Thursday, July 31, 2008

#426 ... Greyness

Well this is what it was like this morning as I left for work ... rain, rain and more rain ... the greyness had descended ... but hey ... it is winter. Somewhat of a contrast from yesterday's image !!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

#425 ... Fluffy White

Pristine sunny clouds amongst the gloom of winter ... a view looking west across Ngaio

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

#424 ... Signposts

A promotion at Wellington Airport for the Automobile Association ... all about the 101 places in NZ to see .. second from top on the right is Cathedral Cove ... which is in the opening scenes of the latest Narnia movie. Cathedral Cove is a beautiful spot on the Coromandel Peninsula ... been there five times.

This photo was taken at 6:00am ... just before the morning commuter rush as the "suits" all headed off to Auckland for the day !!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sunday, July 27, 2008

#422 ... The Station Master

Inside the Wellington Railway Station on a cold quiet weekend ... striding towards me, bag in hand, centre stage ... is Tim Hoff .. .another of the amazing German students we have had the pleasure of knowing. Timm is back home in Kiel now .. having some summer.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

#421 ... Waiting

A solitary morning commute ... and the 'authorised taggers' have already been to cover up the 'unauthorised' taggers. Have a great weekend

Friday, July 25, 2008

#420 ... Caged Chooks ?

Dilbert's cube farm in the State Sector end of Wellington ... it has all the architectual merit of a ... "Welll you decide !!!"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

#419 ... School Symmetry

Three little school girls went to school
One beanied man went to work
Uniforms green and matching bags
Uncool it is to smoke a fag

I am not a poet
And I know it
but I'm right on beam
About icecream

PS ... I will in future, stick to taking photos !!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

#418 ... Texture-al

A montage of textures captured on my way to work ... the city abounds with the rough, the smooth, the natural and the not so !!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

#417 ... Last One Standing

A lone old building on the Wellingtom waterfront .. next to the storage area for logs awaiting shipment .. and new "second hand" cars on arrival. The Westpac Stadium is to the left of the photo. This photo is taken looking north.

Monday, July 21, 2008

#416 ... Stoney Silence

The Government face of Wellington ... Parliament, The Beehive, No.1 The Terrace, The Reserve Bank ... and on it goes

Sunday, July 20, 2008

#415 ... The Wall

It is slowly starting to dawn on me ... a mere male .. why the female of the species may be superior. Here are four men, outside my window at work, coming to the conclusive decision that what they are looking at, is in fact, a WALL !!! well done guys

Friday, July 18, 2008

#414 ...Viard Volume

Viard College Barbershop Chorus was at it again in the pedestrian tunnel exiting from the Wellington Railway Station. These guys rock ... it makes for a great start to the working day ... even though many of the morning commuters are captured in their own world space.

#413 ... Caffe Art

The graphic hand of Caffe Laffare's artistic maestro .. it makes for an interesting utalitarian piece of art.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

#412 ... Plastic Milk

YES it is true; I have seen it... "milk in plastic bottles really is milk from plastic cows" .. I saw one of these very efficient animals in the Nissan Car dealers on Kent Terrace. Very docile. do not require feed and do not mess up the ground with cow shit .. so I wonder what the shovel is for?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

#411 ... Transparent Government

Bowen House (which houses some Parliament offices) on the corner of Lambton Quay and Bowen Street gives the impression of being transparent as the windows reflect the early morning sky.

The building to the right is the Treasury Building at No.1 The Terrace .. the trees in the foreground are the south east corner of Parliament grounds.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

#410... Woodward St

Woodward Street ... late afternoon. Woodward Street is the little lane that runs from Lambton Quay up to The Terrace .. and has always been home to cafes, barbers, fashion, food and homewear. The ground floor food outlet here is Wishbone which has numerous small shops all over the city .. they sell heat and serve meals, lunch sandwiches, hot soup and many other tasty delights.

Monday, July 14, 2008

#409 ... Mini Shopping

A Mini leaving Farmers Department Store in Lambton Quay ... is that what they call drive in shopping !!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

#408 ... Backbencher Politics

The Back Bencher Pub ... opposite Parliament. They always have a delightful political bent to their menus and activities ... even hosting the live televison debate of the same name.

Here is the latest promo for the new menu ( we have parliamentay elections at the end of this year) and the finished article .. already for the pre election hype and mayhem.

