Sun, style and heat in the ‘Art Deco Capital of the World’

Late every summer, thousands of people pour into Napier, New Zealand, to dress up in golden age Hollywood costume, cavort about in vintage cars, and generally have a good time. The annual ‘Art Deco Weekend’ has been a fixture on the city calendar for more than a quarter of a century. It’s the latest re-invention … More Sun, style and heat in the ‘Art Deco Capital of the World’

Wrapping up 2013 and a shout-out to some wonderful bloggers

There are no two ways about it – 2013 has been a year to remember. Not least because my city, Wellington, was slammed by two major quakes – and thousands of aftershocks – mid-year. High points? For me, some surprises. General book sales have dropped twenty percent and publishers have been fleeing the country. But … More Wrapping up 2013 and a shout-out to some wonderful bloggers