SHORT AND SHARP

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Rip­pon takes a rest

The suc­cess­ful bi­en­nial Rip­pon Fes­ti­val is tak­ing a rest for two years, vine­yard and event or­gan­is­ers an­nounced this week. Rip­pon Vine­yard’s Nick Mills and Lake Wanaka SouNZ’s Lynne Christie jointly con­firmed the next mu­sic fes­ti­val will be in 2018, and not next year as planned. This will give newly planted trees a chance to es­tab­lish be­fore sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple de­scend on the vine­yard for the next fes­ti­val. Mills said the de­ci­sion was hard to make but re­duces the im­pact on the bio­dy­namic vine­yard and farm. He said he and his fam­ily loved host­ing the event ‘‘but we now need to ad­dress the fact that the land wears many hats: As a func­tion venue, fam­ily home, fes­ti­val venue, and most im­por­tantly, a pro­ducer of world­class wines. It’s time to al­low it to rest, grow and come back fresher than ever.’’ Christie said the Mills fam­ily had been ‘‘out­stand­ing sup­port­ers’’ since 1998.

Pro­fes­sor vis­its

Uni­ver­sity of Ox­ford di­a­betes re­searcher Pro­fes­sor Frances Ashcroft will talk about the ‘‘elec­tric­ity’’ that runs hu­man cells at a pre­sen­ta­tion hosted by the Royal So­ci­ety of New Zealand in Wanaka next week. She will ex­plain how elec­tri­cal sig­nals – ‘‘a bil­lion times smaller than that needed to power your elec­tric ket­tle’’ – in our cells drive ev­ery­thing we think, feel or do, from con­scious­ness to sex­ual at­trac­tion, our abil­ity to see and hear and the beat­ing of our hearts.

Her talk is part of the so­ci­ety’s 2015 Dis­tin­guished Speaker pro­gramme. Ashcroft’s pre­sen­ta­tion is at 6pm on Fri­day, March 20 at the Pres­by­te­rian Church Hall in Tenby St.

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