Category Archives: Life In Christchurch

LAPSE2

After several aborted attempts, Operation LAPSE2 finally happened on Sunday. Our friend Lou owns a 20ha block of hillside land out on the peninsula. It’s a great place, and gets better the higher up you go. But it’s a steep … Continue reading

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An Evening with John Connolly

I went tonight to see a talk by John Connolly, the Irish crime novelist. These events usually take the form of a “conversation” between the writer and an MC, but in this case, once the MC introduced Connolly, he was … Continue reading

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Aida

I went to see Verdi’s Aida tonight, performed by Southern Opera and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Aida has a reputation for being the best opera spectacle on the planet – when fully staged. This version was “in concert”, meaning that … Continue reading

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Ginkgo Vegetarian Banquet

Ginkgo held another of its vegetarian banquets tonight, and a group of seven of us went along. It was very scrum, with lots of interesting things to try. Here’s the menu:

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WCS#4 – Goemon

Goemon is one strange movie. It is a huge rambling high-energy big-budget feudal Japan ninja/war movie. The movie starts out as one type of movie, but turns into another type. At first I enjoyed it hugely – with the extraordinary … Continue reading

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WCS#3: Anne Perry – Interiors

In 1954 in Christchurch two fifteen year-old girls, Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, murdered Parker’s mother. After some five years in jail the women were released and both left New Zealand. Their assumed identities were a mystery until, quite recently, … Continue reading

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WCS#2: A Single Man

A Single Man is a very stylish movie about a middle-aged gay man in 1962 who struggles to deal with the death of his lover. Although stylish, I found the movie very dull. I could admire the artistry of the … Continue reading

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WCS #1: Cairo Time

The World Cinema Showcase has rolled around once again, and brings with it a couple of movies I’m dead keen to see. I plan to see five in total this year. First up: Cairo Time. Cairo Time is a lovely, … Continue reading

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Armageddon

I went to Armageddon over the weekend. You can read my report here.

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An Evening with Andrea Levy

Last night I went to see Andrea Levy, noted UK novelist, who was in Christchurch to support her new book, The Long Song. The format of the talk was a conversation between Levy and Christchurch writer Helen Lowe. The two … Continue reading

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