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Friday, January 13, 2012

Riff Raff

Hamilton has a pretty interesting history. I saw a little of it when I went to the Waikato Museum in the city center (sorry, 'centre'), where they had a unique exhibition on the local rugby team, & a beautiful collection of Maori articles.

But possibly the quirkiest little bit is that Richard O'Brien worked on Victoria Street as a hairdresser at one point. Who's Richard O'Brien? Why, he's the iconic Riff Raff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. In fact, he wrote the screenplay.

Hamilton has erected a statue in his honor, & last December Mr. O'Brien was granted New Zealand citizenship. He now lives here, & as luck would have it, he's going to be present at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival in February. I can't wait to see this guy in the flesh!

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