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A Photo…

…to get things going again. It’s been a long time between drinks. Here’s a picture of Dunedin’s city centre. I didn’t realise what a lovely place Dunedin was until I left it and settled instead among the anonymous glass and … Continue reading

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On Reinventing Idioms

A lovely wee quote from Petra talking about the craft project of one of her classmates: If Dylan wants to finish her bag before the end of the year, she’ll have to get on her wriggle. What she’s trying to … Continue reading

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Matariki

Petra’s class had their Matariki¬† (Maori New Year) celebration tonight. The children had made cardboard lanterns with tealight candles stuck to the bottoms. They were lit and we went in a procession through the school garden and into the park, … Continue reading

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Winter Sounds

I just went outside in the dark to rescue Petra’s sheets off the clothesline. I couldn’t see much of anything (it’s dark by about 5:30 these days) but I could hear lots of evocative noises. The yells of children at … Continue reading

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Fred Dagg and New Zealand Idioms

Coming home in the car yesterday, we happened upon a comedy segment on National Radio where comedians share things that were important to their comedic development. Yesterday’s guest chose a piece by John Clarke’s alter ego, Fred Dagg, called Phone … Continue reading

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Life in Wellington

Google’s autocomplete offers some insight into the Wellington lifestyle. If you type in “Why is Wellington…” Google offers the following options: Why is Wellington so windy Why is Wellington so boring Why is Wellington called Wellington Why is Wellington New … Continue reading

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Earthquakes: not just fun and games…

Strong 6.6 Earthquake Hits Wellington, Aftershocks… | Stuff.co.nz. I used to find earthquakes fascinating and would stop what I was doing to observe the earth going nuts. No fuss, no muss, no stress, just a detached scientific interest. After what … Continue reading

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