Thank you James Naismith for early Saturday mornings

A Canadian bloke called James Naismith invented basketball in 1891. Something to do with providing an "athletic distraction" for wintertime sportsmen in Springfield, Massachusetts.

He sent a copy of his basketball rules to a sports teacher in New Orleans who in turn sent an interpretation of those rules to a school in England.

Somehow by the time basketball was first played in England a year or so later it had only a passing resemblance to Naismith's rules.

Somehow it had turned into a passing game - no dribblers thank you very much! (Naismith's rules at this stage allowed for 'ball rolling' only). Basketball was played outside, in all weather (today an exception is made for lightning storms) and played almost exclusively by women.

The sport of basketball initially spread through the British Empire and is now played worldwide by over 20 million people according to Wikipedia. Naismith had inadvertently created what is today called Netball.

The first international netball match was played in 1938 when a New Zealand team toured Australia – helping to fuel a sports rivalry that continues to this day and inspiring thousands of Kiwi kids to drag their parents out of bed early on cold, wet winter mornings for the netball run.


The OD WC!

A quick visit to the toilet while visiting the OD (Owen Dippie) gallery
in Mount Maunganui reveals this unexpected scene!

If you haven't come across his spectacular graffiti works, check out his work here.


Drawing downtown

The results from this month's Big Draw on a chilly mid winter Saturday afternoon.

We sketched a steady stream of well wrapped tourists in Queen's Arcade,
near the bottom of Queen Street. Plenty of scarves, heavy coats, fur hoodies
and even a decidedly thermal looking orange turban...


Then we headed down to the waterfront to draw this view of the harbour - one of those views you've always wanted to take a crack at only to find there's so much to take in you couldn't possibly fit it all on one page. Here's Eric with his sketch, he managed to capture the scale of the view really well...


Grey Lynn's 'Little free libraries'

Well this is a interesting new addition to Grey Lynn – these Little libraries as they are apparently called in the US are appearing. There are three that I'm aware of so far, this one on Sackville Street and below on Richmond Road - apparently there is one on Vermont Street as well.

They're free for anyone to use, so why don't you 'take one out - and put one in' as the note on the glass says?

Bubblecar blastoff!

Check out this wild Waiuku bubble car creation — that's right it's actually
a real car — dubbed the 'Little Menace' and a really fun commission.

I couldn't help give it a bit of an Ed Roth-esque treatment, it brings back memories
of drooling over hot rods and collecting bubble gum cards as a school boy in the 70's.


Dad! I'm doing my homework... or not?

Definitely doing homework...

Possibly not doing homework...

Definitely not doing any homework!