The Eye of the Fish

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New Wellington housing

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Good news today – at least I think its good news. WCC is to build 750 more houses, in order to help relieve the incredibly tight housing market we have here. It’s got ALL the buzz words we want to hear: New, Affordable, Social, Warm, Dry, Housing, funded from a ring-fenced fund which won’t cost […]

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Summer!

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It’s back ! I thought it had gone away for good. But yesterday, and today… just wonderful summer daze. What a pity we are all back inside. This guy, on the other hand, knows how to enjoy summer. Respect! The classy thing here, of course, is the diving platform. When faced with people diving into […]

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State House

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A venture up to Auckland to see the sights – and there as this one sight that is on a reasonably nice site. It’s a state house Jim, but not as we know it. Nat Cheshire has written about it already, in his usually pained way, over here (God, he’s tedious – what a prat), […]

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1877

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Seeing as we seem to be at a bit of a turning point in history (far easier to see in hindsight than at the time, but either way : there’s some pretty weird things happening on the political front world wide at present), then I thought I would have a look at where we stand. […]

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Slums and the spreading Plague

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Slum. It’s a dirty word round here, isn’t it? Would you like it better if I called it something else? Barrio? Favela? Informal settlement? One thing is for sure: that the word slum gets bandied around a lot when well-meaning people decry proposed projects for housing poor people en masse, and yet these aren’t really […]

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Wall

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M.A.M.O.N. – Latinos VS. Donald Trump / Ale Damiani from Taxi Films on Vimeo. A lovely little highly topical film… And this: An engineer explains why the wall won’t work…. “No. Donald Trump is not a builder. Donald Trump could not build a doghouse. Donald Trump is a developer who pays what he would call […]

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A piece of Cake

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Talking about integrity as a President brings up another issue – integrity of Design and acknowledgement of ownership. The new President’s team commissioned a cake that was EXACTLY the same appearance as one made for Obama 4 years earlier. No acknowledgement to the original baker, or icer, or cake designer, and not just similar, but […]

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One Year hurry up for Cuba Street

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Its taken over 5 years since the first Canterbury quake for some actual real action to be taken on strengthening, and not before time. Now that the laws allow for this to happen, the Council has stepped in and said: Strengthen those weak and easily remedied bits first. Don’t sweat the big stuff right now […]

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Drumplestiltskin Tower

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Like, I suspect, most of you reading this, I am a mixture of appalled and very glad – appalled that the Americans elected a complete narcissistic dickhead to the position of the President, and very glad that I am over here in a land very far away from him and his hired bunch of expensive […]