The Keys and Obamas

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo during a reception at the Metropolitan Museum in New York with T.R.H. John Key, M.P. Prime Minister of New Zealand and his wife Mrs. Bronagh Key, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Eisenstaedt & Hemingway

In 1952, LIFE sent legendary photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt to Cuba to shoot author Ernest Hemingway. The magazine needed photos to run alongside a new novella that would run in LIFE before it was published in book format. That book was “The Old Man and the Sea,” and the issue of LIFE where it was first printed went on to sell 5.3 million copies in two days.

Life Magazine

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Bianca Duimel @ NZIPP Iris Awards

Congratulations, Bianca, on your silver and bronze at the Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards 2009.

Other websites, built on the WordPress blogging platform & hosted by WordPress.COM, I’ve a hand in building, managing, mentoring and supporting. Currently; jury.co.nz (technical and html support), karapiro.school.nz (technical support), kwtjubilee.co.nz (managing – webface of a larger project to collect, collate and archive, electronically, as much historical and contemporary material we can for publication on DVD at the Karapiro, Whitehall, Taotaoroa and Karapiro Hydro Schools 125th Jubilee on the 24 – 26 September 2010 – with help from lots of other folk), runningfurs.com (my bookmarks – Ctrl+c, Ctrl+v blogging) and whitehall.co.nz (my return to WordPress.ORG  after a year away).

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The Leamington shops

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Celebrating our flash new Leamington CBD / village / shops / main street – Shakespeare Street – with photographs, is a tad underwhelming – you really have to be here / there. And you can when the ‘opening do’ happens on Friday the 2nd of October 2009 (I think I have this right). I see Waipa District Council refers to our shops as Leamington Village – that’s with a big V not Leamington village little v – which might be preferable and ever so slightly more accurate. Using the term village does not annoy me as much as some mis namings but anyone enticed to visit Leamington based on the name is going to be rather disappointed. Not that we don’t have a handful of excellent specialty shops – we do – but a village it ain’t. In marketing terms it sounds twee and distracting for the traveller looking for an authentic Cambridge Leamington experience. Leamington Shops is good it’s what most of us call ‘it’ and local knowledge and convention must count for something. Leamington Cambridge history is unique and worthy of mining for a more suitable description – if indeed one is deemed necessary.

Attention Children of All Ages in Leamington – there is going to be a Treasure Hunt in Leamington with prizes as part of the celebration to mark the completion of the upgrade to Shakespeare Street.

On Friday 2nd October at 4.30pm (update 5PM) the Mayor will “open” the road to start the Vintage Car Drive By, which will be followed by the Mayor unveiling a plaque to commemorate the upgrade. There will be music, face painting, balloons, stalls and a sausage sizzle – all to thank the Leamington Community for their support during the upgrade.

Treasure Hunt forms will be available from Leamington Pharmacy from Saturday 26th September and entries close at 5.00pm on Thursday 1st October. The winners will be announced during the event to which everyone, especially the folk in Leamington, is welcome.

Updated: 15th of September 2009
Updated again: 28th of September 2009

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e-DAY 2009 being there

It was raining heavily when I arrived at Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 29 Bryant Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton to dispose of the old computer gear. All superbly organised and executed if a little somber – I was in and out in five minutes. Admittedly, after nearly five hours – the time stamp on this file says 13:44 – the excitement of recycling may have begun to pall somewhat – and yes it was raining. Cheers to the lovely lady directing traffic at the turn and singing in the rain. My gripe remains – the pre event publicity slipped through my net and I had been looking out for it – compounded by Waipa District plumping for the previous weekend – why? Others, variously wired, spoken to subsequently were unaware of the event. I guess I should have signed up at http://www.eday.org.nz/about-eday/sign-up-for-eday-updates.html. BTW this was my third eDay.

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P.N.A.T. 2

Credit: Yes
FaceBook: I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist!
Website: photographernotaterrorist.org
Event: Canary Wharf Flashmob

Two police officers are under investigation after using anti-terror stop-and-search powers against a man and two young children in a south London street.

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Aileen Grant

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This video of Aileen’s funeral service held on Wednesday the 2nd of September 2009 at St Stephens Anglican Church, Tamahere, Hamilton, New Zealand is password protected. If you have not been provided with the password kindly contact Celia.

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The Obama presidency and health care

Andrew Sullivan

A masterful speech, somehow a blend of governance and also campaigning. But above all, it is a reprise of the core reason for his candidacy and presidency: to get past the abstractions of ideology and the easy scorn of the cable circus and the cynicism that has thereby infected this country’s ability to tackle pressing problems. This was why he was elected, and we should not be swayed by the old Washington and the old ideologies and the old politics. He stands at the center urging a small shift to more government because the times demand it.

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Future Proof Waikato?

Future Proof outlines how the Hamilton, Waikato and Waipa region will develop moving forward.

Well, I hope they know. At first I thought it a joke. More here. They must be serious – pity they didn’t spend more time writing proper.

What is the vision?

Update 20:55 9/09/2009: Seems I’m a little late on the uptake; this from Mairi Jay in April this year.