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    • Glorious new picture books to entertain and delight
      • 23 Apr 2018
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • These great new books are filled with wonder, imagination, and a wild, magical spirit that will thrill young and old alike. A hundred billion trillion stars / by Seth Fishman ; illustrated by Isabel Greenberg. Did you know there are 37 billion rabbits in the world or that the moon is two hundred and forty thousand miles away? There are numbers galore in this fascinating book about numbers and the world all around us. Cake [hardback] “Cake has been invited to a party. He’s very excited! He’s never been to a birthday party before. And he doesn’t know what to expect. But as the candles on his party hat begin to burn and the other party guests start to sing, Cake starts to think that this is one party he’d rather not be at…” (Syndetics summary) Thank you, Octopus / Darren Farrell. How would a tricky octopus put you to bed? with a lot of word play and egg salad!  This very simple picture books will amuse and delight everyone. Grandma Z [hardback] “On an ordinary day, in an even more ordinary town, it was Albert’s birthday. When Grandma Z roars into town on her motorcycle, Albert is swept up in a very extraordinary adventure.” (Syndetics summary) The thing Lou couldn’t do / written and illustrated by Ashley Spires. “‘Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals.’ But one day, when they’re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou’s friend has an idea: ?Up there! The tree can be our ship!? ?Ummm …’ says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she’s sure she can’t do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn’t work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them — her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn’t climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn’t want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?” (Syndetics summary) Tìa Isa wants a car / Meg Medina ; illustrated by Claudio Muñoz. “Isa wants a car. A shiny green car the same color as the ocean, with wings like a swooping bird. A car to take the whole family to the beach. But saving is hard when everything goes into two piles – one for here and one for Helping Money, so that family members who live far away might join them someday. While Isa saves, her niece does odd jobs for neighbors so she can add her earnings to the stack. But even with her help, will they ever have enough? Meg Medina’s simple, genuine story about keeping in mind those who are far away is written in lovely, lyrical prose and brought to life through Claudio Munoz’s charming characters.” (Syndetics summary)

    • Happy St George's Day!
      • 23 Apr 2018
      • Keith Johnson
      • Monarchy supporters wait outside St Mary’s hospital in Paddington before the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child UK Guardian Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters SEE ALSO https://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2017/04/happy-st-georges-day-or-is-una-one.html https://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2016/06/for-england-2016.html

    • Te ao Māori: The synergy between women and the land
      • 23 Apr 2018
      • Te Papa's blog
      • Iwi development manager Migoto Eria looks at the relationship between Heretaunga chief Hēnare Tōmoana and his wife Ākenehi Pātoka, who signed the suffrage petition in 1893, and reflects on the synergy between wahine (women) and whenua (land). ‘… Nā te māia a tōku hoa rangatira, a Ākenehi … i mau ai ngā whenua …’ (1883)[1] ‘…Through the... Read more »

    • QRC
      • 23 Apr 2018
      • Keith Johnson
      • QRC At the edge of sleepPatterns of lightCoalesce, glow and fade:The Quick Response CodeOf the enveloping absences In our matrix barcodeScanned when we passThrough the check-outOf the day’s supermarket trolleyFull of experiences. Hopefully no malicious codesWill overwrite the legitimateContents of this portmanteauAnd expunge it overnightWith a’tagging or attack taggingUpsetting the apple cart plus-plusAs the error correction functionFades and the mask patternIs inverted, dwindles beyond a spotAnd is finally turned off. As it is finally registeredAt the Lotto booth on the way out:‘This is Not a Winning Ticket’.

    • Wellington Harbour Ferry will be operating to Weekend timetable on Wednesday 25th April
      • 23 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • Wellington Harbour Ferry will be running to standard weekend timetable on ANZAC Day, Wednesday 25th April 2018.Also subject to fine weather will be our Harbour Explorer tours (this page will be updated by 9.15am on Wednesday with regards to whether the Explorer is running). This affects these services: WHF

    • Recent staff pick CDs
      • 22 Apr 2018
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • We’ve put together a list of of our favourite CDs from this year’s new releases so far, check out our staff picks below! There’s bit of everything genre wise, so we hope you find something new or something you may have missed when it first came out. Record. Tracey Thorn’s ageless voice returns with another album of mature pop, her first solo album of entirely original material for seven years. Her female worldview informs the 9 songs on this short album. The beats are back for the dance jam ‘Sister’, with Warpaint’s rhythm section and BVs from Corinne Bailey Rae, and closing track ‘Dancefloor’, but have a more sombre feel on tracks like ‘Face’. Topics include the on-going struggle for female equality (Sister), her musical beginnings (Guitar), motherhood (Babies) & the impact on Social Media of failed relationships (Face). (Mark) Wallflower. Born in New Zealand, grew up in Australia and a London resident now, neo-soul singer Jordan Rakei first grabbed the spotlight by working with Disclosure in 2015. His sophomore album ‘Wallflower’ is surprisingly released from Nnija Tune, and is a delicately crafted, beautiful work, featuring his quality songs and silky voice. In comparison with other new-generation soul artists such as The Internet, Hiatus Kaiyote and Nick Hakim, he seems to be a more personal, introspective singer-songwriter, and it’s showcased here. (Shinji) Singles 1978-2016 / The Fall. Made especially relevant by Mark E Smith’s recent sad demise, this excellent box set compiles, over seven discs, every single – both A and B sides – from one of the greatest indie bands ever – The Fall. Mark E Smith was a true legend and, unlike artists like Keith Richards who similarly defied established health beliefs, Mark E Smith maintained a high artistic credibility, continuing to produce great, challenging music for close to 40 years – and there are not many artists who can lay such a claim. This set lays it all out, from 1978’s ‘Bingo Master’s Breakout’ to 2016’s ‘Wise Ole Man’. For those less in need of completism there is also a smaller box-set – ‘A-Sides 1978-2016’ which, over three discs, omits the B-Sides. (John) Scorn of Creation. An outstanding 8-track self-titled debut album from Wellington death metal outfit Scorn of Creation. The band pay tribute to traditional old-school death metal without compromising on a modern, fresh sound. Energetic and raw. I loved it start to finish! (Theresa) Part 2 / Brix & The Extricated. Fall fans who are especially fond of the slightly more rock oriented ‘Brix era’ albums will be pleased to learn that Brix Smith has got together with ex long term Fall members Steve Hanley (bass guitar), his brother Paul Hanley (drums) and Steve Trafford (guitar and vocals) to make a record that is anything but the cash-in one may dread. Featuring mostly originals plus new versions of three Fall songs, this is a great hard rocking indie record, surprisingly so from a bunch of musos in their fifties, that was described by Drowned In Sound as “One of the great indie-rock releases of 2017”. (John) Woodland echoes. It’s very good news that he is still making music. Out of the blue, Nick Heyward, the former 80s pop sensation Haircut 100’s front man, released an album for the first time in 18 years and it’s a charmer. His genius songwriting is still up there with the best, such as Paul McCartney, offering dazzling breezy pop music. It’s perfect music for a lazy afternoon. (Shinji) World wide funk. Since the ‘60’s, US bass player Bootsy Collins has defined funk bass. Starting out as James Brown’s bass player, playing bass on “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine”, he went on to form Parliament / Funkadelic with George Clinton, collaborated with Deee-Lite on “Groove Is in the Heart”, and in 2010 formed ‘Bootsy Collins’ Funk University’, on online music school. His first album in six years features the 67-year-old laying down grooves as cool and funky as anything he has ever done with guest appearances including Doug E. Fresh, Buckethead, Snoop Dogg, Stanley Clarke, Big Daddy Kane and Chuck D. (John) Ponguru / Al Fraser, Phil Boniface. Ponguru is a truly unique album fusing seamlessly the sonic worlds of acclaimed jazz bassist Phil Boniface and leading Nga Taonga Puoro player Al Fraser . The resulting album has many faces and facets its Jazz tinged rather than Jazz, ambient in places and like a complex sonic landscape in others, throughout all its pieces it’s always fiercely original , rewarding and hugely atmospheric. Phil’s bass work is of the highest calibre imbuing the whole piece with a core of beautiful rhythmic structure. And Al’s emotive, nuanced playing shows that he is rightfully regarded as one of the finest musicians working in NZ today. (Neil J.) Black sea. This re-release of UK post punkers XTC’s 1980 follow up to their chart breaking ‘Drums & Wires’ album gains a lot from Steven Wilson’s remastering. In fact it sounds like a different record from the muddy original with lovely crisp drums and excellent deep bass which allow the songs to fully breathe. The album captures the band in full flight as they played over 150 live gigs in 1980, a couple of years before they stopped playing live altogether to become a strictly studio based band. Consequently the musos are very tight, playing with real precision and fire throughout what is an excellent example of ‘80’s post punk / new wave power pop. (John) Shadow of the sword. Wellington based speed metal maniacs Stalker deliver a debut full-length of pure, unadulterated speed metal in all its thrashing, shrieking, shredding glory! A great listen – guaranteed. (Theresa) Mnestic pressure. Coming from the experimental edge of electronica, UK producer Lee Gamble’s latest record is an abstract yet rewarding creation that, with no irony, pays an often beatless and atmospheric homage to three decades of UK dance music’s hardcore continuum—acid house, rave, jungle, 2-step, and IDM – all put through an ambient filter. Each of the 13 tracks are three minutes or less and are like excerpts from a dream conjured from the shards of memories of a life lived in club culture – twisted, fragmented, strangely haunting and at times challenging. It’s as if, long after the club has closed, the sounds still sputter, writhe, and skitter of their own accord, living out their own natural grace and decay. (John) Contra la indecisión / Bobo Stenson Trio. Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson’s career has spanned five decades, and he has been one of the leading artists of ECM since their early days. Now in his 70s, his graceful lyricism shines more than ever and provides one of his finest albums. He is a master of taking non-jazz compositions into jazz idioms and for this album, a Cuban song (the title track) and classical music pieces by Bartok, Satie and Mompou are transformed wonderfully. The trio shows a great cohesion and versatility and weaves beautiful stories. It’s music that grows inside of you like a good wine. Exquisite. (Shinji) The thread that keeps us. The tenth album from long time tex-mex rockers Calexico finds them incorporating their early alt rock style while maintaining the intimacy and evocative atmosphere of later releases, which results in their best record for some time. Featuring, alongside the Tijuana trumpets, nicely distorted guitar, funky grooves and even the occasional ska rhythm, this record displays a fresh vibrancy which, hopefully, will gain for the band a new generation of listeners, while long term fans will be pleased to know that Joey Burns fine song writing skills are still well demonstrated. (John) Composing motion : the sound of tangible motion sculpture. Len Lye was one of New Zealand’s finest and most visionary, visual and sculptural artists to whose reputation just keeps on growing and growing. And sound was an integral part of many of his pieces. This CD isn’t music by any conventional definition of music it is basically field sound recordings of some of his kinetic sculptures . That said the sounds are strange, ethereal, haunting, dense, dynamic and eerie. If you really want to listen to something unique then Composing motion is a wonderful and fascinating experience and a valuable addition to Len Lye’s legacy. (Neil J.) Enclosures 2011-2016. South Island electronic composer Clinton Williams, aka Omit, is a reclusive artist considered by many to be a genius. This beautifully presented five disc box set, with a written intro from Bruce Russell, contains Omit’s most recent output, previously released as limited run CDRs all hand made by the artist. He makes all of the analogue equipment used to create his long excursions into experimental electronica, which uses no computers whatsoever, and he illustrates each release with intricate black and white graphics depicting arcane systems and alien life forms. These discs present an alternate world as much as a musical experience, one that requires the submission of the listener who is rewarded with a journey into unknown regions. (John) French Kiwi Juice. French DJ and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Fenton, aka FKJ (French Kiwi Juice – named after his dual nationality in France and New Zealand), shows off his talent and offers a delightful fusion music of soul, jazz and house in this debut album. The list of his influences includes Pharell Williams, Herbie Hancock and Al Green, and deftly using vintage instruments with the programming, he creates a unique sound texture. It’s very much music of today but a mellow, retro feeling within. One to watch. (Shinji)