... and even though it is mean't to be winter the sun is shining ... welll some of the time.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

#407 ... Orange Smiles

The transformation of Lambton Quay is still on the go ... these guys outside Parsons Bookshop were happy in their work on Friday .. well at least 4 of them were .. as they were supervising the guy with the shovel !!!
have a great weekend ... ciao

Friday, July 11, 2008

#406 ... Woolly Apartments

The old Wool Stores on Jervois Quay just over the road from the Railway Station

Shed 21 (1910)
this two-storey brick building, with a mezzanine fl oor, located on Waterloo Quay wharf, opposite the Waterloo Hotel (now a backpackers’ hostel). The tallest of the Wellington Harbour Board’s (WHB) industrial warehouses, Shed 21 was built in 1910 to store wool and was designed by the WHB Chief Engineer, James Marchbanks. It replaced the timber J Shed, built in 1880, which had burnt down earlier that year. The apse-like extension at the northern end of the building housed an ‘accumulator’, part of an hydraulic mechanism. Accumulated water pressure was used to drive lifts that moved goods between fl oors. Hydraulic power was once the main source of power on the waterfront and was still used for wool presses, cranes and other equipment until finally superseded by electricity in the 1950s. The charm of Shed 21 lies in the fi ne use of brickwork to embellish an otherwise plain and functional building facade. Note in particular the circular headed windows.

The skylighting and tall ceilings of Shed 21 and other sheds have made them ideal for use for, among other things, exhibitions and concerts. As early as 1911 an Industrial Exhibition was held in hed 21. In the late 1990s, while the future of the building was uncertain, it was partly used for conservation work on the remains of the Inconstant (see 12-Plimmer’s Ark) and as a car park. The building was converted into apartments in 2002 and is now known as Waterloo on Quay Apartments.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

#405 ... Train Spotting

... the morning commute into the city .. 10 minutes on the Johnsonville train. This shot is taken at Ngaio Station looking north along the line . Mt Kau Kau on the left hand skyline

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

#404 ... More Uncovered Art

another piece of uncovered artwork ...well exposed to the outside world. This was on an inside wall of the Wellington Markets (cnr Cable & Taranaki Sts) building at the eastern end of the Rialto Theatre opposite the NZ Stock Exchange ... diagonally opposite Te Papa. see Google Earth MAP

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

#403... A Nose Job

Last night was just one of those nights ... made some modifications to the nose of the Kat on the way home from dropping my daughter Anna off at her flat in Newtown.

The Kat's a tad sad .. but me is OK ... thanks to the automotive brilliance of airbags ... and no one was physically damaged. Scene of the crime opposite the white truck between the Aurora Tce and Bolt Street overbridges.

So the Kat will have to have facelift surgery and be in recuperation for a few weeks.

... and that is why today's posting is a little late ... I had to arrange automotive surgeons etc etc. ... ciao, jeremy XXX

Monday, July 7, 2008

#402 ... Deconstruction Art

It is often amazing what is exposed to the light of day when buildings are knocked down to make way for new developments ... not that all new development is good !!!. This piece of wall art was (now gone!) on a wall behind the Repco and Boys & Girls Institute buildings on the cnr of Tasman & Rugby Streets View Larger Map by the Basin Reserve

Sunday, July 6, 2008

#401 ... Oh what a night!

The Tri-Nations Rugby Test between the All Blacks and the Springboks (South Africa)

Saturday morning was wet, windy and cold ... the weather cleared in the afternoon and provided you were in the right place .. like behind two layers of glass and facing the north west, you could enjoy the warmth of the sun ... by about 4:00pm the cold southerly started coming through and by kick off at 7:30pm it was pissing down, really cold ... "Rugby as it's meant to be !!"

By half time the rain had stopped but it was still bitterly cold. SH2, the road over the Rimutaka Hill to the Wairarapa was closed due to snow .. so all those that lived there were going to have the night in Wellington after the test.

THIS IMAGE says it all really...
Camerman and camera hiding under layers of waterproof gear ... photographing Dan Carter kicking a penalty for the All Blacks .. and you see that it was successful given the finger pointed in the air .. apologies about the picture quality .. it was done the the baby digital at max zoom on a gloomy night ... but it does tell the story of the night !!!

By Daniel Gilhooly
All Blacks 19 South Africa 8
South Africa had their colours lowered for the first time since winning last year's World Cup in Wellington tonight, succumbing 8-19 to the All Blacks in a soggy opening Tri-Nations rugby test. In an intense game dominated by huge collisions in the tackle, New Zealand executed with more precision and power to maintain their 10 years of dominance at home against the Springboks. The result also extended their world record home winning streak to 30 matches.

