Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude Of Love and Other Demons
Love in the Time of Cholera Strange Pilgrims The Autumn of the Patriarch
Chronicle of A Death Foretold The General in His Labyrinth The Story of A Shipwrecked Sailor

Gabriel García Márquez was considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors, best known for his masterpiece of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

The 1967 novel sold more than 30 million copies and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

It’s Chocolate, Bunnies and All Things Easter

cover of Easter Things to Make and DoIt’s a weird old Easter this year. It’s late,  and jammed up snugly against school holidays and Anzac weekend. There’s long weekends aplenty and time to get those last gardeny things sorted or maybe take a break out of the city before the winter truly sets in.

Easter chocolate excesses have been in the shops since January and Hot Cross Buns seem to be available year round.  I always plonk my curmudgeon hat firmly on my head when it comes to these yummy fruity, spicy buns. How  can you sell buns filled with chocolate without a single currant in sight as a Hot Cross Bun? Humpf!!

If you want to learn about the origins of Easter, when the libraries will be open or other information about this religious and increasingly secular celebration, then look no further than the Christchurch City Library Easter pages .

What to do, what to do?

At the Transitional Cathedral, known more affectionately as The Cardboard Cathedral, there is an art exhibit  “Station’s of the Cross” by John Badcock . There will be traditional church services throughout the town, and more farmers and craft markets than you can shake a foil covered stick at.cover of Awesome Autumn

For the egg lovers, there is the Whittakers Big Egg Hunt. New Zealand Artists have created 100 giant eggs and scattered them around New Zealand, some of them are hidden in our fair city. While not a traditionally Easter activity, Zombie: Red Zone  Gaming will be an adrenalin pumper for the fitter among us. A great way to work of that chocolate perhaps?

Open in time for Easter and the school holidays, is the Washington Way Skate Park, revamped and awesome, it is now one of the biggest and most challenging parks in the country.

I’m hoping the weather will be kind and allow me to get some gardening done, so I can hibernate over the up coming winter, and look at it, tidy, from the inside.

Whatever you plan to do this Easter, I hope you can relax, enjoy some time with family and friends and maybe hunt for a few eggs or scuff through the leaves in Hagley Park.

What are your plans for your days off? Got any great events you’d like to share?

A newspaper vendor in Cathedral Square, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury

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A newspaper vendor in Cathedral Square, Christchurch [1927] Christchurch City Libraries, File Reference CCL PhotoCD 6, IMG0039