School holidays ahoy

Kids at Upper Riccarton LibrarySchool (and kindy) holidays start after Friday 27 September, and kids are back on Monday 14 October.

Check out our school holiday programmes  and read Audrey’s blog post for a bit more about the fun learning activities like Claymation, Digital story telling and Chillout Tunes.

Find out more about other Christchurch activities and holiday programmes for the September/October holidays, including:

Kia ora to the Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre

Last week I visited a special place at the Airforce Museum – it is called the Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre. The name is quite a mouthful, but to put it simply this is a place for local museums and other organisations to store and repair their collections.

Moya Sherriff is an intern at the CCCRC. She has been doing some excellent blog posts summarising the work and progress of the Centre:

In November 2011, the Air Force Museum started construction on a new building development, to create an extension for the exhibition, restoration and conservation spaces of the large object collections.

The role of the CCCRC is to provide a free space for those cultural organisations within Canterbury who have either lost their premises due to the earthquakes or are in need of temporary collection storage while their buildings are going through the EQC repair process. Each group has been given a designated storage area within the Recovery Centre and a shared workspace where organisations can re-group, assess the consequences and needs of collections and begin the processes of documentation, cataloguing and boxing, while having access to conservation treatments.

The work being done is important. The collections are being catalogued, reorganised, and repaired. Networks are being forged, workers are gaining new skills and knowledge, and this project is a model of cooperation and collaboration.

Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre timeline

Beam me up Dr McCoy

Cover of Turm back your age clockPerhaps its my age, but I’ve been noticing an growing number of reports in the media about the in-roads science is making into the problems of aging. They’ve very recently discovered that a reversible protein deficiency causes age-related memory loss, that healthy living can reverse the aging process at a cellular level and body parts can now not only be grown in the laboratory, but they can be reproduced on a chip using a 3D printer, to test medicines.

It all brings forth the vision, long dreamed of by sci-fi writers, of much longer and healthier lives. Have a heart problem? Just plug in a new one. Losing your memory? Just let me give you a little injection of protein (note from me – could you get right onto that research please?)

So, all those books on reversing your age and increasing your longevity may not be just wishful thinking after all. The doctor demanding that you look at your diet and exercise regimes could be starting you in the road to rejuvenation and practicing yoga and meditation are starting to look age defying.

Will this all start us on the road to healthy living I ask myself, or will we carry on eating junk food and slouching in front of computers in the hope that injections and transplants will overcome our bad habits?

What do you think?