Ciao Italia! a showcase of Italian fun, food and fanfare – Wednesday 14 June at The Colombo

​​​Ciao Italia - showcasing Italian fun, food and fanfare Wednesday 14 June 2017, 6pm to 9.30pm at The Colombo 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham – Christchurch Fancy a trip to Italy but the budget won't stretch quite that far? Well, here's your opportunity to experience the next best thing without having to get on a plane…
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Recent necrology, August 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently Neil Black, 1932-2016 Leading English oboist Daniela Dessi, 1957-2016 Italian operatic soprano Don Donnithorne, 1926-2016 Leading Christchurch architect Lois Duncan, 1934-2016 American author of fiction for teenagers whose novel I know what you did last summer achieved cult status David Hallett, 1955-2016 One of New Zealand’s best bird…
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Recent necrology, June 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently: Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016 American professional boxer, one of the most significant sporting figures of the 20th century Graham Latimer, 1926-2016 One of the most influential Māori leaders of the late 20th century Norman Longmate, 1925-2016 Popular historian best known for his book How We Lived Then David Sell…
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This week in Christchurch history (21 to 27 December)

21 December 1877 New Christchurch railway station opens. 22 December 1885 Statue of William Moorhouse unveiled in the Botanic Gardens. 23 December 1876 Lyttelton time-ball station in operation. Its time signals to shipping were superseded by radio signals in 1934. 24 December 1864 First gas street lights. 24 December 1953 4 Christchurch victims among 151…
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