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photography: jane @ kloser


WHAT A SAD TIME TO BE GOING TO PRESS AS WE LEARN OF THE UNFORTUNATE fate of the Pike River Coal miners whose lives were lost after a second explosion in the West Coast mine. Our thoughts are with the families of those miners at this difficult time especially with the run up to Christmas later this month.

IT CERTAINLY FEELS MORE FESTIVE WITH THE TELECOM CHRISTMAS TREE’S return to Western Park. Its height is equivalent to a seven storey building and the 375,000 lights have over 16 million colour combinations. The lights are linked with 156 wires and 20,000 cable ties. Designed by Joe Bleakley, the Art Director from King Kong and The Lord of the Rings it takes seven days to build and requires an 80 metre crane and a team of 15 people. We are fortunate to have it in our neighbourhood as it draws people from all over Auckland to Ponsonby to visit it and to take in the Franklin Road lights. Many stop for a meal, a drink or they come early for some retail therapy. BACK IN LONDON COLLEAGUES MARTIN AND JAY WERE ALWAYS INSPIRED BY their dearly departed friend Dennis Severs’ house. If you google 18 Folgate Street you will fall in love with his Georgian terraced house in Spitalfields, near Liverpool Street Station. He lived there for 20 years until his death in 1999 and took people on very creative three hour tours of the house!

The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

He recreated the rooms as a time capsule in the style of former centuries and created the Jervis family in his own imagination. He pretended they’d been Huguenot (French Protestant immigrants) silk weavers who lived in the house from 1725 to 1919. His thinking inspired us to create a new column in Ponsonby News about Maudie, a free-spirited Ponsonby dressmaker of the 1920s, as imagined by Angela Lassig, author of ‘New Zealand Fashion Design’ (published earlier this year.) We hope you will enjoy her letters, the first of which is published this month. WITH 223 ADVERTISERS THIS HAS BEEN A HUGE ISSUE TO PRODUCE AND at 180 pages it’s certainly our biggest to date. A big thanks to all our readers and our lovely advertisers. Our office will be closed from Tuesday, 7 December until Monday, 17 January for a well earned rest. THE ‘GONE FISHING’ SIGN GOES UP NEXT WEEK, SO MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!




DECEMBER/JANUARY '10/ '11 Ponsonby News  

Christmas issue - covering December and January - news/views and all that is happening in and around Ponsonby

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