March 28th, 2008


What not to take to camp

One of my colleagues has a brochure and booking form for a children's holiday camp in the first week of the April school holidays, and I had a look at it because I never went on one. The list of things to take is pretty sensible, except for the "large plastic dirty washing bag". I suppose they're putting grubby clothes in it, but surely a clean one would help whoever has to wash the contents. ;-)

Even better is the list under "Please do not bring":

  • Electronic equipment (i.e. radios, walkmans, gameboys, cellphones) - wouldn't e.g. be better? Some kid's going to take an iPod because it's not on the list.
  • knives
  • matches
  • chewing gum
  • toenail-flavoured chocolate pudding
  • soap chewing gum
OK, most of those are very sensible, but the last two? I just know there's a story behind those and it's not a happy one.

Holiday pics: Napier, Art Deco City

Yes, I've finally resized, cropped, uploaded, and captioned my Art Deco photos. There are 45 in the gallery, in two pages, but in the meantime, here's a little about Napier and Art Deco, and a selection of my favourites.

An earthquake devastated Napier in 1931 after which it was rebuilt in mostly Art Deco (with some Spanish Mission and Stripped Classical).

Art Deco symbolised the new spirit of the early 20th century, a period characterised by three important new ideas: the development of science, technology, and machines; the increasing freedom of women (and indeed everyone); and the overthrow of old conventions. It was also influenced by ancient cultures just being rediscovered, especially Egypt. The common motifs embody these ideas: geometric, angular shapes like ziggurats (stepping); symbols of power and speed like lightning flashes and zigzags, speedlines and streamlining; expressions of freedom like dancing women; the rising sun with its rays of hope; and motifs from ancient Egypt or Central America.

Here are the best ones, but Art Deco fans should go the the gallery, click on the first pic, and look at each one because of the Deco-ness and the informative captions I went to all the trouble of writing. :-P

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