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 Marvel’s Star Wars Comics: The Main Series

The Star Wars film series has spawned comic books since its very beginning. In April 1977, Marvel Comics began its long-running series that ran until June 1986. Two other comics based on the Ewoks and Droids television series of the mid-1980s were also produced, ending in July 1987. But Marvel ultimately forfeited its publication license to Dark Horse Comics…
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Alison Comfort with the The Merrie-Midgets puppet troop: Picturing Canterbury

The Merrie-Midgets were a puppet show hand-crafted, built and performed by the Comfort family of Christchurch from the mid 1950s until 1965. The show travelled the length of the South Island, along with appearances in Auckland and Wellington, and was a regular feature on Hays Roof during school holidays. Alison Comfort with characters from The…
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Knight riding on a horse through Hagley Park: Picturing Canterbury

A rider, Miss Sue Morrish, dressed as a knight riding on a horse, Nordick, through Helmores Lanes, North Hagley Park for the filming of a commercial for a Christchurch firm. 16 June 1982. Do you have any photographs of North Hagley Park? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. The Discovery Wall is a large interactive exhibition which allows…
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Cycling cinematically

It's nearly that time again. Time to get on yer bike for the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. During February workplaces, organisations and teams of all sizes will be competing to see who can get the most cycling in, and rack up the mileage (or kilometrage?). There are also some great prizes up for grabs. For stalwart…
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