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Bay of Plenty Whanau

Racing pigeons

Racing Pigeons

I always imagine them to be racing pigeons doing their daily exercise. Their circuit passes us on Ocean Beach Road, Mount Maunganui. Between Omanu and Arataki. There may be 15 or 20 of them perhaps a few more. If I try and work out their lap times, invariably, they split up or alter their flight path. I don’t really have patience for it but did manage to set this up. So nine in a reasonably framed shot. OK. Not bad but I can do better. (I have been on about getting this image for about four years now I think).

Edited: 13:39 14/7/2008

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Bay of Plenty Whanau

Mauao

There were people everywhere. Dining outside on Ocean Beach Road down by the Mount. And heaps walking around or to the summit of Mauao – Mount Maunganui. More it seems, on a cool winter’s day, than in the height of summer. We concluded there were ‘lots’ on the mountain – a finely realised ‘statistic’ plucked randomly from the air and chucked about until we convinced ourselves of it’s veracity.

There is some resistance to this photo – I love it – another taken at the same time was preferred but I’m the editor and I win. Mother and Son – Marde and Oliver. The boys had walked to the summit and we around the lower track.

Edited: 23:12 14/7/2008

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Bay of Plenty

Adam Street

Adam Street. The Mount.

Edited: 15:30 14/7/2008

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Bay of Plenty

Caravan plots

At first glance they really did look like caravan graves.

Edited: 23:40 14/7/2008

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Bay of Plenty

Mount construction

Edited: 13:00 14/7/2008

Originally posted as /2008/07/13/1155/

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Web

Building for the future

An interesting thought.

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Bay of Plenty Whanau

Gin Rummy

Peter sighting his hand. A tradition of many years standing, Gin Rummy at the beach. In the countdown to the All Black Springbok match (No Sky). Peter recovered fully from the rugby loss to cook a wonderful meal of salmon, roast potatoes and whole green beans last night (Sunday) complimenting Phoebe’s Saturday evening roast. Yum.

Edited: 22:50 14/7/2008

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Housekeeping Web

I’ve run out of steam

There is more from today. I will post the rest tomorrow. Russell’s iPhone. Did I hear right the first purchaser was a plant? Duh! And then there is the lad who flew in from LA and promptly pulled his to bits. I can’t find the links but I assume if you care about this you will know where to look.

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Cambridge NZ

William Francis Buckland

In an opinion piece in this week’s Cambridge Edition Cambridge Chamber of Commerce invokes the legacy of two gentlemen who played formative roles in the establishment of our town. Our first New Zealand born mayor William Francis Buckland. You can study up on Mayor Buckland’s contribution to our town during his two terms as Cambridge mayor, at the beginning of the 20th Century, on the Cambridge Museum website. And of prime importance surveyor Charles Heaphy‘s (Bio) design for the town which gives enjoyment to residents and visitors to this day. Reflecting on the work of these two men among others, it is suggested, gives sustenance to those planning for the future. I agree.

Edited: 09:33 12/7/2008

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Cambridge NZ Le Quesnoy Fr

Pilgrim portraits

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( Si n’importe qui souhaite ajouter n’importe quoi à ce poteau svp sentez-vous libre pour m’envoyer.) – Bablefish translation :) ! ?

Edited: 00:42 13/7/2008

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Cambridge NZ Le Quesnoy Fr

Commemorative t-shirt

Archbishop of Cambrai, Archbishop François Garnier presents Reverend Andrew Hedge, Vicar of St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cambridge a t-shirt listing the names of 93 New Zealand soldiers who died during the liberation of Le Quesnoy in November 1918.

T-Shirt detail.

Edited: 09:41 12/7/2008

Many attending from the Archdiocese of Cambrai, the Diocese of Lille and the Diocese of Arras wore the t-shirt during the service at St Andrew’s and indeed earlier to mass at St Peter’s. T-shirts were presented to Father Bennett, Mayor Livingston, Deputy Mayor Lee and others.

Edited: 12:36 12/7/2008

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Cambridge NZ Le Quesnoy Fr

Le quesnoy et Cambridge

The Rev Andrew Hedge (left) Vicar of St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cambridge, New Zealand addressing visiting Youth Peace Day pilgrims today, Friday the 11th of July 2008.

