There’s a snake in my school

David Walliams, whom I had the pleasure of seeing in action in front of a very receptive audience of Christchurch schoolchildren last year, has been at it again, penning another offbeat children's tale, this time a picture book. David Walliams Presents There's A Snake in My School! It's bring your pet to school day and…
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Recent necrology, October 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently Neville Marriner, 1924-2016 British conductor and violinist who founded the Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields John Mulvaney, 1925-2016 Archaeologist specialising in Australian Aboriginal prehistory Anne Pashley, 1937-2016 Olympic athlete and opera singer Jimmy Perry, 1923-2016 Comedy writer, co-creator of Dad’s Army Ken Scadden, 1925-2016 New Zealand historian, archivist…
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Podcast – COP and Climate change

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand's only specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. This episode discusses issues around the UN climate change conference, the "Conference of Parties" or COP 22 which is underway in Marrakech and questions whether it's an effective…
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Armistice Day 2016

This year marks 98 years since "The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" - the moment when First World War hostilities ceased on the Western Front in 1918, with the signing of the Armistice. The 2016 Armistice Day RSA service in Christchurch is at 11am Friday 11 November on the Bridge…
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Spontaneous!

As touted on the cover of Spontaneous, this is "A novel about growing up... and blowing up" - and it didn't disappoint. I love a good YA read and this one caught my attention from the outset as I pondered the outrageous thought of teenagers spontaneously blowing up in front of their classmates. Spontaneous Initially…
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Angel Catbird and Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has written a Graphic Novel? Wait, what? Angel Catbird Who'd have thought the popular award-winning Canadian novelist, poet and short story writer would put out a comic book. I'm amazed. And Angel Catbird is amazing! Harking back to early comics of the 1940s, this entertaining story has all the elements of the genre. Surviving a near fatal collision with a car, his…
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Basics To Brilliance by Donna Hay

Donna Hay’s latest cookbook is a wonderful reminder of why we continue to collect more and more celebrity cookbooks each year. The photography is stunning (I mean seriously- when did poached eggs start to look like airbrushed Hollywood starlets?), the food makes you want to nibble hopefully at the illustrations, and the writing is almost…
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