Playing with Inkscape

Workshop Club Montage The above montage features work from  Workshop Club participants. The theme for this module was graphics and we spent quite a bit of time with a great piece of free software called "inkscape". The process included taking a drawing they each produced with pen and paper, scanning it, tracing it in inkscape…
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Kapa haka

Kapa Haka is commonly used to describe a modern day performance of traditional and contemporary adaptations of Māori waiata, mōteatea, poi and haka. The prestigious Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival is being held in Christchurch from Wednesday 4 March to Sunday 8 March 2015. Kapa haka at Eastgate. Flickr: CCL-2012 Kapa haka is an…
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Ngā Manu Tīoriori (The Songbirds) – The Christchurch City Council Waiata Group

The Christchurch City Council Waiata Group has been in existence on and off since 2000. However, following the initiation of Dr Terry Ryan as Christchurch City Libraries’ kaumātua, it was decided that the group would meet regularly in a more ‘formalised’ arrangement. The purpose of the group is to tautoko speakers at various occasions that…
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Recent necrology, April 2014

Some well-known people who have died recently: Rubin Carter, 1937-2014 Boxer wrongly convicted of murder who found Bob Marley fighting his corner Alan Davie, 1920-2014 Artist who won the admiration of Rothko and Pollock and later embraced ‘magic symbolism’ Bob Hoskins, 1942-2014 Actor who excelled as the tough but engaging anti-hero of Mona Lisa and…
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Sadly, I read it my way

Reading regrets, I've got a few... As this diary page from my "yoof" clearly illustrates. Desmond Bagley! Alistair MacLean! Gavin Lyall! And the pièce de resistance Jeffrey Archer! To be fair I was 15 when I was reading these über macho, high-octane thrillers but shame still stings my cheeks especially regarding the naughty Lord Archer…
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Happy Mother’s Day

Kia ora and Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums. Here are some Mums of days gone by: The hospital, a wooden building in Durham Street, Sydenham, had been opened about two years earlier. It was a birthing place for the wives of working men. The hospital was, like other hospitals, named St. Helen's to…
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Redneck Noir is Ace!

O.K., show of hands on the part of all those mature and discerning viewers of televised crime fiction who remain baffled and uncomprehending of Television New Zealand’s decision to discontinue what was arguably one of the most engaging, different, and exciting “redneck noir” crime fiction series to grace our Free to Air screens in recent…
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