Film Review: Mantrap (1926)

This afternoon I jumped at the chance to view the 1926 silent black and white film ‘Mantrap‘ at the Regent Theatre in Dunedin, screening as part of the International Film Festival.  It is a rare experience to attend a silent film with live piano accompaniment, something that must […]

Olympic Collectables

Collecting can be very rewarding.  It has the thrill of the chase, offers genuine investment opportunities and can open personal windows into different times and places.  So with the Olympics currently underway I thought that perhaps this might be an opportunity to lure a few readers into the […]

The 1912 Olympics

Apologies for the delay since my last post, in part due to my attempting to juggle my day job with screenings at the International Film Festival and of course soak in as much of the Olympic atmosphere as is possible when in the completely opposite time zone.  But […]

1912 Ball Invitation

Wednesday July 24th 1912 was a fairly unremarkable day.  No liners collided with icebergs, no Archdukes were assassinated and no Kings were crowned.  But today does mark a special centenary that I thought I’d share with you. It was one hundred years ago today that the Lyttelton Railway […]

Men in Aprons

I’ve hatched a cunning plan to get you all over the midweek hump, not just today but every week.  It involves a series of photographs of men wearing aprons, the story of a pioneer photographer and a 19th century movement to make every Wednesday a half-holiday. First, as […]

What to do after an Air Raid

Congratulations, you have just survived your first air raid!  But as you emerge from the dust and rubble you realize that your world has changed forever.  Few people know how to survive an air raid and even fewer know what to do in the precious minutes once the […]

How to Survive an Air Raid

Being caught in an air raid is something that most of us don’t usually need to worry about, but that is no excuse for not being ready.  If you know what to do in the event of an earthquake, tsunami, cyclone/hurricane and other similar hazards then you owe […]