Christchurch – Venice of the South?

Picture of heritage mapPost earthquake redevelopment of  Christchurch will no doubt include some out of left field ideas. In 1906 some bright sparks were looking to build a canal and harbour  for Christchurch. According to the details on the map they drew up the canal involved the construction of a mole from the entrance of the Avon Heathcote estuary  and then ran through Woolston to wharves right beside Lancaster Park (AMI Stadium today). The proposed harbour basin featured at least six wharves.

Check out the map in detail with the great Zoomify feature we have on all our digital maps.

The Man Booker Prize 2010 goes to … Howard Jacobson

CoverThe Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson has just been announced the winner. Hooray! I even did a wee cheer to see a victory for comedy over tragedy (but also because I picked it in a competition as the winner, he he).

2010 shortlist