    • Changes to Metlink bus services in Wairarapa from Monday 30 April 2018
      • 22 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • A reminder to our Wairarapa customers that there are a number of changes to your bus services on Monday, 30 April:Snapper cards will replace Tranzit a.to.b. payment cards as a way to pay for travel on all Metlink buses. You can still get your free Snapper replacement card by showing your a.to.b. card to the staff at Tranzit Travel Centre, 316 Queen St, Masterton until 11 May.Register and top up your new Snapper card to protect your balance and to apply for any concessions you are eligible for. Remember to top up your new card before your first trip. Check out the five steps to make the switch from Tranzit a.to.b. to Snapper.If your children have been using a Tranzit a.to.b. card to get to school they will need a Snapper card to catch the bus on the first day of the second term. The replacement card has the child concession loaded however this expires on 20 July and you need to apply. Instructions are on Wairarapa On Your Way.Only top up your Tranzit a.to.b. card with enough to cover your travel through to Sunday - although you can apply for a refund if you have a balance on your card after 30 April.There are some minor changes to bus route 200 - download the new timetable.Keep an eye out for the new lime and yellow buses - and check the number and destination.And tag on with your new Snapper card....  don't forget to tag off!If you have any questions check out the Wairarapa On Our Way page, give us a ring on 0800 801 700 or fill out our feedback form.   This affects these services: 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 WRL

    • Sea level rise
      • 22 Apr 2018
      • Eye of the Fish
      • For various reasons, I’ve got a huge interest in Sea level rise, both here in Wellington and around the world, but I shouldn’t be any different from anyone else. We should ALL have a strong interest in sea level rise – it sort of goes hand in hand with global warming and climate change. So, when I saw this quite cool article about Wellington City Council having developed a way to see Sea level rise using Gaming software, I thought it was a kind of neat idea. I’ve fiddled around trying to show this before – but the software I had was kinda clunky and didn’t like doing this – so, seeing it happen instantaneously I view as a real bonus. There’s a link to the article on Stuff here. Wellington City Council innovation officer Sean Audain said it was “much easier to show people than to explain the impact of sea level rise would have.” So far, so good. In theory it is quite a simple task – the WCC has had a 3D model of every building in the city for some years now, and they have contour plans, and putting the two together gives you the chance to play around with the base line. Chuck it into Unity or some other gaming engine, and Bob’s your uncle – push the lever and the water goes up, flooding the lower lying landforms. Like this one: Hoever, once again, I made the mistake of reading the comments on Stuff. I know, my own fault, I should not have read the diatribe of bile and filth that is the outpourings of some Stuff-readers minds. The photo above is form Stuff, and may be showing the full 6m level rise – but from the comments online, it was as if the possibility would never exist. Some human beings think of things in such short-term prospects. Read these…. Ziggaty: Since sea levels have been taken since 1870 Nasa has shown that these have been consistently shown to be rising steadily since. Their records show no accelerated sea rise in this time. Columbusknew: Do people realise the sea has been rising by 1.6mm per year since the little ice age ended in late 1700… All rubbish based on fudged facts and hysteria. When will people look into the facts themselves and not rely on the political message being thrust down our necks by the one sided UNIPCC? Merv: Scary stuff eh? There are some real clever people out there who can simulate anything. But hang on. I am not a believer in climate change or rising sea levels so I am unconvinced. Before you shoot me down, I have a simple question. How much has Mean Sea Level in Wellington Harbor risen since records began? I was always taught that MSL never changes. Go on tell me!

    • Glorious new picture books to entertain and delight
      • 23 Apr 2018
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • These great new books are filled with wonder, imagination, and a wild, magical spirit that will thrill young and old alike. A hundred billion trillion stars / by Seth Fishman ; illustrated by Isabel Greenberg. Did you know there are 37 billion rabbits in the world or that the moon is two hundred and forty thousand miles away? There are numbers galore in this fascinating book about numbers and the world all around us. Cake [hardback] “Cake has been invited to a party. He’s very excited! He’s never been to a birthday party before. And he doesn’t know what to expect. But as the candles on his party hat begin to burn and the other party guests start to sing, Cake starts to think that this is one party he’d rather not be at…” (Syndetics summary) Thank you, Octopus / Darren Farrell. How would a tricky octopus put you to bed? with a lot of word play and egg salad!  This very simple picture books will amuse and delight everyone. Grandma Z [hardback] “On an ordinary day, in an even more ordinary town, it was Albert’s birthday. When Grandma Z roars into town on her motorcycle, Albert is swept up in a very extraordinary adventure.” (Syndetics summary) The thing Lou couldn’t do / written and illustrated by Ashley Spires. “‘Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals.’ But one day, when they’re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou’s friend has an idea: ?Up there! The tree can be our ship!? ?Ummm …’ says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she’s sure she can’t do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn’t work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them — her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn’t climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn’t want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?” (Syndetics summary) Tìa Isa wants a car / Meg Medina ; illustrated by Claudio Muñoz. “Isa wants a car. A shiny green car the same color as the ocean, with wings like a swooping bird. A car to take the whole family to the beach. But saving is hard when everything goes into two piles – one for here and one for Helping Money, so that family members who live far away might join them someday. While Isa saves, her niece does odd jobs for neighbors so she can add her earnings to the stack. But even with her help, will they ever have enough? Meg Medina’s simple, genuine story about keeping in mind those who are far away is written in lovely, lyrical prose and brought to life through Claudio Munoz’s charming characters.” (Syndetics summary)

    • Happy St George's Day!
      • 23 Apr 2018
      • Keith Johnson
      • Monarchy supporters wait outside St Mary’s hospital in Paddington before the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child UK Guardian Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters SEE ALSO https://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2017/04/happy-st-georges-day-or-is-una-one.html https://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2016/06/for-england-2016.html

    • Te ao Māori: The synergy between women and the land
      • 23 Apr 2018
      • Te Papa's blog
      • Iwi development manager Migoto Eria looks at the relationship between Heretaunga chief Hēnare Tōmoana and his wife Ākenehi Pātoka, who signed the suffrage petition in 1893, and reflects on the synergy between wahine (women) and whenua (land). ‘… Nā te māia a tōku hoa rangatira, a Ākenehi … i mau ai ngā whenua …’ (1883)[1] ‘…Through the... Read more »

    • QRC
      • 23 Apr 2018
      • Keith Johnson
      • QRC At the edge of sleepPatterns of lightCoalesce, glow and fade:The Quick Response CodeOf the enveloping absences In our matrix barcodeScanned when we passThrough the check-outOf the day’s supermarket trolleyFull of experiences. Hopefully no malicious codesWill overwrite the legitimateContents of this portmanteauAnd expunge it overnightWith a’tagging or attack taggingUpsetting the apple cart plus-plusAs the error correction functionFades and the mask patternIs inverted, dwindles beyond a spotAnd is finally turned off. As it is finally registeredAt the Lotto booth on the way out:‘This is Not a Winning Ticket’.

    • Wellington Harbour Ferry will be operating to Weekend timetable on Wednesday 25th April
      • 23 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • Wellington Harbour Ferry will be running to standard weekend timetable on ANZAC Day, Wednesday 25th April 2018.Also subject to fine weather will be our Harbour Explorer tours (this page will be updated by 9.15am on Wednesday with regards to whether the Explorer is running). This affects these services: WHF

    • Recent staff pick CDs
      • 22 Apr 2018
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • We’ve put together a list of of our favourite CDs from this year’s new releases so far, check out our staff picks below! There’s bit of everything genre wise, so we hope you find something new or something you may have missed when it first came out. Record. Tracey Thorn’s ageless voice returns with another album of mature pop, her first solo album of entirely original material for seven years. Her female worldview informs the 9 songs on this short album. The beats are back for the dance jam ‘Sister’, with Warpaint’s rhythm section and BVs from Corinne Bailey Rae, and closing track ‘Dancefloor’, but have a more sombre feel on tracks like ‘Face’. Topics include the on-going struggle for female equality (Sister), her musical beginnings (Guitar), motherhood (Babies) & the impact on Social Media of failed relationships (Face). (Mark) Wallflower. Born in New Zealand, grew up in Australia and a London resident now, neo-soul singer Jordan Rakei first grabbed the spotlight by working with Disclosure in 2015. His sophomore album ‘Wallflower’ is surprisingly released from Nnija Tune, and is a delicately crafted, beautiful work, featuring his quality songs and silky voice. In comparison with other new-generation soul artists such as The Internet, Hiatus Kaiyote and Nick Hakim, he seems to be a more personal, introspective singer-songwriter, and it’s showcased here. (Shinji) Singles 1978-2016 / The Fall. Made especially relevant by Mark E Smith’s recent sad demise, this excellent box set compiles, over seven discs, every single – both A and B sides – from one of the greatest indie bands ever – The Fall. Mark E Smith was a true legend and, unlike artists like Keith Richards who similarly defied established health beliefs, Mark E Smith maintained a high artistic credibility, continuing to produce great, challenging music for close to 40 years – and there are not many artists who can lay such a claim. This set lays it all out, from 1978’s ‘Bingo Master’s Breakout’ to 2016’s ‘Wise Ole Man’. For those less in need of completism there is also a smaller box-set – ‘A-Sides 1978-2016’ which, over three discs, omits the B-Sides. (John) Scorn of Creation. An outstanding 8-track self-titled debut album from Wellington death metal outfit Scorn of Creation. The band pay tribute to traditional old-school death metal without compromising on a modern, fresh sound. Energetic and raw. I loved it start to finish! (Theresa) Part 2 / Brix & The Extricated. Fall fans who are especially fond of the slightly more rock oriented ‘Brix era’ albums will be pleased to learn that Brix Smith has got together with ex long term Fall members Steve Hanley (bass guitar), his brother Paul Hanley (drums) and Steve Trafford (guitar and vocals) to make a record that is anything but the cash-in one may dread. Featuring mostly originals plus new versions of three Fall songs, this is a great hard rocking indie record, surprisingly so from a bunch of musos in their fifties, that was described by Drowned In Sound as “One of the great indie-rock releases of 2017”. (John) Woodland echoes. It’s very good news that he is still making music. Out of the blue, Nick Heyward, the former 80s pop sensation Haircut 100’s front man, released an album for the first time in 18 years and it’s a charmer. His genius songwriting is still up there with the best, such as Paul McCartney, offering dazzling breezy pop music. It’s perfect music for a lazy afternoon. (Shinji) World wide funk. Since the ‘60’s, US bass player Bootsy Collins has defined funk bass. Starting out as James Brown’s bass player, playing bass on “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine”, he went on to form Parliament / Funkadelic with George Clinton, collaborated with Deee-Lite on “Groove Is in the Heart”, and in 2010 formed ‘Bootsy Collins’ Funk University’, on online music school. His first album in six years features the 67-year-old laying down grooves as cool and funky as anything he has ever done with guest appearances including Doug E. Fresh, Buckethead, Snoop Dogg, Stanley Clarke, Big Daddy Kane and Chuck D. (John) Ponguru / Al Fraser, Phil Boniface. Ponguru is a truly unique album fusing seamlessly the sonic worlds of acclaimed jazz bassist Phil Boniface and leading Nga Taonga Puoro player Al Fraser . The resulting album has many faces and facets its Jazz tinged rather than Jazz, ambient in places and like a complex sonic landscape in others, throughout all its pieces it’s always fiercely original , rewarding and hugely atmospheric. Phil’s bass work is of the highest calibre imbuing the whole piece with a core of beautiful rhythmic structure. And Al’s emotive, nuanced playing shows that he is rightfully regarded as one of the finest musicians working in NZ today. (Neil J.) Black sea. This re-release of UK post punkers XTC’s 1980 follow up to their chart breaking ‘Drums & Wires’ album gains a lot from Steven Wilson’s remastering. In fact it sounds like a different record from the muddy original with lovely crisp drums and excellent deep bass which allow the songs to fully breathe. The album captures the band in full flight as they played over 150 live gigs in 1980, a couple of years before they stopped playing live altogether to become a strictly studio based band. Consequently the musos are very tight, playing with real precision and fire throughout what is an excellent example of ‘80’s post punk / new wave power pop. (John) Shadow of the sword. Wellington based speed metal maniacs Stalker deliver a debut full-length of pure, unadulterated speed metal in all its thrashing, shrieking, shredding glory! A great listen – guaranteed. (Theresa) Mnestic pressure. Coming from the experimental edge of electronica, UK producer Lee Gamble’s latest record is an abstract yet rewarding creation that, with no irony, pays an often beatless and atmospheric homage to three decades of UK dance music’s hardcore continuum—acid house, rave, jungle, 2-step, and IDM – all put through an ambient filter. Each of the 13 tracks are three minutes or less and are like excerpts from a dream conjured from the shards of memories of a life lived in club culture – twisted, fragmented, strangely haunting and at times challenging. It’s as if, long after the club has closed, the sounds still sputter, writhe, and skitter of their own accord, living out their own natural grace and decay. (John) Contra la indecisión / Bobo Stenson Trio. Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson’s career has spanned five decades, and he has been one of the leading artists of ECM since their early days. Now in his 70s, his graceful lyricism shines more than ever and provides one of his finest albums. He is a master of taking non-jazz compositions into jazz idioms and for this album, a Cuban song (the title track) and classical music pieces by Bartok, Satie and Mompou are transformed wonderfully. The trio shows a great cohesion and versatility and weaves beautiful stories. It’s music that grows inside of you like a good wine. Exquisite. (Shinji) The thread that keeps us. The tenth album from long time tex-mex rockers Calexico finds them incorporating their early alt rock style while maintaining the intimacy and evocative atmosphere of later releases, which results in their best record for some time. Featuring, alongside the Tijuana trumpets, nicely distorted guitar, funky grooves and even the occasional ska rhythm, this record displays a fresh vibrancy which, hopefully, will gain for the band a new generation of listeners, while long term fans will be pleased to know that Joey Burns fine song writing skills are still well demonstrated. (John) Composing motion : the sound of tangible motion sculpture. Len Lye was one of New Zealand’s finest and most visionary, visual and sculptural artists to whose reputation just keeps on growing and growing. And sound was an integral part of many of his pieces. This CD isn’t music by any conventional definition of music it is basically field sound recordings of some of his kinetic sculptures . That said the sounds are strange, ethereal, haunting, dense, dynamic and eerie. If you really want to listen to something unique then Composing motion is a wonderful and fascinating experience and a valuable addition to Len Lye’s legacy. (Neil J.) Enclosures 2011-2016. South Island electronic composer Clinton Williams, aka Omit, is a reclusive artist considered by many to be a genius. This beautifully presented five disc box set, with a written intro from Bruce Russell, contains Omit’s most recent output, previously released as limited run CDRs all hand made by the artist. He makes all of the analogue equipment used to create his long excursions into experimental electronica, which uses no computers whatsoever, and he illustrates each release with intricate black and white graphics depicting arcane systems and alien life forms. These discs present an alternate world as much as a musical experience, one that requires the submission of the listener who is rewarded with a journey into unknown regions. (John) French Kiwi Juice. French DJ and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Fenton, aka FKJ (French Kiwi Juice – named after his dual nationality in France and New Zealand), shows off his talent and offers a delightful fusion music of soul, jazz and house in this debut album. The list of his influences includes Pharell Williams, Herbie Hancock and Al Green, and deftly using vintage instruments with the programming, he creates a unique sound texture. It’s very much music of today but a mellow, retro feeling within. One to watch. (Shinji)

