Finding the dearly departed of Canterbury

Christchurch City Libraries prides itself on providing a wide range of family history resources to its customers. These include microfilm, newspapers,  electronic resources and our very own informed staff. One of these electronic resources is Christchurch Cemeteries Database. This resource is a great start when exploring your Cantabrian ancestors. It covers interments in the Christchurch City Council cemeteries (but not privately…
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Can fiction change reality?

This short video clip and accompanying transcript so aptly explain how fiction can change reality. The author suggests that Katniss in The Hunger Games could express our unease about corruption and capitalism, and that our quest for the “answer” might be found in The Hobbit. I think of all those novels I have read about…
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Recent necrology, August-September 2014

Some well-known people who have died recently Dannie Abse, 1923-2014 Welsh poet Lauren Bacall, 1924-2014 American actress Frans Bruggen, 1934-2014 Dutch conductor, recorder player and baroque flautist Mary Cadogan, 1928-2014 English author who wrote on popular and children’s fiction Jan Ekier, 1913-2014 Polish pianist Christopher Hogwood, 1941-2014 English conductor, harpsichordist and musicologist Graham Joyce, 1954-2014…
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