Week in History 17-23 July – The “Monty tour” arrives in Christchurch 70 years ago

Those of us who remember a certain movie from the 1990's may jump to particular conclusions of what the "Monty tour" may be. It actually was the 1947 tour of Australasia by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. Born in 1887 and active in both the First and Second World Wars, he…
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“Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery”

It is a truth universally acknowledged that most articles celebrating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen this year will begin their tribute by incorporating this celebrated opening sentence from 'Pride and Prejudice'. And, what better way to start a conversation about Jane Austen? These are the words which introduced many readers to her world - an ideal world where…
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The winners of The Very Hungry Caterpillar “Craft yourself a creature” competition

We're happy to announce the winners of the Craft Yourself a Creature - A Family Challenge! (all ages) competition. It was a difficult task to judge, as the entries were outstanding. The prizewinners get family passes to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal. If you are a winner or finalist and would like your…
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King Edward Barracks construction begins – This week in history 10-16 July

The Foundation stone for the King Edward Barracks was laid on the 13th of July 1905 by the Right Hon. R.J. Seddon, Premier and Defence Minister, though construction had already started. The official ceremony narrowly missed being delayed as there had been an accident with the Foundation Stone: a special saw had been required for…
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We do things differently

Every now and then a book comes along that packs a big enough punch that I feel as if I’m flying through the air. We do things differently: The outsiders rebooting our world has me landing feet first with the feeling I can walk into the future. We Do Things Differently Travelling across four continents author…
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