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“Smocking not Smoking”

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In 1994, Jill Baker the vicar’s wife from the Martinborough Anglican Church and Di Martin conspired to create a group where young Mums could get together.

Twenty-five joined the smocking group, often accompanied by their small babies in car seats. One of the Dads was very relieved that it was a smocking group his wife was attending because he had inadvertently heard the word “Smoking.” He was quickly corrected.

Of peasant origin, smocking was a means of reducing a length of material to a required measurement, simultaneously creating elasticity for movement. The word “Smoce” of Anglo-Saxon origin referred to a shirt or a shift. Over the years the patterns and decorations became more intricate with various designs or motifs indicating the occupation of the wearer. … Continue Reading

Under the Martinborough Stars

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The star Vega is easy to spot at the moment in spring. Look in the north and Vega is a very pretty bright star near the horizon. You might recognise the name, it is the main focus of Carl Sagan’s famous book Contact, where a young scientist detects a signal from a faraway star. After a long arduous process a team creates a wormhole transport device that takes them to the centre of the galaxy. There they speak at length with aliens but can bring back no proof of the contact—so that when they return home nobody believes them.

Vega is the brightest star in Lyra and fifth brightest star in the sky.  You’ll remember that the brightest star in a constellation is the alpha star, followed by beta, gamma, delta etc. Vega’s proper name is Alpha Lyrae, but because it is a particularly bright star it is best known as Vega.

Vega is a pretty close star to our Solar System, a real stellar neighbour. It’s only 25 light years away. The light from the star left it 25 years ago, so you are seeing Vega, and all the stars in the sky in the past. If like me, you think that wasn’t that long ago, here are some headlines to what happened in 1996. … Continue Reading


November 10, 2021 November 2021 Comments Off on TOAST MARTINBOROUGH RESCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 

Premier annual Wairarapa wine and food event Toast Martinborough has been postponed to mid-January 2022.

            General Manager of the iconic festival, Ariel Codde, says the decision to reschedule it from Sunday  21 November to Sunday 16 January 2022 is based on current uncertainty and risks posed by the  Delta variant of COVID-19.

              “We are extremely disappointed to have to postpone. But with the information we currently have,  our scheduled date will fall outside the government’s timeframe for introducing vaccine certificate  requirements for large events.”

              Such is Toast Martinborough’s popularity, this year was a sell-out with all 8500 tickets gobbled up  early, and more than 1000 Toast hopefuls still on a waitlist. … Continue Reading

Those mysterious bitcoins

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Bitcoin mining – the process in which a bitcoin is awarded to a computer that solves a complex series of algorithms – is a deeply energy-intensive process according to Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index, a tool from researchers at Cambridge University that measures the currency’s energy use.

“Mining” bitcoin involves solving complex math problems in order to create new bitcoins. Miners are rewarded in bitcoin.

Earlier in bitcoin’s relatively short history – the currency was created in 2009 – one could mine bitcoin on an average computer. But the way bitcoin mining has been set up by its creator (or creators – no one really knows for sure who created it) is that there is a finite number of bitcoins that can be mined: 21m. The more bitcoin that is mined, the harder the algorithms that must be solved to get a bitcoin become. … Continue Reading


Roll the Jack

With Rozanna Muriwai, as the new president of the Martinborough Bowling Club, the Club is humming. “When we returned from Bahrain 2 years ago, we wandered down to the Bowling Green to check it out. Both my husband and I love bowling, says Rozanna. We joined. The social side of …

Rare mother – daughter success at South Wairarapa Karate Club

The South Wairarapa Okinawan Goju Ryu karate club is continuing to grow in both numbers and achievements, and it was great to see two Martinborough locals recently achieve their Shodan (blackbelts) in September this year. Mother and daughter, Clare and Bonnie Miller,  travelled to Dunedin with Senpai Anna Borjesson and …

Sibling Rivalry

It’s not often that two members of the same family compete for the winning place in the Womens’ Silver Golf Championships. But that is just what took place at the Martinborough Golf Club Sunday 7th November.  Debbie Donaldson and Anna Posseniskie, the daughters of Viv and Martin Napier, went head …

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