Rock and Roll Mother
Our democratically chosen representatives, the Christchurch City Council, have unanimously voted for full retention of our city's civic facility the Christchurch Town Hall.
Some will be biffing their would-be toys out of their would-be precincts. On that note, 'precinct' should be banned from the Cantab vocab. What are we - in a never-ending episode of Hill Street Blues?
The Press has previously published opinion pieces from members of the arts community including Felicity Price, who has been on the board of the Court Theatre and the CSO, and young conductor, Luke Di Somma.
Both stated that they wished to retain the auditorium because of its world-respected acoustics, but both would quite like to ditch the James Hay, Limes Room and Boaters Restaurant.
Price wrote: ''The Christchurch City Council's proposed vote in favour of keeping the lot will deprive Christchurch of the Arts Precinct it not only deserves but badly needs. It was all there in the Cera Blueprint - a new, purpose-built concert auditorium, a new Court Theatre, a new Music Centre, and a home for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra...''
Recently someone I know noticed strange markings had been sprayed on her fence but assumed it was just graffiti.
When her dog went missing shortly afterwards she put something up on Facebook and had a dozen people email her to say that the same thing had happened to them.
She asked me to use my blog in an attempt to find out how often this is happening in Christchurch.
I looked on the Christchurch police's Facebook page and saw that in August they had posted:
DOG THEFT MESSAGES LIKELY A HOAX
Remember the outcry over the Toyota TV ad with the word ''bugger''? Seems ridiculous now, doesn't it?
The Press has a style book which contains various rules pertaining to stories and words (I printed it out once years ago, not realising it was almost 39,000 words).
For example, if you were writing a story about racehorses to be published on the racing page the Style Book advises that you would refer to them as ''he'' and ''she'', not ''it''.
But if you were writing about an animal for the news pages you would refer to this beast as ''it''.
Why are horses allowed gender but not cats or rabbits? I really don't know.
If I had to write a list of things in this world I dislike, on that list, above mimes and near-red velvet jackets, I would include supermarket shopping.
I also dislike malls, actually as a general rule I dislike crowded places offering mass consumerism.
Unlike mimes and red velvet jackets which I can generally easily avoid, as a mum who feeds a family-of-six I have to encounter supermarkets often.
Thrifty Thursday at Pak 'n Slave is the inner ring of supermarket hell.
"Blue Smoke goes drifting by into the deep blue sky
And when I think of home I sadly sigh
Oh I can see you there with loving tears in your eyes
As we fondly said our last goodbyes."
- From the song Blue Smoke, written by Ruru Karaitiana on the troop ship SS Aquitania in 1940.
Pixie Costello, nee Williams, died on August 2 aged 85.
It's her voice you can hear on New Zealand's first pop song, Blue Smoke.
Back in 2010 I first interviewed Pixie, or Pikiteora Maude Emily Gertrude Edith Williams as she was born in 1928.
She was a beautiful soul, humble, strong, inspirational and down-to-earth.
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