Bad Hair Days

You know it's a bad day when you stumble myopically to the bathroom, 'cos you can't find your glasses without the aid of glasses; open the bathroom cabinet and spray your luxuriant locks with anti-perspirant and only realise your mistake when you locate aforementioned specs and can see that you are about to apply the…
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Some ‘mindful’ thinking on future trends

MiNDFOOD is a popular magazine that never lasts long on the shelves. Marketing promotes it as containing: intelligent, inspirational ideas and information. A completely integrated concept, MiNDFOOD the magazine brings you in depth features on society, wellness, environment, culture, travel and food. It’s all about Smart Thinking. So when MiNDFOOD publishes its Trends for the…
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Resolving My Resolutions

I am firmly resolved not to make any New Year's Resolutions this year. Actually, I make the same statement at around this time of year every year without fail and invariably New Year's Eve finds me trying to think of something that isn't too ambitious so that I will not let myself down. If these…
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The Troubles – Boxing Day, 1879

Wherever you go, you take your troubles with you. This was never more apparent than on Boxing Day, 1879, when sectarian violence broke out on the streets of Christchurch and Timaru, between Irish Catholics and protestant Orangemen. Although the more severe violence took place in Christchurch, it was actually the Timaru fracas that made it…
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The outdoor art gallery

When I first moved to Christchurch, there were very few wall murals and the outdoor sculptures were just statues of monarchs or founding fathers. For my art fix, I headed off to the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, tucked in behind the museum in the Botanic Gardens. It was a lovely building, full of many wondrous…
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Writing and writers

Weeks after NaNoWriMo ended, and still no blog post! Alas, I didn't reach 50,000 words -- finished up around 35k -- but I achieved my main goal, which was to write every day. I've continued to write on and off since the 30th, but Christmas panic is definitely descending so who knows how long that…
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This week in Christchurch history (21 to 27 December)

21 December 1877 New Christchurch railway station opens. 22 December 1885 Statue of William Moorhouse unveiled in the Botanic Gardens. 23 December 1876 Lyttelton time-ball station in operation. Its time signals to shipping were superseded by radio signals in 1934. 24 December 1864 First gas street lights. 24 December 1953 4 Christchurch victims among 151…
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