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November, 2009:

Where Books Come Alive

Maurice Gee’s “Going West” is the basis for this animated commercial commissioned by the New Zealand Book Council. The advertisement quite literally shows the book coming alive. What a fantastic way of using of a book; it leaves me wanting more.


via: Arbroath – Animated commercial for the New Zealand Book Council [^]

Skeleton Boots

Girgoyle has just been out on a shopping expedition looking for new work shoes.  These Dr Marten [^] “Skelly Boots” would have been right up her street, but I don’t think they are right for a customer-facing position though!

 skeleton doc martens

And I don’t know that I would get away with wearing these under a suit in place of the classic smooth black 3-hole 1461 that I normally wear.

Australian War Memorial

To mark Remembrance Day we have a post about the Australian War Memorial [^]  in Canberra. The Memorial is a commemoration of the Australians who have died while at war and like the Auckland War Memorial Museum [^], is both a memorial and a museum. The AWM is dedicated to helping us understand the impact of war on Australian society, and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Australian War Memorial

This is one of the places that was on our must-do list for Canberra. I would recommend one of the guided tours if you are on a tight timetable – it ensures that you get a another view of the Memorial. Paul, our guide for about two hours was fantastic, and spent the time emphasising the very real personal cost borne by our soldiers and their families in past conflicts and today.

It is important for us to remember that the people in the armed forces serve their country. Regardless of our own thoughts about our nation’s military involvement, we need to remember that the service personnel are there doing the bidding of the government that we elected; their duty. Today is a time for Remembrance. A time to honour the sacrifices that have been made in the name of our country. The sacrifices made by the dead and the survivors, and the cost to their families.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Laurence Binyon’s “For the Fallen”

Unusual London Spots

The “Tired of London, Tired of Life [^]” Blog is all about the variety that can be found in London.  The title of the blog comes from Dr Samuel Johnson’s [^] “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life…for there is in London all that life can afford.”

Open Tower Bridge

Any blog that can veer between the magnificent glass and ironwork of Paddington Station [^] to a knitting shop [^] in a few days does a good job of illustrating Dr Johnsons view. Sure not every place is going to be your cup of tea, but you may just find something interesting that you wouldn’t have known about or considered.

This one is going into my feedreader so that I can keep an eye open for new places to visit on our next trip to the UK.