Christchurch Boys’ High School Maadi Cup Squad

Christchurch Boys’ High School Maadi Cup Squad comes to visit Hot Shots To Go the photographers in Duke Street, Cambridge this afternoon Tuesday the 31st of March 2009. Hot Shots To Go owner Dianna Spitalny (centre) has adopted the school for Maadi week 2009. edited 4/3/2015

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Vote For Your Fav Adopt A School poster

Cambridge Chamber of Commerce initiative Adopt A School for Maadi week has been a very welcome marketing success for our town. I am not quite sure of the numbers but many if not most of the schools competing at Karapiro this week are featured in an excellent abundance of window displays and instalations around and about. Cambridge CDB has quite a festive air about it. Great.

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Karapiro hydo dam

Lake Karapiro, moments before the first race of the 2009 New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Championships this morning Monday the 30th of March 2009, from the roadway on top of Karapiro dam looking south toward the finish of the 2000 metre rowing course (obscured by the small Toi tio covered headland and Karapiro Ski Club). The small dots, beyond the weed boom, are rowing crews heading out from the boat park pontoons to race. From this POV crews travel down (south) the left hand (eastern) side of the lake and race back close to the western shore to the finish line, just beyond the headland, in roughly a NNE direction. The eastern slopes of Maungatautari rise beyond the course to the right.

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Maadi Cup Tweets

Curley27, Motorbikegirl, _Bonjour_deprivedonlykid

Favourite :)

Stroke: sits at the front and looks pretty Bow: has an amazing talent for finding floating trees, banks, other boats, etc

I did a search interested to see what the take up of Twitter is among this cohort of people; um – not great. Maadi the place in Egypt is mentioned numerous times – most probably by an age group a decade or half a decade older. Then I am only using the one word search; ‘Maadi’. Could also be that phone to phone texting is so ubiquitous here that Twittering is of little interest. That and it’s public nature and ease of use or not.

Now I have found: Twitter Alerts. Well a Twitter alert service called TweetBeeps.

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James Hargest High U17/U18 quad crew

James Hargest College U17/U18 quad crew (I trust I got this right guys) outside Hot Shots To Go in Duke Street Cambridge this morning. Of interest our poster featuring among others Nathan Cohen on the podium at Karapiro with Rob Waddell and Mahé Drysdale at the 2008 NZ Rowing Championships February last year. I guess then that one of these guys is Hayden Cohen.

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Maadi Cup colours

Window displays Cambridge New Zealand CBD this morning Saturday the 28th of March 2009. 2009 Maadi Cup RegattaNew Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Championships – begins at Lake Karapiro, Waipa, Waikato, New Zealand on Monday the 30th of March 2009.


Hamilton’s Fraser High School | Waynes Lucky Lotto, 66 Victoria Street.

James Hargest College & Pukekohe High School | Health 2000, 70A Victoria Street.

Baradene College | Wrights Bookshop, 54 Victoria Street.

St Andrew’s College | Wrights Bookshop, 54 Victoria Street.

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New Zealanders at Maadi Camp

Fernleaf Cairo: New Zealanders at Maadi Camp: By Alex Hedley with Megan Hutchin. WIndow display Wrights Bookshop 54 Victoria Street Cambridge 3434 this morning Saturday the 28th of March 2009.

Launch Tuesday the 7th of April 2009 at Hedleys Booksellers 150 Queen St Masterton New Zealand. www.harpercollins.co.nz

Egypt was a source of boundless amazement, sly humour and some disgust to the New Zealanders, an experience which left its mark, both on our language — ‘taking a shufti’ — and more tangibly, the Maadi Rowing Cup. more

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Blog update

Not that much to show. An upgrade of GetSocial software to include a Twitter button which will be used muchly in the coming week. Signed up or ‘claimed this blog’ at Technorati using OpenID which – if I had read the not so fine print – I am signed to as part of WordPress.com.

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If this all sounds like so much geekery. There is method here – taking my blog entries and pushing them into places where they will be seen by more – hopefully pulling more visitors back to MichaelJeans.co.nz. I have been doing this with selected posts to FaceBook and Twitter for a couple of months. The GetSocial tool at the bottom of each post makes this easy. For the coming week I will be using StumbleUpon and Delicious as well.

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Google Alerts trojan alert

I use Google Alerts to harvest references to Cambridge and Leamington – the Waikato New Zealand versions. I am looking for websites and blogs actively mentioning these names. Fine – it seems to work – well, sort of. Perhaps it is just the names I have chosen – returns appear quite random – websites and blogs about the Cambridge area in the central Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island appear fairly static – either that or people rarely refer to their location when writing. Perhaps Google Alerts is not all it is cracked up to be. Last night this arrived.

Google Blogs Alert for: “Cambridge NZ” 

kansas city ks school district cornelia connelly high school school half terms 2006 richland school district shafter high musical school reddam house school south africa bju press homeschool st peters school cambridge.

24 March 2009 20:17

This Alert contained a link, or links, to the JS.Downloader trojan [Threat Containment: Easy, Removal: Easy – according to Symantec.com]. The problem is not Google Alerts but it is Google Alerts that delivered it to my inbox. The Alert is a list of schools holding school musicals. The list will have started out life as a legitimate human generated one – but has been hi-jacked – morphed into robo bulletin boards and blogs– then picked up by Google Alerts. The experience was scary and the first major security ‘breach’ I have experienced.

Maybe Twitter is better. And

Update: This conversation; similar but different. Be careful.

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SUB Series Cambridge

The colourful drafting lanes on the greenbelt Lamb Street Leamington moments before the despatch, by Sarah Ulmer, of the 58km cycle road race which takes riders from Leamington through the districts of Pukekura, Rotoorangi, Puahue, Parawera and Monovale and back to the start finish here at Leamington.

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Cambridge NZ supports rowing?

This poster has graced the Duke Street window of photographers Hot Shots To Go for the past month. It celebrates the involvement of Cambridge photographers (six – at least – by our count) in the annual rowing regattas on Lake Karapiro over the past two decades and more. An involvement which, in our memory, goes back to the mid 1980’s. The poster and accompanying window display – which includes film from the 1978 World Rowing Championships – has elicited much interest from visitors and locals, rowers and not. With the staging of the 2009 Maadi Cup at Karapiro in a few days time – the last regatta before the serious work of the Karapiro Lake Domain makeover for the 2010 World Rowing Championships begins – Cambridge shopkeepers are being asked to adopt a school for the duration of the regatta – hopefully reflected in supportive window displays. One hopes this is a success – comments about our poster suggest many find it odd that one of the largest sporting events in Australasia often appears all but ignored, in Cambridge CBD, less than 12 minutes & 9 kilometres away from the much celebrated action.

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