Birds’ eyes: 2015 in pictures: June

It is 2 July 2015. This is what June 2015 in Christchurch looked like. Some beautiful and bright wintry days made getting out and about appealing.

Sunrises and sunsets

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Drops of ice on the tree at home.
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens
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Matariki at the Botanic Gardens.
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Canterbury Museum

Whole house reuse exhibition.
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Building and un-building

The Police Station.
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The Christchurch Town Hall.
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Shand’s Emporium, moved to Manchester Street.
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Sights

Sequin nation.
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New Brighton.
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Threads

If you remember the 1980s, you’ll remember how the threat of nuclear war was as scary as hell.

There was an educational segment in the local newspaper on what would happen if Invercargill was nuked (its risk was as a food production area) and I did a bunch of computer calculations on the half life of various radioactive materials for school.

I read about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Was fascinated by radiation. Watched The Day After, the American blockbuster (I remember seeing a horse’s skeleton lit up at the moment of the blast). I read The Greenpeace Book of the Nuclear Age. Don’t forget the plutonium fuelled Edge of Darkness with Bob Peck.

When the wind blows by Raymond Briggs broke my heart as an old couple endured nuclear war.

Threads came out in 1984. It was a BBC programme that showed nuclear war, and the leadup to and its effect on Sheffield, England.

1980s – I remember the sheer horror of it.
1990s – at Otago University they had an AV room, and I rewatched I Claudius. And Threads.
2000s – after meeting my bloke, we went on a dystopian movie bender. Day of the Triffids. The Stand. Survivors. And Threads – Alice in Videoland has it.
2010s – S. was watching it a couple of nights ago. I sat and watched. Had forgotten how skilfully it blended the banal everyday, with the menace of imminent war in the background – on the news on tv, on the radio, in the newspapers. Then the speed at which everything unravels, and war comes, B52s fly off, and the government and authorities go to the bunkers. I watched the bomb go off, the dad is on the loo with his pants around his ankles. Nana is being escorted down the stairs into the cellar. A woman on the street turns this way and that, puts her hand to her head. Another woman in the street stands there and the camera pans down to her feet and a pool of urine floods out across the concrete.

I stop there.

O Superman: 2015 in pictures: May

Comings, goings, about the place with eyes peeled. Just when I think not much happened this month, the photos tell me otherwise.

Views

I’m not sure if this is upside down.
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Abandoned books
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On top of the Odeon.
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Sunrise reflected in The Press building.
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The last days of the Christchurch Police Station.
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The first day of the new Bus Interchange.
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Art

Michael Parekowhai’s bull on New Regent Street.
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Always like to see Mike Hewson’s illusionist art.
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Mark Catley’s Star Wars paste up.
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Love the Penguin cover most of all.
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Hereford Street art.
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and more Mr Catley.

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The Arts Centre.
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Out and about

I work in towns most Fridays. Nearby is the Lemon Tree Cafe and their lovely green tea latte, and displays of china and stuff. The antithesis of the industrial chic cafe.
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NZ Music Month launch.
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Free Comic Day – Comic Compulsion
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WORD Festival Autumn Season, and the Auckland Writers Festival
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Bunnies, ponies, and Bad Evil: 2015 in pictures: April

A month in pictures.

Wednesday 1 April 2015

Looking at the Re:START from the other side, new art by Yikes.
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Edible book competition.
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Sunday 12 April

Demolition of the Chancery Arcade.
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Friday 17 April

Field of Remembrance, Cranmer Square.
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Demolition of the Chancery Arcade.
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Mark Catley art in Cathedral Square.
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Art on Hereford Street – Wongi et al.
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Record Store Day. Saturday 18 April

Ponies at Galaxy Records.
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Bad Evil and Percussion Girl.
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Wednesday 22 April

Cosmo by Michael Parekowhai in New Regent Street.
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Armagh Street.
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Art on Kilmore Street.
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Friday 24 April

New bus interchange.
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Saturday 25 April – ANZAC Day

The Bridge of Remembrance.

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Hereford Street.
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Novotel and Camelot.
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Imagination Station.
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Words on the Crossing.
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Ronnie van Hout.
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Sydenham.
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A month in Christchurch country: 2015 in pictures: March

March was chockablock with events and comings and goings

Armageddon!

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Te Matatini, in Hagley Park

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At The Commons

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Street art

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Demolitions

Manchester Street.
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Chancery Arcade.
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Arrivals

The new RSA building on opening day
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Godley.
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Christchurch City Libraries book sale.
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And sunrise.
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Whanau whanau whanau: 2015 in pictures: February

Kia ora. February was a fabulous whanau month with a wedding, overseas guests, birthdays, and lots of wonderful goings on.

A bit sentimental. I lost my little china cups and saucers from my Nana and Grandma in the earthquake, and one of them had this pattern.
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Whanau and friends
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A wonderful wedding.
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The Heroes and Heroines concert.
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It is in the trees, it’s coming. We were supposed to be watching Frozen in the Botanic Gardens, but did a lot of playing and climbing instead.
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Birthdays!
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Hooray for the second Street Art Festival – this time with t-shirts.
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The ladies had a stall at the very welcome – but short-lived – St Albans market.

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A random Christchurch pony.
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Flying: 2015 in pictures: January

Kia ora. I am kicking off my monthly posts of Christchurch photos. Here – belatedly – is January 2015 in pictures. A bit of Bishopdale and Papanui, the usual shots around town, and a bit of kite action from New Brighton.

Bishopdale

A New Year sojourn in Bishopdale and Harewood. Beautiful long summer nights.
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Papanui

Christchurch North Methodist Church.
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Papanui church.
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Town

A pigeon on High Street.
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Wongi’s mural on Manchester Street.
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One man’s trash – on Peterborough/Colombo St.
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Hydrangeas on Colombo Street.
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New Brighton

Kite Day.
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Hanmer Springs
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Home

Sunflower.
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Petite Blythes.
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