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Reliving the golden days ties such as indoor bowls, golf, cross word and bingo. They also share a morning tea and cooked lunch. Mike says the group is open to anyone in the community. “It is not just here for people in Island Bay, we have people coming from all over the Wellington region from Miramar all the way to Karori.” The Golden Days group meets every Wednesday from 9:30am to 1:45pm at the St Hilda’s Church Hall in Island Bay. For more information contact Mike on 380 8545
Members of the Golden Day Group, that runs out of St Hilda’s Church Hall every Wednesday.
Author releases debut novel By Nikki Papatsoumas Tracy Farr, an author from Strathmore, has just released her debut novel The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt. The fictional novel focuses around the life of Lena Gaunt, who happens to be the world’s first theremin player. The theremin is an an early electronic musical instrument which is played without the musician having to touch the instrument itself. It is the sound of the theremin that has been used to create the theme song for Midsomer Murders and Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys. Tracy says they have two theremins in their house, but she chose the instrument because it fit in with the story. “When played it creates the most eerie sound. “It was a nice metaphor for the character of Lena who is quite a prickly person and has trouble connecting with people.”
Although this is Tracy’s debut novel she has previously written a number of short stories which have been published as part of anthologies. “I only wrote short stories until I decided to buckle down and write the longer form. It has been my focus for the last little while.” The book has taken five years to complete, and after being published earlier this year Tracy says it has been a nerve wracking experience. “It’s great but it’s quite strange, its nerve wracking before you have had any feedback. “What has been most
interesting is how long it all takes and how gradual it can be. For many books even if people love it, it can be a very long slow process for word to get out there.”
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By Nikki Papatsoumas Every Wednesday members of the wider Wellington community meet to relive their ‘golden days’. The Golden Days group has been running out of the St Hilda’s Church hall in Island Bay on Wednesdays for the last four years. Co-ordinator Mike Fiechter started the group after he lost his job in a local rest home. “After I lost my job to keep my skills up I decided to form this group,” says Mike. Around 20 regular members now attend every week, and participate in a variety of games and activi-
Published on Dec 1, 2013