The title today comes from a quote I made at the writing workshop in Invercargill Writing Different Worlds at the Invercargill Public Library on Saturday. I lost two days this weekend to travelling there and back again. It was worth it as we imagined writing speculative fiction and the work I created in half an hour was as good as any shared at the workshop. Invercargill has a speculative fiction group that meets on a Sunday evening, Chapter I. I didn’t find out if there is a similar social group in Dunedin I could join up with.

What else happened this month:

  • The Southern Consort of Voices sang at St. Joseph’s Chapel. Highlights for me included a piece of Russian church music by Sheremetov that felt like it was going to break out into gospel singing, and Arvo Pärt’s Women with an Alabaster Box which made the choir sound like they were singing like a pipe organ.
  • The Centre for Theology and Public Issues put on a discussion about recent events in the Middle East. This was so popularly attended that they had to close the doors to bar more people from entering. The most interesting comment from the panel was developments in Syria could have serious repercussions for all the countries in the Fertile Cresent.
  • Lucia di Lammermoor, wonderful opera, basically a ghost story by Walter Scott. Imagine that there is this alternative kingdom called Escozia where everyone dresses as Victorian goths and speaks Italian. There has been a regime change and the great houses that have lost power are desparately trying to claw their way up the food chain.
  • Visit to the Art Gallery to hear Dr Jane Malthus talk about Regency fashion. I was in the minority of men attending this lecture, the ratio was about 10:1. It was a talk about fashion for women who could wear diaphenous revealing dresses with no stomachs (or else look like a muffin); very Holly Hobby or White Witch look. I wonder how much the Kate Middleton dress was influenced by this look?
  • The Right Reverend Graham Redding talked about worship in the Presbyterian Church to the Presbyterian Heritage Network.
  • The Presbyterian Synod of Southland and Otago met in Invercargill. The synod is the original governing body of the Presbyterian church in that region. It remained independent of the national church body until 1901. An article of the settling document of Dunedin made it one of the original property owners in the south. The money was held in trust and distributed twice a year. Since the millenium the synod has realised that while it has maintained the buildings well it is a decreasing and ageing number of people who patronise them. It now looks for projects from the parishes that will reverse this trend.
  • Parish Council met.
  • Easter Break happened and I had a four day weekend. I went to only one church service on Easter Sunday, not finding one I wanted to attend for Good Friday. Then I took off again to Invercargill on the next Friday for the writing workshop meaning I had a very short week.
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