Cycling for beginners

A friend of mine has just started riding a bike around Christchurch. She is a very tentative cyclist but I'm so proud of her for getting on her new bike and giving it a go. So far her forays along bike paths have been positive ones and I hope she comes to love cycling as…
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Podcast – The public intellectual in the nuclear age

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. When nuclear science can affect everyone but is understood by only a few, most of whom have pledged to remain silent, the public intellectual is needed. Associate Professor Benoît…
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Waitangi Day in Christchurch and Canterbury – Tuesday 6 February 2018

Find out about Waitangi Day celebrations and events for 2018: Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival Te Rau Aroha Marae, Bluff Every year Ngāi Tahu commemorates Waitangi Day at one of three locations where the iwi signed the Treaty — Awarua, Ōtākou and Ōnuku. In 2018, the Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival is hosted by Te Rūnaka o Awarua…
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Women of the Air Force Auxiliary, Harewood, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury

Women of the Air Force Auxiliary, Harewood, Christchurch (1941). The first batch of 41 women volunteers in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force began work at Harewood aerodrome in 1941. Women had not figured prominently in air force activities prior to this date. They were needed because many men were away fighting in World War Two…
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And the nominees are…

The nominees for the Academy awards have been announced for this year. For me the most notable inclusions are "genre" films in the Best Picture category. It's unusual for genre films to get much love from the Academy in this category (Peter Jackson's The Return of the King is so far the only fantasy film…
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Cool stuff from the selectors: An array of great children’s books

You can usually rely on children's books to have interesting inviting covers. This month's selection do not disappoint.  Designed for children - but equally enjoyed by adults -  there should be something here that appeals to all ages. The World of Moominvalley by Philip Ardagh The ultimate guide for any Moomin fan, old and new…
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