CENTENARY 100 Years of Education in the Taotaoroa Whitehall Karapiro Districts. 1885 — 1985

This is a digitized version of CENTENARY 100 Years of Education in the Taotaoroa Whitehall Karapiro Districts. 1885 — 1985 researched and complied by Phyllis Jeans, typed by Lesley Sewell and published in October 1985.

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Bright day deep shadows and a frost tonight

Collins Road, Melville, Hamilton

I took two photographs today; this is the better. We were talking in the week  – digital v film – how easy it is to get the runs with digital – image capture diarrhoea – too much too easily. I struggle always to be less precious in my image making. Everything here is intentional – the wonky horizon line, the mucking about with thirds, the perspective. That there is a water bottle sitting in the middle of it all – I have just noticed – simply underlines the bad working practise I more often than not indulge myself in – getting the acquisition / edit thing all back to front – less is more. See the image, make / take the photo, move on – it’s not that hard really. This is one of the most satisfying images I have taken in a long while. Time from seeing to taking about 90 seconds – I had to turn the car around! This is so Waikato – I obviously should get out more.

Collins Road construction site on the western edge of Hamilton city, New Zealand.

This is very funny.

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Cambridge New Zealand – WRCH2010 profile

Michael Blake Cambridge Chamber of Commerce

Cambridge Chamber of Commerce committee member Michael Blake speaks at this evening’s Business After 5 (ba5) at the Cambridge Club in Dick Street, Cambridge. Tonight the final divvy up of countries in the adopt a country promotion Cambridge businesses are undertaking in support of the World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro in October and November 2010. The result of a silent auction and final draw will see both teams and visitors welcomed to Cambridge and surrounding businesses with retail displays and activities.

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Leamington New Zealand – Band rotunda 100 years old ctd.

Leamington Domain band rotunda

Leamington Domain band rotunda

Two photographs taken 50 years apart – I’m guessing – the black and white would seem, by the clothing, to be WW1 time – well, during the early to mid nineteen tens anyway – and I think comes from a postcard. The colour slide is from around 1960 – from the dress and the hats. Both show the band rotunda in its original position – some 100 metres from the present site. Our POV, similar in both, has Scott Street behind us – looking almost directly east – the current netball courts would be off in the top right of each photo with the present Leamington Bowls building in front of the band rotunda where the tennis courts are in the older image and on the far edge of the bowling green in the 1960s photo.

Update 23/5/2010: Hold that thought – I have just been informed that I might be wrong about the date of the black and white photo – could be in the late 20s?? I shall do some more research.

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Cambridge Autumn Festival 2010 Michael Jeans Day gallery - in galleries by date Michael Jeans portraits
A gallery of favourite images A slideshow of photographs published here Michael Jeans Day gallery

This week I resorted to building an html table (css not an option) for a project. Having laboured with the absolute logic of said construction (simple when you know how) I just can’t seem to let it go – so here it is – the shortened version. The trick, of course, is using percentages not absolute values. This may have a use – I like it enough to consider it as a navigation tool here. Though some design subtlety wouldn’t go amiss.

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Cambridge New Zealand – St Peter’s School v Cambridge High

St Peter's School 1st XV v Cambridge High 1st VX

A large local event – with an excellent gala feel – televised live across the country. Just a pity the teams are so mismatched – the combined weight of the St Peter’s pack being considerably greater than that of ‘visitors’ Cambridge High. I was looking forward to photographing this but suffered battery failure – an experience so rare for me I don’t recall it having occurred before – on-the-job that is – I have invested in a backup.

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Safari browsing

Apologies to Safari users who’ve been unable to my view recent video embeds. I think I’ve solved the problem – though can’t work out why it should have been happening. Is it an address thing (michaeljeans.co.nz v http://www.michaeljeans.co.nz)?  I don’t think so –  any ideas? It is definitely an issue at the Vimeo server end – I have over ridden the embed at this / these domain(s) only with a global setting for the time being – beyond that I’m a bit lost.

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Cambridge New Zealand – Hanson Creative

Lee Hanson Hanson Creative

Lee Hanson speaking to guests Cambridge Chamber of Commerce at Hanson Creative in Albert Street, Carter’s Flat, Cambridge this morning. The Cambridge Chamber in common with others sponsor – through members – morning tea & after work networking & get-to-know-you gatherings on a regular basis. Today was attended by some 40-50 people. The subject du jour: social networking – deftly handled by Lee.

Published: 18/7/2010

Housekeeping 3/5/2010 – the missing sidebar

I’ve been reminded again, today, why some folk find navigating my site a bit of a mystery. This is what the site should look like – minimalist with two columns – with the wider left hand column holding the content – currently ten entries on the front or home page – the most recent at the top. (You can manually navigate back in time using the left hand column on its own with the older posts link at the bottom taking you to the ten next, most recent entries and so on.

Michael Jeans | michaeljeans.co.nz layout

The right hand and narrower column (also known as the sidebar) serves navigation in a variety of forms – the most useful being recent entries, a search functionsite map and search by month drop down along with links to useful and interesting places (IMHO) on this and other websites. So, to continue the story, I sat down at a machine this morning (XP / IE6) brought up my site only to find no sidebar – I can appreciate this is rather off putting if you are a first time visitor. My problem I guess – but I have only one answer – upgrade to the latest version of your browser – and there are other advantages – security for one. BTW the ten entries on my front page are there with the sidebar underneath – just scroll down – annoying,  but at least you know.

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