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.

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.

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.

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.
April 2014.

A DJing Farewell to the Pallet Pavilion.
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April 2014.

Easter.
April 2014.

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.

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.

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.

My usual commute is walking or bussing – or a combination of the two. Last week, Christchurch commuting was in the news as roadworks caused parts of central city traffic to come to a standstill (I’m looking at you, Durham Street). It’s nice that people use traffic snarls as a plug for using public transport instead – but buses get stuck in the traffic too.

Anyways, walking was the best option. I walk a lot and am surprised by how very few people I see doing the same. I see more people walking their dog in the morning than actually walking to get to work. That’s a shame.

Monday 7 April
Morning – Walk/bus

I usually bus on a Monday as I am laden down with a heavy laptop. Normally I bus from Edgeware into the Central Station and then catch a bus to Linwood. There are four or five buses that head out that way. I was waiting for the bus at Edgeware before 7.30am. I waited a while at the stop – it said the bus was coming in one minute but it didn’t arrive until late. Then down Colombo Street, and onto Bealey Avenue. Traffic got sluggish there as traffic turned into Durham Street.

The bus was so slow that on Durham Street before the Courts, the driver opened the doors to let us out to walk. We had been 45 minutes in traffic having only travelled a couple of kilometres. I walked to the Central Bus Station. I got there – the station was much quieter than usual – and a bus to Linwood arrived about ten minutes later.
The trip to Linwood from town was quick – it usually is. Most people are heading west not east.

I left for work at around 7.30am and didn’t arrive until just after 9am.
(90 minutes)

Monday 7 April
Evening – Car

I got picked up by my whanau – it was a quick ride going down Avonside Drive, down Fitzgerald, around onto Bealey and down Madras and side streets.
Very little traffic.
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Tuesday 8 April
Morning – Walk/bus

Tuesday 8 April – pouring with rain, foiling my plans to walk to work. Caught the Metrostar in Edgeware at 7.30, it took about 5 minutes to get to Shirley Road where I switched to the Orbiter after a ten minute wait. It dropped me at Eastgate then I walked to work – about a 7 minute walk. Was at work at 8.05am.
(35 minutes)

Tuesday 8 April
Evening – Walk/bus

Still a bit wet out. Left work at 4.45pm. Caught the Orbiter from Eastgate and then caught the Metrostar at Shirley.
Point of interest: a license plate THEKLF
Music: Roaring classical on the bus
(50 minutes)

Wednesday 9 April
Morning – Walk

Walked to work, was on Edgeware Road at 6.50am. Was at the corner of Avonside Drive and Stanmore Road by 7.25am and at work in Linwood/Woolston by 7.55am

Point of interest: Putzmeister Aardvark – piece of machinery in action.
Standout music: Robert de Niro’s waiting – Bananarama & Video Games – Lana del Rey.
(65 minutes)

Wednesday 9 April
Evening – Walk

Finished work at 4.25pm. Was at the end of Linwood Ave in half an hour. Walked down Avonside Drive, down Fitzgerald, then Bealey then down Madras to Edgeware.

Point of interest: Man in long black coat making gestures at an empty house, then at the Regent Dome on Brittan Street.
Standout music: Hollertronix
(75 minutes)

Thursday 10 April
Morning – Walk/bus

Walking down Edgeware Road around 7.20am, crossed Hills, to Stanmore. Got some supplies then picked up a full Orbiter near the Stanmore Street corner by Avonside Drive. Off at Eastgate, down Linwood Ave.

Point of interest: Cops and cop cars swarming on Aldwins Road by Eastgate. Young woman pulled over, the contents of her car being spread out on the bonnet.
Standout music: Running with the XX (Notorious BIG and the XX)
(70 minutes)

Thursday 10 April
Evening – Walk/bus

I had to go to town so I got the #21 bus just before 5pm on Linwood Avenue,  and got off at CPIT on St Asaph Street.  Walked down Manchester Street, before switching to Colombo and catching a bus to Edgeware.  No traffic problems, but the walk took a while as I took pics of Owen Dippie’s ballerina art on the Theatre Royal, the old Millers/CCC building and other sights.

Point of interest: Building watching.
(80 minutes)

Friday 11 April
Morning – Walk

Working in town today. I was on Edgeware Road at 7am, walked down Colombo St. Was at Town Hall by 7.2opm. Switched to Manchester Street and was at work on Manchester (near Moorhouse Avenue) by 7.40am.

Point of interest: Friend’s old place on Colombo Street being demolished, can see the bones of it now including stairs to nowhere.
Standout music: Eels, Girl Talk
(40 minutes)

Friday 11 April
Evening – Walk /Bus

Lugging gear home, I walked a bit down Manchester, then swung onto Colombo Street, then a bus to get me home.
(50 minutes)

Kia ora 2014. In January, Christchurch streets (and the Canterbury Museum) came alive with the Rise Festival kicking off a programme of art in the streets. It is the bright antidote to the grey of demolition and decay, even when it uses them as a canvas.

We went to the exhibition on New Year’s Day, and several times again.
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And out on the streets …
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The Arts Centre was a pressie.
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And the Botanic Gardens were in luscious form. Hydrangeas, even beautiful reflected in the puddles.
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Shand’s Emporium was on the move.
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Market finds.
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And I enjoyed exploring the Museum and Christ’s College’s gargoyles and figures.
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More January 2014 pictures.

When Dad sheared sheep, he left them with sideburns so they looked like late era Elvis.

Once when we were visiting the home farm on the Coast, we tried to move a dead sheep and both ended up retching. My stoic little sister held the contents of her stomach intact. That ghastly sound of expellent air as we tried to move it. The smell, the smell.

At high school in Gore, the worst insult the boys could hurl at a girl was “Dead sheep”.

Sherriff, George, 1846-1930. Sherriff, George, 1846-1930 :[A victim of the keas. ca 1885]. Ref: 1/2-002753-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22306211

Sherriff, George, 1846-1930. Sherriff, George, 1846-1930 :[A victim of the keas. ca 1885]. Ref: 1/2-002753-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22306211

We are knuckle draggers
Vulvagun
Verse and radiation
Total f*cking destruction
The Abdominable Iron Sloth
Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition
Shrouds of fallen tears
Rumplestiltskin Grinder
Polkadot Cadaver
Opossum Nightmare
Intestine Baalism
Gloominous Doom
Gaggle of Cocks
Dog Fashion Disco
Dick Delicious and the Tasty Testicles
Bloody Blood Orgy
Bathtub Shitter
Crotchbreaker

Band names courtesy of the MËTAL section of Freegal.

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