Sunday, November 29, 2009

#908 ... Walking my baby home

A local jazz musician .. walking his pride and joy to a gig ... some musical instruments are a tad more challenging to get around with than a mouth harp ... but the ingenuity of the skate board is to be admired!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

#907 ... World Aids Day

The guys resplendent in RED ... out collecting for World Aids Day ... and handing out red ribbons ... Midland Park, Wellington CBD

Friday, November 27, 2009

#906 ... Art by Design

Some interesting free art on one of the old buildings behind the Massey University Design School in Buckle Street

#905 ... A Ballanced Thursday

In front of Parliament, the statue of John Ballance the prime minister of New Zealand (1891–93) who unified the Liberal Party, which held power for 20 years; he also played a major role in the enactment of social welfare legislation.H e was born March 27, 1839, Glenavy, County Antrim, N.Ire. died April 27, 1893, Wellington, N.Z.

After working as an ironmonger in Birmingham, Eng., the self-educated Ballance emigrated to Wanganui, N.Z., in 1865. There he was editor of the Wanganui Herald and fought against the native Maoris. Entering Parliament in 1875, he advocated abolition of provincial governments. As colonial treasurer in 1878, he introduced a land tax to raise revenue more equitably. As minister of lands, defense, and native affairs in 1884–87, he tried to shift landownership from monopolists to small farmers and to retain crown land while preventing abuses in the sale of Maori land.

During his term as prime minister, Ballance imposed progressive land and income taxes and gained for the government the right to repurchase private land for development. He combatted the lingering depression by limiting government borrowing and won reduction of life membership in the upper house to a seven-year term, curtailing the power of his opponents. His cabinet was noted for its distinguished ministers, including William Pember Reeves, who sponsored pioneering labour-protection legislation; John McKenzie, who fought against land monopolies; and Ballance’s successor, Richard John Seddon.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

#904 ... Kaiwharawhara

Looking east down on Kaiwharawhara from Barnard St, Wadestown.The yellow building is Animates (the pet store); left of that is the BMW & Mini dealership; white building (right) with blue stripe is Spotlight (materials, crafts, fabrics etc). Ngaio Gorge Road runs left up past the red roof building on the left ...from the red car in front of Spotlight. Wainuiomata and Eastbourne in the distance on the other side of the harbour.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

#903 ... Fuzzy Logic

Kayaks playing follow the leader tonight at Evans Bay ... on the way to the airport and all I had was a dirty lens iPhone ... beautiful evening ... no wind ... still waters .. you get the idea.

Monday, November 23, 2009

#902 ... Night Trains

A view south towards the city ... from the Westpac Stadium concourse ... looking across the Wellington Railway Station
IMAGE by Josh Blandford

#901 ... Yesterday's News

A local rubbish transfer stattion down the bottom of Ngaio Gorge. My son Josh was using the place as the subject for a photographic essay ... as part of the Digital Photography summer school course he is doing.
IMAGE by Josh Blandford

Saturday, November 21, 2009

#900 ... SFAD

These lucky guys are the result of auctioning themselves as "slaves for a day" to raise money ... and they're all dressed up for the christmas tree !!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

#898 ... Station Exit

Station Exit ... looking north to the train platforms ... across the main lobby of the Wellington Railway Station
Image by Josh Blandford

Thursday, November 19, 2009

#897 ... Monique Gemmell "Restriction & Release"

Another of the amazing creative talents from the Massey University, School of Design. This collection has been developed by Monique, after closely looking at the restrictions placed on the body from lingeie and corsetry. The marks, textures, lines and altered sillouettes created through the restriction and the temporary marks left behind on the skin after being released were explored as a point of particular interest.

Dye techniques shibori and batik were used as methods of recording the restriction and release directly to the fabric. Stitching and elastic were used as methods of manipulating the surface creating puckered, wrinkled, gathered areas and contrasting textures emulating those explored during on the skin through the research that Monique carried out.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

#896 ... Night Shell

The local Shell service station at Crofton Downs is getting it's forecourt refurbished. The petrol station has been closed for two days and tonight was full on as the canopy was fixed in place ... lights, camera, action

Monday, November 16, 2009

#895 ... Emily George "COIL"

Crochet is a process that has the ability to create textile structures that have an organic quality, visually and structurally. Drawing inspiration from skeletal structures such as rib cages, spines and snake skeletons, Emily gas developed a unique crochet technique using braided yarn and cut leather.

By wrapping an object with yarn and using crochet like a spine to hold it together a skeletal structure is left when the object is removed. ... and thanks to Emily for these words as well. The show that you guys put on was creatively awesome.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

#894 ... We are through

The Fallon name became indelibly linked to New Zealand's World Cup history when Rory headed the All Whites' winner against Bahrain to send them to the finals 27 years after his father Kevin helped oversee the first appearance by the Kiwi footballing heroes.

The 27-year-old striker got up to head a Leo Bertos corner into the back of the net in the 45th minute of a pulsating qualifier in Wellington.

Fallon wasn't alone with his heroics of this 1-nil win. Kiwi keeper Mark Paston saved a second half penalty as the All Whites desperately held on to win the dramatic match and claim a place in next year's World Cup finals in South Africa.

