I have just returned from a very short visit to the UK. Next weekend the Queen celebrates 60 years on the throne and everywhere you go there are Union Flags. With the Olmpics due to start in July it will be a big couple of months for London. It was a shame I had to [...]
We travelled up to Hamilton for the last of the round-robin games last weekend- we managed to find an amazing pub which had been converted into the "Unofficial Welsh Embassy" . We watched the All Blacks game from there and with the singing (even a bit of Max Boyce) it felt like we were [...]
We finally made it to Fiji! 26 Years after we first attempted to visit here (that got aborted by the coup), and after 3 other attempts which failed for all sots of reasons including leaving it too late to book, we have finally had a holiday in Fiji. Ironically we actually booked to go to [...]
For my father Cpl Thomas George Wright of the Royal Engineers (WWII) and for all who have served in conflicts over the years.
For The Fallen With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, [...]
We spent a very pleasant Saturday night with friends at the ever popular ASB Classical Sparks in Hagley Park. This event which is free to attend is part of Christchurch City Council’s great Summertimes programme.
I particular enjoyed the song (something to do with Heroes) which was sung by a group paid up of [...]
We are enjoying some family time down at our bach (thats Kiwi for holiday home) down in Twizel. We all love this area for its rugged natural beauty and for the lakes and mountains, but I particularly love the town as it is a “little battler” that survived despite being constructed a temporary settlement.
Chores over and 32 degrees C saw us heading off to the beach. Although we live 5 minutes from North Beach we travelled north 15 minutes to Woodend Beach to meet up with friends who live out that way. The heavy rains of last Tuesday have seen a huge amount of water heading down the [...]
Today…i can’t promise you a life of riches, miracle cures, prince charmings or lottery winds, instead for 2011 I wish you a year of ordinary miracles
A fresh pot of coffee you didn’t have to make yourself, An unexpected phone call from an old friend, Green traffic lights on your way to work, [...]
After almost 14 years and a big of nagging from Howard (well gentle questioning) I finally applied for my New Zealand citizenship. I must admit throughout the process I was quite ambivalent, and even on the day of the ceremony was not fussed about whether I did it or not. However once I was in [...]
Thomas got to choose one theme park so we did Warners Bros Movie World. Not quite on the scale of Disneyland, but still enjoyable and more than enough for one day in the heat. Thomas loved the Hollywood Stunt Drivers (we had to see the show twice), and the Road Runner Roller Coaster [...]
We had heard about all the theme parks in Aussie but we found a smaller, relatively unknown one just across the New South Wales border, fairly close to where we were staying at Burleigh Heads, which is in the southern part of the Gold Coast. Tropical Fruit World is an agri-tourist destination which (according to [...]
Due to the time difference Christchurch today led one of the first public tributes this year to the victims of the 9/11 tragedy.
The American Club of Christchurch organised the event which took place at the Firefighters Reserve in central Christchurch at 11am today. The central city fire brigade whose station is next door [...]
3 September 1939- 8 May 1945 (in Europe at least) Lest we forget
This is a photo from the 2009 Inauguration, in which you can see IN FOCUS the face of each individual in the crowd! It was taken by top US photographer David Bergman, who talks on his blog about how he created the image and the reaction he has received from around the world since that [...]