Last Saturday I took part in my very first demonstration march, along with thousands of other women, men and children in Auckland’s CBD. The march was titled the ‘Women’s March on Washington – Auckland’, which gave the impression (along with the many media stories that covered it) that it was purely a women’s sympathy march for the original demonstration organised for the city of Washington. While yes, our sympathies were real and shared, this was not an Anti-Trump march. And neither was the original march in DC. If you’ve read any of the media stories or seen any of the images of witty placards all over the internet, then you would probably be surprised to hear it wasn’t intended to be about Trump’s presidency.
Hope you’ve all been enjoying a wonderful break over this festive season, whether your feet are in sand or snow. 2016 was a turbulent year for many; we all lost an idol or two, we saw (and continue to see) some horrific things happening in the US and other parts of the world, and as always, life throws some personal-life curve-balls in there too.
All I want for Christmas… is to spend as much time on wheels as possible! As of last week I’ve ramped up my skating frequency and duration, first with the Retro Skate Night last Friday where we had a ball skating around the Activzone rink with lots of lovely local pinups and vintage-lovers to retro tunes…
Auckland has been celebrating its community of the creative and unusual for the past week, with some exhibitions extending on into November. The hubby and I attended some of the festivities in Auckland Central and Devonport during the week, and I’ve curated a visual feast for you of what we saw (and ate!).
If the crowd seemed animated for Thee Rum Coves, they went MENTAL for The Interceptors. People were attempting stage-dives, others were loose with their moves; arms flailing, pelvises waggling. The Interceptors appealed to the young and old equally, with grungy OG fans mingling with hipster kids in sneakers.
It was interesting to see the juxtaposition between the old historical buildings, heavy with stone, and the shiny new building made of glass, wood and steel. The new buildings have a distinctively mid-century feel about their architecture (which you know I love!), so I can’t wait to see how the whole city comes together once all the construction dust settles!