Queen Victoria Building

It's that time of the year again! Here is some Christmas cheer from 2014. I visited the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney Australia just over a year ago. Below are some photos.
Tiling pattern.

Christmas Lights.

Base of Christmas tree.





Lower Levels


Spiral Staircase

Stained glass windows.


Learning English as a Child

Below is a scanned image from when I first learned English at ten years old.
We arrived in New Zealand in January and I attended Melville Primary School in Hamilton in 1996.

Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller was born 100 years ago today. He was the playwright for The Crucible.

The Crucible (1996 film) trailer.

Mental Health Awareness Week Monday



Connect with

  • family,
  • friends,
  • colleagues,
  • neighbours.

Connect at

  • home,
  • work,
  • school,
  • community.

7 Suggested Acitivities

  1. Share healthy food from different cultures in a block party
  2. Have a comedy movie night with a few close friends to share some laughs.
  3. Give a smile :) to a stranger
  4. Go to the outdoors like take a walk in the bush, swim in the ocean and climb a mountain with your sporty mates. Department of Conservation has a list.
  5. Find music/art events in local community and organise a group to attend. Use local websites like Visit Hamilton to do this.
  6. Have a family Technology Free day/night and play games such as cards and charades.
  7. Speak or meet up with someone you have not contacted for a long time and RECONNECT.

Mental Health Foundation Website Guide to Connect

Intercity from Hamilton to Wellington

  • Hamilton
  • Cambridge
  • Tirau
  • Putaruru
  • Tokoroa
  • Taupo
  • Turangi
  • Waiouru
  • Taihape
  • Flat Hills Tea Rooms
  • Bulls
  • Sanson
  • Palmerston North
  • Massey University
  • Tokomaru
  • Shannon
  • Levin
  • Otaki
  • Te Horo
  • Waikanae
  • Paraparaumu
  • Porirua
  • Wellington

Wellington Trip Summary

  1. Saturday 3rd October 2015 Hamilton to Wellington
  2. Sunday 4th October 2015 Wellington Zoo
  3. Monday 5th October 2015 Zealandia, Botanical Gardens and Beehive
  4. Tuesday 6th October 2015 Museums and Galleries
  5. Wednesday 7th October 2015 Weta Studio
  6. Thursday 8th October 2015 Te Papa
  7. Friday 9th October 2015 World of Wearable Arts
  8. Saturday 10th October 2015 Wellington to Hamilton

David Archuleta

Runner-up in Season 7 of American Idol. Website

Sheri Dew

President and CEO of Deseret Book Company. Page on lds.org

Brad Wilcox

Associate professor in the department of Teacher Education at BYU. Website

Heidi S. Swinton

Heidi S. Swinton is the biographer of Thomas S. Monson. Goodreads Author Page

Elaine S. Dalton

"Becoming an Elect Woman" Her favourite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6. Profile on lds.org website

Sandra Turley

Music Artist at Time Our for Women Website

Time Out for Women

Living Proof Tour Time Out for Women Website

Orson Welles

Orson Welles was born 100 years ago today. He wrote, directed and starred in Citizen Kane.

Citizen Kane theatrical trailer.


I just had a nightmare. Better write it down before I forget. We live in our previous home and it is late afternoon. Mum’s got dinner cooking. People have been playing sports outside the house. A girl comes to the backdoor and asks to borrow the bathroom. I tell her to come right in. She becomes unwell. Her friends are concerned and want to take her to A and E but are from overseas. My family volunteer to give directions. We were going to Anglesea clinic but the scene changes a concrete jungle at night. We are on a deserted street in an unknown city flanked by tall buildings. Dad, mum and I are a short distance from another SUV. Four occupants in that car get out and look in pain and fall to the ground. I am huddled with my family as my father collapses. The full car we were in has stopped moving. A female friend walks past and we ask her for help, she refuses and walk on. A car pulls up. A woman comes out and tells us it is too late. I realise everyone is dying from an unknown illness. I look at the man sitting in the back of the car that pulled up. He remains there and has no expression. Mum and I attempt to walk away from the situation and I ask her about dad and I begin to wake up – it was at this moment I realised it was a dream and that if it was real, that we are all going to die immediately I’d say I love my family. 2:30am 19 March 2015

Chopin's 205 Anniversary

Chopin was born 205 years ago. He was my favourite piano composer. Below is an excerpt of the Raindrop Prelude.


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