Get ya geek on: Really useful resources for NCEA Geography

sceneLove learning about the world? These web resources will help you outsmart your classmates in your NCEA Geography assessments.

Don’t forget there are also useful general resources like World Book Web and Oxford Reference which are available online with your library card number and PIN. If you don’t have a PIN, ring the library on 941-7923 to arrange one.

Words for Christchurch: Kevin Ireland

Acclaimed poet and novelist Kevin Ireland wrote these Words for Christchurch.

A house in Christchurch

The whole house fell around him.
First the books were flung across
the room, then the shelves splintered

and ripped apart. That’s what
he now remembers. A whole library
flying at him, to the thunder and slams

and hammers of hell. The quake had him
on strings as it jigged him outside
where next he watched windows, walls

and chimneys sway, split and pitch.
The curious thing is that for a moment
he saw the house take off into the sky

on a choking updraft of dust.
It seemed to levitate before
miraculously recasting itself as debris.

Cities are built to become
the rubble of another age.
As a connoisseur of ruins he comprehends

inexorable truth, yet he will never
bring himself to see why his house
should be among the first to go

or how his neighbours had to die.
He has always accepted that civilisations
have an end. But when

he was in Ephesus he did not witness
the old and gorgeous houses
being torn apart by devils

in veils of dust. He looked everywhere,
but did not see one brick topple
or a single book take flight.

Confessions of a happy snapper

CoverThey say you can learn a lot about a woman by looking in her handbag. I don’t know what you would learn about me – I have a wallet,  a pink pen that is not mine, and a digital camera in there.

I take photos all the time. The great thing about digital photography is that you can delete the bad photos and crop or edit the rest. The problem was, some of my photos didn’t look good and I didn’t know what to do. Luckily, help was only a click or two away.

The library has photography books for beginners that can help you improve your composition and fix problems with lighting. There is one book I have found very useful.

Digital compact cameras is ideal for the novice photographer. It explains the rule of thirds, how to use a flash to prevent harsh shadows and has a glossary.  There are days when a book just won’t do, but once again, help is a click or two away:

Good morning. Fancy a newspaper?

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