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  • cute animals awww, Environment, Prudence

    Hello birdie

    25.06.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Hello birdie

    Landcare Research would like your help for the 2010 Garden Bird Survey. It takes an hour, and all you need to do is count the different bird species you see in your backyard, school, park, garden, or meadow (I think that covers it). It’s been going on for a few years now, and the results are used to find out if common bird populations are increasing or decreasing. SO if you want to do it you can go to this webpage and download an identification flyer with a recording form. Will house sparrows win for the fourth year running? Will silvereyes make a late resurgence?

  • anime, Books, DVDs, Environment, GLBT, New, Sci Fi, Simon, Space: The Final Frontier

    New Books! New DVDs!

    12.06.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on New Books! New DVDs!

    There are only a handful of new books this week. There’s a stack of DVDs though! Quite exciting for anime fans!

    Here are the books.

    Here’s How I See It: Here’s How It Is, by Heather Henson (270 pages) – The remarkably named Junebug wants to be an actress, but at the age of thirteen she’s still a stagehand at her parents’ playhouse. She feels like she’s becoming the perfect stagehand – this isn’t necessarily good, as it means she feels invisible!

    First line: ‘Here’s how I see it: everything is going to be okay, just like Dad said.

    Ship Breaker : A Novel, by Paolo Bacigalupi (326 pages) – In the grim, grim future (teens like dystopian novels!) Nailer, a teenaged boy, strips beached oil tankers for their copper. He stumbles across an ‘exquisite’ clipper ship beached in a hurrican and must decide between stripping it for parts or helping out the sole survivor (she is rich and beautiful!)

    First line: ‘Nailer clambered through a service duct, tugging at copper wire and yanking it free.

    Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That Might Kill Me : A Novel, by Kristen Chandler (371 pages) – KJ lives in Montana, near Yellowstone park, where introduced wolves are splitting the community. Is she for them or against them? Do I mean the wolves, or the community? Yes to both!

    First lines: ‘Wolves don’t actually howl at the moon. Mostly they howl at each other. I’m a girl, so I get that.

    The Carrie Diaries, by Candace Bushnell (389 pages) – Carrie Bradshaw is the main character in the Sex And The City TV series and films. This book is her ‘diary’ from when she was a teen in Connecticut in the early ’80s, and before she went to New York.  

    First lines: ‘They say a lot can happen in a summer. Or not.

    My Worst Best Friend, by Dyan Sheldon (303 pages) – Grace and Savanna are besties! Even soul sisters. But sometimes friendships can turn sour.

    First line: ‘The way I saw it when I was in high school, even though there were still millioins of different life forms left on the planet, there were basically only two kinds of girls: Those Girls and everyone else.

    Out of Shadows, by Jason Wallace (277 pages) – This is set in Zimbabwe, in the early ’80s, just after independence. Robert is new to the country, and finds that some of his classmates are keen for the country to return to the old, white-led past, at any cost.

    First line: ‘Go ahead, shoot, I thought, because I was thirteen and deperate and anything, absolutely anything, was better than the fate to which my parents were leading me.

    Here are the new DVDs! We have added the newest Bleach DVDs (volumes 16 to 20), and we’ve also got the first Bleach film, Bleach : Memories of Nobody. (There’s talk of a live-action Bleach film, btw.) We have added a couple of Ghost In The Shell : Stand Alone Complex DVDs to the YA collection, and the entire first series of Tsubasa in one, six-disc boxed set. Boxed sets of shounen-ai classic Gravitation  and FLCL (pronounced ‘fooly-cooly’) are also in. As well as! Death Note  : Relight 2 (highly recommended), the first three Bakugan DVDs, a couple more Dragonball Z movies, the 2001 OVA of Spirit of Wonder, and the complete series of the French-Japanese animation, The Mysterious Cities of Gold (which came out in 1982, when Carrie Bradshaw was in high school).

