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.

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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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