Amy Poehler? Yes please!

Amy Poehler is one of those actresses I was vaguely aware of but to whom I’d never really paid much attention. She occasionally cropped up in movies like ‘Blades of Glory’ and Mean Girls, usually playing someone blonde and kooky. Later I associated her with Tina Fey, as her friend, and as one half of the legendary Saturday…
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Christchurch Arts Festival 2015

The Christchurch Arts Festival brings a mix of local, national and international performances to Christchurch every two years. The 2015 Festival runs from 27 August until 20 September. The festival features circus/cabaret, classical music, music, dance, theatre, comedy, and visual arts events. Festival information Visit the festival website Sign up for the festival newsletter Follow @ChchFest on…
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Outlandish kilt addiction

The things you find when trawling through the library catalogue. I was just trying to fill the hole that the conclusion of the first season of the Outlander TV series, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, had left in my leisure time. I found a blog post about the source novels, and an If you like... Diana…
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Stories in a Flash

Do you have a fear of commitment or a very short attention span? Does the prospect of reading a thick novel fill you with trepidation? Are you one of the many who never finished The Luminaries? Then Flash Fiction might be just the literary genre for you. Flash Fiction, which can also be described as Short Short Stories…
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Queen’s Birthday reading

Today, Queen's Birthday, marks the last public holiday until Labour day which this year falls on 26 October. That's nearly 5 months (147 days, to be exact) without a long weekend...so you'd better make this one count! As is usual on public holidays our library branches are not open... however we always have digital goodies available, so if you find yourself short…
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Seeing and hearing Philip Ball

Dr Philip Ball, who gave a talk in Christchurch last week, has an intimidating CV that includes working in an editorial role at Nature magazine for 20 years, an impressive clutch of awards, and an academic background that includes an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Physics. So no slouch in the brains…
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