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  • March | 2013 | Occasionalities
    player issues I slapped on a slab of Minuit and engaged with this recording like never before The record was noisy because I washed it and had briefly forgotten my newly discovered infallible rinsing process There was electrical hum because my preferred turntable to amplifier cables have poor electrical shielding a bit of a no no with turntables There were a couple of moments of frequency fluctuation due to an irritating speed consistency issue with my turntable that I must address Despite all that the record drew me in and held me from start to finish And here s the rub The sound was not distorted or coloured compared with the digital LP I was not being tricked by doctored frequency response or retro nostalgia The vinyl sounded better because there was simply more of what the musicians from Minuit intended me to hear The result was a sense of hearing the whole package and getting down for the ride With the digital recordings I pretty much heard all the same detail as what I heard off the vinyl My digital playback set up is nothing to be sniffed at But with the vinyl it suddenly all hung together and made sense like never before It kind of helped that I was hearing more of a 3D presentation the bass was full and rich and the high frequencies were extended and smooth Huge kudos to Minuit This vinyl release was delayed for a couple of months as they ironed out production issues They obviously paid huge attention to the quality of the product that their committed PledgeMe customers were going to receive The experience of listening to this recording on vinyl is quite different and far superior to digital Despite having seen them live several times and having all their

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  • August | 2012 | Occasionalities
    her eyes Her mind seethes with images provided by drunk and deranged locals an education in primal survival and cave drawings and the fear of hurricanes and melting ice caps Striking imaginative images and a woozy handheld camera give the film many stand out stylistic moments Shot on 16mm film the grainy look fits well with the gritty existence of the protagonists Many technically exceptional camera shots provide wow factor viewing The bold six year old hero Hushpuppy listening to the heartbeats of pigs and standing staunch in the mud reminded me of the older girl in Vincent Ward s early film Vigil The allegorical quest elements reminded me of later Ward films At its symbolic heart the film is an allegory of climate change It uses the fears and symbols of climate change and the setting of the hurricane lashed Gulf of Mexico to create an unsettling modern day fable I see some commentators are already rating lead actor Quvenzhané Wallis chances for an Oscar At the age of nine she would be the youngest ever recipient I would not demur she is exceptional Categories Film Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014

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  • February | 2012 | Occasionalities
    started picking out the later records of their splintered career Magic Murder and the Weather and The Correct Use of Soap are titles that titillated me at the time indicate the cerebral intentions of lead singer and lyricist ex Buzzcock Howard Devoto and contain some fine moments but don t hit the sweet spot Live LP Play includes many tracks that appeared on what was their current release on this particular tour The Correct Use of Soap But unlike the latter Play has just earned my 5 star rating Magazine s first two LPs were classics Real Life followed by Secondhand Daylight were clever energetic examples of songcraft and musicianship These studio efforts were the basis on which many hoped that Devoto s career was headed for the motherlode Magic and Soap allowed the strain of personnel changes and poor sales to disrupt the flow But in the middle of that latter phase a slightly rough around the edges recording at Melbourne s Festival Hall in September 1980 revealed what the later studio efforts obscured Five fine musicians getting into a groove in front of an audience I am listening to Secondhand Daylight right now It has a special sense of gestalt that the later albums could not achieve but still has a lot of weak moments In contrast Play achieves a consistency of draw you in energy and excitement with every track Play is not in any way a classic of the Magazine discography That appellation belongs to the first two albums But Play is easily the most enjoyable of their releases to these ears Stripped of the calculation and control of the studio one of Magazine s lesser known line ups delivers the intricate keyboard swirl and treatment layered guitars that were the band s trademark with a

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  • October | 2011 | Occasionalities
    Hibbards were lucky to survive the February quake The roof of their Worcester St premises collapsed to the ground at the street front Fortunately the boys had fled out the back which remained upright Neighbourhood butcher shops are history in most of the city Linwood has been a pretty special inner city neighbourhood one of the few suburbs that has retained a local butcher Huge ups to the boys at

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  • March | 2011 | Occasionalities
    you know I am helping out in Aranui Wainoni and Bexley areas The contrast in these areas is pretty horrifying I live in North New Brighton Many residents in my area don t have power and water but the streets are clean and though I know it s a struggle for some it s nothing like the crisis going on there Continue reading Categories Uncategorized Hangman is no more Castle Rock post quake 3 Mar Let s make it official a fistful of classic Castle Rock climbing routes were destroyed by Christchurch s 22 February earthquake Update 2 April 2011 The best source of information on the state of Port Hills crags is the Facebook page for the Canterbury Westland section of the NZ Alpine Club https www facebook com album php aid 273657 id 682996858 l 8ed42e4c91 Continue reading Tags christchurch earthquake Comments 1 Comment Categories Current Affairs Earthquake Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013 March 2013 August 2012 February 2012 October 2011 March 2011 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 April 2010 Categories Adventures Community Current Affairs Earthquake Environment Film Finance Music Seminars Seminars You

