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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Challenged by the challenges

Well, it’s nearly half way through the year and I’m in a terrible mess with my challenges. Reading seven books off the Guardian’s List of Best Books of 2013 went swimmingly until I reached number seven: The Kills. It’s 1002 pages long. What was I thinking? Reading Bingo is also shaping up to be a bit of…
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Books for Babies

Each year we deliver about 5,000 Books for Babies packs to parents and babies through hospitals, midwives and the Homebirth Association. The pack contains a high-contrast black and white board book — perfect for very young babies up to about six months. Download the Books for Babies pamphlet — in English, Māori and Samoan. [194KB…
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Recessive jeans

My parents shaped my way beyond my DNA. Hard as it is to believe, those two humble Scots forged my fashion destiny. To this day, my clothing choices hark back to them. Thanks Mom and Dad. My father (normally a mild-mannered man) got in first when he forbade the wearing of denim jeans from under his roof. This…
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There’s a kākāpō at a library near you!

You can imagine the joy at Central Manchester when a kākāpō  emerged from the returns bin. Not the real McCoy, you understand, but a beautifully sewn replica – one of several kākāpō that have been hidden around Christchurch as part of  Sayraphim Lothian’s Guerrilla Kindness for Christchurch project. Described as “a Persian cat with feathers“, the kākāpō is one…
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