Monthly Archives: September 2014

London’s Calling

There’s so much to do and see it’s hard to know where to start! Here we’ve combined some fashion, art and iconic buildings. It was a coincidence that pieces by Dunedin designers happened to match the Tower Bridge paintwork. No sign of Victoria Beckham at the opening of her new shop on Dover Street but the interior did look very chic.

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Russian Revolutionary posters at Tate Modern

Russian Revolutionary posters at Tate Modern

Ross enjoys the view from the restaurant at Tate Modern

Ross enjoys the view from the restaurant at Tate Modern

'Victoria Beckham' on Dover Street

‘Victoria Beckham’ on Dover Street

'Tie Fighter' singlet from NO*SENSE by NOM*d worn with pants and bag by Company of Strangers

‘Tie Fighter’ singlet from NO*SENSE by NOM*d worn with pants and bag by Company of Strangers

Pelicans in St James's Park – their beaks are even bigger than Ross'.

Pelicans in St James’s Park – their beaks are even bigger than Ross’.

Street art by Banksy on Bruton Lane

Street art by Banksy on Bruton Lane

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red': an installation, at the Tower of London, to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War

‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’: an installation, at the Tower of London, to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War

Ceramic poppies forming part of 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation, Tower of London

Ceramic poppies forming part of ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ installation, Tower of London

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Flying With Ross

After 24 hours of flying, courtesy of Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic (rather than under his own steam), Ross is happily settling in with the swans, Canada geese and mallards, on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Reading. Here’s some of the sights along the way.

Artist in the Terminal, Dunedin Airport: Dunedin's own Jon Thom

Artist in the Terminal, Dunedin Airport: Dunedin’s own Jon Thom

Britomart, Auckland

Britomart, Auckland

A feast of retail on Tyler Street, Britomart, Auckland

A feast of retail on Tyler Street, Britomart, Auckland

World's window, Britomart

World’s window, Britomart

Karen Walker, Britomart

Karen Walker, Britomart

St Kevin's Arcade, Auckland

St Kevin’s Arcade, Auckland

Copy of Michelangelo's Moses statue in Myers Park, Auckland

Copy of Michelangelo’s Moses statue in Myers Park, Auckland

View from The Swan At Streatley Hotel, Oxfordshire

View from The Swan At Streatley Hotel, Oxfordshire

Jamie's [Oliver] Italian restaurant, Reading, Berkshire

Jamie’s [Oliver] Italian restaurant, Reading, Berkshire

WorkHouse Coffee Company, Reading. Yay, they serve flat whites, thanks to the Australian owner.

WorkHouse Coffee Company, Reading. Yay, they serve flat whites, thanks to the Australian owner.

Ross making friends on the Kennet and Avon Canal

Ross making friends on the Kennet and Avon Canal

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Travelling with Ross the Royal Albatross

Ross caused quite a stir when he flew into St Clair’s esplanade a couple of weeks ago. Since he’s such a good ambassador for Dunedin, some of us decided to take him on a seven week trip to the UK to help us meet Kiwis living in London and seek out places with NZ significance. We’re also hoping to discover iconic film and TV locations. It’s going to be a long flight so we’ll be tucking him into our hand luggage and slipping him food scraps. See you soon Dunners.

Ross the Royal Albatross

Ross the Royal Albatross

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Dunedin’s Bloomin’ Lovely

Something romantic happens when flowers and vintage come together – whether it’s old Hollywood glamour or rock festival hippy chic. Spring has hardly sprung yet the city is vibrant with a kaleidoscope of floral colour. Here, we’ve done some colour matching around town. Everything featured is from a local vintage or op shop.

Red dress with palm tree print from Two Squirrels Vintage

Red dress with palm tree print from Two Squirrels Vintage

'Hollywood' glamour gown from Butterflies Hospice Shop

‘Hollywood’ glamour gown from Butterflies Hospice Shop

'Pretty in pink' dress from Finders Keepers Boutique

‘Pretty in pink’ dress from Finders Keepers Boutique

Nautical-theme dress from Vintage Dress Company

Nautical-theme dress from Vintage Dress Company

Cream beaded dress from Presbyterian Support Op-Shop

Cream beaded dress from Presbyterian Support Op-Shop

Pink and white gown from Raspberry Beret (no-longer-with-us sister of Purple Rain)

Pink and white gown from Raspberry Beret (no-longer-with-us sister of Purple Rain)

Blue rose-patterned dress from The Modern Miss

Blue rose-patterned dress from The Modern Miss

Hippy-chic dress from Most Wanted Vintage

Hippy-chic dress from Most Wanted Vintage

Since it’s 2014, these poppies remind us of all the young men who lost their lives for the cause of freedom between 1914 and 1918. We would like to mention two in particular. Firstly, our second cousin Albert Alfred Sammons who was killed in action on 25 April 1915 while serving with the Royal Fusiliers. Also, Morgan Morris (our great grandfather’s brother) of the 9th Battalion Welsh Regiment. He was 27 years old when he died on 1st February 1917 following an enemy gas attack.

In Loving Memory of Morgan Morris (1890 – 1917)

In Loving Memory of Morgan Morris (1890 – 1917)

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