Piracy in Paihia

The R. Tucker Thompson is a gaff rigged schooner, essentially a two masted olde time pirate ship. She sails around the bay of islands during the summer months, which being New Zealand means October through April. In the mid 70’s this fellow named Robert Tucker Thompson started building a boat with his son Tod, unfortunately…

The Outlandish Origin story of Waipu

In the 18th and 19th century wealthy Scotsmen decided that the English had a point years ago when they said that the problem with Scotland was that it was filled with Scottish people. The result was something called the Highland Clearances where they did everything in their power to remove families from their homesteads and…

Jurassic Forestry

Tāne Mahuta is the Lord of the Forest. He is an Agathis australis to Latin geeks and botanists. Son of Ranginui The sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother, like all children his primary function is to keep them apart and prevent their marital embrace. Tane figures prominently in the Maori creation myth and is…

Sunrise in Stonehenge

It took some doing, and some waking up at four in the morning, but I got to watch the sun rise from the center of Stonehenge. It was overcast and raining so it was not so much a sunrise as gradual lightening of the sky, and there was the ever present threat of crow attack.

Stonehenge is the oldest ‘building’ in human history, predating the great pyramids by about four hundred years (3000 BC) and the source of numerous ridiculous theories and beliefs around the world.