Chris Lynch

Opinion

ANAHEIM: DISNEYLAND AND BEYOND


Sunday 02nd October, 2016
Newstalk ZB’s Chris Lynch recently travelled to Anaheim, California and discovered there’s a lot more to the city than just Disneyland. Anaheim in Southern California is home to the most famous theme parks on earth. Disneyland resort remains the city’s number one attraction and with good reason, given it’s “the happiest place on earth.” The park is ever expanding and construction for a Star Wars themed attraction is well underway at Disney’s California Adventure Park, located next to Disneyland. The city has a lot more to offer travellers than just magic kingdoms and rollercoasters.  Locals are proud to live in a city with Disneyland as their backyard but they’re equally appreciative when Disney fans venture further afield to explore their vibrant city, which boasts superb restaurants, food outlets and markets. 

Los Angeles more than glitz & glamour  Chris Lynch travelled to LA & explored Venice, The Grove, Santa Monica and downtown LA 


Saturday 23rd January, 2016
VENICE BEACH is distinctively Californian and a must see area of Los Angeles. It’s a paradox in many ways. Luxury homes and apartments with incredible sea views stretch the length of the beach, accompanied by gritty urban playing fields with skate parks, volley and basketball courts. Somehow, the contrasting lifestyles of the rich, and not so rich, blends together perfectly, creating a unique vibe you won’t experience anywhere else in Los Angeles. If you like visiting world famous locations, but find crowds overwhelming, visit Los Angeles during the New Zealand summer break. Venice Beach, for example, is much quieter, given our summer is their winter, if there is such a thing in California! You’ll get away with wearing a t-shirt while walking along the world famous Venice Beach Boardwalk. Here you can buy just about anything you never knew you wanted, from tarot card readings to temporary tattoos. If you walk past street artists, but miss them performing a routine on a giant piano, and take their photo, be prepared to throw them some dollars for the privilege. They make a living out of unintentionally looking slightly 'off.'  If you need a break from the weird and wacky, walk a few metres towards the sea, and step onto the ocean front walk. The world’s most recognisable palm trees separate the two walks. You’ll see plenty of locals exercising; a great motivator to make you keep walking! The people watching is a sport on its own. There are plenty of places along Venice Beach to hire everything beach related including bicycles, skateboards, surfboards, wet suits, boogie boards and even paddle boards. Speaking of exercise, just a few steps from the sand on Venice Beach Boardwalk is Muscle Beach Gym. Once the home gym of bodybuilders Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, the facility still serves the community as the only outdoor gym where Schwarzenegger lookalike bodies are everywhere. 

OPINION: A Council Divorced From Reality?


Friday 25th September, 2015

Who signed the rate payer funded check for half a million dollars to a British artist for two sculptures and why should we care?  Most reasonable and fair minded residents accept we need sports and arts facilities for a city to thrive. Cultural recovery is important, but at what cost?  Before artist elite accuse me of being anti-art, consider this. I love the arts and interviewed many artists and performers on Newstalk ZB, every day during the Christchurch Arts Festival. I was complementary of the locally made documentary The Art of the Recovery which showcased outstanding local artists doing their bit to help the city’s mental health recovery.

OPINION: Strong media presence in Christchurch good for democracy 


Monday 10th August, 2015

There’s never been a more important time in the history of our city for a strong media presence and despite the doom and gloom we occasionally hear from fringe bloggers, Christchurch, compared to the rest of the country, is well catered for.  All media organisations are going through change and the push for ratings to match dollars has never been stronger. Without sounding like an economist describing the housing crisis, media has succumbed to its own  ‘correction’ period, as companies work out the best way to capitalise on social media audiences while considering new business models for journalism.