Both teams scored one try but the boot of All Blacks first five-eighth Daniel Carter was key as he landed five from six shots at goal for 14 points. Up 9-8 after a torrid first half, the All Blacks looked more fluent when conditions cleared in the second spell while handling errors continued to plague the Springboks and they rarely threatened to score again. The game erupted into life in just the sixth minute when All Blacks lock Brad Thorn appeared to lift South African captain John Smit and drop him to the turf after the whistle had blown. Smit felt there was a case for Thorn to be yellow or red-carded, telling Australian referee Stuart Dickinson he had been spear tackled.
Thorn, who went on to make several more crunching tackles, could yet by cited by the match citing commissioner, which would threaten his place for the next test between the two teams at Dunedin next Saturday.
His physicality was typical of the New Zealanders, who won most facets of the forward exchanges - particularly the scrum - while holding their own at lineout time and winning cleaner tackle ball. Playing without the injured Richie McCaw the All Blacks barely missed a beat thanks to the work of Rodney So'oialo, his replacement as captain and in the No 7 jersey.

The Wellingtonian provided the enormous breakdown presence McCaw has made his hallmark. So'oialo had excellent support up front from lively lock Ali Williams, who had been in doubt all week due to an ankle injury.
Hooker Andrew Hore was a ball of energy while prop Tony Woodcock was at the forefront of a dominant New Zealand scrum. For South Africa, loose forwards Joe van Niekerk and Schalk Burger, both making their first test starts of the year, were always prominent. Carter opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a penalty from directly in front, having somehow missed from near the same spot moments earlier.

Opposite number Butch James levelled the scores 1min later following the Thorn-Smit incident although the penalty was actually for a high tackle from flanker Adam Thomson on fullback Conrad Jantjes. Carter penalties in the 22nd and 29th minute extended the lead to 9-3 before Springboks second five-eighth Jean de Villiers sliced the New Zealand defence open, accelerating past winger Sitiveni Sivivatu on the halfway line to send winger Bryan Habana sliding over in the left-hand corner for a brilliant try. Carter missed a dropped goal attempt on the stroke of halftime but was the creator of his team's try soon after the break, creating space for Thorn, who sent No 8 Jerome Kaino over for his first test points. Kaino was wrongly denied a second try in the 58th minute when he was deemed offside after gathering a Carter grubber kick and scoring. Replays showed Dickinson had erred.

The result was all but secured when Carter landed his fourth penalty with nine minutes remaining, the result of constant pressure in Springboks territory. Carter nearly rounded out another dream night with a chargedown try but was just beaten to the loose ball by Habana. The test was the first to be played under the Experimental Law Variations designed to speed up the game but conditions meant tonight's fixture was never going to be an open affair. Two extra rules, allowing unequal numbers in the lineout and for mauls to be collapsed, had little apparent impact.

New Zealand 19 (Jerome Kaino try; Daniel Carter 4 pen, con) South Africa 8 (Bryan Habana try; Butch James pen). Halftime: 9-8.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

#400 ... Peak Hour

Around 9am yesterday morning the convoy of trucks that had processed around central Wellington began turning into Bowen Street to pass well within honking distance of the Beehive.

The truckies were taking part in a nationwide protest against an increase in the road user charge for diesel vehicles. Actual trucks aside, the Wellington streets were calm in the pleasantly sunny weather. The background noise of horns was compensated for by the reduced volume of car commuters.

And this is some of the support they got from the locals.

Friday, July 4, 2008

#399 ... Black, White & Red

This was shot 20 minutes after the rainbow photo ... on my way home over Wadestown hill ... this is looking west towards Crofton Downs. Unfortunately the camera hasn't captured the turquoise sky directly above the hills ... but then I couldn't have said "black, white & READ" ... ciao

Thursday, July 3, 2008

#398 ... Right time ... Right place

Left work a bit earlier last night ... about 4:30pm to do the supermarket shopping ... a wet evening ... with muted light ... get outside and WOW ... the sky was painted with an amazing rainbow ... a well defined arc ... unfortuantely the wide angle lens was not wide enough to catch the whole rainbow ... maybe some professional had the gear to capture the moment.

Anyway I took a range of shots, outside the New World supermarket in Thorndon (just across the road from work) and selected this one because... when I loaded them onto the home PC ... I could pick out the second rainbow and the reflection on the wet ground of the carpark. The carpark lighting against a darkening sky, added to the effect.

The night sky on the drive home was dramatic as well ... maybe a daily photo for tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

#397 ... Damage Artwork

Some interesting signage at the car panel beaters shop ... by the Basin Reserve

A range of car badges in various states of damage ... it makes great art.

That is my aquamarine cat in the righthand foreground ... nothing major .. just getting a small bottle of touchup paint.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

#396 ... NO NO NO

The sign in the centre of this montage is like it is having one of those conscience conversations with you ... a delightful classic ... this is in the alleyway leading to Blair Wright panelbeaters in Johnsonville .. and as for "strictly no" ? ... does that mean all the others are sort of like 'soft' or 'pretend' !!!


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