    • Changes to Metlink bus services in Wairarapa from Monday 30 April 2018
      • 22 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • A reminder to our Wairarapa customers that there are a number of changes to your bus services on Monday, 30 April:Snapper cards will replace Tranzit a.to.b. payment cards as a way to pay for travel on all Metlink buses. You can still get your free Snapper replacement card by showing your a.to.b. card to the staff at Tranzit Travel Centre, 316 Queen St, Masterton until 11 May.Register and top up your new Snapper card to protect your balance and to apply for any concessions you are eligible for. Remember to top up your new card before your first trip. Check out the five steps to make the switch from Tranzit a.to.b. to Snapper.If your children have been using a Tranzit a.to.b. card to get to school they will need a Snapper card to catch the bus on the first day of the second term. The replacement card has the child concession loaded however this expires on 20 July and you need to apply. Instructions are on Wairarapa On Your Way.Only top up your Tranzit a.to.b. card with enough to cover your travel through to Sunday - although you can apply for a refund if you have a balance on your card after 30 April.There are some minor changes to bus route 200 - download the new timetable.Keep an eye out for the new lime and yellow buses - and check the number and destination.And tag on with your new Snapper card....  don't forget to tag off!If you have any questions check out the Wairarapa On Our Way page, give us a ring on 0800 801 700 or fill out our feedback form.   This affects these services: 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 WRL

    • Sea level rise
      • 22 Apr 2018
      • Eye of the Fish
      • For various reasons, I’ve got a huge interest in Sea level rise, both here in Wellington and around the world, but I shouldn’t be any different from anyone else. We should ALL have a strong interest in sea level rise – it sort of goes hand in hand with global warming and climate change. So, when I saw this quite cool article about Wellington City Council having developed a way to see Sea level rise using Gaming software, I thought it was a kind of neat idea. I’ve fiddled around trying to show this before – but the software I had was kinda clunky and didn’t like doing this – so, seeing it happen instantaneously I view as a real bonus. There’s a link to the article on Stuff here. Wellington City Council innovation officer Sean Audain said it was “much easier to show people than to explain the impact of sea level rise would have.” So far, so good. In theory it is quite a simple task – the WCC has had a 3D model of every building in the city for some years now, and they have contour plans, and putting the two together gives you the chance to play around with the base line. Chuck it into Unity or some other gaming engine, and Bob’s your uncle – push the lever and the water goes up, flooding the lower lying landforms. Like this one: Hoever, once again, I made the mistake of reading the comments on Stuff. I know, my own fault, I should not have read the diatribe of bile and filth that is the outpourings of some Stuff-readers minds. The photo above is form Stuff, and may be showing the full 6m level rise – but from the comments online, it was as if the possibility would never exist. Some human beings think of things in such short-term prospects. Read these…. Ziggaty: Since sea levels have been taken since 1870 Nasa has shown that these have been consistently shown to be rising steadily since. Their records show no accelerated sea rise in this time. Columbusknew: Do people realise the sea has been rising by 1.6mm per year since the little ice age ended in late 1700… All rubbish based on fudged facts and hysteria. When will people look into the facts themselves and not rely on the political message being thrust down our necks by the one sided UNIPCC? Merv: Scary stuff eh? There are some real clever people out there who can simulate anything. But hang on. I am not a believer in climate change or rising sea levels so I am unconvinced. Before you shoot me down, I have a simple question. How much has Mean Sea Level in Wellington Harbor risen since records began? I was always taught that MSL never changes. Go on tell me!

    • Overhead Power Outage: Update
      • 22 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • All trains are on the move. However, services below are currently experiencing delays due to an earlier overhead power outage.  Services affected:11:30am service from Upper Hutt to Wellington 12:00pm service from Upper Hutt to Wellington 11:35am service from Wellington to Upper Hutt This affects these services: HVL

    • HVL: Overhead power outage
      • 21 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • HVL: All Services are currently suspended between Trentham and Upper Hutt due to an overhead power outage. Buses have been organised, please expect delays. Services affected: 11:05 from Wellington to Upper Hutt 11:30 from Upper Hutt to Wellington 11:35 from Wellington to Upper Hutt This affects these services: HVL

    • Kiwi letters and policy: History picks
      • 20 Apr 2018
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • This month’s picks see a decent amount of Kiwi content, with Peter Wells’s Dear Oliver looking at the Pākehā past with a collection of family letters, and a collection of academics assembled to discuss our government’s approach to welfare with Social Investment: A New Zealand Policy Experiment. On the topic of World War II we have tomes regarding the defense of Britain against invasion and the man regarded as responsible for it (and his subsequent legacy issues). We also look to recent Middle Eastern conflicts with a book on the international geopolitical influence on the Syrian conflict and a more personal story of two sisters who traveled to the Islamic State as jihadists. Paths to the past : encounters with Britain’s hidden landscapes / Francis Pryor. “Landscapes reflect and shape our behaviour. They make us who we are and bear witness to the shifting patterns of human life over generations. Formed by a series of natural and human processes, they rarely yield their secrets readily. Bringing to bear a lifetime’s digging, Francis Pryor delves into England’s hidden urban and rural landscapes.” (Syndetics summary) Defending island Britain in the Second World War : documentary sources / David Rogers. “Britain’s close proximity to Europe – and the unfolding scale of conflict – also brought challenges of their own (especially following the fall of France and Norway). Airfields once in Allied hands were quickly manned with Axis aircraft and personnel – making it possible for them to attack a far greater area of the United Kingdom’s countryside and towns. In amongst these challenges, the civilian and armed forces determined a path forward (some of the plans for which have never been documented). The following just scratches the surface of the ingenuity and bravery of many people and children.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary) Two sisters : a father, his daughters, and their journey into the Syrian jihad / Åsne Seierstad ; translated from the Norwegian by Seán Kinsella. “The riveting story of two sisters’ journey to the Islamic State and the father who tries to bring them home. Asne Seierstad puts the problem of radicalization into painfully human terms, using instant messages and other primary sources to reconstruct a family’s crisis from the inside. Eventually, she takes us into the hellscape of the Syrian civil war, as Sadiq risks his life in pursuit of his daughters, refusing to let them disappear into the maelstrom.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary) Dear Oliver : uncovering a Pākehā history / Peter Wells. “When writer and historian Peter Wells found a cache of family letters amongst his elderly mother’s effects, he realised that he had the means of retracing the history of a not-untypical family swept out to New Zealand during the great nineteenth-century human diaspora from Britain. His family experienced the war against Te Kooti, the Boer War, the Napier earthquake of 1931 and the Depression. In digging deep into their stories, examining letters from the past and writing a letter to the future, Peter Wells constructs a novel and striking way to view the history of Pākehā New Zealanders.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary) Winston Churchill, myth and reality : what he actually did and said / Richard M. Langworth. “Winston Churchill, indispensable when liberty was in peril, died in 1965. Yet he is still accused of numerous sins, from alcoholism and racism to misogyny and warmongering. On the Internet, he simmers in a stew of imagined misdeeds–using poison gas, firebombing Dresden, causing the Bengal famine, and so on. Drawing on the author’s fifty years of research and writing on Churchill, this book uncovers scores of myths surrounding him–the popular and the obscure–to reveal what he really said and did about many issues.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary) The history of Havana / Dick Cluster and Rafael Hernández. “From its colonial roots to its communist revolution, authors Dick Cluster and Rafael Hernández examine not only the ruptures in Havana’s life, but its continuities as well. The traditions that make the city unique, like its idiosyncratic combination of territorialism and hospitality or its proclivity for protest, are as much a drive for change as an integral element of its character. Drawing on oral histories and cultural artifacts alike, this history acknowledges the rich and artfully selected stories of the citizens, from their fascinating exploits to their grand successes, making it a superbly well-rounded account of the most alluring city in the Caribbean.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary) Miracle at Midway / Gordon W. Prange with Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon. “Six months after Pearl Harbor, the seemingly invincible Imperial Japanese Navy prepared a decisive blow against the United States. After sweeping through Asia and the South Pacific, Japan’s military targeted the tiny atoll of Midway, an ideal launching pad for the invasion of Hawaii and beyond. The United States Navy would be waiting for them. Thanks to cutting-edge code-breaking technology, tactical daring, and a huge stroke of luck, the Americans under Admiral Chester W. Nimitz dealt the Japanese navy its first major defeat of the war. Three years of hard fighting remained, but it was at Midway that the tide turned.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary) Social investment : a New Zealand policy experiment / edited by Jonathan Boston and Derek Gill. “As ideas about social investment evolve, this book brings together leading academics, commentators and policy analysts from the public and private sectors to answer three big questions: How should social investment be defined and conceptualized? How should it be put into practice? In what policy domains can it be most productively applied? As governments in New Zealand and abroad continue to explore how best to tackle major social problems, this book is essential for people seeking to understand social policy in the twenty-first century.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary) The battle for Syria : international rivalry in the new Middle East / Christopher Phillips. “Most accounts of Syria’s brutal, long-lasting civil war focus on a domestic contest that began in 2011 and only later drew foreign nations into the escalating violence. Christopher Phillips argues instead that Syria’s war was, from the very start, profoundly influenced by regional factors. Without absolving the brutal Bashar al-Assad regime, the author untangles the key external factors which explain the acceleration and endurance of the conflict, including the West’s strategy against ISIS.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)

