Library Services


Per Crucem has blogged that Dunedin City Library as a cost-cutting initiative is going to reduce opening hours. I find it annoying that for the most part they are going to reduce opening hours to the working day. A stupid idea for people like me who don’t work in the central city and can only find time to use the library after hours. Per Crucem‘s protest is to encourage people to take out the maximum number of books and encourage the use of our library.

It’s a tempting proposition. However my reading time is greatly reduced at the moment and I read through my library books in about five to six weeks, meaning I have to renew them at least once, which I can do online when they come overdue. I went in on Friday to get some new books out. I note that these new times could mark the end of an inter-generational tradition: the visit to the library to change one’s books.

So my bed-time reading for the next month or so is three books from the library:

  • Felaheen by Jon Courtenay Grimwood, the third volume in his curious Arabesk trilogy
  • Muslim Spain and Portugal: A Political History of al-Andalus by Hugh Kennedy
  • Britain After Rome: The Fall and Rise 400-1070 by Robin Fleming
  • Two history books to broaden my imagination. That should be fun. It’s proving so as both are start off well written.

    Off house-sitting next week as a friend and his partner are overseas for four weeks and I get to look after their three cats. Three whole weeks of Fuzz Therapy! I need to start looking out things that I want to have on hand to take with me. At least I can walk back to Manono house to pick things up that I’ve forgotten, water plants, and go to the gym in town.


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    I sometimes like to look through the backlog of links I have on my Aggregator. They go back to May 2007. On a whim I went back and found what I liked at the start of past years.

  • A lone jogger on Finchley Road in London.
  • The Gare d'Orsay at night in Paris.
  • Intruders make the mistake of invading the Freak Angels’ community in Whitechapel
  • Hmmmm, I wonder if I’ve found a new meme to explore on this journal. Digging up old entries on blogs I follow.

    2010 in passing

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    January: took my Christmas decorations down on Twelfth Night. It rained.

    February: started writing dialogues for a new imaginary language project. Hippies moved into the flat behind me.

    March: The last of my aunts died in Invercargill while I was at an interfaith conference in Christchurch and I didn’t get back home in time to travel down to the funeral. I’m still pissed off about that.

    April: ummmm…

    May: new Doctor Who. A Samoan tribe visited me for Capping co-inciding with the High Holy Day of the Zen Bukkhists, the 24 Hour Book Sale. SG:U started, a slow mover.

    June: was mostly television. A lot of exceptional weekends happened.

    July: I wrote half a story in Brithenig. The soccer world cup happened and a lot of New Zealanders got excited about how well the All Whites played and had to have a liedown.

    August: Tao went to the vets twice and died. Dragon visited New Zealand on a farewell tour.

    September: Local body elections. The Christchurch Earthquake.

    October: I left my lovely flat and moved into Manono House. I regret leaving that flat but the Castle had other plans for it. Presbyterian General Assembly: conservative and unpleasant. Infection in my leg.

    November: end of year events began, and ice-cream cake. Burns Seminar.

    December: more end of year stuff. Christmas with family.