Dreaming In Africa

Tish Farrell

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Long ago when we lived in Africa and far away on Manda Strait in the Lamu Archipelago, Captain Lali dreams. It is late afternoon, the day after Christmas Day, and we have been sailing in Mzee Lali’s small dhow, out exploring the reef and catching a fish or two for a seaboard lunch that will be cooked on a little jiko stove, and served with freshly chopped coleslaw. Even wide awake it seemed like a dream to us.

I’ve posted this photo several times before, as some of you will know. The way time is speeding up, it’s rapidly assuming vintage status. So here’s an ancient Swahili tale to go with it, also one I prepared earlier:

There came a time when Sendibada signed on with a strange sea captain. The next day, as dawn was breaking, the ship cast off, a strong breeze filling the lateen sails, and bearing…

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Out Of The Archive: A Favourite Piece Of Historical Sleuthing

Tish Farrell

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The family who lived in the Palais de Masena

Believe me, the family gathering depicted in these two murals has more tales to tell than most. They could be the very depiction of Tolstoy’s famous opening to the tragic novel Anna Karenina: (And I paraphrase) all happy families look alike, but the unhappy ones are unhappy in their own inimitable way.

The original post Nice Family? En famille at the Massena Palace continues HERE

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So what spurred me to discover more about these set-piece murals wherein members of an elite Nice family gaze at one another across a palace staircase? Silly question really. It was the mysteries that cropped up – once I paid them closer attention.

For instance why has the blue-bloused woman of the second mural adopted such a vulgarly aggressive stance when the keys hanging from her waist suggest she is mistress of the house, the chatelaine? And who is the droopy waif leaning…

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Biking from Waimakariri to Christchurch…

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Take an animated flyover of the Christchurch Northern Corridor motorway project (below).

North Canterbury commuters tired of drivingto work in the city may soon be able to ditch their cars in favour of a bike.

The Waimakariri District Council is seeking feedback on a proposed new cycle route, which would provide a safe and easy way for people to bike to and from Christchurch.

The plan is to investigate linking the Passchendaele Memorial Path through Kaiapoi and on to theplanned offroadcycleway, being built by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) as part of the Christchurch Northern Corridor project.

An artist concept of the finished Waimakariri Bridge upgrade, which is part of the Christchurch Northern Corridor. The upgrade will add a lane to the inside of each of the bridges, as well as a clip-on bike lane.
NZTA/SUPPLIEDAn artist concept of the finished Waimakariri Bridge upgrade, which is part of the Christchurch Northern Corridor. The upgrade will add a lane to the inside of each of the bridges, as well as a clip-on bike lane.

A separateclip-on cycle lane is planned for the eastern side of the…

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Peter Ellis asks Supreme Court to hear his appeal over Civic Creche child sex case

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Ellis is claimed to be innocent by many people in Christchurch.

Peter Ellis, pictured in 2003, has continued to look for ways to clear his name and over the years his cause has attracted many supporters. (File photo)
KIRK HARGREAVES/STUFFPeter Ellis, pictured in 2003, has continued to look for ways to clear his name and over the years his cause has attracted many supporters. (File photo)

One of New Zealand’s most debated criminal cases, Peter Ellis’ convictions for sex offences against children at the Christchurch Civic Creche, is back before the courts.

Ellis has filed an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal decision on his case delivered nearly 20 years ago, in October 1999.

The case involved sometimes bizarre allegations that first emerged in 1991 and saw several of the Christchurch Civic Creche workers charged, although only Ellis was convicted.

Peter Ellis, pictured in 1993, was described as an enthusiastic and outgoing staff member at the creche. (File photo)
SUPPLIEDPeter Ellis, pictured in 1993, was described as an enthusiastic and outgoing staff member at the creche. (File photo)

Ellis, now 61, was sentenced to 10 years in jail…

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HAWAII DECRIMINALIZES MARIJUANA POSSESSION, EXPUNGES SOME CRIMINAL RECORDS