Youth Peace Day pilgrims light candles at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cambridge, New Zealand, this afternoon, Friday the 11th of July 2008.

Edited: 09:48 12/7/2008

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Cambridge NZ Le Quesnoy Fr

Rev Andrew Hedge address

The address to Youth Peace Day pilgrims given by The Rev Andrew Hedge Vicar of St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cambridge, New Zealand today, Friday the 11th of July 2008.

A story is told of a New Zealander who once went on a pilgrimage to France, to visit the historic battlefields where our grandfathers and great grandfathers had fought. He was not alone in the pilgrimage as he was traveling with others in a group, as so often happens in pilgrimages. A part of the pilgrimage took them to a small village in France, to Le Quesnoy, and for this New Zealander, as well as countless other New Zealanders, to a particular part of Le Quesnoy. They gathered on the spot where the New Zealand soldiers, led by Lt Leslie Averill had scaled the walls of the town in the liberation of the villagers from the occupying troops.

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Cambridge NZ Le Quesnoy Fr

The Cambridge Le Quesnoy connection

Peter Lee, Deputy Mayor of Waipa District, explains the significance of the Le Quesnoy memorial window in St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cambridge, New Zealand, this morning, at the service to welcome World Youth Day pilgrims from France and America to celebrate the relationship between Cambridge and Le Quesnoy. [more]

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Cambridge NZ

St Peter’s Church Cambridge

French and North American pilgrims along with local parishioners celebrate communion, this morning, Friday the 11th of July 2008, at St Peter’s Church, Anzac Street, Cambridge. The travellers continue, this weekend, to take part in World Youth Day in Sydney from Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 July 2008 in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI. The New Zealand World Youth Day website is here.

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Cambridge NZ

Welcoming cleanup

Motty has been working about the Cambridge CBD for the past few weeks. His enthusiasm for his job, keeping central Cambridge spick and span, is obvious. When I had a chat this morning about publishing his photo he gave me a couple of quotes which sums up his attitude rather well I feel. And really you can’t go past that winning smile.

Keep it clean keep it green

Don’t be shy to say hi

Above: Motty photographed on Tuesday the 24th of June 2008 in Victoria Street, Cambridge.

Edited: 15:41 14/7/2008

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Cambridge NZ

Friday in Cambridge

The following posts are the result of a fascinating few hours, today, which resulted from a perfectly innocent enquiry of Monsignor David Bennett at St Peter’s first thing this morning. ‘When is the mass for the World Youth Day pilgrims being held?’ As I am recording happenings in and about Cambridge with some enthusiasm at the moment (not quite sure how long it will last) this seemed a great photo op. As you see it became something just a little more. Thanks especially to Father Bennett and Rev. Andrew Hedge from St Andrew’s and to everyone else who lent me a hand. There were plenty of cameras and the press was present. This is my take. Any omissions and inaccuracies are mine.

BTW I am listening to the Robert Plant Alison Krauss Raising Sand CD as I put these these posts together; perfect for the job. Oh, but first – Motty.

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Cambridge NZ

Where’s the iPhone?

So much for on the spot blogging. And I get breath tested twice – coming and going. Thursday night and there are police cars everywhere.

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Cambridge NZ Waipa District

What is Cambridge township?

I find the branding of Waipa problematical as it subverts the identity of our town. More so when that branding appropriates iconography clearly identifiable as Cambridge. Our Chamber of Commerce refers to Cambridge as a township. My current favourite is little big town which came, I think, from the visitor people. Confusion reigns.

Whether we like it or not Cambridge and Leamington combined, coupled with the escapees beyond the greenbelt, is fast approaching what in an earlier era would have been classed a city. We have a lovemark, the word Cambridge. All by itself.

Planning for the future in light of history, contemporary example, current sensitivities to climate, sustainability, transportation costs, even the advice of ‘experts’ etc etc is all good. But if we lose sight of what we are in a confusion of bureaucratic flagwaving and tourism speak we do ourselves a disservice.

State Highway One Hamilton Road Pukeroro at Racecourse and Hooker Roads on the border of two regional authorities Waikato and Waipa Districts at 8:11AM this Thursday the 10th of July 2008.

