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2016, have mercy !@$#%^&*

Received.
Thu, 31 Dec 2015 at 10:26 a.m.

Douglas Field Published on Dec 30, 2015
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New Year greetings to Elizabeth and all What if? Dunedin contributors and readers

I’m with Mick, our man Douglas —to All who write, or visit here in great numbers – you roast turkey, raise spirits and make us laugh! Safer in print (yes!) than foisting some troll Guy under the Gods’ establishment.

Wishing You A Very Bright and Distortionate Rug-Pulling 2016

Cheers/Screams/Love to Fawkes
Elizabeth

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Dunedin mainstreet amenity upgrades #vibrancy #senseofplace

THE COUNCIL DOES ITS BIT | Facade revamp for George Street mall

Background (unrest)….

ODT 15.10.15 Cr Hilary Calvert p14ODT 15.10.15 (page 14)

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/368171/dcc-staff-member-quits-cv-queried

Then….

Civic Move 1 [building programme/ profile]
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Civic Move 2 [street glam/ bringing people back ?!]
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*Images: Douglas Field Dec 2015

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Ella Henderson, s(i)(u)mmering at Palm Springs CA #diversion

THIS VOICE IS JUST TWENTY YEARS OLD

KygoOfficialVEVO Published on Sep 29, 2015
Kygo – Here for You ft. Ella Henderson
Official video for ‘Here for You’ by Kygo feat. Ella Henderson.
Director: Michael Maxxis
Shot on location in Palm Springs CA

Here for You | metrolyrics.com
Songwriters: Gorvell-Dahll, Kyrre

We’ll be passing by
And they’ll be wasting time
Just waiting for new
And while they’re chasing darks
We’ll be dancing in the dusk
‘Cause we’re coming through
Whenever you need me I’m behind
And I promise to take you off to the heights

When you feel you’ve had enough, and you wasted all your love
I’ll be here for you, here for you
When the dog is at his bone, and you run away from home
I’ll be here for you, here for you

Well I’m here for you, I’m here for you, you, you
I’m here for you, yeah, I’m here for you, you, you

And while they’re on the ground
We’ll be looking down
‘Cause we found the truth
And the fire in our hearts
Will be blowing up the stars
Now we’re coming through
Whenever you’re feeling down inside
I promise to take you off to the height

Oh yeah, I’m here for you
And when you feel you’ve had enough, and you’ve wasted all your love
I’ll be here for you

Well I’m here for you, I’m here for you, you, you
I’m here for you, yeah, I’m here for you, you, you

Published by Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Wikipedia: Ella Henderson
Gabriella Michelle “Ella” Henderson (born 12 January 1996) is a British singer and songwriter. She was a contestant in the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012 and got into the final 12 finishing in sixth place, despite being a strong favourite to win. She was subsequently signed to Syco Music. Henderson’s first single, “Ghost”, co-written with Ryan Tedder, was released on 8 June 2014 and gave Henderson her first UK Singles Chart Number 1 while remaining in the top five of the chart for eight consecutive weeks. It has subsequently been certified platinum for sales in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Henderson has released three subsequent singles, “Glow”, “Yours” and “Mirror Man”. Her debut album Chapter One was released on 13 October 2014 and peaked at Number 1 on the UK Albums Chart, achieving UK platinum certification on 16 January 2015. Henderson has also featured on Norwegian record producer and DJ Kygo’s song “Here for You”. It was released on 4 September 2015. She lives in south London.

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POLITICS of Place —New Year glums (read glue and screws)

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IS DUNEDIN weighed down by local body politics?

How do citizens separate governance from management?

How do ratepayers and residents separate truth from something else, from someone else?

Finding value in plain speaking, will the place be any better? Will the same players get knuckled, while others with over generous salaries and stipends commit more strongly to the unrelenting string of make-work schemes.

As they ignore basic infrastructure.
For a heightened slavishness to global politics.

Then, early this morning Diane said: “When will you drag us all back to politics, Elizabeth?”

Good question. Thinking about the HOWS and WHYS.
And the WHAT WOULD HAPPENS.

