Tag Archives: New Zealand

What’s In A Name

The longest place name in Europe, and the second longest in the world, is  Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch . The town is located on the picturesque island of Anglesey in Wales. Its extravagent place name means Parish of Saint Mary in the Valley of the … Continue reading

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bureaucrats who have no imagination

I am a big fan of New Zealand and of its most resilient city Christchurch. However, I was disappointed to learn this week that the Christchurch city council has eliminated the job of official Wizard and axed the legendary Ian … Continue reading

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Song of the Open Road

Feeling wistful and nostalgic these days for the open road. What better poet to capture the way of the road than Walt Whitman. Song of the Open Road, 4 The earth expanding right hand and left hand, The picture alive, … Continue reading

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We Are Here

In case it may have slipped your notice, I have a bit of a thing for New Zealand, or Aotearoa as the Māori  people call it. I recently stumbled upon We Are Here which is an atlas of Aotearoa – … Continue reading

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Stop Dreaming About New Zealand

Those of you who stop by TBTP on a regular basis know that I am inordinately interested in clever travel and tourism promotional campaigns. So of course I fell for this new video from Tourism New Zealand (below). While New … Continue reading

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Goin’ Mobile beep, beep

If you land on TBTP on a regular basis, you know how I feel about bookmobiles, traveling libraries, and itinerant bookstores. So, you won’t be surprised by these two stories about mobile booksellers from opposite sides of the globe. I … Continue reading

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Telling Stories About Heroes

I was dead chuffed to stumble upon the wonderful short film “Troll Bridge” which was based on an original short story of the same name by the late great Terry Pratchett. Directed by Daniel Knight, the movie was created after … Continue reading

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Under the Social Influence

By now you have probably noticed that I’m a sucker for a clever travel/tourism campaign. So it will be no surprise that I fell hard to this clever video from New Zealand urging travelers to stop repeating stereotypical photos they … Continue reading

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across those borders where only teachers travel

WOODWORK Bill Manhire Children are building their teacher a coffin. There it is in the paper, somewhere in Holland, a good plain coffin made of many parts, and two of the children call each day and talk to the teacher … Continue reading

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Forest of Hope

I spent November 2019 in New Zealand and had hoped to be back again this year, but the Covid-19 pandemic ended that notion. Still, I hold out some hope to return to Aotearoa sometime in 2021. In the meantime, New … Continue reading

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