Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Wedding

Last time I was at university I watched Charles and Diana get married. Now I'm back at university, a whole generation later, and I watched their son marry his beautiful bride. The British get 10/10 for doing pomp and ceremony so well, and Kate's dress receives 10/10 for its elegance and style. Princess Beatrice's hat? Well that's a 4/10 with all four points allocated to entertainment value.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Mmm, blueberry cheesecake for lunch. My lovely Mum treated me to lunch today at the Irresistiblue Cafe which is situated in a blueberry orchard. The cheesecake was delicious and I learnt a few fascinating facts about blueberries:

1) There are over 200 varieties.

2) Monavale Blueberries have over 26 varieties on their property, both high bush and rabbiteye varieties. Apparently the rabbiteye varieties go pink (similar to the eye colour of a white rabbit) before they turn blue.

3) And the best part - one serving of blueberries provides as many antioxidants as five servings of broccoli. In with blueberries, out with broccoli I say!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wild Wind

It was a wild and windy day in
Te Awamutu today. I arrived at the squash club at about 11:30am and there were huge gusts of wind blasting through town. As I got inside I heard a crash as a window blew out upstairs. Some of the glass was blown onto Court 1 where a couple of young lads were playing. Luckily they weren't injured. It was also fortunate that the cleaner had forgotten to lock the cleaning cupboard. We were able to clean up the glass and get on court to play. There were sirens wailing frequently over the few next hours as the emergency services dealt with trees down and roofing materials blown off. Then the sound of chainsaws as trees were cut and cleared.

Waikato Times photos.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

What would you do?

What would you do if you found your local supermarket open but not a single staff member in sight to take your money? This happened in Hamilton on Good Friday when Pak 'n Save was officially closed but the lights went on and the doors opened automatically. Store security video shows decisions made by people who entered the store.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

St George's Day

Today is St George's Day. According to legend, St George slayed a dragon to save a princess who was going to be eaten by the dragon. You can read and hear the story here: St George and the Dragon.

Image by Trish Steel

Casa Battlo

It has been said that this building by in Barcelona by Antoni Gaudi represents the dragon (scales along the top) with the sword (turret with cross on top) plunged into its back.
Image by Alexandru Savu