    • Harbor Explorer cancelled 21/04, normal services running to schedule
      • 20 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • Due to current weather conditions, the Harbor Explorer has been cancelled today 21/04. Regular sailings are still operating as per normal schedule, however the 2.15pm service from Queens Wharf will stop in at Matiu Somes Island instead of Seatoun Wharf.We apologize for any inconvenience caused.  This affects these services: WHF

    • Buses replace some evening train services on the Johnsonville Line on Sunday 22nd of April
      • 20 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • Buses will be replacing some evening trains on the Johnsonville line between Wellington and Johnsonville.Buses will be replacing some evening trains on the Johnsonville Line between Wellington and Johnsonville on Sunday 22 April. This work is part of the regular maintenance projects across the network to reduce possible delays. Bus replacement timetable: You may not be able to use this service as you normally would. If you have additional mobility needs please contact 0800 801 700 to plan your travel. For bus pick-up locations check 'Where do I catch the bus?'.Please allow extra time for travel when bus replacement is offered. Bus replacements are not tracked via real time information when they replace trains.Cycles other than folding cycles, will not be carried on the buses replacing trains.  For more information see: http://www.metlink.org.nz/getting-around/using-a-cycle-on-pt All folded prams can be carried on board the bus replacement services when stored in the luggage areas, non-foldable prams may not be able to be carried on all bus replacements, please talk to on-board staff when boarding. This affects these services: JVL

    • Additional seating for Hurricanes vs Sunwolves - Friday 27 April
      • 20 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • The Sunwolves are coming to the capital to take on our Hurricanes at Westpac stadium.Gates open at 6:00pm and we will have additional seating on regular services to get you home after what we hope is a Hurricanes win.Additional rail servicesAfter the event:- There will be extra seating on scheduled services departing Wellington after 9:30pm as well as an additional service on the Johnsonville Line to get you home after the game.Event Tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event. Get along and show your support for the boys in black and yellow!  This affects these services: HVL JVL KPL

    • Recent classical music additions
      • 20 Apr 2018
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • This week in classical music we have three new CDs featuring a wealth of well-loved composers, from Tchaikovsky through Rameau to Schumann, and Piazzolla and Scott Joplin for good measure. Intuition. Performed by Gautier Capuçon. “Intuition, a captivating album of short pieces for solo cello with piano or orchestra, has been conceived by Gautier Capuçon to ‘reflect the story of my life and follow the various stages in my emotional development’. It brings together much-loved numbers by composers such as Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Massenet, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Elgar with newer music by Astor Piazzolla, the Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima and the pianist Jérôme Ducros, who also appears on the album. As Gautier Capuçon says: ‘In music,in life, communication is the essence of everything and of anything … You share something.'” (amazon.co.uk). Quartets Nos. 2 & 3, Schumann. Performed by the Elias Quartet. “‘We have always had a special affection for Robert Schumann’s Third Quartet. It’s one of the first works we played together. Since then we have often come back to it, as if to a splendid and familiar region that we think we know thoroughly, but which yields up new secrets with each visit. The Second Quartet, on the other hand, was a much later and more complicated discovery for us. The writing is so personal, so unidiomatic for the instruments, so full of nuances, that to begin with we found it hard to come up with a unanimous voice for this work. The enthusiasm of the first movement can easily turn into anxiety if you push it a bit too far. In the slow movement, the texture is sometimes so bare that to convey its tenderness you have to sustain it with great fervour. The capricious Scherzo is bristling with rhythmic pitfalls and requires a diabolical mastery of the instruments,while the Finale is an endless explosion of joy!'” (Elias Quartet via amazon.co.uk) Enfers: Famous Opera Scenes & Pygmalion, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Christoph Willibald von Gluck, Raphaël Pichon. Performed by Stéphane Degout. “Raphaël Pichon has invited Stéphane Degout to make his recording debut for Harmonia Mundi in a multifaceted exploration of the underworld. The French baritone reincarnates the figure of Henri Larrivée, the famous tragedian of Rameau and Gluck. Around a reconstruction of an imaginary Mass of the Dead, sacred and secular merge, revealing some of the most extraordinary pieces from the operatic repertory of the enlightenment. Music of death and mourning on an epic scale that inspires Pygmalion to overwhelming heights of pathos.” (cover).

    • Pompeo Kowtows to Vassal playing Risky Court to Imperial China
      • 19 Apr 2018
      • Keith Johnson
      • CHINA’S BIG PLAY TO DOMINATE EAST ASIA Kim Jong Un takes a mystery train ride from Pyongyang to Beijing; Trump’s envoy Mike Pompeo visits arch-enemy North Korea for talks – meanwhile we are reminded that neither Japan nor the USA can demonstrate the capability to shoot down North Korean nuclear missiles. So what exactly is going on? Recalcitrant and troublesome vassal travels to Beijing to submit to the Emperor - in turn an envoy from the most powerful barbarian king kowtows to the troublesome vassal – presaging a New Order and Golden Age for China in which it is recognized as the Dominant Power in East Asia. Or as the Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai (701–762) might have written of these propitious times: The City of Choan [Chang’an] Reborn The imperial phoenix and its consortsHave returned to frolic on the terraces,The river brims bank to bank and swells,The paths and gardens of the palaceHave been cleared and the flowers flourish,The ancient tombs are tended once more,The mountain skyline of the three peaks is clearThere is no separation in the flow of things,The clouds are disappearing as the sun risesI see Chang'an reborn and I rejoice. So we learn North Korea has expressed a desire for the “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula to the South Korean president without attaching preconditions such as the withdrawal of US troops – contingent on a peace treaty with the barbarians and formal protection by the Chinese Nuclear Umbrella. North Korea has said over the years that it could consider giving up its nuclear arsenal if the US removed its troops from South Korea and withdrew its so-called nuclear deterrence umbrella from South Korea and Japan. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/19/north-korea-wants-complete-denuclearisation-says-seoul So to placate the barbarians for the time being they will be allowed to continue to station 28,500 essentially indefensible troops on the old border at ruinous cost. Let’s just hope that the Japanese and the unstable tyrant who rules the Barbarian West are prepared to endorse the realm that is emerging as a New Chinese Empire.  Or Li Bai’s reflections on the Ruin of the Tang Dynasty – and by extension much of the Modern World - may be more relevant: The City of Choan [Chang’an][Ezra Pound's version] The phoenix are at play on their terrace.The phoenix are gone, the river flows on alone.Flowers and grassCover over the dark pathwhere lay the dynastic house of the Go.The bright cloths and bright caps of ShinAre now the base of old hills. The Three Mountains fall through the far heaven,The isle of White Heronsplits the two streams apart.Now the high clouds cover the sunAnd I can not see Choan afarAnd I am sad. MORE AT: https://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2017/03/poetry-for-alt-right-ezra-pound.html

    • Interesting new non-fiction books
      • 19 Apr 2018
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • Beginning with Why Things Are Better Than You Think, and ending with In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It, the books in between look at the poverty of the working class, the increasing inequality suffered by the middle class, and many others. Factfulness : Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think “When asked simple questions about global trends– what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school –we systematically get the answers wrong. In Factfulness, Hans Rosling offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. Our problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases. It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.” (adapted from Syndetics summary) The new urban crisis : how our cities are increasing inequality, deepening segregation, and failing the middle class– and what we can do about it / Richard Florida. “In recent years, the young, educated, and affluent have surged back into cities, reversing decades of suburban flight and urban decline. And yet all is not well, Richard Florida argues in The New Urban Crisis. Florida demonstrates how the same forces that power the growth of the world’s superstar cities also generate their vexing challenges: gentrification, unaffordability, segregation, and inequality. Meanwhile, many more cities still stagnate, and middle-class neighborhoods everywhere are disappearing. Our winner-take-all cities are just one manifestation of a profound crisis in today’s urbanized knowledge economy.” (adapted from Syndetics summary) Meet the Frugalwoods : achieving financial independence through simple living / Elizabeth Willard Thames. “In 2014, Liz Thames and her husband, Nate, were conventional young urban professionals working nine-to-five jobs. Determined to retire as early as possible in order to start living each day–as opposed to wishing time away working for the weekends–they enacted a plan to save as much money as they could. In less than three years, Liz and Nate reached their goal. Today they are financially independent and living out their dream with their young daughters on a sixty-six acre homestead in the woods of Vermont.” (adapted from book cover) Broke and patriotic : why poor Americans love their country / Francesco Duina. “Why are poor Americans so patriotic? They have significantly worse social benefits compared to other Western nations, and studies show that the American Dream of upward mobility is, for them, largely a myth. So why do these people love their country? Why have they not risen up to demand more from a system that is failing them? In Broke and Patriotic, Francesco Duina contends that the best way to answer these questions is to speak directly to America’s most impoverished. Spending time in bus stations, Laundromats, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, public libraries, and fast food restaurants, Duina conducted over sixty revealing interviews in which his participants explain how they view themselves and their country.” (adapted from Syndetics summary) “We are all fast-food workers now” : the global uprising against poverty wages / Annelise Orleck. “Tracing a new labor movement sparked and sustained by low-wage workers from across the globe, We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now is an urgent, illuminating look at globalization as seen through the eyes of workers-activists: small farmers, fast-food servers, retail workers, hotel housekeepers, home-healthcare aides, airport workers, and adjunct professors who are fighting for respect, safety, and a living wage. With original photographs by Liz Cooke and drawing on interviews with activists in many US cities and countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Mexico, South Africa, and the Philippines, it features stories of resistance and rebellion, as well as reflections on hope and change as it rises from the bottom up.” (adapted from Syndetics summary) The patterning instinct : a cultural history of humanity’s search for meaning / Jeremy Lent. “Taking the reader on an archaeological exploration of the mind, the author, an entrepreneur and sustainability leader, uses recent findings in cognitive science and systems theory to reveal the hidden layers of values that form today’s cultural norms. By shining a light on our possible futures, the book foresees a coming struggle between two contrasting views of humanity: one driving to a technological endgame of artificially enhanced humans, the other enabling a sustainable future arising from our intrinsic connectedness with each other and the natural world. This struggle, it concludes, is one in which each of us will play a role through the meaning we choose to forge from the lives we lead.” (adapted from Syndetics summary) The line becomes a river / Francisco Cantú. “Cantú: the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story.” (adapted from publisher’s description) Microtrends Squared : The New Small Forces Driving the Big Disruptions Today “Ten years after his bestseller Microtrends, Mark Penn identifies the next wave of trends reshaping the future of business, politics, and culture. Mark Penn has boldly argued that the future is not shaped by society’s broad forces but by quiet changes within narrow slices of the population. Ten years ago, he showed how the behavior of one small group can exert an outsized influence over the whole of America. Today, the world is in perplexing upheaval, and microtrends are more influential than ever.” (adapted from Syndetics summary) The doomsday machine : confessions of a nuclear war planner / Daniel Ellsberg. “Here, for the first time, former high level defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg reveals his shocking first-hand account of America’s nuclear program in the 1960s. From the remotest air bases in the Pacific Command, where he discovered that the authority to initiate use of nuclear weapons was widely delegated, to the secret plans for general nuclear war under Eisenhower, which, if executed, would cause the near-extinction of humanity, Ellsberg shows that the legacy of this most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization–and its proposed renewal under the Trump administration–threatens our very survival.” (adapted from publisher’s description) How we met : the ways great love begins… / Michèle A’Court. “How We Met is based on a collection of ‘How We Met’ stories – those lovely stories couples love to tell (and we all love to hear) about how they got together. The author’s theory: that these stories of how couples meet – the romantic, absurd, serendipitous, convoluted, scandalous, breath-taking moments of connection – help to weave their lives together. Partly as ‘proof’ that they were meant to begin this couple-journey, and also because in each retelling they go back to those first falling-in-love feelings and rekindle the passion.” (adapted from Syndetics summary) In conclusion, don’t worry about it / Lauren Graham. “If you’re kicking yourself for not having accomplished all you should have by now, don’t worry about it. Even without any ‘big’ accomplishments yet to your name, you are enough. In this expansion of the 2017 commencement speech she gave at her hometown Langley High, Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, reflects on growing up, pursuing your dreams, and living in the here and now.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