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With others, I received an email from an esteemed and powerful colleague in the United States. It focused my mind. The afternoon email was one of a series of calls and messages proceeding across the holiday break (as committed Canterbury people fortify, lobby and fundraise – lawyers and QCs amongst them) within the all-out campaign to fully restore Christchurch Cathedral.

The man-writer was responding to letters to The Press published today (28 December), each decrying any moves to restore the Cathedral but meanwhile expressing strong desire to resuscitate the heart of the City.

It’s understood the Press editor has been hard to win over on restoration for some years although chinks in that armour did appear after cathedral campaigners BOUGHT space to balance and convey the other side of the Anglican hierarchy’s argument to demolish Serious cultural heritage.

Right now, Christchurch is my favourite POLITICAL City in New Zealand. There is a force for intelligence, compassion, honest endeavour without fear, free speech (multiple voices joined in hardship), and far more than simple zeal for Justice there is public and private leadership in a Place recovering from the political aftermath of a damnable naturally occurring tragedy. Throughout, Christchurch people have got ‘more like themselves’ to cope, to battle —to try for the Egalitarian in the face of disgusting bureaucracies and god-awful top down disparages.

Dunedin faces something else – THAT (nameless but real) is the reason for the What if? Dunedin website. Letting it out, spilling, building confidence to challenge what is handed down as fact.

For the strong and interested, there is no acceptance of stray conduct at PUBLIC MEETINGS caught by privately-owned television for the PUBLIC RECORD. There will be no silencing of what is in PUBLIC DOMAIN. Information existing in PUBLIC DOMAIN, put there by local bodies as their official reports and media releases should not be stopped. Information requested by the public and released by local bodies under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) should be freely disseminated. No picnic.

And now, the substance of that email:

All;

It is with profound regret that I note the United States does not have a monopoly on short-sighted, narrow minded, culturally blind idiots. We have so many of them it’s easy to assume we have them all. I guess there are Rednecks and Bogans everywhere.

Fear not…neither does the US have a monopoly on brave, stalwart, far-sighted stewards of our common Heritage who are willing and able to stand strong and see this important work through to completion. You are an inspiration to me and people around the world.

Have faith…stand strong and fear not.

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23.12.15 Christ Church Cathedral: practical news from govt mediator Miriam Dean QC [read report via link provided]
14.7.12 Rival newspaper on historic heritage #cathedral
2.3.12 Christ Church, Cathedral Square

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Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie —Friday, 1 Jan 2016 #NZ


Fox Family Entertainment Published on Nov 18, 2014
The Peanuts Movie | Official Holiday Trailer [HD] | FOX Family

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

Wikipedia: The Peanuts Movie
The Peanuts Movie (known in some countries as Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie) is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox, based on Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts. The film is directed by Steve Martino and written by Craig and Bryan Schulz (Schulz’s son and grandson, respectively), and Cornelius Uliano, and stars the voices of Noah Schnapp as Charlie Brown and, via archival recordings, Bill Melendez as Snoopy and Woodstock. It is the fifth full-length Peanuts film, and the first feature film in 35 years. It commemorates the 65th anniversary of the comic strip and 50th anniversary of the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, and was released on November 6, 2015.

The film sees Charlie Brown trying to improve his odds with the Little Red-Haired Girl. Meanwhile, Snoopy writes a book about the Flying Ace, as he imagines himself as a legend trying to save his love interest and pilot, Fifi, from the Red Baron and his army. The Peanuts Movie received positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $152 million. It received nominations for the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature and the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

Variations with repetitions:

Fox Family Entertainment Published on Oct 28, 2015
The Peanuts Movie | Peanuts 65 [HD] | FOX Family
An incredible look at how 65 years of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang inspired dreamers and underdogs.

Fox Family Entertainment Published on Sep 22, 2015
The Peanuts Movie | Official Trailer 2 [HD] | FOX Family

Fox Family Entertainment Published on Jul 31, 2015
The Peanuts Movie | Franklin Day [HD] | FOX Family
Happy Franklin Day! This year, Schulz’s iconic strip “Peanuts” is celebrating its 65th Anniversary as part of the fabric of U.S. culture. On July 31st, 1968 Charles Schulz introduced Franklin, the first African American character to appear alongside Charlie Brown and his friends.

