Greenzone (DVD Review)

September 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Posted in DVD, DVD Film, Reviews, Suggestions | Leave a comment

One of Bruce Springsteen’s songs a few decades ago was about war, he sung the words ‘War – what is it good for – absolutely nothing’.

Every war movie has their fans and their enemies. I love my war movies and always will, but some people are against any type of war.

Greenzone has a mix of both really.

It is set during the Iraq War and involves the American troops. The movie is based on the book Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rujiv Chandreasekaran.

I enjoyed the movie but all the way through it felt like déjà vu.

After watching all the Bourne series I was interested to see if Matt Damon could pull this movie off.

He plays the part of Chief Warrant Officer Ray Miller who follows orders until those orders really start to become a problem and he goes off on a bit of a bender. His character is a lot like Jason Bourne from the Bourne series of movies, and of course the director is Paul Greengrass who directed the Bourne series.

It is a really good political thriller mixed with war type movie but I felt it didn’t really reach its full potential.

Reviewed by Shona

‘Go Slow France’ by Alastair Sawday

September 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Posted in Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Go Slow France by Alastair Sawday is a visual feast.

This travel guide celebrates the Slow philosophy of embracing all that is local, natural, traditional, sensory and gratifying.

It provides a selection of special places to stay and includes tips for walking and bike riding in France and exploring the national and regional parks.

The guide is broken up into regions and provides detailed information on special places to stay in each region. Each entry is comprehensively described and illustrated with tantalizing colour photographs of not just the properties but also the owners, their families and their pets.

Each entry provides a vignette of the owners and their interpretation of the Slow movement.

Whether you are about to embark upon a trip to France or are just after an ‘armchair experience’ this book will be a welcome addition to your travel reading.

Reviewed by Robyn

Kevin Mc Clouds’ Grand Tour of Europe

September 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Kevin McClouds’ Grand tour of Europe is a wonderful romp following in the footsteps of the wealth young English men of the 17th through to the 19th century ‘on grand tour’.

The author is interested in uncovering the tour experience’s of Britain’s foremost architects of the age – Inigo Jones, Christopher Wren and the Scottish Adam family and the mark they left on the architectural face of Britain.

He visits Paris, Genoa, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and Athens looking at the works of Michelangelo and Palladio among others.

Visits of the opera and a chance to make Parmesan cheese take place in Parma while along the way he also explores the brothels, bathhouses and drinking dens frequented by the ‘grand tourist’.

Among the ancient Greek ruins of Athens the author experiments with a camera obscure and explores the excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii.

He completes his journey by traveling  back to London via the Italian Alps perched atop a not so comfortable sedan chair.

Reviewed by Robyn

AUTHOR TALK: Ray Avery

August 16, 2010 at 9:18 am | Posted in Author Visit, Books, City Library, Free Event, Mosgiel, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Abused as a child. Homeless as a teenage. Meet the New Zealander of the Year 2010!

Meet A Rebel with a Cause, refusing to be beaten by life, and helping to save others world-wide with Kiwi ingenuity from his garage!

TICKETED ENTRY
Bookings: 474 3690 or library@dcc.govt.nz

Friday 20 August 2.00pm, Mosgiel Library
Friday 20 August, 5.30pm, 4th Floor, City Library
FREE

Cash and credit book sales available

Children’s Choice – August 2010

July 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Books, Children's, e-resource, Library Publications, Library_News, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Website | Leave a comment

The latest issue of Children’s Choice has been published and contains a good list of books for kids spanning fiction, non-fiction, picture books as well as news updates from staff working in the children’s area.

Head over to our library website to read the latest issue.

NB Issue 10 – July / August 2010

July 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, City Library, Fiction, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, School Holidays, Suggestions, Waikouaiti, Website | Leave a comment

The latest issue of Dunedin Public Libraries publication NB is now available at any branch of the DPL network and also online as a downloadable .pdf document.

Children’s Choice – June 2010

May 25, 2010 at 9:05 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, Children's, City Library, DVD, Fiction, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, Port Chalmers, Suggestions, Waikouaiti | Leave a comment

The latest issue of Children’s Choice has been published and contains a good list of books for kids spanning fiction, non-fiction, picture books as well as news updates from staff working in the children’s area.

Head over to our library website to read the latest issue.

NB Issue 09 – May 2010

May 10, 2010 at 9:30 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Children's, City Library, e-resource, Fiction, Heritage, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Reviews, Suggestions, Waikouaiti, Website, Young Adult | Leave a comment

The latest issue of Dunedin Public Libraries publication NB is now available at any branch of the DPL network and also online as a downloadable .pdf document.

New Zealand Music Month @ Dunedin Public Libraries

April 29, 2010 at 9:02 am | Posted in City Library, Events, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, New Zealand, NZ Music Month, Port Chalmers, Suggestions, Waikouaiti | 2 Comments

Welcome to Music Month 2010 at Dunedin Public Libraries!

This year sees a fantastic array of talent performing for free across our network, with the City Library hosting a series of regular gig nights and lunchtime concerts, in association with dunedinmusic.com and Trade Aid, in support of Fair Trade Fortnight.

So join us and get your toes tapping.

