Having a very merry little Christmas: 2012 in pictures: December

The new Library to go mobile vans are launched at New Brighton.
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An automaton in New Brighton.
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Put your face in it.
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Cussies having a ride.
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Partay time.
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Went up on the C1 Espresso roof.
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Talking to Santa.
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Cardboard Cathedral gets Christmassy.
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ZM’s shipping crate Advent calendar.
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YOLO on Colombo Street.
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A lovely visitor.
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On the carousel at Northlands.
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My ideal bookshelf.
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Christchurch’s most beautiful breasts.
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Santa pic 2012.
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Christmas.
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Michael Palin, Horses don knickers, shit happens in New Brighton, and heaps of art: 2012 in pictures: November

Gettin’ ready for Cup Week. Hot Damn Lingerie in the Re:START did it best.
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We loved Michael Palin.
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Flower girl in training.
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A visit to QEII at New Brighton proved disturbing but also kind of amazing. There were layers of ads making a beautiful paper sculpture.
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And a charming chap teaching wee girl to do ball tricks, as well as this awesome impromptu handstand.
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Shit happens in New Brighton.
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A beautiful RIP.
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A steampunk Christmas tree went up in the Re:START Mall.
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New SCAPE art goes up – Joanna Langford’s High Country. On the corner of Montreal Street by Chateau Blanc.
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Kaikoura wedding.
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Holiday Out.
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Concrete Propositions by Ash Keating.
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Farmers carpark, on the wire.
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More art starts: Rachael Dewhirst’s Kaleidoscopic Nights SCAPE mural in the Re:START
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And Wongi and Ikarus’s Pinocchio:
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Partial solar eclipse on 14 November.
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Victoria Square re-opens.
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The Pallet Pavilion takes shape on the old Crowne Plaza site.
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Japan: Kingdom of characters exhibition.
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Yay for bee bam bap at Mum’s 24.
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Art Box on St Asaph.
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A weekend demo for URS House.
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A beautiful sunset on the way home from Hanmer Springs.
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Another neat piece of art – Re-MED-y by Justin Kerr
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Free shoes in St Albans Park.
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Last looks at the Clarendon are kind of idyllic.
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A bird on a wire.
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The awesome Wongi and Ikarus, as Pinocchio goes up on the side of the Lichfield St carpark.
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Earthquake muppets, The Strip comes down, and some art goes up: 2012 in pictures: October

I don’t remember Real Groovy moving here – I used to visit the one by SOL Square a bit, but it obviously moved after the September 2010 earthquake. But in October 2012 its new former bikeshop location on Manchester/Tuam Street was being demolished.
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Wongi’s mural on Tradestaff building on the corner of Colombo and St Asaph Street was taking shape. Part of enjoying the new art around town is the pleasure of watching it grow.
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The back of the Odeon theatre, as viewed from St Asaph Street.
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The demolition of the beautiful Cranmer Courts was underway, with protest accompaniment.
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Gloucester Street demolition, near Latimer Square.
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Tjalling is innocent, Christchurch Art Gallery takes art to the streets again.
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Adios Coyotes. Another demolition on The Strip.
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Farmers carpark on Gloucester Street was stark viewing.
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Clash boutique in the Re:START. A cool bit of art by Smeagol. Not sure where it is now as the shop has gone and is now Breads of Europe.
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Lux City!
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A pleasing piece of decorative circuitry.
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QEII demolition.
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We love the beach.
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Muppets EQC sign.
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Citizens war memorial in Cathedral Square, with bracing.
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The busy Strip.
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Lovely cuzzies.
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The flying Odeon roof, Elvis has not left the building, & Christchurch sunsets: 2012 in pictures: September

