We have had the opportunity to avail ourselves to a small mini break, a time out if you may for the weekend. So due to a lull in the reservations at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast ….off we went. Lots of books and treats and generally just lazing around doing nothing. BLISS.
I am very interested to watch the progress of ETNZ in San Francisco with the Americas Cup. It’s still early and we are well versed in the adage of “it’s not over until the fat lady sings” but I think we have the real deal with this boat. Lets hope it remains upright until the last race……
International Visitor Arrivals up to July 14th 2013
Total visitor arrivals are up 6.7% compared to the same four week period last year.
Up: Singapore 27%, China 16%, UK 15%, USA 11%, Australia 9%, India 4%
Down: Germany -21%, Japan -20%, Korea -5%, Canada -3%
The Big Day Out Music Festival is to be hosted at Western Springs, Auckland on January 17 ,2014.
The event was canned for 2013 when it became financially unsustainable with increasing costs and decreasing profits.
Big Day Out NZ would host a multi-stage music, art and culture event created specifically for its New Zealand audience.
Early-bird tickets will go on sale from bigdayout.com and ticketmaster.co.nz at 9am on Monday August 12.
With Western Springs Stadium in close proximity to Eden Park Bed and Breakfast , I would urge interested patrons getting in early to reserve accommodation.
We are on holiday in Hawaii ! Finally got to have a holiday . Ten days in Hawaii with the grandchildren. Presently we are in Kailua at a private beach rental. Very nice after the painting effort at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast over the last 4 months. We have another 6days here to unwind and then back home.
It seems NewZealand has an unusual Stratospheric wind pattern.
On Saturday Google Scientists from the technology giant released up to 30 helium-filled test balloons flying 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) above Christchurch in New Zealand Saturday, carrying antennae linked to ground base stations.
While still in the early stages, Project Loon hopes eventually to launch thousands of balloons to provide Internet to remote parts of the world, allowing the more than four billion people with no access to get online.
It could also be used to help after natural disasters, when existing communication infrastructure is affected.
“Project Loon is an experimental technology for balloon-powered Internet access,” the company said on its latest project from its clandestine Google (x), “where we work on radical, sci-fi-sounding technology solutions to solve really big world problems”.
“Balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, can beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster,” it added.
“It is very early days, but we think a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, might be a way to provide affordable Internet access to rural, remote, and underserved areas down on earth below, or help after disasters, when existing communication infrastructure is affected.”
It works by ground stations connecting to the local Internet infrastructure and beaming signals to the balloons, which are self-powered by solar panels.
The balloons, which once in the stratosphere will be twice as high as commercial airliners and barely visible to the naked eye, are then able to communicate with each other, forming a mesh network in the sky.
Users below have an Internet antennae they attach the side of their house which can send and receive data signals from the balloons passing overhead.
Some 50 people were chosen to take part in the trial and were able to link to the Internet.
The first person to get Google Balloon Internet access was Charles Nimmo, a farmer and entrepreneur in the small town of Leeston who signed up for the experiment.
He told the New Zealand Herald he received Internet access for about 15 minutes before the transmitting balloon he was relying on floated out of range.
“It’s been weird,” he told the newspaper. “But it’s been exciting to be part of something new.”
Google’s ultimate goal is to have a ring of balloons — each the length of a small light aircraft when fully inflated — circling the Earth, ensuring there is no part of the globe that cannot access the web.
It did not say how much it was investing in the project.
“The idea may sound a bit crazy – and that’s part of the reason we’re calling it Project Loon – but there’s solid science behind it,” Google said, but added: “This is still highly experimental technology and we have a long way to go.”
Project leader Mike Cassidy told reporters that if successful, the technology might allow countries to leapfrog the expense of installing fibre-optic cable.
“It’s a huge moonshot, a really big goal to go after,” he said.
“The power of the Internet is probably one of the most transformative technologies of our time.”
Google said that over time it wanted to set up other pilot projects in countries at the same latitude as New Zealand, including Australia and Argentina, due to the stratospheric conditions.
Winter is here in New Zealand. The drought has truly broken with more than enough rain falling. I have managed to get the house painted at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. I made the mistake of replacing the Finnial Pole on top of the gable. What a nightmare that was with all the rain falling . Am trying to get the final bit done this weekend and remove the scaffold on Monday. OH JOY !
International Visitor Arrivals
Total visitor arrivals are up 14.7% compared to the same four week period last year.
Up: China 40%, Australia 20%, Germany 17%, USA 11%, Singapore 7%, UK 3%
Down: Malaysia -38%, Korea -4%, Canada -2%, Japan -2%
The BLUES win again.
In-front of a bumper 31,014 home crowd, this 34-15 victory was a step up from last week’s upset of the Hurricanes in Wellington. While Auckland’s population are a bit slack in passion towards sports teams it is obvious that they want to believe in this rugby team. I remember the poor attendance last year to their games. Last night there was an atmosphere in the crowds walking past Eden Park Bed and Breakfast that I haven’t seen since the RWC 2011.
And 5 try’s to zip says it all….
While it’s too early to say these rejuvenated Blues are the real deal – there is no doubt Sir John Kirwan, Graham Henry and co have modelled a unified, passionate group.Long may it continue. I am a great believer that a strong Auckland Rugby presence offers great value to New Zealand Rugby.
International Visitor Arrivals to 17th Feb 2013
Total visitor arrivals are up 6.3% compared to the same four week period last year.
Ups: Japan 11%, China 63%, Singapore 35%, Australia 1%, USA 8%, Canada 1%
Downs: UK -6%, Malaysia -24%, Korea -32%