Category Archives: General

Christmas Greetings

A very Happy Christmas to all our family and friends all around the world!   We had a very special day enjoying the company of friends from New Zealand and the Middle East, some of the latter with a Coptic heritage.    … Continue reading

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Nicola Benedetti and the NZSO.

Join Nicola Benedetti and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of their ‘Forbidden Love’ tour, starting tonight at 8.00 p.m. at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.    Nicola, who hails from Scotland, first shot to prominence in 2004 … Continue reading

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Gold country

The miners working and living environment was an unrelenting grind, which they endured in the hope of a better future.    They lived in simple shacks or tents similar to the one pictured. Cold winds are common in this part of … Continue reading

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Visit to Sovereign Hill

During a recent visit to Melbourne we made a trip to Sovereign Hill, an outdoor museum near the historic town of Ballarat, which tells the story of the Victorian Gold Fields of the    19th Century.    Ballarat, the largest provincial … Continue reading

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Our Vision for Central Christchurch?

An exciting plan for the rebuild of Central Christchurch was unveiled thirty hours ago and has received a generally positive response.   Click on vision to view a short  video of the plan and further details of the vision for Central … Continue reading

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Excited anticipation!

This evening the visionary plan for central Christchurch is to be unveiled.   The plan is crucial for the economic advance of both Christchurch and New Zealand and should provide a positive stimulus for the rebuild of the city and emotional … Continue reading

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Venice Bienalle Exhibit comes to Christchurch.

Last week I enjoyed visiting Michael Parekowhai’s exhibition ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer‘.    Originally New Zealand’s exhibit in the Venice Biennale 2011, it has made its New Zealand debut in the “Red Zone” of Christchurch. Michael Parekowhai is one … Continue reading

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Cheetah

In the pantheon of ‘big cats’, the cheetah is special.   Recent research suggests that it evolved in Africa during the miocene period ( 7.5 – 26 million years ago) before migrating to Asia,  with the common ancestor of all the … Continue reading

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Orana Park visit

We continue our visit to the Wildlife Park focusing on the tiger enclosure.    By clicking on Panthera tigris you can learn more about the endangered subspecies.   One of these is the ‘Bengal tiger’, which lives mainly in India and … Continue reading

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Our ‘Wildlife’ Jewel

Just the other day, on a beautiful winter’s morning, I made a visit with my young grand daughter to Orana Park, fulfilling a promise made when we visited her in the United States. The idea for a Zoo in Christchurch … Continue reading

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