The Eye of the Fish

Maximus
April 3, 2014

Toomath, Cheshire, Home of the Year, and Kiwi Dundee

What do Bill Toomath, Nat Cheshire, Pip Cheshire, Home of the Year, and Kiwi “Crocodile / Savage Sheep” Dundee have in common?

Well, not a lot – so this post is short.

In memory of Bill Toomath, the John Hiles film “Antonello and the Architect is playing TODAY at 4.00pm at the Paramount, all welcome, entry by donation to Mary Potter Hospice. Interesting – Bill is, as always, lovely to listen to.

Later that evening, at 6.00pm, Pip Cheshire, NZIA President-to-be and last year’s NZIA Gold Medal winner, will be talking at the School of Architecture. No idea what he is like to listen to – your chance to find out.

Last night, Campbell Live had an amusing wee article on the Home of the Year, which is actually two very compact and very black boxes somewhere in the North, which were designed by Nat Cheshire (son of the above) and they got trashed by a roving architectural critic – the local dick-head farmer who fancied himself as Crocodile Dundee, and doesn’t tackle crocodiles in the billabong with a machete, but instead just pootles about on his quadbike making less than erudite commentary about subjects on which he knows nothing… – but still helluva funny, as HOME editor Jeremy Hansen and Nat valiantly tried to restore their their tattered reputations…

That’s all for now. Yesterday’s post took inordinate amounts of time, so I need a cup of tea and a lie-down now…

starkive
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And just to add to the excitement. Screening tonight at 7.00 in the Film Archive:

“Four Houses from Four Decades (New Zealand Historic Places Trust, 2008, 28 minutes) will screen alongside a programme of footage from the Film Archive collection featuring Christchurch modernist buildings…
The programme features Peter Bevan discussing architecture from Mountford to Modernism, the Town Hall, the Dorset Street townhouse development, Peter Bevan’s Lyttelton Tunnel Building and the QEII park complex.”

A bit like trolley buses. You wait and wait for an architecture screening and then two come along at once…

Maximus
3 - 04 - 14

Oh no ! I’d love to do all of those – but much as I try, I can’t be in 3 places at once. I’m not Hermione.

Are you going to repeat it Starky?

starkive
3 - 04 - 14

Alas, no repeat for a while. The programme screened last night too. On the other hand you might be interested in Friday and Saturday’s offering:

“Reel Life Home and Garden” is a showcase of films celebrating New Zealand’s gardening heritage. Among other films, the programme features a hand-stencilled colour film by Pathé instructing gardeners in the art of dahlia growing; the picturesque “Gardens in the Square of Palmerston North” in 1913; John Cooper’s extraordinary topiary garden at Newmans (near Eketahuna) in 1931; a 1951 tour of Wairarapa’s stately homes and gardens, filmed by Nancy Cameron, including “Longwood”, “Plas Gwyn” and “Rathkeale”

Maximus
3 - 04 - 14

Just realised that – good grief, it just keeps coming today – there is also “The Art of the Architect” on tonight on TV One? Three? at 7.30 pm – at least you can watch that one again later, but its an important one Not to miss altogether – features local wonderboy done good Chris Kelly on THAT house in Oriental Bay. Been meaning for ages to write something about it – now even the bloody telly has bet me to it…