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Shakespeare Brought Home

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Several years ago I visited the Globe Theatre in London and a pop-up Globe in Auckland a couple of years ago.

And yesterday at our Probus Club, the speaker was Dawn Sanders, ONZM QSM. This talented former ballerina and theatre scholar is the founder and  CEO of Shakespeare’s Globe Centre New Zealand. 

The Shakespeare’s Globe Centres are international centres for theatrical education and for the promotion of the Shakespeare’s Globe in London, their nucleus organisation.

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What had been described as Sam Wanamaker’s impossible dream, Came to fruition in 1996 when the Queen opened the rebuilt Globe Theatre on the South Bank of the Thames, on the site of the original theatre. 

Photo fromThe legacy of Sam Wanamaker by Barry Day June 2019

Sam Wanamaker visited New Zealand in 1990, and the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand was founded in Wellington the following year by Dawn Sanders. She received the 2006 Sam Wanamaker Award for her foundation of this…

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What’s Trending?

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Photo by Skylar Kang on

Nope not thinking of style or clothing. These days I determine the fashion of the moment and it is mostly built on comfort. Fortunately for me, a lot of the styles are comfortable and feel good on. Though most things are years old. Sort of like me,

It’s been years since I regularly went to a movie theatre, because, well you know why. The first return was a few weeks ago for Elvis. (A worthwhile trip) So a wayward thought today was to wonder what is playing and what is most popular. Not according to my judgement but according to the movie goers as a whole.

I confess I have used information from though I have never been able to figure out exactly how it works.

NOPEthe movie came up as number one. There are no stars I could recognize, and the…

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Reflecting on Reading

Sunday afternoon sitting reading

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It seems that a good part of each day now is spent reading. I always manage to slip some time in for this very pleasant task(?).. And a winter’s Sunday, with nothing planned, is the perfect time to devote a day to reading.

Today I read “The Mist” by Ragnar Jonasson, another writer new to me.  I picked up the book on the way out of the library the other day and I am pleased that I did.  

Jonasson is an Icelandic writer and from Mr Google, I learned “Ragnar is the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. Ragnar has appeared on festival panels worldwide and lives in Reykjavik. Ragnar has a law degree and works as an investment banker in Reykjavik, in addition to teaching law at Reykjavik University.

“Ragnar is the co-founder…

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Three Books Aren’t Too Many

Chris adds herFiveWord Friday and directs us to the third member of this group.


Yesterday on AWA Five Word Friday, the first Friday of each month where we describe in Five Words exactly, our life or thoughts in the moment. This is the brain child of my partner here at AWA and LA our New York blogging friend.

So you get to read JB’s Five Word Friday the day before you get to read ours, her side of the world occurring one day before ours. BTW LA’s today isBarcelona is an awesome place!Sorta gives you an idea about where she is currently. And JB’s isTime out from Care Home.

It wasn’t difficult to come up with my five words.

Three Books Aren’t Too Many

Below are the three from my library, on my iPad.

I’ve been in a Jeffery Deaver kind of mood, having just finished his latestThe Midnight Lock.

James Patterson by James Pattersoncaught my eye –…

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Storms and aging….not related but…

Once again, Chris gives us More to think about.


The storm over my house Aug 3rd ‘22

Below are excerpts from a most interesting article that caught my eye this morning. Click on the title below for the full article.But first I am in the middle of a storm here so I had to put in a photo taken off my balcony. We don’t get a lot of tornadoes here, at least not in Kitchener, but the warning applied right here.

The most threatening part of the storm moved through fairly quickly followed by rain, thunder and hail storms. We could use a good few hours of rain but I am not sure that will happen, It’s still a dark and stormy night here but a normal one. The Kind I like.

So what got me so excited about the article below? You probably already know Judith, my partner here at AWA, and I fully embrace not embracing the…

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In a recent post, Chris showed us a yellow door that caused many comments from our followers.I have always loved doors and door decoration and Chris’s post got me thinking about the many doors I have looked at and wondered about in my very long life.

Several years ago, whilst visiting my sister in London, we took a day to visit SallyAnn of Photographic Memories who lived in Oxford then.

Amongst the things we saw was this Narnia Door.Most of us know the story ofThe Lion, The Witch and The Broomstickby C S Lewis andThe Tales ofNarnia on our tour around Oxford SallyAnn took us to seeThe Narnia Door. But I still wonder what is behind that door.

And years later after theLord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbitwere a worldwide success, we took a friend to Hobbiton, a village set…

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I thinking just a wee bit about perspective today. No, no, I know it is a huge subject and anyone of us could go on forever about all aspects of perspective.

Mostly I was thinking about a quaint village not far from my city as I looked though some photos from a previous visit.

And I noticed something I had not before.

I remember soaking up the feelings evoked by the place. The beauty of it, The smells. The quaintness of it. A visual that it looked like a Hallmark card in real time. You get the idea.

I love looking at photos. They don’t even have to be mine. I don’t even have to know the people in them. I can’t adequately explain how they make me feel.

Anyway, the photo above made me think about the beautiful flowers and bushes and I sighed at the memory of how…

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What Came First?

Mother nature up to her tricks again!

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Mother Nature is once again shaking her skirts. Is she not taking her meds?
For the past couple of weeks, we have been bombarded with torrential rain and according to the Wellington City Council, today’s slip was the 56th since July 20th, requiring intervention by the Council.

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Today, several residents in our suburb were awakened by loud noises, rumbling and what has been described by some as “a pressure sound”.  A huge slip and a broken water main greeted them. The street was completely blocked with fallen trees, power lines and debris.

According to a fireman on the scene “Several trees were resting on live power lines after the slip” and “It was a chicken and egg situation whether the slip was caused by the broken water main, or the slip broke the water main”.  

Now, some people face a night without power on a cold winter night,  and some…

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Friday Fashions

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Description automatically generatedYesterday, with the other three members of MASS (Mutual Admiration Society Sisters) I went to an exhibition entitled Carry Me. This was a celebration of 100 years of handbags.

The introduction claimed “An exquisite exhibition showcasing the history of handbags over the last 100 years

” ‘Carry Me’ is a boutique collection of over 50 classic (and sometimes curious) and infamously luxurious handbags connected to some of the most iconic and famous fashionistas of the last century; Including Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Lady Diana. (sic)From private Italian collections and exclusive to Upper Hutt, this exhibition is your chance to celebrate what has become much more than a mere fashion accessory, but a commentary on society and culture.”

Some of the handbags were well known to us, for instance, the Louis Vuitton tote bag, which has been around for many years; The Jackie Bag designed for Jackie Kennedy by…

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Thursday’s Thoughts

Random thoughts running around my head.

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My turn to write a blog today and I am faced with a blank screen and an equally blank mind.

This morning I read this from Nancy atNot Quite Oldand I started thinking back to all the posts I have written on fiction with a limit on number of words or sentences.

When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer,
‘one word at a time.’ Stephen King

For years I have followed Tara atThin spiral notebook.Each week she set us a prompt and the challenge was to write fiction using a specified word in 100 words, no more, no less.Quite a challenge always. Tara hasn’t posted a challenge for a couple of years.I miss it.

Then there was Five Sentence Fiction.A whole story in five sentences on a given subject.Here is one I did onInferno.Once again, this group has ceased to be…

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