The Press Christchurch Writers Festival.
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Biblia Abiblia
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A Ron Mueck eye.
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40 flavours of heaven.
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Price Waterhouse Coopers.
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Christchurch sunset.
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When you work in the CBD of Christchurch, you are never short on things to see. On 10 September, I looked down Tuam Street and saw the roof of the Odeon sailing away.
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And it landed on Manchester Street.
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The colours of the ECAN building on Kilmore Street, unmasked.
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A visit to Woodend.
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Democracy rally.
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A vacant space on Colombo Street made kind of beautiful by the setting sun.
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Christchurch danglers, high above the Holiday Inn.
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Parklife: a radiocontrolled helicopter gets stuck in a tree in St Albans Park.
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Craig Smith in concert, at Central Library Tuam.
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Demolition on the strip.
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Price Waterhouse Coopers.
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Elvis in Shand’s Emporium – one of those iconographic Christchurch sights.
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Mannequins face the future, things implode, and new art busts in: 2012 in pictures: August

A discarded sign of protest. TC3 land.
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I go for the jewellery pileup.
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Fabulous book bargains from Just Incredible in South City Mall.
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Morning implosion of Newstalk ZB.
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After the implosion, a trampoline on Kilmore Street.
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Margaret Mahy storytime at Central Library Peterborough.
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The BMX track, not just for bikes.
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Loved the Youth Market on Barbadoes Street.
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More book buys, half the marked price:
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Happy birthday Grandad.
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A few of my favourite things, a fabulous hand-done piece by Sarah Laing.
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An abandoned house, alive with the morning light.
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The fab Wongi Tradestaff mural takes shape on the corner of Colombo and St Asaph Street.
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Graffiti on St Asaph Street.
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The Railway Station on Moorhouse Avenue.
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You take paradise, you put up a parking lot.
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Tjalling is innocent. Christchurch Art Gallery work on the back of COCA.
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The Clarendon continues its stately decline.
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Mannequins in the Re:START face they know not what.
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Margaret Mahy, Michael Parekowhai, little felt workers, and Christchurch words – 2012 in pictures: July

Who can resist a photo of a baby with a book?
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Story blankets for Matariki – at Rehua Marae.
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A close-up.
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Wee girl meets the Michael Parekowhai bulls.
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Central Library Peterborough. The art is by Richard Killeen: The inner binding – a Christchurch Art Gallery Outer Spaces project
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Newstalk ZB pre-implosion.
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Methodist Mission demolition on Durham Street North.
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Memorial on Colombo Street.
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Kendal Avenue Park.
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Flying over the Clarendon.
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Grant Thornton building demolition.
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Morning on Colombo Street.
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Words in the gutter.
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One of Christchurch’s cutaway houses.
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Sign o’the times.
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Abberley Park.
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View from the NG Gallery.
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The Michael Parekowhai piano.
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Busted up signage on Lichfield Street.
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I pay tribute to Margaret Mahy, who died on 23 July 2012.
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Poetica on Colombo Street.
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Craft Invaders market.
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High Street.
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Ladies on the toilet block at St Albans Park.
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Car flying on the skate ramp.
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The awesome Kia Kaha sign of Edgeware.
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The Queen, The Snow, The Bulls, and the Supermarket – 2012 in pictures: June

God save the Queen.
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And her dogs.
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The Newstalk ZB Building – before its controlled implosion.
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Yarn bombing in Latimer Square.
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I protest!
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Beautiful rubbish on a demolition site.
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I think this was my first spotting of the magic of Mike Hewson’s work on Cranmer Court.
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There was snow. And more snow.
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Cranmer Square in the snow
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Walking to work let me see some beautiful morning city skies. Light, and colour, and silhouettes of buildings in their last days.
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Another rubbled sign.
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Westpac Tower and Holiday Inn, both now gone – but here they are bathed in golden light.
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Gloucester Street reopened on the evening of 15 June. I walked past work. The street was almost unbearably sad, and the night was cold and wet.
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Book love. Hans Christian Andersen illustrated by Jiri Trnka.
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Deans book of fairy tales illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone.
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Strange stories, amazing facts.
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The Edgeware Super Value with its Kia Kaha sign.
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This shop display had me flummoxed.
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One of my favourite Christchurch signs. Welder on Welles Street.
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The arrival of Michael Parekowhai’s On first looking into Homer … The bulls arrive.
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“On Peterborough Street, the houses are wonky …”
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