Le finals weekend

Well good morning from Sunday morning. RWC final day, with New Zealand set to go head to head with France this evening in a replay of the 1987 final, played in the same city and on the same ground. I am sitting here in my local, a French Moroccan cafe. It seems very appropriate as ever. Even when there is not a Rugby World Cup tournament on, this is a damn fine cafe and I love it! It's been an interesting weekend already, so far. I spent most of yesterday over on Waiheke with my good friend Jayson Bryant, at Stonyridge vineyard. It was a fantastic day, with some great hospitality from Stonyridge, great conversation with a Brit called Jason who we struck up a conversation with, and a hilarious boat ride back with two English, one Kiwi and a mad Scots lass, who had had a bit too much to drink. She was convinced that Jayson was somebody famous and we weren't telling her.

The best bit about this weekend, apart from the impending All Blacks victory over France, is that it is a long weekend, with Monday being Labour Day. That extra day always makes such a difference to the weekend, making it feel like a really nice time off. I am picking up an International Visitor tomorrow morning at 5.30am, so it will be fun (if somewhat early) to welcome her to the city and show her around a little bit. Then tomorrow afternoon, I am meeting up with some musicians to explore whether we want to work together. They sound great, so hopefully the personality mix will work.

It's going to be an interesting week too. Tuesday I drive to Whangarei and back, Wednesday I fly to Wellington for a week. I am down there for the International Network of Emerging Library Innovators and then the Library Conference. It is going to be a busy week ahead!