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Fancy foot work

May 2nd, 2012 | By

It was all on in the Gordonton Hall last night as a keen lot of beginner dancers got shown the right steps by Jill Schumacher. The lessons, which start sharp at 7.30pm, run for six weeks.  They are to ensure everyone knows how to foxtrot at the Art Deco Dance, to farewell Reverend Rosemary Carey

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Horseshoes for a cause

Apr 28th, 2012 | By

You know what they say about lucky horseshoes – well, here’s a chance to let your old shoes make a real difference. The Catwalk Spinal Injury Trust and Sims Pacific Metals are teaming up to collect horseshoes for Hoofing It, an initiative to raise money for spinal injury research. Catwalk founder Catriona Williams is appealing

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Musical notes: my only stupid dream

Apr 24th, 2012 | By

Gordonton journalist Iris Riddell begins a regular column for Number 8 Network wherein she ponders the nature of the musical universe. What’s your favourite song? A tricky answer to peg down, for sure. Personally, I think my favourite song changes from week to week, day to day, even hour to hour. So let’s start with

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Horsham Downs gets in gear

Apr 18th, 2012 | By

In pursuit of a good story, N8N got on our bikes and joined a gaggle of cycling school kids in Horsham Downs yesterday. Annette Taylor reports. As it turned out, we were mainly in pursuit of three-year-old Dan the Man, and 28 other young ‘uns ranging in age from three to ten. Accompanied by 10

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Rescue remedy for bees

Dec 5th, 2011 | By

Buy a honeybee a Christmas present this year. It’ll only set you back $5 and you could really make a difference. A Wildflower Seed Rescue Remedy for Bees has been put together by Wild Forage and  The mix contains seeds of 17 bright and cheerful flowers  – marigolds, conflowers, forget-me-nots, corn poppies and the

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Pictorial interlude

Oct 31st, 2011 | By

The N8N team have been down country visiting family in Gisborne, so haven’t been prowling the neighbourhood for ripping yarns. After a cup of tea, a bit of lawn mowing and a day’s rest, we’re sure to be back into it.  In the meantime, here are some gratuitous cute photographs of Fluff the border collie

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