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.