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Rangitoto, Auckland. The Youngest Volcano #travel #newzealand

This year we’ve had lots of overseas visitors, which means we’ve been reacquainting ourselves with the sights around Auckland. The city of Auckland is built on on a field of volcanoes, and Rangitoto Island is the youngest one – a mere 600 years-old. The island is pest-free (a big deal for our native bird populations) and is a short ferry ride from the central city. The fascinating thing is that...

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Magical Seahorses

Thirteen Things about SEAHORSES When I saw one of the excursions possible from the ship was a visit to a seahorse farm I cast my vote immediately. I told Mr. Munro we should visit and he agreed since we both love nature, animals and the like, and it was something we...

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The Bog Man

I was fascinated by this story and the photos in my National Geographic newsletter today. It's about bodies discovered in Denmark's bogs, most of whom seem to have been sacrifices. Check out the photo of the man with the battle hairstyle and the one with the red hair....

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Tea for Two

I'm researching tea and tea-leaf reading for another work in progress, so here you go - Thirteen Things about Tea 1. The art of reading tea-leaves, or tasseomancy, goes back thousands of years to ancient China, when tea was first drunk. The practice developed as a...

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A Whole Lotta Shakin’

Thirteen Things about What Makes the Earth Move Not what you first thought, I bet! I've been researching earthquakes for a work in progress. There are some great myths that explain why the earth moves, and I thought I'd share. 1. India: The Earth is held up by four...

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Interview: Emily Gee

THIEF WITH NO SHADOW is New Zealander, Emily Gee's debut book. I caught up with Emily and asked about her recent release. 1. Tell us a little about yourself and your new release, THIEF WITH NO SHADOW. Me? Well, I've spent quite a bit of time studying--everything from...

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Back in the Eighteenth Century

Thirteen Things about Life and Sex in the Eighteenth Century 1. Coffee houses were places for men to meet, take refreshments and read newspapers, but even here they got into trouble with the opposite sex. Coffee-house owners were blamed for providing attractive...

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