Rock and Roll Mother
My heart goes out to Cantabrians cleaning up flood damaged homes today.
I know a little about how they must be feeling.
A few weeks ago my family moved into our new home.
By the time we had finished moving it was late, the children were tired and hungry, and it was too late in the day to start putting up bunks.
We camped in the lounge on mattresses, excited to finally be moved in.
Gap Filler's latest initiative, the Inconvenience Store, opens today at Cathedral Junction.
It is a hybrid between a store and an art project or residency which aims to explore the theme of (in)convenience as it relates to our city.
The space was sourced by Life in Vacant Spaces and each operator has a week-long residency in The Inconvenience Store.
It is based around the idea of turning inconvenience into an asset and point of attraction for the central city.
Long before the earthquakes, Gap Filler believed Christchurch's central city was struggling because of all the massive - and incredibly convenient - suburban shopping malls.
It's ironic that Odd Future have been banned from visiting New Zealand.
Dave Dobbyn was accused (and later acquitted) of sparking the Queen Street riots but he's not banned from playing shows.
Odd Future were coming here as fill-in support act for Eminem's concert on Saturday but New Zealand immigration authorities have decided they ''pose a threat to public order''.
Presumably I've been asked to comment on this as I am a female music writer (count us in New Zealand, it won't take you long) and the hate-filled lyrics of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) - inciting rape and gay bashing - have previously sparked outrage.
Back to school.
No-one wants to stand under the peach tree to have their photo taken.
Every year it's the same.
One of the boys has marmite on his new school shirt already. Miss 14 is worried her hair isn't OK. Someone has misplaced their shoes.
We're running late and it's only the first day.
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