Monday, August 15, 2011

The Resilience of Lyttelton

The community of Lyttleton (Christchurch) has suffered enormous damage to their township infrastructure and community spirit from the numerous major earthquakes. It is also this Lyttelton community spirit and resilience that makes this place very special. Lyttelton is friendly and close knit - I know it from the farmers market, the vibrant music scene and the numerous quality coffee shops that have now all been destroyed.

I was there last Saturday and noticed this new Lyttelton Petanque Club and it is a great example of this resilience. It had its grand opening the previous weekend, and from all accounts it was a big success with around 100 people turning up. I have felt for some time that this type of informal petanque club is something we need to see more of. It's great for street communities and city parks, no fees, complicated regulations, affiliations, etc. It is a place for getting together and having fun - think village square France.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Tool for PNZ, coaches and trainers.

I came across BigBlueButton the other day, and thought it would be good to share this with the wider petanque community. BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system that enables organisations to deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote members. I have done some test runs and it seems an excellent free tool for PNZ, coaches and trainers. It would also be good for AGMs when a good number of people cannot make it to the meeting because of distance.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think.