Festivus: 2013 in pictures: December

Hillmorton Fair, including art exhibition
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Luscious Christchurch sunset
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Edgeware lady in a bath
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Jesus on Colombo Street
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Chris Heaphy’s Whare in Cathedral Square grows and blooms apace
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Parties

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The Tannery at Woolston
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Demolition / rebuild
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Linwood
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Christmas
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Going East: 2013 in pictures: November

A change of office for me has meant a change of scenery.

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Stanmore Road

Here is the Richmond workingmens’ club being demolished.

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Avonside Drive

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Clearances are underway, and in some cases done.

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Linwood Avenue

A phoenix and the Basilica?

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Town

The city still draws me in. I like to check out what is happening. I was in town for a meeting on Friday 8 November and spotted that Lichfield Street had re-opened – that stretch between Colombo and Manchester Street.

The famous mannequins of Frontrunner.

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The new Strange’s building takes shape.
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Christchurch City Libraries has a page on the history of Strange’s.

And more views of town: Old Millers/CCC on Tuam Street.
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I find the wildflowers on the corner in Latimer Square so beautiful. Nature does it best.
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And the Whare in Cathedral Square by Chris Heaphy also uses flowers and plants to mitigate against greyness and demolition.

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Armistice Day wreaths.
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Open Day at the historic Colombo Street bridge. SCIRT explained the repairs and did a great job involving the kids.
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St Albans

Keeping it local – St Albans School Market Saturday 9 November.
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Abberley Park.
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Baby shower!

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Other stuff

Kinder surprise Star Wars and New World miniature fun.
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The art of nature, and the nature of art: 2013 in pictures: October

Arty farty about town

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High Street

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The things you see when you’re out and about

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Whanau

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Copthorne

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The Edgeware Art House demolition

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O Nature, you gorgeous eye boggler you

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The shapes of rebuild

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Nature Play Park
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FESTA
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The strange beauties of Christchurch: 2013 in pictures: September

The most beautiful day

Sunday 8 September – the Temple for Christchurch before the sun comes up, and South Brighton to greet the day on the beach.

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Beautiful oddities

The golden morning glow of the old CCC/Millers on Tuam Street.
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Bryce Galloway.
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Edgeware’s Art House
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Oil spots on Oxford Terrace.
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The Roman baths of Price Waterhouse Coopers on Armagh Street
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Demolition mountain.
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The wires of Torrens House on Hereford Street.
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Looking down from the Ibis stairwell.
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A Gorilla perfume that smells of booze and smoke and Leonard Cohen.

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A garden grows in Cathedral Square

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Kate Sheppard Memorial

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Bishopdale

Post storm …
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Kindy

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Copthorne demolition

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Bookarama and Christchurch Writers Festival at the Arts Festival

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Goodbye to the Central Library on Gloucester Street

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Reach for the lazers and the sky: 2013 in pictures: August

Art city

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Shand’s emporium

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We go to town

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Demolition and repair and rebuild

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The first daffodil of Spring is the one that sees itself in the mirror

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Birds

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Signs of the times

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Funny stuff

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Whanau catchups

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The streets are where you find poetry, protest and art: 2013 in pictures: July

Words

Big and small, sometimes fragmented – always words and signs and signifiers.
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Mark Sommerset at Central Library Tuam.

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The cordons come down

Cathedral Square.

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Working – human scale

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Heritage

McLeans Mansion on Manchester Street.

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The Bridge of Remembrance.

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Art

New on Welles Street.
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The wolf skull’s last howl, Kilmore Street. On Trainor McLean building, now demolished. Turns out it is a company called ALC Apparel – also spotted a tiki on Tuam, and pinup ladies.
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Faux Arcadia by Michaela Cox.
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Home ground by Paul McLachlan (exhibition at 241 Chambers)
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Demolitions and rebuilds

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GCSB Protest

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Splendid random

Busking Pink Floyd. Sounded exquisite.

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My man Captain Cook, the morning moon – and Get Lucky on my headphones.
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Into Sockburn, into the burger.
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Daffodils springing up in the Lichfield Street carpark building.
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The Gloucester Street reading room.

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St Albans Park, boggy.

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Flowers on Colombo Street, Beckenham.

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Victoria Street, beautification.

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The Colombo Street building humper.
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Snow, broccoli pizza, and great-great-great-great grannies: 2013 in pictures: June

Forced perspective.
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I didn’t have my lovely G11 camera this month, so most of these photos are shot on my phone.