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Lake Karapiro Waikato River

Karapiro Hydro Dam spillway

Karapiro Hydro Dam spillway Friday the 10th of July 1998

Karapiro Hydro Dam spillway, yesterday, Wednesday the 9th of July 2008

Different winter conditions and lake storage levels ten years apart.

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Family Leamington NZ

My reading today

This, this and the resulting discussion along with this goldmine and something for the family archive my cousin Lena Kenny currently a student at Massey University (in the background of the accompanying photo). Lena, her sister Alice and Dad Gavin visited us briefly on Tuesday.

Alice Kenny & Lena Kenny Tuesday afternoon the 8th of July 2008.

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Cambridge NZ

Op shop

Retail design perfection courtesy of the Sallies, Duke Street, Cambridge.

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Photographers

Time and memory

Neat to hear Laurence Aberhart chatting with Kathryn Ryan just now.

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Leamington NZ Rave

The No 8 wire attitude

This does get on Dad’s wick, and mine. The number of folk who insist on inverting the meaning of the phrase a No 8 wire solution. Just in the past couple of weeks, in a letter to the editor of The Herald, a couple of learned blokes from somewhere down the line opined that we need to lose our No 8 Wire Attitude, confusing it I am sure, with another Kiwi favourite ‘She’ll Be Right‘.

To us the term means innovation and creativity. Finding a practical solution for an immediate need. Utilising scarce resources with lateral thinking. Above all it is about delivering a solution that works.

No 8 the soft, low tensile wire used for fencing New Zealand was still ubiquitous as I grew up. It took me a week to find this. As it happens it was under my nose just a few hundred metres from here. A No 8 wire solution of beautiful, minimalist simplicity.

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Family Leamington NZ

Alice reading

Screen capture 22:08 20 10 2008

Published: 16/12/2008

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Cambridge NZ Leamington NZ Waikato River

Weather and traffic

Final words on Nine To Noon this morning. A conversation between host Kathryn Ryan and guest, media commentator, Denis Welch. Trucks and media schenfreude.

Proud under her strenuous 24/7 365 workload our lovely 100 year old ‘high level bridge’ – the Victoria Bridge – at 8:15AM this morning, Tuesday the 8th of July 2008, coated in frost and cloaked with Waikato River mist. At both ends bridge guardians, men in Hi Viz, responsible for the day-to-day care and safe use of our toanga stand in the cold air and watch.

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Web

iPhonemania

Vodafone‘s iphone pricing plan pages have crashed.

HTTP Server Error 503 – the 8GB one anyway.

Update 11:40: Got through.

iPhone Specific Plans | iPhone 250 | iPhone 500 | iPhone 1GB
Cost per Month $80 $130 $250
Included Minutes 120 250 600
Included TXT 600 600 600
Included Data 250 MB 500 MB 1 GB
Additional Usage
Per minute $0.69 $0.55 $0.53
Per TXT $0.20 $0.20 $0.20
Per MB $0.10 $0.10 $0.03
iPhone with plan
8GB iPhone $549 $449 $199
16GB iPhone $699 $599 $349
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Housekeeping

Housekeeping

I am getting a significant number of 404 error reports from IE 6, 7 and 8 which, in my current headspace, I cannot resolve. Most*, if not all, are the result of ‘lightbox’ requests. I apologise, I will try and work out how to resolve this when I get a chance (which means it is not a high priority just at the moment). If you want to see my site error free employ Firefox – it doesn’t hurt a bit – and you will love it once you get to know it. There is a brief explanation of the lightbox function in the note at the bottom of this post.

* There are also approximately fifteen postings littered about the site which lack the correct connection to their image. The result of a stuff up I made some time ago. If you click on one of these it would be great if you could drop me a line – michael@michaeljeans.co.nz – and I will repair it.

This is my 401th posting.

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Cambridge NZ

Cambridge newspapers

Word about is that there are serous moves afoot to set up in competition to Fairfax‘s Cambridge Edition. There is some agreement around town that, in recent months, ‘The Edition’ has lost it. Too much soft news, much of it provided, and not enough of the real stuff a community needs to know about itself. And then there are those tabloid headlines. BTW yesterday’s Radio New Zealand National MediaWatch looked at moves within Fairfax [Podcast 26’08”] which will impact print news gathering across the board let alone in small markets, such as ours, which they currently dominate.

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Cambridge NZ Leamington NZ

Two seasons in one day

10:00AM Rotunda, Leamington Domain, Wordsworth Street, Leamington.

Cool and sunny.

02:53PM Rotunda, Cambridge Domain, Thornton Road, Cambridge.

Cold and wet.

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Leamington NZ

Tauhou

Zosterops lateralis – we call them Waxeyes. Known, also, as Silvereye, White-eye and Tauhou (stranger). A native, of recent times, having migrated from Australia in the 19th century in numbers sufficient to establish themselves as a common enough sight almost everywhere. By others: here and here.

Outside our dining room window this morning, Waxeyes, like so many tiny, feathered merrkats, feasting on bread put out for them (I think there were eight or ten but it is almost impossible to tell as they are constantly on the go nervously eating and on guard. I don’t think any of these images taken between 8:12 and 8:25 this morning, is sharp – I admit photographing wildlife is not really my thing).

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Leamington NZ

Frost on Shakespeare

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Cambridge NZ

Lytchgate St Andrew’s Cambridge

It is cold tonight – perhaps 4°C – but still. As is often the case, here in the central Waikato, we are sheltered from the worst excesses of the cold snap sweeping the country.

Above: The sodium lighting of SH1 Victoria Street, Cambridge casts the shadow of the lytchgate porch gable at the south eastern entrance to St Andrew’s Anglican Church this evening.

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Web

Right and wrong

Kim Hill‘s interview, this morning, with guest Alex Gibney is sublime (I do not think the audio link is permanent). I missed the other interviews, because I had to go out, but it seems they are here (for a time at least). Barack Obama’s move to the centre of American politics is unsettling some. An interesting article on the same subject. Arianna wades in. Obama on the politics of security. And Russell in usual thoughtful style. BTW Russell points to this.

Update 11:28: The Trons

Update 11:47: The security issue on Barack Obama’s own site

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Web

Grass art

I missed this. But then I am not a great tennis watcher. I am saving up for the Le Tour (which starts tomorrow) and The Olympics. My kinds of event.

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Leamington NZ

Leamington streetscape

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Cambridge NZ Web

Cambridge information

Looking for information about Cambridge? Two websites vie for your attention. This one which has been around for some time and this recent arrival, of i-site fame, which features in the photo above. Both appear to carry a goodly range of information for the traveller. Then of course you can’t go past Cambridge Museum‘s site for a more in depth perspective of our town and surrounding area.

Today was all about trucks and I went to the SH1 Queen Street, Victoria Street intersection looking for a convoy. I was a bit on the late side. There were plenty of trucks of all shapes and sizes but all seemed to be gainfully employed.

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Cambridge NZ

My boss has asked me to call you

The My Boss Has Asked Me To Call You telephone campaign is cold calling with all the personality of a recorded message. I was unfortunately caught at two different numbers today. I am now officially veteran of three of these calls. A friend with an unlisted number tells of a similar experience. When challenged the response was that publicly available lists were being used. We think not. Rather, we suspect, the callers are going through the 827 / 823 sequence without reference to a directory. Is this kosher? Further we wonder if the callers actually work for the local business or are agency recruits, more than possibly based outside of Cambridge, hired for the purpose. A fudge rather than a fib but tacky all the same.

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Cambridge NZ

Afternoon downpour

A moment of shared joy, at 2:45PM this afternoon, Thursday the 3rd of July 2008, as heavy rain sends water cascading from the shop varandahs in Cambridge’s Victoria Street. (For those unfamiliar with New Zealand shops, most have varandahs which extend over the entire pavement or side walk).

Note: I may not have mentioned the ‘lightbox’ function for viewing images. Click on an image and a dark transparent background appears with the full sized image appearing over it (If on dailup wait until the page is fully loaded before attempting this). If there are multiple images in a post, as there are here, you can move through the images using the tiny back and forward buttons at the bottom left. Even more fun is had by clicking on the small circular arrow beside them activating a slideshow loop. Enjoy.

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Web

Google sponsored links

Well, well my first conversation with an actual Google person. Random.

A telephone call from Google Australia – ‘we cover both Australia and New Zealand – offering sponsored links at 30 to 40 cents per click through’.

It was all a bit call centre-ish. I am thinking why. I ask where they picked up the address details – dumb question –  it is Google after all.

