Category Archives: Nostalgia

Maori Battalion Marching Song a cultural ripoff?

Back in the 1960s when I realised there was money to be made from my modest talents at the piano, I still needed a repertoire that would let me play at social events – 21sts, wedding celebrations, dances etc. I … Continue reading

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The best Christmas present

My best Christmas present this year didn’t arrive on Christmas Day. It came on Christmas Eve, when I played the piano for residents of Martinborough’s Wharekaka Rest Home. It’s something I do from time to time, usually playing Great American … Continue reading

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A model sister

I accidentally came across this gem in the New Zealand Spectator and Cook’s Strait Guardian, 23 June 1849, at the National Library’s marvellous Papers Past website. Just the thing for young women to send to their brothers to encourage their … Continue reading

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When I’m sixty-four

When I get older, losing my hair Many years from now Will you still be sending me a valentine Birthday greetings, bottle of wine? It was going to be ‘many years from now’ when I first played this Beatles song … Continue reading

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Still playing with this thing

Although I had no intention of staying the course with blogging and only wanted to get broadly acquainted with the WordPress system on behalf of someone else, I’m still playing with it! If I were to carry on with a … Continue reading

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