    • ANZAC Day 2018 - diversions in Lower Hutt
      • 19 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • Date:              Wednesday 25 April 2018            Times:           5am to 7am and 8am to 11amLocation:      Queens Drive, Lower Hutt Roads Closed:Queens Drive – Between Laings Road and High StreetLaings Road – Between Knight’s Road and Myrtle Street Closed Bus Stops:The following bus stops will be closed during the above times:Bus Stop #8113 – Queens Drive at Riddiford GardensBus Stop #9113 - Queens Drive at Riddiford Gardens (opposite)The following bus stops will be closed to Route 130 services only during the above times:Bus Stop #9159 – Hutt Valley High School – Woburn RoadBus Stop #8159 – Hutt Valley High School (opposite)Bus Stop #9158 – Woburn Road opposite Hutt Recreation GroundBus Stop #8158 – Woburn Road at Hutt Recreation Ground  2018-Lower-Hutt-ANZAC-Day-Diversion-Maps-Routes-91-110-151.pdf 2018-Lower-Hutt-ANZAC-Day-Diversion-Maps-Routes-83-131.pdf   This affects these services: 83 91 110 130 150

    • Roadworks in Petone - Thurs 19 April
      • 19 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • Date:              Thursday 19 April 2018    Times:           Until further noticeLocation:      Jackson Street Petone Roads ClosedJackson Street: from Victoria Street to Cuba Street Elizabeth Street: from Jackson Street, 50m north Buick Street: from Adelaide Street to Elizabeth Street   Closed Bus Stops:The following bus stops will be closed during the above times: Stop #8004 – Jackson Street at Sydney Street (near 176) Stop #8005 – Jackson Street at Beach Street Stop #8006 – Jackson Street at Bolton Street Stop #9004 – Jackson Street at Sydney Street Stop #9005 – Jackson Street at Britannia Street  Affected Bus Stops:The Route 91 – Airport Flyer will service the following stops during the above times:Stop #8007 – Cuba  Street at Jackson Street Stop #9007 – Cuba Street opposite Heretaunga Street  Refer to Diversion Map for more information This affects these services: 81 83 84 91 110 130

    • Digitally ‘restoring’ a WWII souvenir textile
      • 18 Apr 2018
      • Te Papa's blog
      • A faded embroidery shines again with the help of Photoshop. Textiles conservator Anne Peranteau discusses the process of digitally restoring colour to a faded Egyptian souvenir from World War II. In 2015, Te Papa acquired several items from the RSA (Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association), some of which relate to the two World Wars... Read more »

    • Celebrating ceramics: New Craft books
      • 18 Apr 2018
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • The interest and demand for bright colour and bold pattern ceramics have made them popular again and this selection of books with recent works and some clay and glaze recipes reflects on their appreciation. Flowstones : beautiful creations from polymer clay / Amy Goldin. “Conceived of by artist Amy Goldin, “flowstones” are crafted by molding a sheet of polymer clay around a smooth river rock. They impart a sense of calm to the holder, grounded by the weight and soothed by the smooth surface. Each stone’s unique shape and pattern gives it a beauty all its own. In Flowstones, Goldin shares beautiful photographs of the many stones she has created, captured in nature, where their striking appearance contrasts with landscapes of smooth river rocks, grassy parks, and sandy beaches.” (Syndetics summary) Urban potters : makers in the city / Katie Treggiden ; edited by Micha Pycke & Ruth Ruyffelaere. “Clay is back: the age-old craft of ceramics is being embraced by a new generation of urban makers and collectors–and by interior designers. Here, Katie Treggiden explores the contemporary revival of pottery, focusing on six inspiring cities and their makers. Twenty-five young and passionate ceramicists in New York, London, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Sydney, and Sao Paulo introduce us to their work, their studios, and their inspiration.” (Syndetics summary) Vitamin C : clay + ceramic in contemporary art / Louisa Elderton and Rebecca Morrill, editors. “Vitamin C celebrates the revival of clay as a material for contemporary visual artists, featuring a wide range of global talent as selected by the world’s leading curators, critics, and art professionals. Clay and ceramics have in recent years been elevated from craft to high art material, with the resulting artworks being coveted by collectors and exhibited in museums around the world. Packed with illustrations, Vitamin C is a vibrant and incredibly timely survey – the first of its kind.” (Syndetics summary) Surface decoration / Kevin Millward. “This step-by-step guide will encourage the reader to explore the full range of surface treatment techniques and help them to give a professional finish to their work by guiding them to an appropriate finish choice. Surface Decoration looks at all manner of surface decoration techniques, at every stage of the ceramic process and from a practical perspective explains how to achieve these effects. This is the perfect guide for any ceramic artist interested in exploring new surface decoration techniques.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary) Mid-century modern : living with mid-century modern design / Judith Miller. “From the ‘soft modernism’ of Scandinavian furniture, to the sleek clean lines of the lighting created by the Castiglione brothers in Italy, all the iconic designs and designers of the period are featured in this guide to one of the most exciting periods of design history. The careers and influence of groundbreaking designers, including Charles and Ray Eames, Alvar Aalto, Robin and Lucienne Day, Georg Jensen, Anne Jacobsen and many others, are described in stand-alone feature pages. This invaluable book explores the most desirable furniture, ceramics, glass, metalware, interiors, and textiles from the late 1930s through to the early 1960s.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

    • Canucks and Aussies square off on Kiwi Pest
      • 18 Apr 2018
      • Keith Johnson
      • POSSUMS NOW TOP DOLLAR IN OZ Why Canada is suing Australia over a magic possum  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43803210 SOME KIWI POSSUM FACTS FROM PREDATOR-FREE NEW ZEALAND https://predatorfreenz.org/whats-the-story-about-possums/ In NZ possums are either black or grey. That’s because most of the possums brought to NZ in the 1800s and 1900s came from Tasmania where they are mostly black. The copper coloured possums that live in Queensland weren’t introduced to NZ because their colour wasn’t as popular in the fur trade. Fiordland and Northland were the last areas of New Zealand to be free of possums. In the 1960s there were hardly any possums in Northland but in the 1990s – only 30 years later – there were 10-15 million possums living in Northland. Possums numbers reached their highest point in the 1980s when there were 50-70 million possums in New Zealand. Once possum populations got very high, trappers began to make a good living from hunting them. Throughout the 1970s prices for possum skins were good. In 1981, the best year for trappers, 3.2 million skins were exported. Trapping, poisoning and shooting has now reduced the possum population. But there are still about 30 million possums in New Zealand today. Possums are a serious pest animal in New Zealand and a threat to our forests and native wildlife. They eat leaves, flowers, leaf buds, fruit, eggs, birds, insects and snails. People used to think that possums only ate plants. But in 1993 possums were filmed eating the eggs and chicks of endangered kōkako. They have since been filmed eating the eggs, chicks and even adults of many other native birds including kererū, kiwi, harrier hawk, fantail, muttonbird, and tūī.  They also eat the nectar and berries that native birds like to eat so that there is less food for the birds. Possums eat about 21,000 tonnes of leaves and flowers in just one night. That’s a lot of forest disappearing while you sleep. Possums also eat native weta and giant land snails. One possum can eat 60 giant Powelliphanta snails in a single night. Possums carry a disease called bovine Tb (tuberculosis) which they spread to cattle. They also eat pasture so there is less food for farm animals. The damage done by possums costs NZ farmers about $35 million every year. The New Zealand Government spends over $110 million per year on possum control. What’s useful about possums? Possum fur is soft and warm. Possum skins can be used to make clothing and possum wool is mixed with merino sheep wool to make knitting yarn. Possum meat has been found to have a high quality protein which is rich in healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Some New Zealand companies use possum meat to make healthy pet food for cats and dogs. In the 1980s, possum meat was also exported to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia for people to eat. In these countries it was considered a special food delicacy and was called ‘kiwi bear’. ANZAC CHUMS AND THEIR MUMS  [1st December 2012] In Oz the possum grinds on thorn and gumFar too stretched to visit mum -Things are hard outback of BourkeAnd there’s no time for anything but work. But Kiwi possums like to visit maWith flowers for her crystal jar -They’ll even take a shopping bag of budsWith some greens and beans and spuds. In Oz the possum is protectedAs indeed might be expected -Beset by fires and drought and pricklesAnd parched out creeks that slim to trickles. But Kiwi possums are heaven sentTo slurp and scoff to heart’s content -When they dine they have the bestAnd not surprisingly are deemed a pest. In Oz a treasure - in NZ an imported glitchThere are mixed opinions either side the Ditch –Mum’s the word on making possums ableTo visit home with veggies for the table.

    • Evening Gathering 96 Washington Ave, Brooklyn
      • 18 Apr 2018
      • Capital Mosaic, Wellington
      • This week we start our new series! On Sunday Justin kicks off our Wrestling with Wonder series aka the parables of Jesus. Everyone welcome

    • Crossing to the Island to be Young
      • 18 Apr 2018
      • Keith Johnson
      • CROSSING TO THE ISLAND TO BE YOUNG Drink too quick as though this drink’s the lastDrink up from what is past and taste regretDrink down through what is left and what has passedDrink deeper still - drink deeper to forget. From dregs and froth the recollections pourIn loss and bitterness their flavours foundThe thirsts of youth grown old and sourA glass most-empty or a potion downed. But think of when the glass was bright and fullA brimming bowl with zest and lust to rim, With warmth that love, delight and friendship mull Sweet draughts and quaffs that headiness makes trim. Then let us sink a few to right times wrong Crossing to the island to be young. [photograph: crossing to the volcanic island at the centre of Lake Taal in the Philippines with the Manila Men's Hash House Harriers for a trail run around 1990]

