Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011 (Wellington, N.Z.)

SEE IT BY THE SEASIDE: At the last minute, we visited the Museum of Wellington City and Sea late in the morning. We found it incredibly rewarding. A main focus was on the city's maritime history (which runs as deep as the harbor). One exhibit followed the 1900s year-by-year with a news highlight and mini-exhibit for each year (above). Even for a non-resident, it was fascinating, with a blend of humor and drama. It includes (under 1997) a prosthetic foot used by Pippin (aka Peregrin Took) in The Lord of the Rings and an elven wine glass also used in the trilogy (shown).
Particularly memorable will be the exhibit on the Wahine disaster in 1968.

TO DO, OR NOT TO DO, THAT IS THE QUESTION: After crossing the city's art-adorned City-to-Sea pedestrian bridge--there's a 360-degree panorama on the web--we came face to face with a marker that is one of several erected along the Wellington waterfront as part of the Wellington Writers Walk. The installations call attention to the city's infatuation with literature.
The one Sandy noticed, and we photographed (above), has the following inscription, without attribution:
"It's true you can't live here by chance, you have to do and be, not simply watch or even describe. This is the city of action, the world headquarters of the verb--"
Interesting. "The world headquarters of the verb." That's a much better reputation than, say, "The city where verbs go to die." (Any suggestions for that one?)
I know one verb that the city adores: TO CAFFEINATE.
[NOTE: In places other than the granite stone, the "world headquarters of the verb" quote is attributed to poet Lauris Edmond.]

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