Sunday, October 11, 2009

Shadow Sunday: The Wizard of Christchurch

This week my contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday dates back to 2001 when we joined the crowds in Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand to listen to the Wizard.

In my Journal The Land of the Long White Cloud I wrote
I wander off down to Cathedral Square to listen to The Wizard. Since 1974 he has been speaking in the Square and can be heard most weekdays from 1 to 2 p.m., November to March. Although the City Council were first opposed to him, he is now regarded almost as an institution. Described by some as a misogynist, today he expounds his theory that the cause of all the wars of this world is "women's need to go shopping!" He is in fact a congenial, accessible gentleman and not a woman-hater at all. After his oration, several of the crowd of three-dozen or so listeners, talk to him. He was born in the UK and I told him I was from Manchester. A young mother who'd been talking to him about the New Zealand education system, asks me where in Manchester I'm from. When I tell her I'm from Hyde, she reveals that she's originally from Dukinfield [the next town] — o what a small world this is! The Wizard tells us that he's heading off to Australia in the afternoon to avoid the New Zealand Census.
I heard later that the Wizard had retired but the Wikipedia entry for him indicates that he still active.

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  1. What a marvelous shadow shot, Gerald! And a lovely church as well. It is funny when something like that happens and it does suddenly seem like such a small world after all!

    Have a great day!


  2. What a wonderful shot..Churches are always a beautiful picture.
    Many years ago in Greece, someone called to my husband and it happened to be a man he worked with. Have to say, it was an odd experience.

  3. great shadow, I think he's wrong about the causes of war though, thlough if you expand that to 'consumerism' in general then maybe he's not so far wrong...

  4. Wow... this is great shot... Is that a pope hanging on the ad?

    Seems to hot there...

    Well, summer downunder...

    Have a happy SS

  5. he casts a great shadow, but not so sure about his theories!!

  6. Hi from Christchurch New Zealand!

    After seeing this post I was inspired to post something about The Wizard of New Zealand. See Red Phone Box


  7. Great Shadow Shot!
    Here is "My Sunday Shot♥"<--Hope you like it☺
    Have a Great Day!