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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday October 20 2014
10 — Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, October 20, 2014 www.times.co.nz PRIVATE HOSPITAL & REST HOME Owner/Managers: Allan & Linda Sargeant 157 Edgewater Drive, Pakuranga Phone: 09 576 2590 Email: email@example.com www.ambridgerose.co.nz Owner/Managers: Allan & Linda Sargeant Ambridge Rose Manor offers friendly supportive advice. Individuals’ needs are valued and respected, and all residents are treated as part of our family. The door is always open and we’d love to show you around. Call us now for a no-obligation visit. Our family caring for yours Tamaki Estuary views Experienced trained staff Home cooked meals Internet access available Warm, clean, safe and secure environment 128405 RODRIGUEZ Venue: ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, on October 13 Times rating: ★★★★ Reviewed by: TONY KING REVIEW AMIGO: Rodriguez – the man – has had an amazing journey in life and music. Photo supplied Sugar man bags sweet as concert VILLAGE VOICE is a free community notice-board for non-profit groups. Send notices to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 271 8073, post to PO Box 259-243 Botany, Auckland 2163 or drop into our office at Times House, 50 Stonedon Dr, East Tamaki. MUSICIAN Rodgiguez comes with a very interesting history, a story that belies the imagina- tion; an enigma. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, and born to Mexican parents, he attempted a career in the music busi- ness around 1970, recording a couple of albums of his original songs, both of which flopped dramatically and disappeared without a trace. Rodriguez studied philosophy and after a few years went back to being a demolition labourer giving up on his attempt at a music career. By some quirk of fate, one of the albums surfaced in South Africa in 1972. Initially being copied bootleg fash- ion, it set off an underground cult movement until a record label picked up on them and released them legiti- mately, going on to sell something like half a million copies. Sadly, Rodriguez, who was about as big as Elvis in South Africa, never saw the money, as it seemed to get lost somewhere between there and the United States. Part of the cult mystery was that Rodriguez had committed suicide on stage and various other stories also circulated. In the late 1990s, a journalist and record store owner became intrigued by the myths and wanting to get to the truth put up a website that was subsequently spotted by someone who informed Rodriguez’s daughter. They brought Rodriguez to South Africa where he performed several stadium size concerts, a little odd considering he had previously only performed in small local bars and that was nearly 30 years earlier. All of this is covered in the Acad- emy Award-winning documentary film, Searching For Sugar Man, which is available on DVD. This was not his first visit to New Zealand, as I believe he came here in the late 1970s, even supporting Mid- night Oil, and more recently performed at the Logan Camp- bell Centre last year, but this time the setting is far superior. Helped on by his family, this humble and gentle man takes the stage to huge applause and screams, launching in to all the songs from the only two albums he ever released back in 1970/71. Songs like I Wonder, Crucify Your Mind, Sugar Man, Last Request and I Think of You drew huge applause from the packed house. His little snippets of humour went down well: “We love you Rodriguez”, they shouted; “I know it’s the drink talking, but I love you guys too”, his reply. The backing musicians were very good, particularly the female bass player and the lead guitarist, who both did a fantastic job of following the great man. Some of the guitar breaks were brilliant. There were elements of Mayall, Chapin, Hendrix, Feliciano, and Dylan, but really he has his own style. His covers of I Only Have Eyes For You and Fever were fantastic, but his rendition of Lucille was dubious. This had to be one of the weirdest concerts I have been to. All the time it felt as though the wheels were about to fall off, the conferences between songs an indication they were under- rehearsed. Occasionally, the nuts came loose, but somehow the wheels stayed on and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved it, the crowd loved it, and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Tony King can be heard on How- ■ ick Village Radio (local area 88.1FM; www.howickvillageradio.co.nz) on The Budget Breakfast on Saturdays, 8am to high noon, and Buried Treas- ure on Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Defensive driving A SUBSIDISED defen- sive driving course is held each term at Highland Park Community House. It teaches drivers how to recognise hazards on the roads and avoid danger- ous situations that lead to accidents. For dates and more details, email tina. gunn@aucklandcouncil. govt.nz, or phone 534- 5584. Health seminar NAVIGATING the Health System continues this month, with the mo- bile van from Independ- ent Living Service, on Tuesday, October 21, in the cafe at Howick Pres- byterian Church, 11 Vin- cent Street, from 10am to 12.30pm. Guest speaker Kaz will demonstrate a range of assistive de- vices to keep people safe, and there will be a ques- tion and answer session. Morning tea included. No entry fee but donations are welcome. Bookings are essential, phone Age Concern on 279-4331 ext 800. Self-knowledge AN EIGHT-week course starts on October 22, 7-9pm, at Highland Park Community House, 47 Aviemore Drive. Based on information from neurosciences and other sources, it will provide deeper understanding of yourself and relation- ships. For enquiries and bookings, phone Ber- narda on 535-5311. Diabetes support BOTANY Howick Pa- kuranga diabetes support group meets on October 22, 7.30pm, at the Salva- tion Army Room, 298 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany. The guest speaker will be the nurse from Diabetes Auckland. Phone Sam on 272-3354. Parenting help THE Parenting Through Separation sessions at Willowbank School is a free programme devel- oped by the Ministry of Justice to help separat- ing parents achieve the best outcomes for their children. It’s delivered by Triple P New Zealand working with a Fam- ily Court lawyer. Session times are 7-9pm on Octo- ber 22 and November 29. To register, phone Triple P on 579-1794. Computers HOWICK Library is hold- ing a computer workshop on October 24, 10.30am to noon. Learn all about exploring and download- ing Auckland Libraries’ free eMagazines and eNewspapers. Booking is essential. For further de- tails, phone the library on 534-5301. Motivational talk PAKURANGA Ladies Probus Club meets on Oc- tober 24, 10am at Te Tuhi Centre, 13 Reeves Road. The speaker is Bill Pot- ter, the well-known mo- tivational speaker, who gave us a few highlights of his life and career a few months ago. Visitors are welcome and we en- courage ladies who may be wondering what to do with themselves now that their lives or circum- stances have changed to come along and meet this great group. For more in- formation, phone Pip on 576-8932. Children’s market HOWICK Kids Market is on Saturday, Octo- ber 25, from 9-11am at Howick Picton Centre, 120 Picton Street. It’s an indoor market for chil- dren run by kids with 20-plus stalls selling pre- loved toys, games, books, DVDs, clothes and more. It’s a great place to grab a bargain. Free entry. For a stall, email nikster_nz@ yahoo.com. Retirement YOU are invited to the next senior discussion group on October 29, 11.30am to 1pm at Dan- nemora Gardens, 30 Ma- tarangi Road, Botany. Kaz, from Independent Living Services, will give tips for independent liv- ing. RSVP is essential to Suzanne at Mike Pero Real Estate on phone 215- 2787 by October 24.
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