Google is an abstraction, a tool. That it has an Aussie accent is totally weird. Well it turns out, I discover, when the follow up email arrives, it is this crowd who I have never heard of.

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Web Whitehall NZ

Whitehall school

I’m looking for the site of the first school at Whitehall – Taotaoroa No 2. Opened in 1885, as a half time school, it was last used in early 1931 as a full time school renamed Whitehall. Google Maps Satellite has the western portion of Whitehall at good resolution while the eastern side remains poorly rendered.

There have been two school sites in Whitehall, two names and three buildings (well four actually). The school on the original site called Taotaoroa No 2 became Whitehall in 1916 during a chequered life that saw it closing and reopening, at times, during it’s nearly 50 year history. When the school moved to the present site near the Brunskill Road, Whitehall and French Pass Roads intersection, in 1931, a ‘second hand’ school building from Monavale was employed and joined at some point by a prefab (the two building school I went to). In 1975/6 the current school building was built. It has been subsequently added to. The ‘Monovale’ building has found a permanent home at Ag Heritage on the Fieldays site at Mystery Creek.

Note: This is my first attempt at embedding a Google map and setting up personalised ‘points of interest’. It seems to be working fine though it may need a little tweaking. I can’t say it will work properly in IE but it seems fine in Firefox.

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Whitehall NZ

Whitehall school 1973

The Whitehall School I went to (1956-1962) photographed in September 1973. The full set of photographs taken at the time – as yet unannotated – is here.

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Cambridge NZ Web

A good Telecom experience

I am pretty sure the modem (D-Link DSL-502T) is faulty. I ring Telecom 126 and am ushered into a call centre experience superior in tone, and helpfulness, to recent excruciating disasters. The auto voice drafting (with push button responses) is simple and to the point.

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Cambridge NZ

Cambridge railway

A railway line lay here between 1884 and 1999. The Cambridge branch line joined the network at Ruakura and terminated at Lake Street beside Lake Te Koutu. Passing through Matangi, Bruntwood and Hautapu it offered passenger services until 1946. The line terminates at Fonterra Hautapu now – a freight only service. The truck to the left travels the last few metres of SH1B which leaves SH1 at Taupiri and links back into SH1 at the St Andrew’s Church corner just over my left shoulder. The coming of the Waikato Expressway, the demise of this railway line – things to ponder as the price of oil rises and today, Tuesday the 1st of July 2008, many celebrate the return to public ownership of ‘KiwiRail‘ after a decade and a half in private ownership.

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Cambridge NZ

Pre ball photography

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Te Awamutu

Te Awamutu College ball 2008

The Lone Rangers drummer Max Ward, this evening Saturday the 28th of June 2008, Bledisloe Hall, Mystery Creek. Great renditions of Smoke On The Water, Rawhide & Ticket To Ride along with many many others. Excellent.

King and Queen, Princess and Prince of the ball at the 2008 Te Awamutu College Ball, Bledisloe Hall, Mystery Creek. Photo sales available at Photo Magic Studios 6/219 Alexandra Street, Te Awamutu.

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Cambridge NZ

Cambridge history

Cambridge history

Cambridge Court House has been home to the Cambridge Historical Society since 1984. Yesterday, Monday the 23th of June 2008, the society handed the care and administration of its collection, and Cambridge Museum, to the local authority: Waipa District Council. Established in 1956 the Cambridge Historical Society Inc. retains ownership of the collection.

Personal note: Cambridge Court House was built in 1909 by my Great Grandfather Fred Potts.

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Clap Clap

I like this and this especially.

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Cambridge New Zealand CBD

Masonic Hotel Duke Street Cambridge New Zealand

The Masonic Duke Street Cambridge New Zealand.

© Michael Jeans | +64 27 496 3802 | Cambridge New Zealand | michael@michaeljeans.co.nz

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Housekeeping

WordPress 2.5

In the 30 or so hours that WP 2.5 has been available I have installed six copies. All good until I discover that the gallery plugin is broken and have to wait overnight for it to be updated.

All is well now.. I think; I have yet to check everything.

In the meantime 50,000 copies of the software were downloaded.

(WordPress 2.5 has been downloaded: 46,370 10:20 30 March 2008)

(WordPress 2.5 has been downloaded: 96,915 13:43 31 March 2008)

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