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The Book Discussion Scheme is the source of books and reading notes for our book group.  The scheme (BDS) is a not-for-profit organisation that started 43 years ago under the auspices of the Canterbury Workers’ Education Association.  They provide monthly books to more than 1,200 groups throughout New Zealand, and it’s all run from their busy premises in Colombo Street.  Group members pay $60 per year, which entitles them to ten books.   Members all read the same book at the same time, then meet to discuss it, answer questions, and develop friendships.  The BDS offices have appropriate murals by Wongi Wilson at their front door.

I’m aware there are some groups where people read different books, then share their ideas, and others where everyone buys the featured book each month.  Do you belong to a book club?

“Our members all have undertook
to try to read the monthly book.”


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Signs at Verkerks shop saying their pork is female intrigued me.

I asked why, and was told they buy only female pigs.  Apparently their meat is more tender.  The meat of male pigs smells and tastes differently, and discerning customers, especially Asians, can tell.  I wonder what happens to the male pigs?  Presumably they go to less discerning butchers and customers.

Apologies to vegetarians for this post.

“”As a feminist should I baulk
at eating even female pork?”


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Effort and enterprise had gone into making this shelter above the beach.

It looked suitable for Robinson Crusoe, but there was no sign of any inhabitant.

“You need to climb the dune to reach
this basic shelter on the beach.”

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A wonderful range of ethnicities was on display at Culture Galore today!  There were people in costume, dancing, stalls, and a variety of different foods on offer.  We sampled Sri Lankan, Indonesian, and Hungarian food, all at reasonable prices.  A highlight was the range of activities available for children.

I love these floating bubbles.  The kids look like mice on treadmills.

You could do limestone carving.

Or pedal on all kinds of weird bicycles.  Plenty of rules to keep everyone safe, e.g. ‘one person per seat’

The police were timing young runners with a laser speed device.

Among the many bouncy contraptions was this charming snail.

“So many facets to explore
we did enjoy Culture Galore.”

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What a wonderful turnout for Children’s Day.  As we drove down New Brighton Road we could see thousands of people enjoying themselves on bouncy castles, bumper boats, a forest walk, and all manner of free fun activities.


This year’s festivities were held in the red zone, giving a taste of how it could be if a forest park is established there.  Good to see so many having fun in this eastern area!

“A huge crowd in the East Red Zone
making this lonely land their own.”



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This latest production of the Anthony Harper Summer Theatre is full of fun.  The young cast bring great energy as they portray a female Robin Hood and her circle of Merry Women in Burwood Forest.  Lots of literary allusions, parodies of well-known songs (I shot the Sheriff), and topical references.  It’s an excellent evening’s entertainment, and the setting amid the trees of Riccarton House is ideal.  Be sure to dress warmly – the weather was cool when we were there last night.

“This story with a female Robin
had songs that kept our heads a-bobbin’.”

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We stopped at Lyttelton’s quirky Shroom Room.   We just wanted hot drinks, but the food looked enticing (all vegetarian).  They did serve hot chocolate in a glass – not my choice, but there were chocolate buttons on the side to compensate.  There are several indoor rooms, plus outdoor tables in the adjacent Albion Square.



Lord Lyttelton first visited the port that had been named after him on 5 February 1868.

“The food looked tasty to consume
at the character-full Shroom Room.”





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