Fun and FESTAtivities: 2014 in pictures: October

Demolition, man

The Bus Exchange.
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Government Life.
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Central Library.
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Fun stuff

Frozen.
A thousand Queen Elsas.
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Craig Smith and crew in Cathedral Square.
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New dude in Hereford Street.
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Zinefest.
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Heritage Week – City Day.
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Birthday.
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Ah, spring

The best of blues
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Victoria Square plantings.
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FESTA – Festival of Transitional Architecture
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Exclesior facade.
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More October photos.

Ice and flowers: 2014 in pictures: September

A walk round the old ways for 4 September.
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Bye bye Central Library.
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New builds, new arts

On Victoria / Salisbury Street.
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Cambridge Terrace.
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High Street.
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The Green Room, Colombo Street.
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Suffragist City. Kate Sheppard Memorial.
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Nature

Spidermagic on Smith Street.
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Echium on Smith Street.
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Hagley Park daffodils.
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Flowers in Victoria Square.
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Out and about

Woodend Fair.
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IceFest.
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Christchurch Art Gallery Family Fun Day.
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Me.
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More September photos.

Ain’t what it used to be: 2014 in pictures: August

As I put this month’s photo selection together I’m thinking Holy heck there was a lot on in August. WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival, the graffiti house,  a New Brighton outing, lots of art and lots of sun …

The sun also rises.
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New Brighton art.
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Craftivism on Latimer Square.
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Bridge of Remembrance open day.
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Graffiti house.
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Signs, wonders.
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WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival. ACE.
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#Teamscum
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More August 2014 photos.

No signs, except this: 2014 in pictures: July

Oddities

Sign me up. There are always odd things that capture my eye.
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Edgeware lady.
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Cherry Brownlees, Acoustics Schmaoustics, Pina coladas …
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This stuff was popular – 100s and 1000s chocolate by Whittakers.
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Sausage roll cake.
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Lichfield loo.
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Carpet samples in a deserted shop in the Lichfield carpark.
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Matariki

Matariki at Rehua Marae.
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WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival

Rachael King, Literary Directory of WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival
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The sky, those impossible skies

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ART

Sculpture on Peterborough Street.
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Kerazy clown on High Street
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CPIT
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Wood from the trees – High Street
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Real trees.
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Pah’s Dairy.
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Cuningham House, Townend House, and more Botanic Garden conservatories re-opened. YAY!
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Our first daffodil.
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More July 2014 photos.

Suddenly strange: 2014 in pictures: June

Dad and the kid at the Botanic Gardens.
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My moon, my man.
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The Houses for Swamp Dwellers by Julia Morison light up a treat.
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The Government Life building, covered up.
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One of the coolest ghost signs, on the way out.
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And another day at the Botanics, trying to feed the ducks. But the eels kept them away.
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This was a beautiful bit of street art, but lots demolished now.
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The sunrise over the CCC demolition.
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A bit in love with the new Stranges building on the corner of High Street. Angles, colour, light, and even a bit of stained glass – it is like the prow of some strange spaceship.
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I remember The Treehouse and karaoke.
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A piece of togs by Centennial Pool.
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A beautiful demolition on Armagh/Manchester, made so by golden sunrise and surprise graffiti.
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New art by Mike Hewson. Magic. Looks like some photoshopped creation, but it is all real.
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Owen Dippie’s Ballerina, viewed through blossom.
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Demolition on Cambridge Terrace.
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Some pics of favourite books. I wrote a piece on these in BookLook, for the PANZ Book Design Awards.
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More June 2014 photos.

Bizarro Christchurch: 2014 in pictures: May

Kia ora and welcome to a selection of photos from Christchurch in May. Sunrises and sunsets certainly laid out the pretty. And by heck if there wasn’t that feel of Roman (and Egyptian) ruins.
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Again Chris Heaphy’s Whare in Cathedral Square held my heart. One of my favourite art works in Christchurch without a doubt.
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And the Burster Flipper is an enjoyable show.

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Dad met Swedish writer Camilla Lackberg.

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Demolition, as ever. The Frontrunner went down, goodbye to the silver mannequins who posed up a storm.

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The Majestic Theatre inches ever lower.  An invisible audience sits and watches.
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And meanwhile a butterfly in the Agropolis nearby.
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The mini on the wall, viewed through the CCC building demolition.
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In your library return chute, judging your books …

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The CSO plays for New Zealand Music Month at Central Library Peterborough.
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Random delights – Battenburg, my favourite cake.
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Banfields of Beckenham – very arty butchery.
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Games for sale.

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Or would  you prefer a Jenny Shipley mask?
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The random sticker wisdom to be found about town.
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Southwark Street – Bizarro world. I was walking to work on Friday 23 May and spotted the tip of a painted sky down Southwark Street. So glad of my curiosity – I discovered a bizarro world of reflection, repetition, wit and wonder. It is beside Warren and Mahoney. Am trying to track down any information on this rather fabulous and surprising thing. Bravo.
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More May 2014 photos.

Everything must go: 2014 in pictures: April

When I do these posts, they always give me a jog. I think “Oh yes, that’s what was happening”. And I see the things that catch my eye – family and friends, art taking shape, signs, views. In April I watched the Ballerina grow and the demise of the CCC and Victoria Apartments. They come, they go.

Owen Dippie’s Ballerina.
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The Venice of the South Seas. Canaletto-ish.
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Or Ballardian.
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Signs. And Arts.
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The CCC/Millers building.
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Victoria Apartments.
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A DJing Farewell to the Pallet Pavilion.
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April 2014.

Easter.
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Linwood birdie.
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Nature, and stuff.
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The ladies go cycling.
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And work, endless work. Orange everywhere.
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More April 2014 pictures.