Photo Hunt October: Off to the game

Off to the game..
Entry in the Christchurch City Libraries 2008 Photo Hunt. File Reference: HW08-ANZC-098 CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0NZ

“Three Christchurch Boys High lads at the Lancaster Park turnstiles on their way to watch a Wednesday afternoon rugby match in 1956.”

Lancaster Park opened on 15 October 1881 and was Christchurch’s  primary sports venue until it closed following the earthquakes in 2010/2011.

Christchurch City Libraries has been running an annual Photo Hunt in conjunction with the city’s Heritage Week since 2008.  The 2016 Photo Hunt is running again from 1 – 31 October. During the month of October we will be posting a series of images from earlier Photo Hunts.

Enter the 2016 hunt online or at your local library.

Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch & Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute.

Te Rerenga Kōrero – Ki te paepiro rā anō!

Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Māori Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori – The Māori Language Commission publish weekly Māori phrases that can be used to support or cheer someone on.

 Ki te paepiro rā anō!
To the try line!

akina te reo rugby

All Blacks – history makers

I popped along to the All Blacks parade yesterday.

Dan, Richie, the Cup, Steve and Ian

It was great to see the team and the lovely gold trophy up fairly close – and to see so many people come out to cheer a champion team! I did some enthusiastic waving and Dan Carter waved back in my general direction! My photos aren’t great but they give an impression of the event.

Brodie Retallick and Beauden Barrett (I think) behind.

For more images of the parade and event in Hagley Park, as well as reporting from round the world the on the Rugby World Cup, why not take a look a papers from around the world, including the Press from the last few weeks in PressDisplay.

If the back to back World Cup wins has inspired you to find out more, we have heaps of books about the All Blacks.  Some of the older titles may well only be available reference only at Central Library Manchester‘s Aotearoa New Zealand Centre.

Check out our page on rugby, including our one on its history in Christchurch.

The construction workers at the Arts' Centre had an excellent view.
The construction workers at the Arts’ Centre had an excellent view.

New Zealand Book Week & the Rugby World Cup!

It’s New Zealand Book Week and the final of the Rugby World Cup. How will we cope? What will we read? I’ve got it covered, so just relax and enjoy the ride.

Leading up to the game.

Cover of On top of everythingCover of No second chanceCover of CollisionCover of The demolition of the century

Followed by.

Cover of Running towards dangerCover of Heart of obsidianCover of Sacrifice

Opening play.

Cover of Final retributionCover of SoonCover of TrifectaCover of Trust no one

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Cover of Cross fingersCover of FalloutCover of The PredictionsCover of The journey

Half time sustenance.

Cover of Chocolate for breakfastCover of Blood wine and chocolateCover of Recipe for lifeCover of A sandwich short of a picnic

And, of course, the back-up plan.

Cover of A jold to the heart

How will you make it through the week?

Go, the All Blacks!

A novel approach to team sports!

Cover of The Taliban Cricket ClubWorld Cup Cricket has us in its grip. Some of us are bowled over; some of us are going in to bat for the team and the rest of us thought we’d just read a novel where the dull thwack of bat against ball forms an integral part of the plot.

Bowled for a maiden. No such good novel exists. Well maybe one that isn’t too dire: The Taliban Cricket Club.

If we widen the search to include other team sports, like rugby, there’s Lloyd Jones’ novel about the 1905 All Blacks – The Book of Fame. And soccer/football has Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch in its line-up. But it’s slim pickings. There isn’t even very much in the way of mediocre/rubbish team sport fiction writing, which is weird.

Cover of Running the riftBut sports where individuals take part have generated many more novels. Want a novel about running? Award winning Running the Rift is set in Rwanda and is an uplifting  book about  genocide and running and healing. And if that doesn’t appeal, you can choose from 88 other novels on running, and I include Haruko Murakami’s What I Talk About when I Talk About Running because even when Murakami writes non-fiction, it reads like poetry.

Swimmers have quite a good choice as well: Herman Koch and Summer House with Swimming Pool, Alan Hollinghurst and The Swimming Pool Library and The J.M. Barrie Ladies’ Swimming Society with its link to the author of Peter Pan. And cyclists have a large range of novels related to their sport. Gold by Chris Cleave is probably the pick of Goldthe bunch, but for a gentle read there is the popular A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar.

Multitudes of people play (and support) team sports, and just as many people are avid fiction readers. Why then are there so few novels with a team sport theme? Am I missing something here?

Truth to tell, the only cricketing reference that I remember from all my years of reading, is the dull thwack of bat on ball drifting up  from the gently sloping lawn in front of the homestead in Mary Wesley’s novel The Camomile Lawn.

And that will do very nicely for me.

Day of Rage

Day of Rage
Day of Rage

30 years ago today … Saturday, 12 September 1981 was the day of the third and final test between the Springboks and the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland.

It was also the anniversary of the murder in South Africa in 1977 of Steve Biko, an anti-apartheid activist who died after being interrogated by police under South Africa’s anti-terrorism laws.

More information on the Springbok Tour:

Advice from a rugby tragic

The 2011 Rugby World Cup is here. Some of you will no doubt run screaming from these words and take refuge in the libraries’ DVD collection or our CD collection. Anything to avoid listening to or watching rugby until it all ends on October 23, 2011.

If on the other hand you are a bit of a rugby head, or feel you could get swept up in the excitement of hordes of visiting fans passionately chanting support of such far flung places as Georgia, Romania and Namibia then you are joining a special band.
When not watching rugby you can be reading about the game. There is more to rugby books than rows of ghost written biographies of cauliflower eared heroes. This sample will give you the flavour of what is on offer.

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Anti Tour Rally

Anti Tour Rally
Anti Tour Rally

30 years ago today … Saturday 29 August 1981.

This rally coincided with the second test between the Springboks and the All Blacks.

It took place in Wellington at Athletic Park.

More information on the Springbok Tour:

They’ve brought their National Sport with them

They've brought their National Sport with them.
They've brought their National Sport with them.

30 years ago today … Saturday 15 August 1981.

This rally coincided with the first test between the Springboks and the All Blacks.

It took place in Christchurch at Lancaster Park (later renamed Jade Stadium, and now the AMI Stadium).

More information on the Springbok Tour: