Sunday, June 24, 2012

Dr Foster

Doctor Foster 
Went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain
He stepped in a puddle
Right up to his middle
And never went there again!

We've had a few 'Dr Foster' moments recently... some of those wheel ruts on the building site are deceptively deep, and there's been more than one person cursing & swearing after stepping in the wrong place!

In honour of Dr Foster, we decided to head into town and wander down the newly re-opened Gloucester Street. First we stopped in at the Re:Start mall to check out the recent changes in the area. Our first sight was this massive crane working on the Clarendon Towers demolition.
Still life with Bridge of Remembrance (side view) & crane

Sunday, June 17, 2012

O for Awesome

'O for awesome' may be a bit of a local joke for local people... so if you're not from round here (or are too young to remember) go here, here or here.

But anyway, onto the awesome!

The newly minted "Ministry of Awesome" continues to gather ideas like these:
 Bike rack by Knowhow Shop, LA
Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, South Korea

Imagine the possibilities! All we have to do is get people thinking outside the square - conceptually and literally. The Square is not the totality of our inner city, and we have more public spaces and opportunities than are tied up in that one bit of land with its soon-to-be-demolished neo-gothic ex-cathedral. Let's move on already, and get creative!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Snow daze & battling bastards

Snow Daze

The snow has almost completely gone now but in our amateur-weather-predicting defense, it was a rather warm weather system that dumped it on us. The complete lack of wind meant the snow clouds remained parked overhead, dropping snow straight down in a sweet, floaty kind of way.

So, as you do, I went wandering with my camera on Thursday to capture some of the neighbourhood winter wonderland...
 Looking down Strickland St towards the Port Hills

 Snow dandruff on the statue at the Beckenham shops

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


There's been a lot going on over the last couple of weeks including the odd winter sniffle. Luckily most of the snottiness has passed me by, inflicting most of its damage on the male members of the household.

Which is just as well, as I've been far too busy to get sick - organising protest meetings about public broadcasting, making my thoughts heard on the UC Arts proposal (votes/results here), working my last shifts at the Quake Box and doing some fill-in production work a few days a week... you can see why my thesis proposal is still very much a work-in-progress.

The house has been moving on at pace.
 The foundations were laid on Monday May 21st, then the framing arrived on the Friday.
On Monday 28th, the walls started going up... this is where it starts to get really exciting, where the shapes we've made in our heads/on paper start to come to life.  The more housey it gets, the harder it is to wait out the remaining time until it's completed.