Captain Anthony Wilding – Wimbledon champion, killed in action 9 May 1915

Captain Anthony Wilding was the first and - so far - the only New Zealander to win a Wimbledon championship. His record in the International Tennis Hall of Fame reads: Career Achievements Top Ranking World No. 1 (1911) Grand Slam Results 11-time major champion and 4-time finalist Olympics Bronze Medal in Men’s Indoor Singles at the…
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Armageddon is coming!

Woohoo ! I'm so looking forward to going! Despite having lived in Christchurch for six years now, somehow I've never quite made it to Armageddon Expo, the annual celebration for pop culture geeks: always something else to do, somewhere to go, or something else to pay for... But this year it falls on my birthday, so…
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18 November 1947 – The Ballantyne’s Department Store fire

18 November 2015 marks the 68th anniversary of New Zealand’s most deadly fire - The Ballantyne’s Department Store fire -  it's a date permanently etched in the collective New Zealand psyche. On the afternoon of Tuesday 18 November, 1947, Ballantynes Department Store was full of shoppers - Show Week had taken place the previous week and the…
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“You tell lies to get close to the truth” – Joe Bennett

'Twas a damp and misty Christchurch evening, supposedly Spring but feeling more like Winter, when a gathering of Christchurch people came to a WORD Christchurch event to hear celebrated columnist and author Joe Bennett talk about his new book - King Rich. Despite nearly giving up partway through, Joe was persuaded by his publisher to…
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