Random smiles

One of the great things about having a phone with a half decent camera in it is that you can take photos of all those little things that you see in life that make you smile. Here are some of the things I saw in 2010/11 like this awesome little Sweep stencil.
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Mt Albert in colour

I ran in the Mount Albert by-election that time. Unfortunately I didn’t have a great camera back then so photographic evidence is sketchy. This was taken outside the Electoral Office in Mt Albert.
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Flowers

All these flowers were at Pukeiti.
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Pukeiti

Pukeiti, just outside New Plymouth, is a magical place. The air is clear and fresh. It is quiet and peaceful. It is paradise. This water wheel used to power a mill that logged the native timber around Mt Taranaki. It has been remade and now pumps most of the water used to irrigate the gardens.
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New Plymouth (Part 2)

A local graffiti artist brightens up a dark alley.
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New Plymouth (Part 1)

New Plymouth. It’s where I grew up.
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Marmageddon

Went home to New Plymouth this weekend to see my family. They had Marmite. I haven’t eaten Marmite in many months due to Marmageddon. Their supply was not quite enough. Another empty pottle of Marmite to add to the growing pile.
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ANZAC Day

Out of all our national holidays, of all the things that remind me how lucky I am and how proud I am to be a New Zealander, ANZAC Day is the one event that brings a tear to my eye.

Identity is sadly often forged through the senseless and bloody loss of life. My Poppa was in the Merchent Navy, my Grand Uncles — on both sides of the family — fought in Africa and Italy, my Great Grandfather fought in France in World War One.
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Food and drink

British food is not very nice. The British tried to make up for this lack of culinary expertise by conquering and enslaving a large part of the world where there was nice food during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. While Britian may have lost her empire she hasn’t lost the diverse array of beautiful international food that can be found there. For example, cheese.
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Buckingham Palace

The thing that struck me about Buckingham Palace was not the building itself — a dingy amorphous block — but the amazing gold statue atop the Victoria Monument.
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