Dunedin photos

March 29th, 2009 at 9:34 am by David Farrar

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The lovely view from the Otago University Staff Club. Almost enough to make you want to become an academic.

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Auckland Girl looking lovely.

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And this is Austrian Girl, who accompanied me to the wedding, despite the fact we only met on Friday :-)

The wedding was great, as weddings tend to be. I got to make the Best Man speech, which went well despite a total lack of written notes. Mark Blumsky was a superb marriage celebrant and it was just one of those great days.

I’m surprisingly healthy this morning, despite three days of reasonably non stop festivities. Even went for a jog to shake off the black russians.

Don’t fly back to Wellington until Monday, so today will be a nice rest day. I have to say everytime I visit again, I remember how much I used to love living here. If I was a member of the Green Party I would make it compulsory for all university students to study at Otago. It’s a great campus, culture and city.

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21 Responses to “Dunedin photos”

  1. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    DPF said: It’s a great campus, culture and city.

    Burning sofas, Undie 500 and all!

    [DPF: The Undie 500 is a Canterbury event - they just travel down here. And as long as students burn their own couches, not other people's I say go for it!]

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  2. XChequer (350 comments) says:

    As an alumni, can I say, you have good taste DPF.

    XChequer
    http://www.thenzhomeoffice.blogspot.com/

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  3. clintheine (1,560 comments) says:

    Yeah well done Toad…you obviously know nothing about Dunedin if thats your best shot. The Undie is organised by the Cantabs and they simply cannot drink to save themselves :) That is why by the time they get to Dunners they are wrecked and cause all the trouble.

    As for burning sofas… it was our way of getting the climate warmer! Get with the programme. :)

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  4. Bryce Edwards (248 comments) says:

    You need to use red-eye reduction on your photos somehow. Otherwise you like some rightwing demon. Oh, maybe that’s appropriate…

    You look like this guy:
    http://politics.guardian.co.uk/election2001/images/0,9350,449562,00.html

    Bryce

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  5. homepaddock (429 comments) says:

    The size of the university in relation to the city and the fact most students come from other places and live on campus makes the Otago University experience unique in NZ.

    Because of that most of us who studied there retain special memories of the university & Dunedin and in spite of the stupid behvaviour which hits the headlines most students still have a lot of fun and study hard(ish) without creating mayhem.

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  6. Ruth (178 comments) says:

    Auckland Girl is very beautiful. How nice to see a naturally attractive lady who is not overly made-up and silicon enhanced.

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  7. Grizz (244 comments) says:

    After my University days Dunedin has always held a special place for me. With its old buildings and history the campus has character that is often absent from other Universities in New Zealand. All the students living close together gave it a great social atmosphere.

    I enjoy returning. Great autumn colours. Beautiful green belt. Great walks in the hills around North Dunedin. I used to walk all the way up the Leith Valley to get to the start of the Pineapple track. Now I cheat and drive there. There is even something special about sitting in a cafe on a rainy winters day.

    Even though the dreaded afternoon easterly blows in the cloudy drizzly weather, almost daily like clockwork, for some reason I am happy to tolerate it. The cooler air is great for a run.

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  8. Chthoniid (1,966 comments) says:

    @Bryce Edwards

    You need to use red-eye reduction on your photos somehow. Otherwise you like some rightwing demon. Oh, maybe that’s appropriate…

    Low-light camera work is really something that a good SLR camera with a fast lens really excels at.

    Camera phones and most compacts really struggle in low light- and the problems (noise, loss of detail and colours) of the small sensors rapidly gets inflated (generally) above ISO 200.

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  9. David Farrar (1,808 comments) says:

    I did have a proper camera but the battery was drained.

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  10. baxter (893 comments) says:

    I wouldn’t mind having that little Austrian locked up in my cellar.

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  11. GPT1 (2,042 comments) says:

    “Even went for a jog to shake off the black russians.”
    Breaking into a trot as the lift doors close on your way to the Starmart to buy water and panadol does not count as going for a jog!!

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  12. godruelf (52 comments) says:

    Red eye at least showed your ladies didnt need to be photoshopped

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  13. the deity formerly known as nigel6888 (856 comments) says:

    the demonic eyes are a bit problematic there DPF, personally I find that coloured contact lenses help me blend in better in mortal society.

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  14. Brian Smaller (3,915 comments) says:

    After my University days Dunedin has always held a special place for me. With its old buildings and history the campus has character that is often absent from other Universities in New Zealand. All the students living close together gave it a great social atmosphere.

    Massey had that feel when going to Massey meant trekking over the Fitzherbert Bridge and living in Pamy. Not the same now they have campuses everywhere. I mean, Massey Albany or Wellington.

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  15. big bruv (12,328 comments) says:

    I never “got” the whole Dunedin thing, it is a depressing, cold, insular town that has an annual infestation of young fuckwits who think nothing of destroying other people’s property in pursuit of their own selfish “good time”.

    The idea of a couple of thousand “Marc Ellis” types thundering through your backyard at night would be enough for me to purchase a shot gun.

    The only good thing about Dunedin and its University is that it is so far away from civilisation and so far away from the rest of NZ.

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  16. heathcote (101 comments) says:

    big bruv is from Auckland

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  17. big bruv (12,328 comments) says:

    Wrong Heathcote

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  18. Brian Smaller (3,915 comments) says:

    The only good thing about Dunedin and its University is that it is so far away from civilisation and so far away from the rest of NZ.

    Which is why I am priming my kids to go to Uni there. Some peace and quiet at home.

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  19. wikiriwhis business (3,282 comments) says:

    “The only good thing about Dunedin and its University is that it is so far away from civilisation and so far away from the rest of NZ.”

    Brings up the question of Gisborne

    same phenomenon, yet comp;etely ignored

    Great weather, beaches, but Otago got the uni

    What is the twist in the Kiwi psyche?

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  20. petal (698 comments) says:

    “Auckland Girl looking lovely.”

    Oh.

    And there I thought Georgina had some work done.

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  21. Haiku Dave (273 comments) says:

    come on peeps it’s not
    where you’re from it’s where you’re at
    even if it’s just bulls

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