This is us. I like our slight insectiness.
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Pass the parcel at the Pallet Pavilion.
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Edgeware witticism.
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Gangnam cuzzies.
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My great, great-great, great-great-great, great-great-great-great grandmothers.
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And then me, Mum, Junior & great-grannies.
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Mall ratbag.
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Nick Caves vs Higgs Boson in Q magazine.
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Snow yo.
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NZ Post Children’s Book Awards.
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Bus stop on Colombo Street.
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New Winnie Bagoes on St Asaph Street.
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Reflections in Rehua Marae.
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Writers, artists, and Batman: 2013 in pictures: May

The sea, the sky. New grungy grey art on Colombo Street.
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Last days of the BNZ bank on Armagh Street.
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Workers on Kilmore Street.
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Sunrise.
By the Isaac Theatre Royal facade.
Isaac Theatre Royal facade in the early morning sun. With bird.
Looking over to Ronnie van Hout through the Exclesior facade on Manchester Street.
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Odeon on Tuam Street.
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Skateboardy park action in St Albans.
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New Brighton.
Ferris wheel.
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Burnt up art guy.
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Beautiful lady.
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New art in the Restart. Mike Hewson zushes up the Lichfield Street carpark.
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“They removed the tussocks and filled in the ruts”.
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Someone’s got their ID card for Monsters University. We took thesewhen we went to the Star Trek movie – my first time at the movies in four years.
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Happy 10th birthday to the Christchurch Art Gallery.
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Christchurch Art Gallery puts another bit of art up in the Restart.
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Bishopdale Park.
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Another demo on Manchester Street.
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A new Cathedral Square walkway opens. This sign on the Government Life building carpark is especially poignant: “Unknown cars, unrecoverable, still extremly flooded”.
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I was interviewed on tv walking through.
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Sir Max Hastings and Sylvie Simmons for the Christchurch Writers Festival.
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We get a sign.
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Off to the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.
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Sylvia Nasar.
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A family portrait. And Batman.
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Ups & downs & openings – bullshit and jellybeans: 2013 in pictures: April

Sunset in St Albans.
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Bullshit and Jellybeans – CPIT Library Edible book competition.
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New parts of town open …
Demolition on High Street.
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Workers zush up the streetscape as Colombo Street between Tuam and Hereford reopens.
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Nail polishes still on their shelves.
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Kindy market.
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Stormtrooper on Tuam Street.
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Art on a fence in Kilmore Street.
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Sometimes the interplay of machinery and nature is heartbreakingly beautiful.
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We love the Annisa Victoria Vintage markets at the Pallet Pavilion.
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Manchester Street reopens.
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High Street.
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Edgeware paperback centre.
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Armagh Courts demolition.
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Clouds over the Government Life.
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Mike Hewson art on Colombo Street.
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Hearts for Christchurch.
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The groovy chairs arrive on Gloucester Street.
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New Regent Street reopens.
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A porthole looking out onto Gloucester Street.
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Another wiry infestation by Hotel So.
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Public Trust Office, Oxford Terrace – where Mum and Dad met.
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Losing myself in Reuben Patterson’s art.
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Window on Hereford Street.
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Superduper Autumn slide.
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Bookarama.
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ANZAC Day.
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Art on Colombo Street.
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A bit more of Cathedral Square opens up.
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Decay and bloom – 2013 in pictures: March

Memorials.
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Easter.
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Sunflowers. I’ve never seen such a clear white sky. This looks Photoshopped, but it isn’t.
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My new begonia.
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Off to Hanmer Springs.
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Not the Hurunui News.
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Pie.
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Corvettes at Hanmer.
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Hanmer Springs War Memorial Hall.
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View on a demolition.
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Poster remains on Bealey Avenue, and Lichfield Street.
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Chop – Carlton Mill Road.
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New buildings. Victoria Street and Armagh Street.
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The life of the Avon.
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Ronnie van Hout in the Art Box.
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Flour Power.
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Another Vintage Market at the Pallet Pavilion.
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Colombo Street whirligigs.
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Filigree trees.
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My perfumes.
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Deep times.
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Ronald McDonald House fundraiser teams in the Re:START.
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CBD Bar – Alchemist ale.
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Emily Hartley-Skudder showhome art.
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Christchurch City Libraries’ book sale.
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Music pops up on Tuam Street.
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Christchurch Art Gallery upstairs on High/Tuam Street.
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Old CCC building on Tuam Street.
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George’s 4th birthday.
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Autumnal Abberley Park.
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Ophelia cones.
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Peterborough apartments.
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Special! small – Cranmer Square signs.
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Crapped out phone book.
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Black cat, blue fence.
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