February 2011

cruise ships

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part of my morning walk to work from the bus stop in town involves walking past parked up cruise ships.  it was nice to see Queen Elizabeth yesterday morning making her first visit to auckland

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here a couple of others i’ve seen over the last few weeks

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there have been loads.  so here are a couple. 

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i liked the smoke from this one. very old school.

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live better electrically

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these stickers were on the door in a family holiday home we stayed at recently. 

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they pointed to a time when electricity was new

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and dentists enjoyed puns

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and when computer games were something you had to go to the arcades for

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these electricity stickers are particularly good and perhaps say more about the progress of electricity rollout in new zealand to rural areas at the time than anything else.  but still excellent vintage stuff

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who would have thought a door would be such a time capsule

pancake day

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ok, so we’re only 13 hours ahead of uk time here, but we thought we’d fast forwards a few weeks to pancake day.  jane’s parents have been staying with us for the last 4 weeks and are heading home tomorrow evening so it seemed like a good idea

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only one ended up on the floor.  i didn’t eat any (egg allergy) but did have a go at throwing !

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maxi

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shoe

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sufjan stevens

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we went to see sufjan stevens last week.  excellent trip in to space rock oblivion

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it was our daughter’s first proper concert too.  what a way to start a life of concert going

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you can listen to his latest album here

blueberries

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fresh from the best grower

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classic kiwi fruit signage.  paint then overpaint, then paint some more.  but make it big and bright.  good

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happy valentine’s day

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here are some shells in a heart shape on a local black sand beachto help you celebrate valentine’s day.  
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i didn’t arrange them like this.
someone else did.

the word on the street

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the streets of auckland are full of philosophical messages if you bother to stop and look.  i usually don’t.

true love starts right here

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(if i’d thought about this for more than 2 seconds i might have realised this would be better posted tomorrow rather than today !)