    • New CDs in our AV collection
      • 18 Apr 2018
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • Check out some of these newly catalogued CDs in our AV collection including the new albums by Franz Ferdinand and Calexico. The fantastic 3 CD box set How is the Air Up There? offers 80 recordings from more than 50 New Zealand’s artists in the 60s and should not be missed. Nils Frahm – All melody “For the past two years, Nils Frahm has been building a brand new studio in Berlin to make his 7th studio album titled All Melody. Since the day Nils first encountered the impressive studio of a family friend, he had envisioned to create one of his own at such a large scale. It is here where he has spent most of his time deconstructing and reconstructing the entire space from the cabling and electricity to the woodwork, before moving on to the finer elements; building a pipe organ and creating a mixing desk all from scratch. All Melody is, in fact, proof that music is limitless, timeless, and reflects that of Nils’ own capabilities. From a boy’s dream to resetting the parameters of music itself.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk) Calexico – The thread that keeps us “The ninth studio album from Calexico, The Thread That Keeps Us is a timely snapshot of the Arizona-bred band: a family portrait capturing their stylistic variety and unpredictability while still finding solace in limitless creativity. In bringing the album to life, vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino found a spiritual home in unusual surroundings—not in Arizona, but on the Northern California coast in a home-turned-studio called the Panoramic House.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk) Justin Timberlake – Man of the woods “The fifth studio album by pop superstar Justin Timberlake. Man Of The Woods was produced by Timberlake, The Neptunes, Timbaland, Danja, Eric Hudson, and Rob Knox. As with FutureSex/LoveSounds, recording sessions for the album were loose and had multiple studios open for work.” (adapted from realgroovy.co.nz) Franz Ferdinand – Always ascending “Franz Ferdinand present the new album Always Ascending. Nothing short of a rebirth, the album’s 10 songs are a triumphant recasting of the group, bursting with fresh ideas and vigorous sonic experimentation. Always Ascending was recorded at RAK Studios, London and Motorbass in Paris, with the help of French producer extraordinaire Philippe Zdar (Cassius, Phoenix, The Beastie Boys), the mutual affection between band and producer seeping into every dazzling groove.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk) How is the air up there? : 80 mod, soul, RnB & freakbeat nuggets from Down Under “Inspired by The Looking Series collections on RPM of UK 60s Nuggets, we now look in the world mirror at New Zealand. For the latest in the RPM/Frenzy Music collaborations, following sets from Larry’s Rebels, The Fourmyula, Ray Columbus, The Dave Miller Set, and the Girl Group Sound down-under on Come and See Me, we explore the mid 60’s club scene and the various classic singles tailored for that scene.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk) Revolutionary spirit : the sound of Liverpool 1976-1988 “Features classics, rarities, album tracks and previously unreleased gems from Echo And The Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, OMD, The La’s, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Dead Or Alive, China Crisis, A Flock Of Seagulls, Wild Swans, Big In Japan and many more.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk) Woody Guthrie : the tribute concerts “Exclusive 3-CD set accompanied by two beautifully illustrated books containing historic liner notes and Guthrie biography, original concert reviews and photographs, attendees interviews and artists bios, and concert ephemera. Two ”Tribute to Woody Guthrie” concerts were planned after Woody Guthrie’s death on October 3, 1967: at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on January 20th, 1968, and at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on September 12, 1970. Appearing at the January concert were Judy Collins, Bob Dylan with members of The Band, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton. Appearing in Los Angeles were Joan Baez, Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Odetta, Country Joe McDonald, Richie Havens, Earl Robinson and Pete Seeger.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk) Jethro Tull – Heavy horses : new shoes edition “Disc 1 contains the Steven Wilson stereo remix of the original album plus previously unreleased material (CD). Discs 2 and 3 contain Jethro Tull’s live performance in Berne, Switzerland, May 1978, remixed in stereo by Jacko Jakszyk (CD). Disc 4 contains the DVD audio of the full Heavy Horses album, with 7 additonal tracks, mixed in 5.1 DTS & DD surround sound and 96/24 LPCM stereo (DVD). Disc 5 contains the DVD audio of Jethro Tull live at The Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

    • World Economy: Half Dead Cat Still Hanging By a Thread, Hoping for a Bounce
      • 17 Apr 2018
      • Keith Johnson
      • LOOKING AT THE FINE PRINT I was brought up in what in winter is a pretty desolate and boggy part of rural Northern England where it gets dark at 4 pm in the afternoon. Not surprisingly, there is a strong vein of pessimism in our mien - along with some mordant humour. My mother was a great believer in the Next Great Recession [and its precursor Global Financial Crisis] and I am known by my family for my bitter invocations of disaster and ruin: 'Oh woe woe verily, there will be a wailing and gnashing of teeth - plagues of frogs, dust become lice, water become blood, clouds of locusts, a simmering of boils, murrains of livestock ... three days of darkness ...' need I go on? I think that I would get on well with Ann Pettifor - she predicted the Global Financial Crisis - now she's predicting the sequel: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/102939290/ann-pettifor-predicted-the-global-financial-crisis-now-shes-predicting-the-sequel Mind you, Ann's book 'The Coming First World Debt Crisis' was published in 2006 - some 12 years ago and she may be getting a reputation as a Girl Who Cried Wolf about Pussy Being In the Well. That said, there is an enormous amount of shit accumulating and going down in the world that one would have thought must hit the fan at some point. SEE [for example] https://matasii.com/in-depth-transcription-global-liquidity-credit-flows/ https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/apr/17/imf-global-recovery-protectionism-globalisation-growth What with humongous excess liquidity, irrational exuberance in stocks, piles of debt, tightening monetary policies, widening income and wealth inequalities, trade wars and massive political uncertainty world-wide etc. etc. So I thought that I would splice in a few graphs - after recapitulating on what I said a couple of years back: HANGING BY A THREAD [My article of 17 June 2016] Time was when there was a crucial relationship between the supply of funds available for investment from savers and the demand for investment funds from project promoters – such that ‘a nice adjustment’ was struck which was reflected in interest rates. That meant that, in the absence of sufficient funding for enterprise and innovation, the price of money would rise, so that savers would be better rewarded thus raising their level of accumulation. Conversely, if fewer project opportunities were on offer, the price of money would decline - thus favouring consumption which would of itself start to spur new opportunities for investment. We have travelled a long way since then. We now have a situation where interest rates are being desperately sustained at unprecedentedly low rates by the West’s Central / Reserve Banks to buoy up consumption as levels of investment and enterprise largely stagnate – leaving the excess liquidity to flow into speculation and asset bubbles. With it seems no end in sight, as reported in Matt O’Brien’s article this morning in the Washington Post ‘The Federal Reserve keeps looking for reasons to raise interest rates, and it keeps not finding them’: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/06/16/janet-yellens-battle-between-fantasy-and-fact/ Matt notes that the US Labor Market Conditions Index is now indicating the ‘same sort of slowdown that's been a harbinger of recession 50 percent of the time in the past’ - even though interest rates are close to zero – and that there would be ‘nothing left to cut in a new recession’. ‘If you look at the Fed's long-term interest rate projections, though, you can see that it's starting to acknowledge that there's a "new normal." Indeed, Janet Yellen used those very words several times during her press conference. But let's back up a minute. Why does this matter?  'Well, there's something called the neutral interest rate that isn't so high that it hurts the economy, but it isn't so low that it helps, either. It's the Goldilocks interest rate. And, as you can see below, the Fed used to think it had temporarily been depressed to 2 percent, but would eventually rise back to the 4 percent it'd been before. ‘But not anymore. The Fed has revised down its estimate of the neutral rate again and again and again this past year, until now it's only 3 percent. That tells us two things. First, the Fed won't have to raise rates nearly as much as it thought. And second, it won't have nearly as much room to cut rates as it thought the next time there's a recession. In other words, zero interest rates are going to be around for a long, long time to come’. What does this mean? Well, the cat is up the tree and the Central Bankers ‘haven’t a clue about how to get it down again’. In fact the IMF’s Chief Economist Oliver Blanchard admitted back in 2013: “We don’t have a sense of the final destination. Where we end, I really don’t have much of a clue. We don’t have a clue of what financial stability actually means”. To which fellow professional macro-economist Paul M. Romer added: “Five years into a crisis of this magnitude, we should be, ‘Oh my God, the cat has been in the tree for five years, it’s time to get the cat down out of the tree and figure out how to make sure the cat doesn’t go up the tree again.” Another three years have passed and the cat is still up the bloody tree. Now as we all know if we put sentimentality aside, you never see a starved dead cat either in or at the base of a tree. All cats are grey in the night and ultimately quite resilient – as long as any sheer drop is high enough [apparently it has to be over three storeys so that they can start to sort of paraglide] - they can take a significant fall and get up again shaken but little the worse over the longer-term. And what usually happens is that the cat comes down out of the tree under cover of darkness. But if there is a constant cacophony of macro-economists with spot-lights and megaphones at the base of the tree, urged on by their political masters who are totally terrified and averse to the consequences of adjustment, the cat stays up the tree. The danger now is that the cat will actually starve and simply fall out of the tree. MORE AT http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/09/if-economist-had-three-wishes.html http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2016/06/more-verse-to-bring-tears-to-eyes-of.html http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2016/05/for-michael-reddell-aka-croaking.html http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2015/08/non-autistic-non-austerity-economists.html SOME RECENT GRAPHS [April 2018]

    • Let’s Boogie: Dance movies
      • 17 Apr 2018
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • NZ Dance Week is coming up (April 21 – 29) and Central Library is offering some evening events to celebrate it. For more details about the events, see our NZDW blog post. To get you in the mood, check out these DVDs and get ready to boogie! La la land / Summit Entertainment presents ; a Damien Chazelle film. “Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary) Billy Elliot : the musical live from London’s West End. “Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miner’s strikes. Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary) Hip hop-eration / Inkubator in association with The New Zealand Film Commission present. “These senior citizens may each be almost a century young, but for Kara, (94) Maynie, (95) and Terri (93), the journey to Las Vegas and the World Hip Hop Dance Championships is just the beginning of a life’s journey. Along with twenty-four other nonagenarians they defy the odds and hip-hop their way into the hearts and minds of thousands of young fans from around the world. Along the way we hear how these extraordinary characters contributed to New Zealand as we know it. Their stories are a reminder of our history as a nation and the joy of living life to the fullest.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary) Pina [videorecording] / HanWay Films presents a Neue Road Movies production ; choreography, Pina Bausch ; written, directed & produced by Wim Wenders. “A film about the life and work of Pina Bausch, dancer and choreographer, who died in 2009 which features some of her greatest choreographies as performed by her Tanztheater Wuppertal ensemble.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary) The red shoes [videorecording] / written, directed & produced by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. “Film of the ballet based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of a young girl who cannot stop thinking about her red dancing shoes. In this modern version, Vicky Page finds herself caught between simple human passion and artistic devotion to the ballet.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary) Swing time [videorecording] / directed by George Stevens. “Fred Astaire plays a gambler intent on raising $25,000 in New York in order to marry his fiance back home. Romantic complications occur when he meets dancing teacher, Ginger Rogers.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary) The dancer “French singer/actress Soko and Lily-Rose Depp lead a star-studded cast in Stephanie Di Giustos spectacularly mounted screen biography, inspired by the true story of two rival pioneers of modern dance and theatrical performance in late 19th-century Paris. Nothing in her background destined Loe Fuller (Soko) to become the toast of the Belle Epoque cabarets or to perform at the Paris Opera. However, meeting with Isadora Duncan (Depp) a beautiful young prodigy hungry for glory that threatened everything.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary) Shall we dance? [videorecording]. “A middle-aged workaholic’s incredibly dull life takes a funny turn when he signs up for a ballroom dance class–just to meet the sexy dance teacher. But when he finally muscles up the nerve for lessons, he winds up with a different instructor and her colorfully eccentric class of beginners! And now he’ll have to step lightly and do some fancy footwork if he expects to keep his new secret passion from his family and friends.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary) Footloose [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures presents a Daniel Melnick production. “A city boy comes to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary) Black swan [videorecording] / a film by Darren Aronofsky. “Nina is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company. When artistic director Thomas Leroy decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: new dancer Lily, who impresses Leroy as well. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side – a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

    • The mystery of the giant hoho weevils of Rangatira Island
      • 17 Apr 2018
      • Te Papa's blog
      • Te Papa curator Colin Miskelly has recently returned from volunteering for the Department of Conservation on the Chatham Islands. His inordinate fondness for weevils led to some new discoveries about one of Rangatira Island’s more cryptic yet spectacular inhabitants. The coxella weevil Hadramphus spinipennis was one of the 50 or so Chatham Island insects discovered... Read more »

    • Teen Swim Fitness class to commence Term 2
      • 17 Apr 2018
      • Raumati Swimming Club
      • Great news! The Club is to trial a Teen Fitness class to commence Term 2 each Tuesday from 6.15-7.15pm during the school term. As part of our Tuesday Night Learn to Swim/ Learn to Compete programme, we are looking to add a new swimming level designed for our older swimmers. This Teen Fitness level would Read More... The post Teen Swim Fitness class to commence Term 2 appeared first on Raumati Raptors Swimming.

