New Year’s Resolution (6)

The latest title off my list of seven books from The Guardian Best Books of 2013 was the most challenging so far. William Boyd thought that Breakfast with Lucian by Geordie Greig was “fascinating, intimate… a revelation. Every question I had about Freud – from the aesthetic to the intrusively gossipy – was answered with great candour and…
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A sandwich-board man advertising dancing shoes in Cathedral Square: Picturing Canterbury

A sandwich-board man advertising dancing shoes in Cathedral Square, Christchurch Christchurch City Libraries, File Reference CCL PhotoCD 6, IMG0041 From our Faces of our Forebears heritage image collection Local pictures on the blog Browse our image collection A Sandwich-board Man Advertising Dancing Shoes In Cathedral Square, Christchurch…
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It’s all over Red Rover

Daylight Saving’s number is almost up for another year. Come some unearthly hour in the middle of tonight, the clocks ‘fall back’ and we will get a little more light in the mornings as we stagger out of bed, and a little less light when we are heading home from a hard day’s toil. Summer…
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Recent necrology, March 2014

Some well-known people who have died recently: Tony Benn, 1925-2014 British Labour Party politician, orator, campaigner and diarist, recognisable by his pipe, tape recorder and outsized mug Clarissa Dickson Wright, 1947-2014 Bombastic, outspoken lawyer who was brought to her knees by riches and alcoholism then rose again as a cook on Two Fat Ladies Ann…
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Remembering the Wahine sinking

April 10 is the anniversary of the sinking of the Wahine in Wellington Harbour with the loss of 51 lives.   Find out more: Our page on the sinking of the Wahine. The sinking of the Wahine, 10 April 1968, Wellington City Libraries The sinking of the Wahine a DigitalNZ set of images Wahine Disaster from NZ History.net…
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Less is more?

When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you. ~George Saunders. I have always enjoyed reading short stories, most probably because I have the attention span of a gnat coupled with a huge need to dissect and psychoanalyze given situations…
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Book Rage

Everyone knows about Road Rage – where all other drivers are idiots, your blood pressure soars, you discover swear words you weren’t aware you knew and, when you glance in the rear view mirror to glare at another driver, you don’t recognise the face looking back at you. But you may be less familiar with…
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