July 2012


John as Bjorn Borg

Who says council employees don’t have fun? On Friday, July 27th Te Ahu staff pulled out several stops as they represented Team Sweden in an internal FNDC Olympic Challenge. It should be noted the Council staff’s representation of their Scandinavian cousins was not to be construed in any way as being unpatriotic. It was just a little fun.

Kaitaia staff  were initially disappointed when they selected Sweden from a hat. It was difficult to find a clear point of distinction for the country. But library, service centre, I-Site and other Te Ahu employees made the best of the opportunity. They each chose a Swedish name for the day. It is interesting to note that Viking roots are still to be found in the meaning of many Swedish names. For instance, Hillevi, Kaitaia senior librarian Helen Yuretich’s choice for the day, means ‘healthy battle maid’.

Smorgasbord is a Scandinavian term, so council staff shared a sumptuous morning feast. It was just a little disappointing no one chose to bake the Nordic standby Sexy Swedish Buns, which feature blueberries, by the way.

Although he never competed in an Olympic event Björn Borg is perhaps the best known of Swedish athletes. In the course of his illustrious career the ‘Ice Man’ was victor in five consecutive Wimbledons and a host of other major tournaments. Librarian John Haines (see above) had to don a wig to impersonate the revered Swedish tennis star.

Swedish band ABBA dominated the charts from 1972 to 1982 so a little of their music was played for the beginning of the FNDC Olympic Challenge at Te Ahu.

My thanks to Don Hammond for the photo.

 
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Our Wednesday hiking group recently walked the first completed portion of a proposed coast-to-coast cycle trail here in the Far North. The scenery is distinctly rural, maybe not spectacular but pleasant nonetheless. I really look forward to seeing the Far North District Council continue with this project. It has created employment and furthered opportunities for tourism operators.

This was a winter walk and we were lucky to get a rain-free day in the middle of a wet week. Believe it or not, we walked towards a rainbow for most of the three to four hours of walking. I hope you enjoy.

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

Here’s the latest from web watchdog Avaaz:

Big banks have been caught in a massive scam to rig global interest rates, ripping off millions of people on their mortgages, student loans and more! We’d go to jail for this, but Barclays bank has only been fined, and just a fraction of their profits! Outrage is mounting — this is our chance to finally turn the tide of the banks’ reign over our democracies.

The EU finance regulator, Michel Barnier is standing up to the powerful bank lobby and championing reform that would put bankers behind bars for fraud like this. If the EU goes first, accountability could quickly spread across the globe. But the banks are lobbying hard against it, and we need a massive surge of people power to drive these reforms through.

If we can get 1 million people to stand with Barnier in the next 3 days, it will give him momentum to face down the banking lobby and push governments to bring reform. Click below to sign, and our growing numbers will be represented by adding mock bankers to a jail right in front of the EU Parliament:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/bankers_behind_bars_f/?bkIyscb&v=15952

The full scale of the scandal is still unknown, but what we know is breathtaking: “Several” unnamed major banks were involved, and the rigging of the LIBOR interest rate, the rate on which many of the world’s interest rates are based, affected the value of literally hundreds of trillions of dollars in investments. Barclays alone has admitted to committing this fraud “hundreds” of times.

For too long, our governments have been cowed by powerful banks who threatened to move elsewhere if challenged. For too long, banks have manipulated our market economies, tilting the playing field in their favour, and engaging in reckless risk-taking, secure in the knowledge that they could force governments to hand them our taxpayer money when they got into trouble.

The system is rigged, and that’s a crime. It’s time to put the criminals behind bars for it. It starts in Europe — let’s make it happen:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/bankers_behind_bars_f/?bkIyscb&v=15952

There may never have been a time in modern history when the big banks didn’t have excessive and extraordinary power that they regularly abused. But democracy is on the march — we’ve seen this march overcome tyrants across the world, and together, we’ll help end the reign of the banks as well.

With hope,

Ricken, Iain, Alex, Antonia, Giulia, Luis, and the entire Avaaz team

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

In the past I’ve written of A Child of Eternity, the incredible book about a girl locked in an autistic body and the profound messages she began to share once acquainted with a Japanese invention allowing her to type. A library patron who’d read that review suggested I might like another book involving an autistic child called The Horse Boy. There was something about the cover which didn’t appeal to me. But once past that, there was no stopping me from reading the book out loud from cover-to-cover to Lucia.

What a story! Travel writer Rupert Isaacson and his child-psychologist wife Kristin give birth to their son Rowan seven years to the day from when they met under serendipitous circumstances in India. At the age of three Rowan is diagnosed with autism. Two years on he is still emotionally and physically incontinent and his parents are prepared to try almost anything to help him heal. The relationships of fully eighty percent of couples with autists implode. It can be an all-consuming responsibility. It certainly is for this couple.

Rupert discovers the only way to get Rowan to settle from a tantrum is to take him out into nature. On one such jaunt through the woodlands surrounding their home in rural Texas, Rowan suddenly takes off, scoots under the neighbour’s fence and flops onto the ground in front of the cantankerous alpha mare of a small herd of horses. Rupert, an experienced horseman, then witnesses a first for him in equine dealings. The horse immediately drops her head and submits to this child flopping under her on the ground.

Horse Boy follows the incredible journey of a couple prepared to go to the ends of the earth to heal their child. It carries the reader into the hidden, untouched hinterlands ofMongolia and to the almost forgotten world of the shamans found there. Repressed through sixty years of communist rule, the few remaining wisdom keepers help the family in ways they could scarcely have predicted.

Rupert Isaacson is occasionally poetic and often wise in his descriptions of the journey. Here is just one small excerpt partway through their Mongolian pilgrimage.

“Long after we had retired in our tents, I lay in that half-curious state between sleeping and waking and heard muffled hoofbeats from across the valley. A lone horseman was riding there in the dark, going from where to where? Spotting the glow from our dung fire, he hailed us, but in song, some kind of folk song that must be universally known, for suddenly Tulga [their guide] sang back to him from his tent, projecting his voice through the nighttime air to reach the traveling horseman. Song to song, heart to heart, two countrymen conversing by music here at the outer ends of the earth. Or home. For are not all places at once both the ends of the earth and home?”

Rowan is a boy with one foot in each world. His parent’s job, with the help of old-time healers, is to bring him enough into the physical world that he can function, without losing his innate spiritual connection. It works. But I will say no more. You’ll have to read this highly recommended book to find out more.

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

We had a windy but beautiful walk at Henderson Bay June 13th. Thanks as always to George for the photos. 

 
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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

My thanks as always to George for the great photos from this walk completed on May23rd, 2012.


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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews