft 3ins.) 1 December 1949 Sidney G. (later Sir Sidney) Holland (Fendalton) becomes Prime Minister. 1 December 1950 Kerrs Reach cutting on the Avon River completed. 1 December 1975 Rolleston satellite town project scrapped. 2…
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Geek girls unite!

I am something of a fangirl about a variety of things but my main obsessions at this point in time are Star Wars and anything Joss Whedon has ever done, said, or breathed on. Some people will never understand the levels of devotion and excitement I experience when trawling the action figures aisle at K-Mart…
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A small piece of Christchurch’s Antarctic heritage

Christchurch has many links with Antarctica, both modern and historic. This November sees the 105th anniversary of the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition sailing from Lyttelton. Led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and officially known as the British Antarctic Expedition, the expedition ended in disaster when the polar party perished on their way back from the…
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29 days till Christmas…

... yep, that freaked me out too! But in my house, we have the Energizer Bunny version of the Festive Season: with all four of our birthdays falling like dominoes each month from October to January, and our Wedding Anniversary on Christmas Eve (not to mention a dozen or so birthdays in the extended family) the festivities…
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