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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 11 (February 1, 1937)

Isle Of The Glowing Sky.—

page 34

Isle Of The Glowing Sky.—

after your first visit to Rakiura. You won't want to desist from talking about it. And after all, why should you? It's not every Saturday night you can go to the southernmost picture theatre in the entire world, and, wrapped up in a borrowed fur coat, hear a most impressive rendering of the late King's Jubilee speech to his Empire. Perhaps that, like the sober horses pulling the Rakiura lorries between the wild fuchsias, sounds a little old-fashioned. But there was something fine about it, the grave old dead face speaking its message, and flashed on the screen scraps of a listening Empire. New Zealand, of course, was represented by sheep. Why the deuce can't they give us ambergris or mollymawks for a change? After all, we can achieve other things besides frozen mutton. To revert to the Stewart Island pictures, they promptly carried coals to Newcastle by putting on a Yankee film about nesting seabirds—Ha! ha! ha!—fancy America telling Rakiura!—and then, with only four breaks, displayed Tom Walls leading Yvonne Arnaud a good deal astray, to her evident satisfaction. And outside the stars were amazingly white and clear and frequent—a better and a bigger Southern Cross than I had ever seen before—and although the tuis had gone to bed like good birds, a melancholy owl clamoured for “More-pork, more-porrk.”

Queer Island of the Glowing Sky!

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