  • Adrienne, Environment

    Fill your trunk with your junk

    03.09.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fill your trunk with your junk

    Heard of e-day? No?

    e-day image for blog

    E-day gives you the chance to dump your electronic waste for free so it can be recycled and doesn’t end up in landfills. E-day 2008 was a massive success with 946 tonnes of e-waste collected around the country. 122 tonnes were collected in Wellington alone.

    The next e-day is soon – on September 12th at Westpac Stadium – so start gathering your junk.

    Check out the e-day website for all the info (you can even sign up to be a volunteer on the day), make sure you find out what you can and can’t take to be recycled.

  • Environment, Science!, Simon

    Free Lightbulbs

    26.03.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Free Lightbulbs

    VOTE EARTHThis Saturday at 8.30pm is Earth Hour, which means that you should switch off your lights (presumably you can keep your computer/console/television on). I wrote about it last week, and embedded a rather neat Youtube channel.

    Currently we’re giving away Ecobulbs – lightbulbs that use up less power than your standard, usual lightbulb and are made from recycled materials – to anyone who asks for them, really. So if you want a free lightbulb come on in!

    The deal will last until tomorrow or at least until they run out (and we have a lot). See the awesome photo.

  • Environment, Happenings, Prudence

    Earth Day

    17.03.09 | Permalink | 1 Comment

    VOTE EARTHOn Saturday the 28th of March is Earth Hour. To take part in this global event, all you need to do is to switch off your lights at 8.30pm for an hour. Which is pretty easy! There is more about Wellington’s efforts for the day here.

    (I initially said that it was this Saturday, which is wrong, although you could still turn your lights off for an hour if you wanted to.)

    Read about Earth Hour here, or watch some of the Youtube clips below.

  • Edna Welthorpe, Environment, Science!

    What lovely altocumulus castelanus

    28.06.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on What lovely altocumulus castelanus

    Wellington is famous for its umbrella-unfriendly gusts of wind. It’s something to be proud of, in much the same way that Rotorua smells of hydrogen sulphide, or Auckland sits amidst a gazillion volcanoes. The next time you’re looking at the sky, watching the clouds race past at galeforce speeds, keep watch for rare clouds. Yes! Rare clouds! Who knew?

  • Books, Environment, Tess

    Green is the New Black

    08.05.08 | Permalink | 1 Comment

    On 5th June 2008 Wellington will be hosting the United Nations World Environment Day in an effort “to raise awareness and promote action on national environment issues.”

    Wellington City Libraries has a wonderful collection of resources for readers who are passionate about saving the environment and reducing their carbon footprint, including a selection of books which focus on the environmental and ethical aspects of clothing trade:

    For more information visit these blogs: Wellington City Libraries Eco News and Green is the New Black.

  • Environment, Happenings, Sam, Science!

    Have yourself a whale of a time, all expenses paid…

    02.05.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Have yourself a whale of a time, all expenses paid…

    Get yourself down to Te Papa and tohora for free!  No, tohora is not really a verb but the Maori word for whale.  Wellington City Council is paying for residents of Wellington to see  ‘Whale: Tohora’, an exciting cetacean exhibition at Te Papa.  This one day offer is only available May 8, 10.00am – 9.00pm.  You will need to prove that you live in Wellington, so dive into your wallets and make sure you have your library card handy (Of course you do! You use it all the time to access our amazing services) before heading out.

  • Environment, Grimm, Happenings


    15.03.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Konichiwa!

    If you are (or you know someone who is) aged 15 – 17 (as at August this year), interested in science and/or the environment and are up for a free three-week trip to Japan in August read on.

    The Japanese government is offering a chance to travel all expenses paid to Okinawa, Japan and study the natural environment of the place with 75 other young people from around the Asia-Pacific region. They’re looking for applications from anyone interested – Arigatou gozaimasu!

    Visit here for the ‘further information’ document. Contact Tessa at the Global Education Centre for further info: 04 496 9510.

  • Environment, Happenings

    Little green things

    15.03.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Little green things

    Passionate about saving the planet? You can make a difference! Why not take part in the Sir Peter Blake Youth Environment Forum 2008 and Earth Hour 2008?

    Read more…

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