The Art of Banksy Exhibition

 

“We can’t do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves” – Banksy

Last weekend I went to see the Art of Banksy exhibition in Auckland. For a mere $37.50 (ahem – see below), you can go and point your eyes at around 80 Banksy originals. Until the 6th of February anyway.

Now I’m a big fan of social commentary, anarchy, art, and Banksy’s work in general, but I have to say I wasn’t exactly blown away by the exhibition.

It’s hard to pin point exactly why. Continue reading “The Art of Banksy Exhibition”

Trekking the Tongariro

“Be happy for this moment, this moment is your life” – Marcus Aurellius

So recently I ticked off one of my ‘NZ Bucket List’ items by completing the Tongariro Crossing with a couple of friends.

There’s been a lot of unsettled weather here on the North Island these last few weeks, and so we really lucked out with the weather, enjoying a clear day and views all the way to Mount Taranaki in the West, and uninterrupted views of Mount Ngauruhoe (aka Mount Doom LOTR fans). Continue reading “Trekking the Tongariro”

Learning about Bee Keeping in NZ

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Albert Einstein (allegedly)

This week’s new thing was an Introductory Course in Beekeeping, held at The Beehive Solutions in Drury. 

Keeping bees is one of those things I’ve been vaguely interested in – like keeping chickens and growing my own vegetables – but something I’ve never really found the time to do much about. But at the same time, bees are something that I believe we have a duty to know about, and to help protect. Bees are responsible for around a third of the world’s food supply. They are vital to pollination of plants and crops, and it’s been said that if bees disappeared tomorrow, life wouldn’t last too longPesticide use and deforestation is responsible for declining bee numbers. Continue reading “Learning about Bee Keeping in NZ”

#69 Springtime in Omana Regional Park

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush” – Doug Larson

This weekend I took a day trip to the Omana Regional Park, located in Maraetai – about a 30 minute drive from central Auckland.

Omana has a beautiful shingle beach, and picnic and camping facilities, which I image to be amazing in the summer. There is also a small farm, and we got to meet some lambs on the walk around the perimeter fence.  Continue reading “#69 Springtime in Omana Regional Park”

#64 Gasping

Last night I went to see a local production of Gasping, held at the lovely Dolphin Theatre in Onehunga (the venue I discovered at a training seminar a few months ago)

Gasping is a production by UK comedian Ben Elton, and tells the tale of advertising executives who discover the ‘suck and blow’ machine which can extract oxygen from the air, and who then start marketing air to the consumer. Starting innocently enough with ‘designer air’ for executives, things escalate until air is being stockpiled, the market prices tumble, and people are literally ‘gasping’ for a lungful.  Continue reading “#64 Gasping”

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