Podcast – Human Rights and the Olympics

Speak Up Kōrerotia logoChristchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand’s only specialist human rights radio show Speak up – Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton.

With the Rio Olympics due to start next month, this episode discusses human rights in the sporting context and touches on subjects such as –

  • The portrayal of sportswomen in the media
  • Paralympics and breaking down barriers of perceptions of able-bodied and disabled people
  • Human rights abuses perpetrated in the lead-up to and during Olympic Games
  • Steps taken by the International Olympic Committee to redress these abuses
  • The world of elite gymnastics

The panel for this show includes Sally Carlton, Roslyn Kerr from Lincoln University, whose research looks at the world of elite gymnastics, Ashley Abbott from the New Zealand Olympic Committee, and Barbara Kendall, five-time Olympian and member of the International Olympic Committee. This discussion is preceded by an interview with William Stedman, New Zealand’s youngest Paralympian for Rio 2016.


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Podcast – Exposing human rights through (citizen) media

Speak Up Kōrerotia logoChristchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand’s only specialist human rights radio show Speak up – Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton.

Exposing human rights through (citizen) media discusses topics as wide-ranging as satellite technology, the Arab Spring and the struggle for independence in West Papua.

Guests: Steven Livingston (The George Washington University, The Brookings Institution and Carr Center for Human Rights Policy), David Robie (Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology) and undercover journalist Jaya Mangalam Gibson (Quad Cowork etc)


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Make mine a Double Happiness with a supersized side of bullshit

What would life be like without bullshit? Joe Bennett would really like to know and last night to a packed Geodome audience at The Press Christchurch Writers Festival, he filled the stage with a full-scale rant on that very subject.

I’m fifty-five now and everything pisses me off.

And bullshit pisses him off the most, so much so that he has written a book to help us hone our BS detectors and know exactly how we are being manipulated. It is the stunningly named and packaged Double Happiness – How Bullshit Works.

It was a tour de force performance. Bennett was like a compact, enraged, snarling little pit bull terrier. With a beer in one hand and the audience in the other he filled the stage and the room with his booming voice (including a rather endearing little lisp every now and then and the odd spray of spittle). He was very funny as he bullshitted his way through a tirade against commercial, political and religious manipulation.

He took no prisoners: pukekos, Valerie Adams, Coca-cola (aka God), travel advertising and the Olympics all came in for a lampooning. Oh, and Imprezas – he loathes Imprezas.

The seat next to mine was taken at the last minute by a tall and tanned and young (you see where this is heading?) man . He sauntered in at the last minute as if he had just come off a Camel cigarettes photo shoot. With those complicated amber and bone bracelets that signal “I have backpacked barefoot through Cambodia” and a knuckleduster of a turquoise ring, everything about him screamed “I do not come from Christchurch”. In fact with the ease of long experience of airport delays he told us he was Aaron Smith and he’d come to do a recce on Joe who is the Chair at his event at the festival on Saturday. There was something endearing about that and he appeared to thoroughly enjoy the show. But at the end he seemed subdued, as if  he wondered what he had let himself in for. As I left, I leant across and said: “If it gets ugly to-morrow, just remember that he loves dogs!”

The truth is this could have been the shortest blog of the Fest. Just five little words:

You needed to be there.

Communications and Mass Media Collection: getting your point across

logoWe all need reasonable communication skills to get through our lives.  Some people need these skills to be sharper than most like:

  • Writers
  • Journalists, editors and publishers
  • Marketing and public relations professionals
  • Graphic artists and advertisers
  • Students of all the above!

With information from journals, books, and multimedia, there is a solution to any communication type question asked – from Facebook privacy issues to punctuation rules – this resource can help.

Communications and Mass Media Collection and many other  electronic resources can be found in the Source.

Access this from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our open community libraries.

Media darlings

Who’d have thought libraries or librarians could be so interesting? I am constantly amazed by the number of news stories particularly in the British media about us lowly librarians. We are either irresistibly fascinating or, as I fear is more likely, really newsworthy stories were a little thin on the ground that day. Possibly a case of when in doubt chuck in a heartwarming library tale, take for example:

  • The Rose Marie musical score returned after 70 years by the criminal known as Iris Chadwick. 83 years old and showing a remarkable lack of remorse Mrs Chadwick said “I’ve hung on to the book for so long because it was part of my childhood”. Yes part of your childhood Mrs Chadwick but just think of all those library customers who couldn’t tickle the ivories with Rose Marie ditties because you kept your mitts on the score. Just cheeky!
  • Lousie Brown from Stranraer in Scotland is on the cusp of borrowing her 25,000th library book, beat that eh? She has read six library books a week since 1946 and enjoys family sagas, historical novels and the odd Mills and Boon. Stranraer in the South-West of Scotland is not noted for either its glorious weather or entertaining night-life so perhaps reading really is the best option. Furthermore Mrs Brown has never accrued a library fine. Mrs Chadwick could take a leaf out of Mrs Brown’s book but on second thoughts maybe not, it might take her 70 years to return it.
  • Lastly and more disturbingly Texan lady librarians have released The Tattooed Ladies of TLA, a 18 month calendar celebrating their body art. This is a companion piece to the “Men of Texas Libraries” and designed to raise funds for disaster relief. Men of Texas Libraries, the mind boggles. The Tattooed ladies of TLA is apparently very tastefully done and “allows you to spend 18 months getting better acquainted with these fascinating and dedicated women of Texas libraries”. Go girls!

The Meta-blog

The rough guide to bloggingThe prefix meta- is generally used to describe something that is self-referential, or about itself.  Metadata is data about data.  A metamovie might be a movie about movies and so it’s only right that there should be a blog about blogs or blogging.

Until relatively recently having your own web presence required a reasonable amount of IT geekery and was not free.  With the advent of blogging anyone with basic computing skills can carve out their own niche in cyberspace.  For more information on how to set up your own blog check out our Creating your own online space page from the library website.

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