Three minutes before his goal Fallon had another header denied by a wonderful reflex save by Sayed Mohamed Jaffar. But the Bahrain goalkeeper had no chance off the corner as the big Plymouth Argyle forward rose high to claim his second goal in just three games for New Zealand.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

#893 ... We fly, we see, we play

The Bahrain team has been delivered for the football game tonight against the All Whites at the Westpac Stadium... and is now parked up waiting for the return charter flight. Wellington Airport

Friday, November 13, 2009

#892 ... Football Footnote

The Footnote Dance Company strike the white pose in the Capital to encourage whiteout conditions at this weekend’s World Cup football qualifier. Tourism Wellington is urging people to dress all in white to show who they support when the All Whites meet Bahrain at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.

Dancers from the Footnote Dance Company were taking the message to the city streets this week. They started at the railway station, before making their way along Lambton Quay, through Civic Square and into Cuba Mall.

Company director Deirdre Tarrant said people were enthusiastic about the idea. “Hopefully, we’ll see all 35,000 fans at the stadium, and everyone at the Queen’s Wharf party wearing white.”

Thursday, November 12, 2009

#891 ... Welcome Bahrain

The Bahrain football team arrived in the Capital for their match against the NZ team the All Whites. They were met by a media scrum at the airport ... all keen to question their chances of a win

However New Zealand's potential place in the World Cup football finals is being questioned overseas as top countries are eliminated.

On Saturday, the All Whites, minnows on the world football stage, play Bahrain in the second leg of a World Cup qualifying match, with the prospect of making the finals for the first time in 27 years if they win. Whichever team wins, New Zealand with a world ranking of 83, or Bahrain, 61, they will be at next year's finals in South Africa ahead of other teams with considerably higher rankings.

Among those already eliminated are world No 8 Croatia and the Czech Republic who are No 15. Former English football commentator Barry Davies said he was not surprised by criticism that countries so far down the world rankings had a chance at the finals, while top teams were eliminated. However, New Zealand appears to have less of a presence than Bahrain, with All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen on Tuesday saying his Blackburn Rovers teammates, coming from nations including South Africa, Australia and Denmark, saw New Zealand as the easier of the two teams to get past.

Davies, a veteran BBC commentator, called several of New Zealand's World Cup qualifying matches in the historic 1982 campaign, and said the attitude to New Zealand was not new. The 1982 team created a slice of sports history during their long World Cup qualifying campaign of 15 matches. It ended in a sudden-death qualifying match in Singapore in January 1982, where they cut China out of the World Cup finals in Spain.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

#890 ... After the Plunge

The exilaration of having done it ... adenalin pumping ... shivers just starting to kick in !!!
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

#889 ... Annual Tradition

Wellington Girls College year 12 students do the traditional jump into the Lagoon to celebrate the last day of wearing school uniform ... lots of yelling, screaming, psych-ing up ... and then the count down for the jump into the tepid water ... YEAH RIGHT
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#888 ... Spaghetti Western

Legal cowboys and a 'maser' ... a competitor in the TargaNZ Rally ... NZ Police carrying out breath testing of drivers beside a nice piece of Italian automotive machinery ... in front of Mac's Brewery and the NZ Stock Exchange ... Taranaki St Wharf

Sunday, November 8, 2009

#887 ... Six Words

adDRESSING SPACE, an installation exhibition by third year textile design students, last night at the Print Factory, King Street.This event was for one-night only- a free event, part of Massey University's annual BLOW arts festival. All members of the public were welcome to attend ... wine & nibbles provided. The creativity of the fabric constructions, the student fashions and the venue which was dimly lit except for the highlighted installations ... was a worthy part of the annual Massey University event.

This piece was mesmerising ... but it must take the prize for the most succinct description. Most students wrote an artistic narrative describing the inspiration or the meaning of their work. This one speaks for itself

Katie Cookson
Vinyl on fabric

Saturday, November 7, 2009

#886 ... Con- temporary

The street refurbishment has now moved to Courtenay Place ... so some transport adjustment is required ... like moving the bus stop ... although maybe the signs dont need to look so temporary even if they are contemporary in an artistic sort of way. Afterall the roadworks will go on for sometime ... don't they always?

#885 ... A txt platform

On my own platform ... in my own world ... txting paradise. Courtenay Place next to the St James Theatre

Thursday, November 5, 2009

#884 ... Past use by date

Last years Yellow Pages ... no longer wanted ... and lying discarded on The Terrace by Woodward Street

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

#883 ... Stickem Up

The poster boys at work in Cuba Mall ... it is interesting to look at the layers of promo material on these poster columns ... sometines up to 4 and 5 cm thick ... history in the making?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

#882 ... Cruisin' Again

The first ship of the summer cruise season ... one of the larger ones to visit Wellington ... compare the size of the Westpac Stadium

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

#880 ... THEME DAY: Doorways

Traditionally doors and doorways are of houses & cottages however in a city it is perhaps more appropraite to have office doorways or apartment entrances ... well as Wellington is known for its multitude of cafes and coffee stops .. I felt it was more interesting to show a smorgasboard of all the places you may wish to visit when going on a coffee binge !!

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