Richard O’Brien and Riff Raff 29 November 2011

Richard O'Brien and Riff Raff 29 November 2011

This is a pleasant surprise. Richard O’Brien Rocky Horror Show creator at the Riff Raff statue, erected in his honour in Hamilton CBD, today, Tuesday the 29th of November 2011. Richard is attending a photo op to announce his New Zealand citizenship (to be acknowledged formally in December)  and to publicise a one off 70th birthday celebration concert at Founders Theatre It’s Party Time with Richard O’Brien on the 17th of March 2012  in support of Starship Foundation. Cool.

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Hamilton New Zealand CBD November 2011

Carparking availability sign Victoria Street Hamilton

From Leamington to Kaipaki, Mystery Creek (Mellow Road is closed – for resurfacing it would appear) to Rukuhia and across the Waikato River at Narrows Bridge into Tamahere and a coffee at Punnett Cafe, on Newell Road, right in the middle of the strawberry harvest. Into the southern end of Victoria Street Hamilton (after the morning rush) and a free 120 minute parking space! Trees at the Meteor (you may like to change the URL of your landing page) is not on until the 13th of December – (note to self: do your research).

The old pool appears operational though closed for swimming this Tuesday morning – love the blue. The Hamilton Club on Grantham Street is a busy archaeological dig with the old building sitting at the southern end of the site awaiting repositioning (I think this is called The Grantham Project). Garden Place and the Christmas Tree under construction – Garden Place even after a recent serious makeover looks bereft – a little lacking. As I have been saying, over the past couple of years, Hamilton CBD is a strange land to me – a place I visited daily until late 2003 – it is far prettier than it used to be but seems far sparcer of people.

North along Victoria and London where I say hi to Murray and Tony at London Street Cafe (I think). Mainly Chairs in Barton Street where I overhear a snippet of most glorious Walter Mitty proportions (from a customer).

Back through Centreplace to Artifice in Collingwood Street – cute – a bit retro twee but cool decorative art all the same – multi media as well.

Then an in the right place and at the right time moment I am introduced to Richard O’Brien by Mark Servian at Riff Raff Statue.

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Leamington Square | Leamington Domain

Cambridge-Rotorua Live Steamers Inc; After the rigorous planning – the celebration; turning the first sod for the new track. From the left Dennis Collins and Romoana Collins Cambridge-Rotorua Live Steamers and Alan Livingston Waipa Mayor. We are beside the band rotunda Leamington Domain Wordsworth Street, Leamington, New Zealand today Wednesday, the 23rd of November 2011. The track will be built early next year. All this hard work is set to deliver something rather special and unique – watch this space.

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Peter Lee Cambridge New Zealand

Peter Lee 29/09/2010

Photo: Victoria Street / Victoria Bridge 29 October 2010

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LEE, Peter. On November 21 2011 peacefully after losing the battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family, at his home in Cambridge. Aged 60 years. Darling husband of Judi, much loved father and father in law of Michael and Tracey, Natasha and Philip, Rebecca, and Robert and Anja; beloved Poppa of Isabella Rose, Ryder, Pepa, Max, and Milan. A huge loss to us all, dearly loved by all his family, many friends, and the community. Rest in Peace Pete. Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Peter’s Catholic Church, Cambridge on Friday November 25 2011 at 7.00pm. All welcome. A service to celebrate Peter’s life will be held at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cambridge on Saturday at 10.00am to be followed by private cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army (for homecare) would be appreciated and may be left in the donation box which will be provided at both services. Taupo Funeral Services Ltd FDANZ

Published in The New Zealand Herald on 23 November 2011

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AA Rewards no more – how annoying!

I go to use my AA Card when buying petrol at BP and discover AA Rewards no longer exist. AA Rewards (which was simple to understand) has been replaced by AA Smartfuel (which is incomprehensible – to my way of doing things). What has been an enjoyable squirrelling away of points (since 1989) to pay my annual AA membership has been whisked away without so much as a by your leave. Sure I got the glossy AA Smartfuel guff and the new bright yellow membership card in the mail but it didn’t sink in.

OK here we go; AA issued a press release on 11 October 2011. Stink.

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Ukulele Heaven: BMSB & The Nukes Cambridge NZ

To call BMSB a covers band is a travesty but it is what the Big Muffin Serious Band does. Their witty interpretations of tunes familiar, and not so, is what makes for their endearing charm and enduring popularity. And they do it so well – after 30 years – better than ever in fact. The ‘short version’ of Freddie Mercury’s Bohemian Rhapsody is new, joining the wonderfully fraught ‘Hotel California’ which is everything The Eagles left out of the original. Familiar songs from The Wombles, The Beach Boys and the Al Hoffman songbook. Yes, this and their ridiculous version of JJ Cale’s ‘Cocaine’ sung in third form French and featuring that glorious Jim Fulton lead uke break we all love, fuzz box and all. All musical fun, wrapped in Graeme Cairns slapstick humour with topical V8s and velodrome jokes. Our fellow Waipa Districteers; the Muffins hail from Te Pahu, wowed the 100 strong Town Hall audience. Locals of course.

By contrast The Nukes, our visitors and the headline act, sing their own songs, and aren’t they great. Three singer songwriters (David Parker (Rhythm Cage, The Parker Project), Ben Collier (Goldenhorse, The Magnets) and David Thiele) together produce music like that of Dave Dobbin, Don McGlashan and Peter Cape before them that ‘sings’ about us; bold and beautiful, subtle and warm and at times just a little bit silly. From the sing songy Peas and Carrots to the sublimely beautiful Feels Like Home and the ‘Cape Reinga song’. These songs sound like home to me; yours and mine. Stunning stuff! and the humour, self-effacing and very kiwi, in that fine tradition of ukukele performance art.

Heaps of fun. All power to more of this, please!

What: Ukelelefest’ 11: The Nukes with the Big Muffin Serious Band Where: Cambridge Town Hall When: Wednesdsay 9th of November 2011. Ukelelefest’ 11 was bought to Cambridge by Te Awamutu arts and performance stalwarts Backstage Pass (Dean and Robyn Taylor) as we all spring into Waipa.

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