Nancy Drew…85 years young

It seems hard to believe, but Nancy Drew, girl detective, turned 85 last week. She was the creation of 24 year-old Mildred A. Wirt. Wirt wrote 23 of the first 30 Nancy Drew books, the very first of which was The secret of the old clock, published on 28 April, 1930. Wirt is described in Girl…
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Early New Zealand music

Music was a welcome distraction for New Zealand’s early European settlers, who brought songs with them from their homelands, and who quickly developed new folksongs and ballads to sing about and cope with their harsh experiences of life in New Zealand. Much early European New Zealand music focuses on life on the frontier whaling and…
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How Marvel-lous

The Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU as it's known in the geeksphere, continues to grow with the recent release of blockbuster action movie The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And it won't stop there. We're currently in Phase Two, with further films and spin-offs due for release from next year. What makes the MCU so interesting…
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A lesson for conscriptionists

We've recently digitised a very interesting publication that shows a different side to military service than the one we're used to seeing. In 1912, military training or "drills" were compulsory for boys from 14 years of age. Refusal to attend training, even on religious grounds, was considered a serious infringement that could result in confinement at a…
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Goodbye, Gilbert Blythe

If you were a teenage girl during the 1980s and watched television then you were probably enraptured with the Anne of Green Gables TV series based on the novels of L. M. Montgomery. And there's a good chance you were smitten with Anne Shirley's regular tormentor/rescuer/romantic interest Gilbert Blythe…
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