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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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.

Floods and Blue Ladies: 2014 in pictures: March

Flooding. I was on the bus to town, having dealt with heavy flooding in St Albans (water washed across Cranford Street). I leapt off on Cambridge Terrace to see that town had been flooded majorly too. Poor old camera got so sodden it had to go in for repairs after.
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And so the rest of my March photos are mostly phone pics.
Sydenham always has little arty bits to savour.
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New places. The Lemon Tree Cafe. And a new Stranges building.
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And goodbye to the old. Victoria Apartments wends its way down.
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Meanwhile on the side of Calendar Girls, I watched the Blue Lady take shape. It was like she was painting herself into existence.
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And Owen Dippie’s ballerina on the back of the Theatre Royal. On first glimpse I thought she was going to be a big blue iris.
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The kid.
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One of the last Pallet Pavilion market outings. I took my Dan Rhodes book.
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Memorials. Words and rock.
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More March 2014 pictures.

From Edgeware to where: 2014 in pictures: February

In February, Edgeware got these nifty historic panel to brighten up the ‘hood. This one features Christchurch figure Ice-Cream Charlie – Sali Mahomet.

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This doll is in a Christchurch hospital diorama. I found her rather fetching.
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The Victoria Apartments demoliton began.

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Waitangi Day evening – we paid a visit to New Brighton.

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And in town, the vintage market moved to the corner of Colombo and Gloucester Streets.

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And we rode the tram for the first time. The commentary was fascinating.

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The Festival of Flowers took over Cathedral Square.

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I went down the part of Hereford Street that had only just re-opened. And boy was the weather threatening.

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Ronnie says Hi to the workers.

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Government Life – could get a bit closer to the big brutalist thing.

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The pool on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Streets (all gone and filled in now).
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The Public Trust on Manchester Street coming down.

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A rainbow in St Albans, a double rainbow even.

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The special girl on her last day of kindy.

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Baby, you’re a firework.

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More February 2014 pictures.