    • New movies and shows for you to enjoy!
      • 17 Apr 2018
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • These new DVDs have a biographical theme with TV show The Durrells, Goodbye Christopher Robin (about children’s author A. A. Milne), Battle of the sexes (featuring the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men’s-champ Bobby Riggs) & A Quiet Passion (Emily Dickinson); NZ tinged Hollywood blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok; acclaimed animation with My Life as a Zucchini; and the latest season of historical romance Outlander. The Durrells. Series two. “The Durrells sees impoverished but sparky widow Louisa Durrell make the radical decision to seek out a new destiny for her family when her options in late 1930’s England seem to be limited to struggling on or marrying a wealthy but dreary older man. Concerned that the lives of her four ‘children’, ranging in age from 11 to 21, are heading down the wrong track, she relocates her reluctant brood to a dilapidated house in the Greek sun.” (Syndetics summary) Justice League. “Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes it may already be too late to save the planet form an assault of catastrophic proportions.” (Syndetics summary) Thor. Ragnarok. “Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.” (Syndetics summary) My life as a Zucchini. “After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.” (Syndetics summary) A quiet passion. “The story of poet Emily Dickinson, whose genius, wit, intellectual independence, and pathos only came to be recognized after her death.” (Syndetics summary) Battle of the sexes. “In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles.” (Syndetics summary) Goodbye Christopher Robin. “A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?” (Syndetics summary) Madame. “Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne and Bob, a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. While preparing a particularly luxurious dinner for sophisticated international friends, our hostess discovers there are 13 guests. Panic-stricken, Anne insists her loyal maid Maria disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noble woman to even out the numbers. But a little too much wine and some playful chat lead Maria to accidentally endear herself to a dandy British art broker. Their budding romance will have Anne chasing her maid around Paris and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair.” (Syndetics summary) Detroit. “Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel.” (Syndetics summary) Outlander. Season three. “The third season picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?” (Syndetics summary)

    • An Old Man's Song [ПЕСНЯ СТАРОГО МУЖЧИНА]
      • 17 Apr 2018
      • Keith Johnson
      • AN OLD MAN'S SONG [ПЕСНЯ СТАРОГО МУЖЧИНА] by Alexey Koltsov (1809 – 1842) I will saddle a horseA real galloper: I will fly, I will rush, As the hawk is keen, Over fields - over seas To a distant land. I will overtake you My early youth: I will make myself smart Be a hunk again, I will make a fine show For the girls again. But alas! no road leads To the past we've left, And the sun will not rise For us in the west.

    • Peter Jackson: 'Hop along, my little friends, up the Wellyswindle!'
      • 17 Apr 2018
      • Keith Johnson
      • WHAT HAS IT GOT IN ITS NASTY LITTLE POCKETSES? Tant Pis, Wellington City Council has entered into a very open-ended joint venture with Kiwi Film Moghul Sir Peter Jackson for the construction of a building that will house a Convention Centre and a Film Museum dedicated to commemorating Jackson’s projects. The project was first budgeted to cost $134m, which was then increased to $150m and has now grown to $165m. It was envisaged that Wellington City Council would fund the project in what many would see as corporate welfare underpinned by local taxation [rates paid by householders]. Now it seems Central Government is being approached for a further subvention of $25 million to balance the books. Meanwhile Jackson continues to play fast and loose with actually doing anything: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/103154021/sir-peter-jacksons-movie-museum-and-wellington-convention-centre-costs-balloon-to-165m Once there was a delightful unspoilt hobbit who lived in an idyllic land far from the terrors of the world at large. But this little fellow picked up the ring of fame and couldn’t stop fingering it – becoming ever meaner and more avaricious as flattery, manic perfectionism and loads-a-money drove him towards megalomania. It’s a great story – and I’ve written a couple of poems over the years about it that may be worth repeating: DARK IMACHINATIONS  [10th December 2013] Housman was born in Bromsgrove 13 miles from Birmingham And Tolkien grew up at Sarehole between Billesley and Spark Hill Some 4 miles from the city centre. Turning away from the forging and fettling, they looked west To the memory assembled spires and farms Of Shropshire and the distant Welsh Mountains. There under sun shimmer and roiling clouds Were mythic plough boys summoned by bugles And hobbits awaiting a rat-a-tat-tat. And now Peter Jackson, who was born in Pukerua Bay Has scoped a partly polystyrene, partly animated Hopefully-soon-forgotten substitute here in New Zealand. After all, talking about places, Janet Frame warns: ‘I do not remember these things -              they remember me.’ BAG END BILLS SONG [26 November 2012] Hey dol! merry dol! ring-a-ting tillo!Ring a gong! hop along! Pick up the billo!Film boom -  golly Pete, fal-lal the Trilo!Hey! Come merry dol! derry dol! My daring!Sleight goes the tax break, slick my accounting. Over due, over budget, stark in the daylight,Waiting on Red Carpet for the bright Star Light,There my pretty lady is, Warner Brother's daughter,Slender as the wilting wallet – dearer once he bought her. Young Peter Jackson 'Hobbit Sillies' bringing,Comes hopping home again. Can you hear him singing?Hey! Come merry dol! derry dol! and merry-o,Gold-very, Gold-merry, merry yellow very-o! Poor old taxed-man, Pete took your loot away!Pete's in a hurry now. Evening will follow day.Pete's going home again, Hollywood’s a’calling.Hey! Come derry dol! Hear the celebs balling? Hop along, my little friends, up the Wellyswindle!Pete's going on ahead candles for to kindle.Down west sinks the Sun: soon you will be groping.When the night-shadows fall, then the doors will open,Out of the window-panes light will twinkle yellow. Fear not, in the black! Heed no scary billo!Fear neither where or how! He'll gather all before you!Hey now! merry dol! Pete puts the score through. Now let the song begin! Let us sing togetherOf sun, stars, moon and mist, rain and cloudy weather,Light on the budding leaf, dew on the feather,Wind on the open hill, bells on the heather,Drinks by the harbour pool, fireworks on the water: Young Peter Jackson - the tax-break rorter!Ever shakes the pennies hard! Slicker than he oughtaO icon of unthinking fools! Actors’ union sorter!O spring-time and summer-time, and spring again after!O wind on the honey trail, and thumbed wad’s laughter! Hey! Come derry dol! Hop along, my hearties!Hobbits! Cronies all! We are fond of parties.Now let the fun begin! Strut and swing my tarties! POSTSCRIPT For a more serious treatment of the same theme by the New York Times, see: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/24/business/media/new-zealand-wants-a-hollywood-put-on-its-map.html And from this column: http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2010/10/tax-breaks-hobbit-and-selfish-dragon.html http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2010/10/has-sir-peter-jackson-dobbed-taxpayer.html

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      • Adam Art Gallery
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    • Modern Bodies: The Best of Dance Biographies
      • 16 Apr 2018
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • No art form better captures the passion and politics of humanity than dance. From the Soviet-American ballet rivalry of the Cold War to the rise of Lindy Hop in 1920s Harlem to the emergence of waacking from the LGBTQI clubs of 1970s LA, dance explores—and occasionally crosses—boundaries of nation, culture, gender and sexuality. New Zealand is no exception, and as part this year’s Dance Week we’ve got Dancing Through the Pages, a series of talks and performances by Wellington-based dancers and artists. And if you can’t wait until then, we’ve also got some great dance biographies, from Vaslav Nijinsky to Michael Jackson and beyond! Nijinsky / Lucy Moore. “The first major biography for forty years tells the tragic story of ballet’s great revolutionary, Nijinsky. ‘He achieves the miraculous,’ the sculptor Auguste Rodin wrote of Vaslav Nijinsky. He embodies all the beauty of classical frescoes and statues. Like so many since, Rodin recognised that in Nijinsky classical ballet had one of the greatest and most original artists of the twentieth century, in any genre.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary.) Modern bodies : dance and American modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey / Julia L. Foulkes. “In 1930, dancer and choreographer Martha Graham proclaimed the arrival of “dance as an art of and from America.” Through their art, modern dancers challenged conventional roles and images of gender, sexuality, race, class and regionalism. Modern Bodies exposes the social dynamics that moved modern dance to the edges of society, a place both provocative and perilous.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary.) Josephine Baker / written by José-Louis Bocquet ; art by Catel Muller ; historical consultant, Jean-Claude Bouillon-Baker. “Josephine Baker was 19 years old when she found herself in Paris for the first time. Overnight, the young American dancer became the idol of the Roaring Twenties, captivating Picasso, Cocteau, Le Corbusier and Simenon. After World War II, Baker devoted herself to the struggle against racial segregation, battling the humiliations she had for so long suffered. She would sing of love and liberty until the day she died.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary.) He’s got rhythm : the life and career of Gene Kelly / Cynthia Brideson & Sara Brideson. “He sang and danced in the rain, proclaimed New York to be a wonderful town and convinced a group of Parisian children that they had rhythm. One of the most influential and respected entertainers of Hollywood’s golden age, Gene Kelly revolutionized film musicals with his innovative and timeless choreography.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary.) Darcey Bussell / Darcey Bussell. “Darcey Bussell is widely considered to be one of the greatest English ballerinas of all time. Her stellar career spanned two decades of magnificent dance where she worked with Dame Margot Fonteyn, observed an aging Nureyev, crossed swords with rival prima ballerina Sylvie Guillem, argued the finer points of technique with Sir Kenneth MacMillan and danced for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary.) Moonwalk / Michael Jackson. “Moonwalk is the only book about his life that Michael Jackson ever wrote. It chronicles his humble beginnings in the Midwest, his early days with the Jackson 5 and his unprecedented solo success.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary.) America dancing : from the cakewalk to the moonwalk / Megan Pugh. “An exuberant history of American dance, told through the lives of virtuoso performers who have defined the art. The history of American dance reflects the nation’s tangled culture. Dancers from wildly different backgrounds learned, imitated and stole from one another. Audiences everywhere embraced the result as deeply American.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary.) Remembering Nureyev : the trail of a comet / Rudi van Dantzig ; translation by Katie de Haan. “Famously volatile, fickle in his passions for people, but with astonishing charisma onstage and off, Rudolf Nureyev is regarded as one of the greatest male ballet dancers of the twentieth century. This is a book balletomanes cannot miss, with an eagle-eyed sharpness that never dissolves into hagiography or gossip.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary.)