Fox Family Entertainment Published on May 8, 2015
The Peanuts Movie | We Love Moms [HD] | FOX Family

Fox Family Entertainment Published on Jan 5, 2015
The Peanuts Movie | Teaser [HD] | FOX Family

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Pop Mashup(s) + Independent UK exclusive on attack to local democracy

via The Independent (by tweet)

Dj Earworm Published on Dec 2, 2015
DJ Earworm Mashup – United State of Pop 2015 (50 Shades of Pop)
A mashup of the FIFTY biggest U.S. hits of 2015.

DJ Earworm Mashup – United State of Pop 2014 (Do What You Wanna Do)
DJ Earworm Mashup – United State of Pop 2013 (Living the Fantasy) feat. Lorde

Earworm’s real name is Jordan Roseman. “I try to get a feel of what is in the zeitgeist,” he told Billboard. “Music has been going through a softer phase than it was a few years ago so there’s the return of adult contemporary.”

In other news, via The Independent 27.12.15 NZT….

How the Government plans to launch ‘direct attack on local democracy’
Editorial: The Government’s attack on local democracy should be resisted

Headline - 27.12.15 NZT [independent.co.uk][screenshot]

███ ODT: DCC quitting its fossil fuel shares

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Dezeen: Harbin Opera House, north east China | MAD

Harbin Opera House by MAD Architects_Beijing - aerial 1 [photo Hufton + Crow]Harbin Opera House by MAD Architects_Beijing - exterior 2 [photo Adam Mørk]Harbin Opera House by MAD Architects_Beijing - exterior 3 [photo Hufton + Crow]

### dezeen.com 16 December 2015
MAD’s sinuous Harbin Opera House completes in north-east China
Beijing studio MAD has completed an opera house in the Chinese city of Harbin, featuring an undulating form that wraps two concert halls and a huge public plaza. The opera house is the first and largest building that MAD has designed as part of Harbin Cultural Island, a major new arts complex among the wetlands of the Songhua River. The 79,000-square-metre building features a three-petalled plan. One houses a grand theatre with space for up to 1,600 visitors, while the other is a more intimate performance space for an audience of 400. The building is designed to mirror the sinuous curves of the marsh landscape, with an exterior of smooth white aluminium panels and glass. These contrast with the rooftops, where a textured surface of ice-inspired glass pyramids allows light in from above. According to MAD, the building is designed “in response to the force and spirit of the northern city’s untamed wilderness and frigid climate”. “We envision Harbin Opera House as a cultural centre of the future – a tremendous performance venue, as well as a dramatic public space that embodies the integration of human, art and the city identity, while synergistically blending with the surrounding nature,” said studio founder Ma Yansong.

MAD architects [website homepage i-mad.com 26.12.15]

█ MAD Architects: http://www.i-mad.com/

MAD has designed several cultural buildings, including an artificial island of art caves, an icicle-shaped wood sculpture museum also in Harbin and Chicago’s proposed George Lucas Museum. Curved surfaces are a recurring theme through them all, picking up Ma’s ambition for a new style of architecture, referencing the landscapes of traditional Chinese paintings.

“We treat architecture as a landscape,” he told Dezeen in an interview last year.

Harbin Opera House by MAD Architects_Beijing - interior 1 [photo Adam Mørk]

The smooth surfaces of the opera house’s exterior continue inside.
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█ Photography by Adam Mørk and Hufton + Crow.

Harbin Opera House by MAD Architects_Beijing [photo Hufton + Crow]

Related stories:
China Wood Sculpture Museum by MAD
MAD reveals concept design for George Lucas’ Chicago art museum
MAD Architects unveils slimmed-down design for Lucas Museum in Chicago

Related movie:
MAD wants to “invent a new typology” for high-rise architecture, says Ma Yansong
In this exclusive video interview filmed in Venice, Ma Yansong of Chinese architects MAD explains his concept for a “shan-shui city”, a high density urban development inspired by traditional Chinese paintings of mountain ranges.

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Harbin Opera House by MAD Architects_Beijing - plaza 1 [photo Adam Mørk]Harbin Opera House by MAD Architects_Beijing - exterior detail 1 [photo Hufton + Crow]

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