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There is a surreality about existence in a time of civil crisis. We lived through the Canterbury earthquakes, moving through a dream that was a nightmare, and the feelings were vivid but then so quickly forgotten. The events, so meaningful at the time, blurred together and, afterwards, I wished I had kept a coherent narrative of my state and how our world changed, that would have pinned down my thoughts at each point in time and explained them to my future self. So now, in the face of COVID-19, I am going to set myself the task of documenting my experience, and forcing myself to keep on track through putting it out there for others to see, if my thoughts are relevant or interesting to them. In the words of our Prime Minister…let’s do this…

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The lucky country

“The lucky country’ was the title of a book published in 1964 by Donald Horne, used there as a negative description of Australia. It has become an Australian nickname and is generally used favourably about the country, describing its natural resources, weather, distance from other global problems and other sorts of supposed prosperity. However, Horne’sContinue reading “The lucky country”

Living at Level 2

In general, people want to live at the highest level. In a building, the penthouse is the most desirable place to be. If there’s a slope with a view, people would like to be at the top for the best views. An exception to this is the city of La Paz, where people want toContinue reading “Living at Level 2”

Leading horses to water

Level 2 arrived and I finally got my drink of water. On Thursday we had lunch with our friends Cleone and Peter at their house in Queenstown. And on Friday night, so exciting, we spent the night away from home! We got to have dinner and breakfast with our friends John and Diana and NinaContinue reading “Leading horses to water”

Bungy jumps and pogo sticks

The feeling in the air following the government’s May 11th announcement of New Zealand’s move to Alert Level 2, has made me think of springs and release of energy. In the 1970s I badly wanted a pogo stick, like many of my generation. George Herrington of Wichita, Kansas, patented the pogo stick concept in 1891.Continue reading “Bungy jumps and pogo sticks”

The price is wrong

Our bubble, like the rest of New Zealand, is champing at the bit (and chomping at each other) in the face of the promises of Alert Level 2. On Thursday the Prime Minister announced the conditions of Level 2, with a resonating proviso at the end of her message saying that we might not achieveContinue reading “The price is wrong”

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