Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
"An actor-driven piece of theatre, The Great Gatsby has the cast on stage for the almost the entire duration of the production. There are some very innovative scene changes, actors playing several parts quite convincingly with a simple costume change or addition, and exceptional, expressive lighting by Geoff Nunn. The idea, says The Court’s artistic director Ross Gumbley, who directed this production, is to engage the audience and get them to interact with each scene, using their imaginations. It works"
We both loved it and having written a couple of uni essays about the novel it all came flooding back and I really enjoyed how they played with the imagery. $84 well spent...eeek.
Friday, August 21, 2009
The value of a sister/brother
Who doesn't have one.
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn..
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby....
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.
Time waits for no one.
Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.
To realize the value of a friend or family member:
The origin of this letter is unknown,
But it brings good luck to everyone who passes it on.
Hold on tight to the ones you love !
Sunday, August 16, 2009
After an intense and very satisfying stint in Sweden I am now NZ bound with three kiwi novels on my bedside table. I am breaking up the serious stuff with a Sarah-Kate Lynch at the moment and I can hear it calling me so this is going to be brief.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Here is our one. As you can see it clearly represents our role as the buildings people for the network and there are all kinds of things woven into it that represent the detail and behind the scenes nature of our role. If you want to see more detail go to the link above and you can see all the bits and pieces on every one of them. If you want to see what the traditional tukutuku panels look like then here is a link to some we have in the library.
And finally, log into our Flickr and see a whole heap of photos that have been digitised mapping the people and buildings of our library network. There are some really funny images and some lovely heartwarming ones as well.
Finally, I wanted to say to all the lovely people, staff and customers whom I have met over my time in the library that my life has been hugely enriched by the friendships and interactions I have made and had and that is a gift I have for my whole life. I am very grateful.
Moving on to Stieg. Everyone who reads these books loves them. I read this with veracity and had to slow myself down so that I could live in his world for as long as possible. It is violent, frightening and sickening in some places but the characters are compelling and diverse. It is about sex trafficking and a stuff and I am not going to go into all that as it is really complex. however, if you want a good synopsis go here
Monday, August 03, 2009
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 44 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:"
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step...
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?".
26. Always choose life.
27. Forgive everyone everything.
28. What other people think of you is none of your business.
29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
32. Believe in miracles.
33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
36. Your children get only one childhood.
37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
41. The best is yet to come.
42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
Saturday, August 01, 2009
So many observations
1. Everyone reads this part of Zest. I love it and look for people I know and pore over the details. Blokes read it and notice things.
2. Some people really really want to be in it....I am still mortified at the disgusting state of my pants. Need to take them up and in. I look like a hobo
3. Being 'famous' incites some fun communications and a few coffee dates
4. Your mates love taking the piss out of you - it has been a funny couple of days
5. Some people are very kind and complimentary - it is important to not take yourself too seriously, luckily I don't
6. Bit of pressure to wear nice clothes each day...eeek. I bought a pair of white jeans at Ballantynes Sale yesterday. Always wanted a pair and Trinny and Suzannah said I could
7. There was another librarian in the same section that day and another a month ago - good publicity for our oft maligned profession....tee hee
8. Never ever stand next to a tall glamorous woman in a photo...oh dear god...what a short arse!