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From January through December 2011, these were the parameters for a playground of diverse, fascinating, vibrant tales: Responding individually to a collective impetus, a host of hand-picked young bloggers uploaded photos, texts, and multimedia. Every month, they were given a new theme. Step by step, they created a kaleidoscope of impressions, opinions, ideas and… plain fun.
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Due to the enormity of what is been put on here in Auckland the last 45 days, I felt it was time to show a side of the Rugby World Cup. Not a huge fan, Auckland has been transformed over the past month into a "Fan Zone-City" with every one getting out and amongst it. I have found it hard to ignore it, and confess to becoming an excited, screaming fan, entertained on what is on offer.
What is felt strongest apart from the big games of rugby is the fans and their participation with the events. Donning their countries flags to their cars, face painting and shouting, any thing goes during this festive period. The dress is an important part of it, and a way of showing your support and enthusiasm for the game and your country.
Once strangers but now when wearing your countries colours people begin to mingle and meet, celebrating the sport and one another. This is what I feel is the ever more important, coming together, interacting and sharing the joys and sorrows.