Christmas on the Western Front….

The following from The Times is a translation of a letter from a Belgian soldier: Christmas in the trenches just over 100 years ago.
‘It must have been sad do you say? Well I am not sorry to have spent it there and the recollection of it will ever be one of imperishable beauty. At midnight a baritone stood up and […]

Continue Reading 0

Kiwiboomer gem: A man and his cross…

Church Street in Auckland’s Onehunga barely deserves the name, for there’s only one gleaming spire along its commercialised stretch. Not much here among the trucks ands vans roaring past to remind anyone of Christ, or Christmas coming.
But there, on its uneven footpath one day last week, was an extraordinary sight. A Polynesian man slowly dragging a white wooden cross past […]

Continue Reading 0

Miscellany mid December

Dancing for the brain…!
Ever feel you’re losing the plot? Can’t remember where you put things – most notoriously your glasses? And do you forget the names of people you know from time to time? Then relax. It’s what one expert describes as just part of ageing. Phew! For the one baby boomers most dread when it comes to this part […]

Continue Reading 0

Jack the lad

Brian VinerI’ve always been a bit left wing, well perhaps a bit more than a bit, and it goes without saying I am not a very big respecter of authority. So it was something of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole when the Queen and the […]

Continue Reading 0

Songs of 50’s and 60’s Christmas – crossword

Here’s our crossword for Christmas:
Across:   3.  – – – – – – – – –  Dragnet by Stan Freberg
7.    – – – – – Christmas (the war is over) by John Lennon
8.    – – – – – – – Christmas by Snoopy and his friends
10.  – – – – – – Bells by The Singing Dogs
11.  – […]

Continue Reading 0


An A-Z of New Zealand traditions & Folklore by Gordon Ell
(Published by New Holland)

The King Country
Named for the political phenomenon of the Maori King movement.
In the late 1850s, several Maori tribes in the central North Island associated themselves under an elected king and parliament to oppose British settlers who wanted to buy their land. When British and colonial troops responded […]

Continue Reading 10