Happy Bard Day!: How to celebrate Shakespeare’s 455th birthday

This year will mark William Shakespeare's (assumed) 455th birthday (on 23 April), and 403rd death anniversary. Perhaps the world's greatest playwright, and the English language's finest writer, Shakespeare is the man the Oxford English dictionary credits as having invented over 1700 common words, and to whom we owe expressions such as 'fair play', 'break the…
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The Disney movie marathon

Movie Marathons have been a regular event in the Beecrafty household for a while now. I'm sure in the not too distant future, Miss Missy will be too old to want to spend Saturday nights watching movies with Mum, but for now, we are loving it! Our latest marathon actually began without her. She was off…
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Reading Guide to J. R. R. Tolkien’s The History of Middle-Earth Series

When J. R. R. Tolkien died in 1973, he left behind a lifetime of writing on the topic of his Middle-Earth legendarium. Thousands upon thousands of scraps of paper sat in boxes throughout his home, office, and elsewhere, and it fell to Tolkien's son, Christopher, his literary heir to determine precisely what to do with…
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Christchurch Riding for the Disabled Association rideathon: Picturing Canterbury

Horse at the Christchurch Riding for the Disabled centre, Royal, nuzzling Francis Russell at a sponsored "rideathon" to raise money for the centre. 23 April 1977.  Do you have any photographs of the Christchurch Riding for the Disabled centre? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. The Discovery Wall is a large interactive exhibition which allows several people…
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Nazis, Journalists, and Night Witches: The Huntress by Kate Quinn

Nazi hunters, an all-female group of bomber pilots, and new brides in post-war America - Kate Quinn's The Huntress weaves three different stories into one gripping tale.  Born to a family living on the shores of Lake Baikal in Siberia, Nina's life is full of rusalki  (evil Russian and Hungarian lake witches) right from the day she's born…
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UpLit: for the hard times

Uplit has been a publishing trend for a while now, but after the shocking events in Christchurch these books might be able to provide some comfort and escape from troubled times. Uplit celebrates our friends, the connections we can make and provides hope. Keeper of lost things Ruth Hogan Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes Ruth…
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Adrian Hayes: One Man’s Climb – WORD Christchurch

As a lover of missions into the mountains, and as a daughter of climbers, I have spent a fair amount of time both recounting and listening to accounts from high places. They are tales replete with hilarity, high excitement, physical exertion, trial, tribulation, and sometimes, tragedy. They are ever-engaging, and can serve as vehicles for self-reflection – how…
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