    • The history of purple, from ancient Rome to women’s rights
      • 16 Apr 2018
      • Te Papa's blog
      • ‘Ultra Violet 18-3838’ is 2018’s ‘colour of the year’, as selected by Pantone Color Institute. History curator Kirstie Ross looks at the symbolism of purple from ancient Rome to the fight for women’s rights. Ultra Violet 18-3838 ‘Ultra Violet 18-3838’ is 2018’s ‘colour of the year’, as selected by Pantone Color Institute. It more or... Read more »

    • Momtaza Mehri and 'Singing Unbeholden to the Silence'
      • 16 Apr 2018
      • Keith Johnson
      • FIT FOR TOMORROW'S BYLINES I was delighted to hear that Somali-British poet Momtaza Mehri has been named young people's laureate for London: The 24-year-old Somali-British poet Momtaza, who has been chosen as the new young people’s laureate for London, is hoping to spend her year in the role convincing young people “to see poetry as part of their every day, rather than in some dusty tome, or academic niche interest”. Mehri, who has a background in biochemical science and wrote the poetry chapbook sugah. lump. prayer, has been shortlisted for this year’s Brunel African poetry prize and won last year’s Out-Spoken Page poetry prize. As laureate, Mehri hopes to encourage young people to voice their concerns and experiences through poetry. The poet, from Kilburn in north-west London, was selected for the role by a panel of arts organisations and poets, and is, according to Spread the Word’s chair of trustees Rishi Dastidar, “an inspired choice” and a “poet to watch”. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/16/somali-british-poet-momtaza-mehri-named-young-peoples-laureate-for-london#comment-114800919 The Comments Section below The Guardian article is rapidly filling up with a mix of bile, racism, snide references to virtue signalling, and satirical recrimination [some of which I have to admit is quite clever]: But surely Londoners would prefer a poet that came out of a poetic tradition more in tune with the history and people of their capital? I sit in poetry workshops that cost as much as a month’s worth of mealsFor a family of six back home. Laugh with me.I complain about white men tugging at my self-worthwhile the well of my grandmother’s village dries up. MY COMMENT It's not about poetic traditions, personal virtue or people's poets - it's about poetry itself  -about singing unbeholden to the silence: Set aside racing the run of dayFor the time the seconds chaseWill never show a fairer face; Come close and let the stillness showWhere we must put the world awayTo draw it closer as the silence grows: Let’s tell unheard our secret sorrowsTo the shadows that the sundial throws,For what goes forward and what is past Will never alter time or stay its haste:Then let what’s left unsaid in quietness strengthen The amity that calmly sharing space will lengthen. Momtaza was a competition judge for the ‘The ‘Two Chairs Creative Writing Competition’ that I entered a couple of months back - I didn't win or get a mention but what the heck - it is enough that we share the same space. TWO CHAIRS Take a seat, let it take your weightAnd let us sit together quietlySetting aside stories and end-pointsFor presence and being.Look - the space between us is open:An altar if it suits your purposeOr a surface for the prayer mat. … God’s very own the WestGod’s very own the East;As also the North and SouthGathered in love and truth. … Set aside racing the run of dayFor the time the seconds chaseWill never show a fairer face;Come close and let the stillness showWhere we must put the world awayTo draw it closer as the silence grows:Let’s tell unheard our secret sorrowsTo the shadows that the sundial throws,For what goes forward and what is pastWill never alter time or stay its haste:Then let what’s left unsaid in quietness strengthenThe amity that calmly sharing space will lengthen. … God’s very own the WestGod’s very own the East;As also the North and SouthGathered in love and truth. … So let us study distinction and its absence:That there is no separationOf what is apart and what is in contact;That there is no form or formlessnessAs edges and envelopes are unsealed;That there is no resting or resolutionAs emptiness and decay are inevitable;That thusness is fleeting and yet perceptibleWith reality and illusion in mutual shadow;That life and its converse co-ariseThe sentient born of and returning to the insentient;That we may distinguish the qualities of peopleAll special - but then there is nothing special;That when we get up from the chair, And return to the world from the mountain,Or from the wilderness, it is in the natural order That we should recognise compassion. … God’s very own the WestGod’s very own the East;As also the North and SouthGathered in love and truth. … The place between has now been wonOur streams of thought together run And in the catchment likeness growsPerfect in the peace that confluence knows.Set down the books that mention blameAnd hear our hearts make thinking tame:Catch the breath and count its pulseStill the drives that thoughts convulseQuicken so the quietened revelationThat kindness alone is ample adorationAnd togetherness itself a heavenly dedication. ... God’s very own the WestGod’s very own the East;As also the North and SouthGathered in love and truth. EXPLANATION Thumbing through the ads at the back of this month’s London Review of Books, I came across the Two Chairs Writing Competition which aims to build interfaith dialogue, reflection and acceptance: https://www.music.ox.ac.uk/event/two-chairs-writing-competition/ ‘The ‘Two Chairs Creative Writing Competition’ runs across the UK from September 2017 to March 2018. It invites school pupils, university students and the creatively minded public to write short poems or prose pieces reflecting their ideas and experiences of cultural differences, of communication and crossing between cultures, and of being culturally ‘mixed’ in one way or another.  The pieces may be written in English or in German, in acknowledgement of Johann Wolfgang Goethe and the poems of his West Eastern Divan, which in were, in part the inspiration behind the competition. On Wednesday 9th May, the Holywell Music Rooms at New College, Oxford will play host to prize giving ceremony for the competition. The winners will read their entries, and there will be performances from the competition’s judges, including the award-winning Yorkshire based poet Ian McMillan, and the up-and-coming British Muslim writers, Momtaza Mehri and Hanan Issa. The competition and event are curated by Dr James Hodkinson (Warwick University), with Professor Karen Leeder (New College, Oxford)’. I am not at all sure that they will accept my entry from NZ but I totally identify with the cause and so have submitted regardless [and the exercise got me reading Goethe in translation which can be no bad thing]. You can read more from me on related matters at, for example: https://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2016/07/the-peacing-is-in-poetry.html

    • Restricted Sailings will be operating this morning on the Harbour Ferry
      • 16 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • Due to adverse weather conditions, the Harbour Ferry will be operating to a restricted timetable this morning. See restricted timetable below.Departing Queens Wharf: 6.25am, 7.15am, 8.10amDeparting Days Bay: 6.50am, 7.45am, 8.35amThis also means we will not be travelling into Seatoun this morning.Updates to follow with any further cancellations.  This affects these services: WHF

    • Buses replace some train services on the Wairarapa line between Upper Hutt and Masterton – Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April
      • 16 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • Buses will be replacing some trains on the Wairarapa line between Upper Hutt and Masterton.Buses will be replacing some trains on the Wairarapa Line between Upper Hutt and Masterton on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April. The work between Featherston and Carterton is part of the project to upgrade level crossings on the Wairarapa line.You can visit the Rail Maintenance Projects page for more information.Bus replacement timetable - services highlighted in green will be replaced by buses:Wairarapa Line bus replacement poster You may not be able to use this service as you normally would. If you have additional mobility needs please contact 0800 801 700 to plan your travel.For bus pick-up locations check 'Where do I catch the bus?'.Please allow extra time for travel when bus replacement is offered. Bus replacements are not tracked via real time information when they replace trains.Cycles other than folding cycles, will not be carried on the buses replacing trains.  For more information see: http://www.metlink.org.nz/getting-around/using-a-cycle-on-ptAll folded prams can be carried on board the bus replacement services when stored in the luggage areas, non-foldable prams may not be able to be carried on all bus replacements, please talk to on-board staff when boarding.If you have additional mobility needs please talk to the on board staff or contact Metlink to plan your trip.For more information call Metlink on 0800 801 700 or use the Journey Planner. This affects these services: WRL

    • Samuel Marsden - Year 7, 2019
      • 16 Apr 2018
      • Amesbury Drive School Establishment Board of Trustees
      • Open Morning, Scholarship and enrolment information You are invited to the Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Karori Open Day on Sunday 6 May, between 2pm and 4pm. This is a great opportunity to see the Marsden campus, to explore the benefits of an all-girls education and to find out about Marsden’s 21st century learning and well-being programmes. There will be staff and students to talk to and the girls look forward to showing you around. For more information and to register visitmarsden.school.nz/experience Scholarships - Marsden School Year 7 Academic Scholarships for entry in 2019 are open, you can find more information and apply online. Enrolment – Enrolments are open, you can apply to reserve a place at Marsden for 2019 or beyond. If you have any questions or would like a personal tour you can call 04 476 8707By Rachael van Rij

    • Buses replace some evening train services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Porirua – Sunday 22 – Wednesday 25 April
      • 16 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • Buses will be replacing some evening trains on the Kapiti line between Wellington and Porirua.Buses will be replacing some evening trains on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Porirua on Sunday 22 to Wednesday 25 April. This work is part of the regular maintenance projects across the network to reduce possible delays.NOTE: This is a bus replacement timetable and is different from a regular train timetable.There may be possible delays to arrival and departure times for bus replacements. A Sunday timetable will be in operation on Wednesday 25 April.Bus replacement timetable - services highlighted in green will be replaced by buses:Kapiti Line bus replacement poster You may not be able to use this service as you normally would. If you have additional mobility needs please contact 0800 801 700 to plan your travel.For bus pick-up locations check 'Where do I catch the bus?'.Please allow extra time for travel when bus replacement is offered. Bus replacements are not tracked via real time information when they replace trains.Cycles other than folding cycles, will not be carried on the buses replacing trains.  For more information see: http://www.metlink.org.nz/getting-around/using-a-cycle-on-ptAll folded prams can be carried on board the bus replacement services when stored in the luggage areas, non-foldable prams may not be able to be carried on all bus replacements, please talk to on-board staff when boarding. This affects these services: KPL

    • Buses replace some evening train services on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt – Sunday 22 – Wednesday 25 April
      • 16 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • Buses will be replacing some evening trains on the Hutt Valley line between Wellington and Upper HuttBuses will be replacing some evening trains on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt on Sunday 22 to Wednesday 25 April. This work is part of the regular maintenance projects across the network to reduce possible delays.NOTE: Manor Park will be serviced by a shuttle picking up and dropping off passengers between SIlverstream and Manor Park as required.Bus replacement services may be delayed, please allow extra time for travel.A Sunday timetable will be in operation on Wednesday 25 April.Bus replacement timetable - services highlighted in green will be replaced by buses:Hutt Valley Line bus replacement poster https://www.metlink.org.nz/service-updates/buses-replace-trains-upcoming-planned-rail-maintenance/For bus pick-up locations check 'Where do I catch the bus?' Please allow extra time for travel when bus replacement is offered. Bus replacements are not tracked via real time information when they replace trains.Cycles other than folding cycles, will not be carried on the buses replacing trains.  For more information see: http://www.metlink.org.nz/getting-around/using-a-cycle-on-ptAll folded prams can be carried on board the bus replacement services when stored in the luggage areas, non-foldable prams may not be able to be carried on all bus replacements, please talk to on-board staff when boarding.If you have additional mobility needs please talk to the on board staff or contact Metlink to plan your trip. This affects these services: HVL

    • A reminder about RBdigital & Zinio for Libraries change
      • 16 Apr 2018
      • Wellington City Libraries News Blog
      • A reminder that the Zinio for Libraries app will be replaced by RBdigital tomorrow (April 17 2018). Your login will remain the same and you won’t lose titles you’ve already checked out. Have you tried the new RBdigital app? It’s available to download from your app store and is the new app for reading our Zinio (now-renamed RBdigital) magazine collection.  It has some great features — see our previous blog post. If you open your existing Zinio for Libraries app, you will be prompted to download the new app, or depending on your device, visit your app store from these links: iOS | Google Play. Alternatively, search for “RBdigital” in the app store, if you’re not reading this on your device. Originally, RBDigital planned to stop access to Zinio to Libraries in 2017, but to give library patrons more time to make the switch, they extended the changeover period. Download the new app and have a look round. There is a basic, but comprehensive help feature inside the app to get you started, or click on the image below for a quick guide to getting started.

    • ANZAC Day 2018 - diversions in Upper Hutt
      • 16 Apr 2018
      • Metlink - Greater Wellington's public transport network
      • Date: Wednesday 25 April 2018Times: 5.30am until 7am and 8am until 11amLocation: Upper Hutt Please note: A Sunday timetable will be running all day on Anzac Day Road Closure:Fergusson Drive: From the Princes Street Roundabout to the Blenheim Street RoundaboutWilson Street: From the Criterion Lane and Bradley Lane intersection to Fergusson Drive Closed Bus Stops:The following bus stops will be closed during the above times:Stop #8576 – Criterion Lane at Wilson StreetStop #9576 – Wilson Street near Bradley LaneStop #9577 – Upper Hutt – Senior Citizens ClubStop #9580 – Upper Hutt Station – Stop CStop #9582 – Wakefield Street Temporary Bus Stops:The Route 110 will stop at the following temporary bus stops during the above times:Stop #9538 - Queen Street at CountdownStop #9539 - Queen Street at King Street  2018-Upper-Hutt-Anzac-Day-Diversion-Map2.pdf This affects these services: 110

    • Boris and Theresa: All Will Be Revealed!
      • 16 Apr 2018
      • Keith Johnson
      • Kremlin-backed hackers will target Britain's elite, releasing embarrassing information, as Russia seeks revenge for the military strike on Syria, according to intelligence received by the PM.

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