Lovely to see Bess Manson’s article in the Dom Post today describing our National Treasure, writer Joy Cowley and a child’s delight in her lively story, Mrs Wishy Washy’s Farm/ Here is my cartoon of Joy herself as Mrs Wishy Washy,
Most models of the Moon orbiting the Earth depict its orbit as being circular but we know from Kepler’s Laws that celestial bodies orbit one another in an ellipse rather than a circle. What this means is that sometimes the Moon is closer to the Earth than at other times in its orbit. When this is combined with the Moon being a Full Moon then it’s commonly known as a Supermoon. The last of these occurrences for this year is tonight, the 21 March 2019. At 8:30pm the Moon was 360,242 km away, about the distance it takes light to travel in 1.2 seconds. This is the third Supermoon this year, so basically all of the full Moons this year have been Supermoons.
By comparison the full Moon in August last year was 399,892 km away (1.33 light seconds) and its diameter appeared to be 29.9 arc minutes. Compare that…
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Narrative batiks by Dinah Priestley and Tony Burton.
Exhibiting our batiks at NZ’s Embassies in London and Paris in 1980, was fun. Our exhibition included the glorious scientific voyages of our great hero, Captain James Cook.
Finding the batiks rather exotic, even Galleries Lafayette in Paris purchased several of them. I think these ones of Cooks first and last voyages, between 1768 and 1780 ,would make rather good stamps. They’re the right shape.
Last surviving commissioned officer of the Māori battalion has died.
He was a Dinkum Purler and in a Radio series of that name he speaks of his years growing up in the Chatham Islands, of his early Moriori ancestors and his time with Colonel Awatere at Casino during WWII and the horrors of that war.
I interviewed him just before the Millennium, and he was the most wonderful man, modest, unassuming, with a great sense of humour.
You can listen to the interview here:
For God’s Sake Saddle Me a Donkey is finally available as a book with Dinah’s wonderful illustrations!
It costs 25NZD and 3NZD packaging and posting.
Free delivery in Thorndon, please contact Dinah on the phone (04-4727 257) or e-mail
Alternatively, you can buy the book on PayPal if you live in New Zealand.
On Wednesday, 13th of December my beloved book, For God Sake Saddle Me A Donkey, launched in written form at the Millwood Gallery, Thorndon and is available at leading book stores, such as Marsden Books and Unity in Wellington and Wheelers in Auckland or from me, send me an email please.
Thinking of our traveling partners: the Bicklers, Colin and Shirley and their daughter Rachel, and Vernon Wright, my first husband who could not be here. There is a picture of Nikki and Rachel in the book, Nikki was one and a half when we left New Zealand she came to the launch to help and sing the song. Continue reading Launched as a book at last – FGSSMAD
So many of you who heard the series on National Radio wrote saying, “Where can I find the book for FGSSMAD?”
It’s on the way, coming up very soon…
Keep an eye here for updates