Gig Nights – City Library

Thursday 6 May 5.30pm – 7.00pm

  • TFF – Young punk rock pop band. Four piece
  • Honeybone – Rock pop. Four piece (Think The Datsuns, White Stripes)
  • The New Self – Folk, acoustic guitars, mandolin
  • FREE

Thursday 13 May 5.30pm – 7.00pm

  • Jonny Bollox – Witty acoustic comedy, pop (Think Flight of the Conchords)
  • Catgut and Steel – Folk duo
  • Leo Ladell – Blues man
  • FREE

Thursday 20 May 5.30pm – 7.00pm

  • Matt Langley – Acoustic songwriter
  • The Du Cats Kit – Power ska, pop. Trio
  • The Exclamations! – Funk rock. Four piece
  • FREE

Thursday 27 May 5.30pm – 7.00pm

  • The George Kay Experience – Indie rock. Four piece
  • Marcus Tuwairua – Ukulele folk. Member of The Standing Spirits
  • Paul Cathro – Formerly of The Biff Merchants. Member of Alizarin Lizard
  • FREE

Monday 31 May 5.30pm – 7.30pm

  • Ash & The Matadors – Fantastic rock, pop, country and blues
  • Haunted Love – Comic book music for nerds, cool kids and connoisseurs
  • FREE

Lunchtime Concerts – City Library

Friday 7 May 12.30pm – 1.30pm

  • Cult Disney – Dark dance, electric pop, stunning vocals. Trio
  • FREE

Friday 14 May 12.30pm – 1.30pm

  • Death By Silo – A Dunedin Supergroup: Chris Matthews (Headless Chickens, Robot Monkey Orchestra), Karen McLean (Onanon) and Stephen Stedman (Glovepuppet)
  • FREE

Friday 21 May 12.30pm – 1.30pm

  • Amanda Goodwin & Joe Setefano – Funk latin soul, easy listening. Duo
  • FREE

Friday 28 May 12.30pm – 1.30pm

  • Phil Corfield – Troubadour songwriter
  • FREE

Teen Space Gigs – City Library

WEDNESDAY 5 MAY, 5.00pm

  • Early Reflections
  • If you like Shihad, Nine Inch Nails, Crowded House or Foo Fighters, then check out this talented duo.
  • FREE

FRIDAY 14 MAY, 5.00pm

  • Natalie Wardell and Logan Anderson
  • Kaikorai Valley College Singer / Songwriters
  • FREE

FRIDAY 28 MAY, 7.00pm

  • Kane Strang
  • Bayfield High School Singer / Songwriter
  • FREE

Mosgiel Library

Friday 7 & 21 May 2.30pm

  • Beverley Kay – Easy listening, keyboard soloist
  • FREE

Monday 10 May 2.30pm

  • Silverstream (South) Primary School, Kapa Haka Group
  • FREE

Tuesday 11 May 2.00pm

  • Elmgrove School Choir
  • FREE

Thursday 13 May 1.30pm

  • St Mary’s School, Room 5
  • FREE

Thursday 20 May 12.30pm

  • Silverstream (South) Primary School Choir
  • FREE

Wednesday 26 May 11.30am

  • The Wise Women – Folk and Celtic harp music
  • FREE

Port Chalmers Library

THURSDAY 13 MAY 7.00PM

  • Both Sides – Country, pop, blues
  • FREE

THURSDAY 20 MAY 7.00PM

  • Leo LaDell – Blues with attitude. Join Leo LaDell at Port Chalmers Library for a smooth, soulful set that will put a swagger in your stride.
  • FREE

THURSDAY 27 MAY 7.00PM

  • Katharticus – Katharticus are fast becoming well known for their brand of gentle rock. Soaring solos, catchy riffs – all played in a stunning acoustic set.
  • FREE

Waikouaiti Library

FRIDAY 28 MAY 6.00PM

  • Katharticus – Katharticus are fast becoming well known for their brand of gentle rock. Soaring solos, catchy riffs – all played in a stunning acoustic set.
  • FREE

Careers Festival – May 2010

April 20, 2010 at 9:56 am | Posted in City Library, Events, Free Event, Library_News, Mosgiel, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Website | Leave a comment

Free Career Information, Advice & Guidance

If you are:

  • Looking for ideas about what to do with your life
  • Looking for work
  • Looking for learning opportunities
  • Helping someone to make work and study decisions

Come and talk to a Career Services career advisor.

Career Services is the national career advisory service. Our mission is to provide all people living in New Zealand with access to the best careers information, advice and guidance to achieve their life goals.

We have a comprehensive website http://www.careers.govt.nz and a national advice line 0800 222733 which means that planning your next career/work move has never been easier.

  • Tuesday 4 May 9.30am-1.00pm, Mosgiel Library
  • Wednesday 5 May 9.30am-1.00pm, Port Chalmers Library

Blind Ambition

Motivated, ambitious and very happy. Julie Woods a.k.a. that blind woman has never let the loss of her sight hold her back. She has taught herself how to read Braille, cook, juggle single parenting and has carved a career as a published author and professional speaker. Join us for an inspirational author talk that helps turn the negatives into positives.

  • Thursday 6 May 12.30pm – 1.30pm, Ground Floor, City Library
  • Friday 7 May 1.30pm, Dowens Room, Mosgiel Library
  • Free

Career Starter Tour

Kick-start your career. Discover your future with a tour of the City Library’s impressive job seeking and study resources.

Bookings essential. Phone 474 3690 or library@dcc.govt.nz

  • Friday 7 May 12.30pm – 1.30pm, Ground Floor, City Library
  • Free

Careerquest – Discover Your Future Career

Careerquest is an online career guidance assessment. It helps people identify possible career paths linked to their skills and interests and is an excellent starting point for generating options to explore. Come and complete the assessment and have assistance in interpreting your results.

  • Friday 14 May 1.30pm – 2 .00pm; 4.00 pm – 4.30pm; 5.30pm-6.00pm
  • 1st Floor, City Library
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