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  • October | 2010 | Occasionalities
    Oct The strength of a local community can often be gauged by the strength of its community facilities More so when those facilities are provided directly through residents efforts The Sumner Community Pool is one of the few community pools in Christchurch that has managed to survive the pool closure mania of the last two decades I know from my own experience as a school trustee at Shirley Intermediate School that it is a hard fight to maintain and fund pools in the face of bureaucratic resistance The Sumner Community Pool committee has been outstandingly effective in maintaining and developing their pool The pool is a hugely popular focus of community activity during the summer months Continue reading Categories Community Kitty Fenton Sumner Historical Society 3 Oct The Sumner Historical Society is legendary in the Sumner Redcliffs area Its annual meeting is always well attended with local notables always attending or tabling their apologies Based at the Sumner Museum on the corner of Wakefield and Nayland St the Society has done sterling work in preserving the history of the Sumner community Right now we are hoping the their building will get the all clear following the 4 September earthquake Here is a quick look around the museum and a chat with long serving Society Treasurer the delightful Kitty Fenton Tags Christchurch Sumner Categories Community Earthquake thank you in Richmond 3 Oct A resident of Avalon St in the Christchurch suburb of Richmond was so overwhelmed with neighbourhood support after the quake that he mounted this sign on his fence One whole side of Jonathan s house was covered with tarpaulins It looked like most of the brick wall had collapsed in the earthquake Fortunately into an empty section I wrote earlier about Flesher Ave a few blocks away They got

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  • September | 2010 | Occasionalities
    a look at the delightful surroundings and hear Kate Saunders talk about the Sumner Community Gardens Categories Community An Awesome Day Out 19 Sep A Pleasant Day Out is the whimsical and apt name given to The Mt Pleasant Residents Association annual picnic Each year a series of entertainments food and stalls at the old school site on Major Hornbrook Road provide a backdrop for neighbours to welcome spring and yarn and laugh together As the Association s Chair Linda Rutland noted this year the picnic was also an opportunity to shake off the earthquake blues Continue reading Comments 1 Comment Categories Community Blank 17 Sep This page blank Categories Uncategorized Rebuilding the People s City 15 Sep A huge event with the above title occurred in Christchurch tonight Around 400 people packed into the sports bar at the Woolston Club to hear views on the rebuilding of Christchurch following the 4 September earthquake Continue reading Tags canterbury earthquake christchurch earthquake Comments 2 Comments Categories Earthquake Day 8 Castle Rock 11 Sep 3 March 2011 Latest on Castle Rock with photos here https blog petertaylor co nz 2011 03 03 hangman is no more castle rock post quake 27 Feb 2011 This page is getting a lot of hits from people clearly curious about the fate of Castle Rock in the 2011 earthquake The article and images below refer to the the 2010 earthquake Continue reading Tags castle rock christchurch earthquake port hills rock climbing Comments 1 Comment Categories Earthquake Tread carefully demolition mania 11 Sep David Killick s careful consideration of the future of Christchurch buildings in The Press on 9 Sept Read here A few quotes During the post disaster phase we don t want to see the unnecessary and untimely and hasty demolition of historic heritage as

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  • August | 2010 | Occasionalities
    Energy will talk about the company s renewable energy initiatives particularly biofuels 5 30pm Thursday 26 August in the No 8 Dining Room at The Twisted Hop in Poplar Lane Andy will speak from 6pm This is a great opportunity for intelligent and discerning folk to make up their own minds about Solid Energy s biofuels programme What are their motivations Are biofuels a legitimate answer to our energy woes What are they actually achieving at the moment Andy is a down to earth approachable guy He is keen to tell his story so this is a great chance to have a dialogue Come along and ask your questions I personally will be fascinated to hear what the questions and answers are on these widely debated issues Green Drinks is your chance to mix and mingle with the keen environmental doers and thinkers of Christchurch Come along it will be great to see you Tags biofuel Solid Energy Categories Environment Seminars Seminars You Missed Skinny skis leather boots 17 Aug UPDATE 2014 The video referred to in this article is no longer available due to the demise of telemarktips com Ever found skiing hard Oh no you haven t For those who have never telemarked this video might seem a little anti climactic We skiers have all seen videos of cool dudes shredding slopes ad infinitum The appeal here is in the restrictions that these particular cool dudes faced when this video was filmed The guys at Telemarktips com have recently posted a video of telemark skiing from what I m guessing is the early 1980s the age of the renaissance of telemark skiing This was back when telemark skiing meant hurtling downhill in soft leather boots attached to ludicrously skinny skis by a little metal clamp at the toe It was in those days that I was first introduced to telemark skiing I was working in Antarctica in 1984 washing dishes at McMurdo Base for a horde of Filipino US Navy cooks this is another story that I will come back to someday We were all down there washing dishes and scrubbing floors because the idea of Antarctica The Ice was just too exciting for any of us to ignore We shifted heaven and earth for the privilege of serving the lowest echelons of the US military at the very bottom of the planet the coldest place known to humankind So cool to be there even cooler was the sight of a select few sneaking away from the base and out across the Ross Ice Shelf on cross country skis I determined that I was going to do that too The next season I turned up there with my new skis ready to endure endless hours of washing dishes and kowtowing to minor military meatheads finding solace in the knowledge that for 36 continuous daylight hours at the end of every work week I would be free So we did lots of cool travelling across ice shelves climbed volcanoes

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