The Eye of the Fish

Leviathan
December 7, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

Every year, it gets to around this time, and I think: that’s it, it’s all over for me. No more Eye of the Fish – no more writing, no more blogging, no more to say. Maybe that is the true “Christmas spirit” down under – no more work, just relax by the beach.

I’m packing it in, early this year – have got a few more important things to do, as have you – you need to go and buy presents for your loved ones, to forage for fruit and nuts, to thing of presents for great aunt Murtle, or find gee-haws and knick-knacks for tiny little Jimbo. Names may change – circumstances may vary – but you know what I mean.
Fountain-of-youth
This blog has been going since 2008, till the end of 2018, so a decent decade of our lives. Wasted? Or put to good use? I’m really not sure. We’re still getting 1500 views a month – apparently – although there is just a regular small band of commenters that I would like to thank, personally, and profusely. Starkive for one – much valued contributor from the wild provinces. Greenwelly for another, although unlike Starkive, I’ve never knowingly met greenwelly in person. Your comments are always welcome. 60mPa – my hard-arse concrete-pouring commenter, with whom I would still like to have a beer one day, and talk about buildings. Alan, who normally tells me where to stick my opinions – thank you for your brutal honesty. To m-d who is a frequent and friendly commenter, and quite one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in real life. Many more, but especially to Stuart Gardyne, who is the only architect I’ve ever met who openly comments on this blog from time to time, and seems wholly without malice. Thanks Stuart. I think you got that Gold Medal for friendliness as well as quality architecture.

To other lurkers, who read but never comment: at the Wellington City Council, but also the architects: the crew at ArcHaus, at Studio Pacific, at WAM and at the NZIA, and at a dozen other architectural practices around town. I’m disappointed that you can read but cannot bring yourself to write – your inactivity bores me. Contrast that with Councillor Andy Foster, one of the few people that corresponds openly, frequently, and fully transparently, discussing things that we raise, signing his own name and taking responsibility for his own actions. Total respect for that. Thanks Andy. I think he knows who I am, but maybe not. Maybe it just doesn’t matter who I am, or who Maximus was, or where Minimus went to, or whatever happened to Philip Belesky, or who any of us are, the important thing is that this is a venue for discussion about architecture – why is that so hard for some people to join in? Do you really want a dialogue just existing on Twitter? The home of the banal and the inane? Of banana republics and the insane?

I may be back. I dunno. I may not. I just need a break. But in the mean time, cast your eyes across this Fountain of Youth – a still life, with ONZO. Who says that youth is wasted on the young? These two have got it absolutely right: basking in the sun, not a care in the world. A bike teetering on the edge of the sea – a life teetering on the edge of something new. A beautiful moment of time, captured on a lovely Wellington day.
Wellington-on-a-good-day

60 MPa
9 - 12 - 18

Happy Christmas Leviathan

Levi
9 - 12 - 18

Thanks 60 mPa – and to you too.

starkive
10 - 12 - 18

Hey Levi.

You ought to be proud, bringing us another year of the dialogue that Wellington needs to keep having with itself, to fight off the amnesia (and even dementia) bedevilling public life. Thank you for building the platform, if only to give the lurkers a place to go.

Oh, and thanks for all the fish!

Stuart Macandrew
10 - 12 - 18

Wow… love that photograph.

Levi
10 - 12 - 18

Starkive – and thank YOU too, especially for the Douglas Adams reference….

Stuart – glad you enjoy it – a very dreamy moment. Lazy sunny afternoons, falling in love. Takes me back….. Bicycle teetering on the brink….

m-d
10 - 12 - 18

Bah humbug, you’ll be back, sunburned flippers, peeling scales and all… I’ll make sure of it: Wellington would be a poorer place without the fish.

Also, thanks for the kind words. I’ll try to live up to them as my NY resolutions…

Seamonkey Madness
10 - 12 - 18

Thanks for flapping your flippers across the keyboard every now & then Levi.\
Have a safe break and hope to read more in 2019, once you’re reinvigorated.

Andy Foster
10 - 12 - 18

Thank you from me too Levi – and thank you for your kind words.
Eye of the Fish is always full of quality thinking and contributions and about things that matter. It would be great if more people joined the korero. Thing is as traditional media struggle more and more to get cut through then quality sites become ever so much more important as a source of information. our city would be the poorer without it.
To you and all the readers of the Fish – Have a fantastic, safe, relaxing and recharging Christmas and New Year.
Now back to all those questions about convention centres, and reading about Green Belts, Urban Growth Plans, EVs, Town Centre redevelopments and risk !
Very best wishes

Andy Foster
City Councillor

Nick Cooper
11 - 12 - 18

Thanks very much for setting up the interesting architectural (or not) debates. Have a good restful holiday. Please come back in 2019. We need you. There will be so much more to comment on Did the Onzo bike fall off the edge?

Leviathan
11 - 12 - 18

Thanks Nick. Nice to have your comment here.

Actually, that blissful scene only lasted a few moments longer. A big nasty man came along and yelled at the young couple, telling them to move the bike – although, I don’t actually think they had put it there. Sort of spoiled the mood a bit. But the bike was saved from the cruel sea….. but love? Did love survive?

m-d
13 - 12 - 18

Here’s me thinking the Onzo washed up out of the sea ready to be ridden away… I thought that was how they were born!?

Isabella
13 - 12 - 18

I take my hat off to you Levi. This blogging business is hard yakka and to keep it up for a decade without funding nor team is quite remarkable. If you do hang up your flippers (?!) please know you’ve made a huge contribution. It’s not just this tribe who comment, nor even the small tribe of regular lurking readers, it’s also the people we talk with and to whom we spread the ideas we’ve absorbed on EOTF.

Enjoy a thoroughly well-earned break.

Betterbee
13 - 12 - 18

All the positive comments above seconded – and please continue in the new year!

Philip Orde
13 - 12 - 18

Enjoy your blog. Thanks for keeping us alert to the good and the not so good.
Here’s to more pithy, pertinent and provocative commentary after the mince pies have run out.

Leviathan
17 - 12 - 18

Thanks Philip Orde (another rare architect – woohoo!), thanks also to Betterbee, Isabella, and of course, m-d.

Isabella – must be some hat, to encompass all that hair ! Quite nice by the beach over the last few days…