Today is the 124th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand.  I’ve already voted in this year’s General Election.  Make sure you do too!

Katie Pickles has written an article drawing comparisons between Kate Sheppard and Jacinda Ardern.

For the first time in many years I won’t be at the lunchtime commemoration at the Kate Sheppard Memorial, because I’m going to a writing course in Avonhead.  Maybe there’ll be an opportunity there to mark Suffrage Day?

Flowerless Camellia

The white camellia I planted last year has not flowered yet despite being fed camellia food.  What does this signify?

“Today is an important day
I’ll mark it in a private way.”


E-mail Transition Part One

As Vodafone will not provide a Clear email service after 30 November I’ve made the decision to go with Gmail, mainly because I suspect outlook.com may require payment sometime in the not-too-distant future.  My next decision was to use my aged Gmail account which has an easily remembered address rather than a new one which incorporated my name and a three digit number.  An article in this morning’s “Press” suggests an address should signify it belongs to you.  My aged Gmail address doesn’t include any part of my name, but it’s short and I hope that people seeing it won’t think I’m a cyber criminal intent on emptying their bank accounts.

The next step on my email transition list is to take a Gmail tutorial.  Although I’ve had a Gmail account for nine years I’ve rarely used it and I want to know more.  Accordingly I searched and found “Get started with Gmail” in Google’s Learning Centre.  The first thing I read was “With Gmail, your email are stored safely in the cloud ….”  Since when has email been plural?  Why “are stored”?  This does not endear me to Gmail!

“I fear Gmail may rot my grammar
and rob my writing of its glamour.”

Sustaining the Swamps

These Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers were installed in 2013.  I hadn’t realised until today that they had real grass, and of course it needs to be weeded occasionally.  That’s what these people appear to be doing.

“You would be pleased to see these fellas
if you were overgrown swamp dwellers.”

Different Definitions

At a seminar yesterday we were invited to create some different explanations for common terms.  Some of mine were:

Supermarket:  a place where a special offer to save money leads you to spend more

Politician:  a person who promises the earth until they come down to earth after votes are counted

Credit card:  where you can pay by waving but eventual payment is not waived

What others can you think of?

“It’s fun creating different sense
let inspiration now commence.”

Yom Tov

Yesterday I participated in a Seder (Passover) meal with a difference.  This was “Yom Tov”, staged by the Positive Deviance Theatre Company from Auckland.  Judged the Best Newcomer at the 2017 Auckland Fringe Festival they offer theatre that is particpatory and immersive.  Entry to this performance was by edible koha, i.e. it was a pot luck kosher meal.    Our hands were ritually washed before we entered the dining room where the table was set with candles and flowers, and a half orange at each place.

We learned the reason for the oranges was because at a feminist Judaism Conference a woman gave a speech asking why women were not allowed to practice as Rabbis.  A man heckled from the audience saying: “Women belong as Rabbis as much as an orange belongs on the Seder plate”.  Thus began the tradition of putting an orange on the Seder plate to acknowledge the inclusion of all genders and sexualities at the Seder table.

The meal began with the breaking of matzah bread.  The three matzah represent the three patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  During the course of the meal we were served four cups of wine (actually grape juice) which represent the matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah.  The traditional story of the Jews leaving Egypt was told, with graphic depictions of the plagues.  The young cast members sang, improvised, and made the whole experience great fun.  This was theatre with a difference, modern and edgy.

“A very different kind of meal
served with theatrical appeal.”



Cardboard Cathedral

An alternative cardboard cathedral was erected yesterday in the Market Square of the Arts Centre.  French artist Olivier Grossetete wanted to make something magical in the heart of the city.  With the help of many volunteers he used cardboard boxes and tape to create an exciting construction, which will be demolished at 3pm this afternoon.  It’s an interesting coincidence that this temporary cathedral was erected on the same day that the Anglican Synod finally made the decision to restore our Cathedral in the Square.

“A cardboard building led the way
while Synod members had their say.”

Friday Frustrations

Today I woke late, just before 8am.  Normally this wouldn’t matter, but I had a meeting at 10am and a few things to do beforehand.  I like to read the front section of the “Press” with my breakfast, but today no newspaper was delivered, which meant a phone call to Fairfax to report that.  I checked my e-mails and Facebook, and found a long Facebook message from a daughter who’d tried to send an e-mail but it had bounced.  I’m not keen on Facebook messages and needed to delay reading it thoroughly until the afternoon.

The rest of the day went fine, until I checked e-mails later and found a message from Vodafone to say they will close their e-mail service from 30 November.  That means I will need to move to either Gmail or Outlook.com.  Vodafone will automatically forward messages from my Clear account to my new account, as long as I remain a Vodafone customer, but I suspect I may not find the change easy.  I do have a Gmail account, which I almost never use, and will need to do some learning there.  Or maybe I should go to Outlook.com?  How to decide?  I’ve had my ‘Clear’ address for over 20 years, and I’m fond of it.  My internet guru is about to head overseas on holiday, so I can’t trouble her at present.  I wonder what others are planning to do?

To rescue me from despondency I have some early sweet peas in flower.

“My Clear e-mail is now at risk
to live on cloud rather than disk.”