Auckland Ferry Terminal

The Auckland Ferry Terminal, sometimes called the Downtown Ferry Terminal or Ferry Building, is the hub of the Auckland ferry network that connects Auckland City with suburbs in North Shore, west Auckland, south Auckland, islands in the Waitematā Harbour and Hauraki Gulf. The ferry terminal is in the Auckland CBD on the Auckland waterfront, it is at the north end of Queen Street, opposite the Britomart Transport Centre, the hub for local buses and trains. The ferry terminal is composed of two main elements, with an older, yellow Edwardian Baroque building facing Queen Street and the city side, while the newer wharves and waiting area building face the Waitematā Harbour; the building referred to as the Auckland Ferry Terminal was designed by Alex Wiseman, built by Philcox and Sons. Completed in 1912 on reclaimed land out of sandstone and brick with a base of Coromandel granite, it cost £67,944 to construct, a large sum for the day. Since 1982, it has had a Category I classification with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, was extensively restored between 1986 and 1988.

It now contains shops and cafes on the lower level, with most ferry operations moved to the new building. The more contemporary ferry piers and waiting area were constructed as an open-sided structure with a curved seagull/sail-roof, which together with ornamental "smokestack" turrets is designed to evoke ships berthed behind the original building, it needed to be of a low profile to retain building views, was designed by architect Murray Day to be maintainable and expandable. Between 2009 and 2010, ARTA carried out major remedial work on the wharf structure, which had not had such work done since construction; the initial works found some parts of the structure in worse shape than expected, as saltwater had infiltrated the reinforced concrete. Initial urgent works were expected to finish in 2009. Photographs of the Auckland Ferry Terminal held in Auckland Libraries' heritage collections

Michael Bailey (Canadian football)

Michael Bailey is a former professional Canadian football player with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. In September 2002, he enrolled at Mount Allison University, studying English while playing for both the Mount Allison Mounties football and basketball teams. In 2003, he was named an Atlantic University Sport All-Star and named the Mounties most improved player, recording 36 tackles in 8 games. In 2005, he was selected to compete in the CIS football East West Bowl. Bailey attended the 2006 CFL Evaluation Camp and, though he went undrafted in the 2006 CFL Draft, his performance was impressive enough that he was signed by the Toronto Argonauts as a free agent on May 12, 2006, dressed in both pre-season games versus Hamilton as a backup offensive lineman, backup defensive tackle, played on special teams, he was assigned to the practice roster at the beginning of the regular season, where he remained until he returned for his final season at Mount Allison on July 29. He re-signed with the Argonauts on January 3, 2007 but released at the end of training camp on June 23, 2007

Louis MacNeice

Frederick Louis MacNeice was an Irish poet and playwright from Northern Ireland, a member of the Auden Group, which included W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender and Cecil Day-Lewis. MacNeice's body of work was appreciated by the public during his lifetime, due in part to his relaxed but and aware style. Never as overtly or simplistically political as some of his contemporaries, he expressed a humane opposition to totalitarianism as well as an acute awareness of his roots. Louis MacNeice was born in Belfast, the youngest son of John Frederick and Elizabeth Margaret MacNeice. Both were from the West of Ireland. MacNeice's father, a Protestant minister, would go on to become a bishop of the Church of Ireland and his mother Elizabeth née Cleshan, from Ballymacrony, County Galway, had been a schoolmistress; the family moved to County Antrim, soon after MacNeice's birth. When MacNeice was six, his mother was admitted to a Dublin nursing home suffering from severe depression and he did not see her again, she survived uterine cancer but died of tuberculosis in December 1914.

MacNeice described the cause of his mother's death as "obscure", blamed his mother's cancer on his own difficult birth. His brother William, who had Down's syndrome, had been sent to live in an institution in Scotland during his mother's terminal illness. In 1917, his father remarried to Georgina Greer and MacNeice's sister Elizabeth was sent to board at a preparatory school at Sherborne, England. MacNeice joined her at Sherborne Preparatory School in the year. MacNeice was happy at Sherborne, which gave an education concentrating on the Classics and literature, he was an enthusiastic sportsman, something which continued when he moved to Marlborough College in 1921, having won a classical scholarship. Marlborough was a less happy place, with a hierarchical and sometimes cruel social structure, but MacNeice's interest in ancient literature and civilisation deepened and expanded to include Egyptian and Norse mythology. In 1922 he was invited to join Marlborough's secret'Society of Amici' where he was a contemporary of John Betjeman and Anthony Blunt, forming a lifelong friendship with the latter.

He wrote poetry and essays for the school magazines. By the end of his time at the school, MacNeice was sharing a study with Blunt and sharing his aesthetic tastes, though not his sexual ones. In November 1925, MacNeice was awarded a postmastership to Merton College, he left Marlborough in the summer of the following year, he left behind his birth name of Frederick, his accent and his father's faith, although he never lost a sense of his Irishness. It was during his first year as a student at Oxford that MacNeice first met W. H. Auden, who had gained a reputation as the university's foremost poet during the preceding year. Stephen Spender and Cecil Day-Lewis were part of Auden's circle, but MacNeice's closest Oxford friends were John Hilton, Christopher Holme and Graham Shepard, with him at Marlborough. MacNeice threw himself into the aesthetic culture, publishing poetry in literary magazines The Cherwell and Sir Galahad, organising candle-lit readings of Shelley and Marlowe, visiting Paris with Hilton.

Auden would become a lifelong friend. In 1928 he was introduced to his stepdaughter Mary Ezra. A year he thought to soften the news that he had been arrested for drunkenness by telegraphing his father to say he was engaged to be married to Mary. John MacNeice was horrified to discover his son was engaged to a Jew, while Ezra's family demanded assurances that Louis's brother's Down's syndrome was not hereditary. Amidst this turmoil MacNeice published four poems in Oxford Poetry, 1929 and his first undergraduate collection Blind Fireworks. Published by Gollancz, the volume was dedicated to "Giovanna" (Mary's full name was Giovanna Marie Thérèse Babette. In 1930 the couple were married at Oxford Register Office, neither set of parents attending the ceremony, he was awarded a first-class degree in literae humaniores, had gained an appointment as Assistant Lecturer in Classics at the University of Birmingham. The newlyweds were found lodgings in Birmingham by E. R. Dodds and his wife, Bet – Dodds was Professor of Greek.

Bet was a lecturer in the Department of English. The MacNeices lived in a former coachman's cottage in the grounds of a house in Selly Park belonging to another professor, Philip Sargant Florence. Birmingham was a different university from Oxford, MacNeice was not a natural lecturer, he found it difficult to write poetry, he turned instead to a semi-autobiographical novel, Roundabout Way, published in 1932 under the name of Louis Malone as he feared a novel by an academic would not be favourably reviewed. He felt that married life was not helping his poetry: "To write poems expressing doubt or melancholy, an anarchist conception of freedom or nostalgia for the open spaces, seemed disloyal to Mariette. Instead I was disloyal to myself, wrote a novel which purported to be an idyll of domestic felicity; as we predicted, the novel was not well received."The local Classical Association included George Augustus Auden, Professor of Public Health and father of W. H. Auden, by 1932 MacNeice and Auden's Oxford acquaintance had turned into a close friendship.