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Name this city… and it can’t be Rock And Roll, that would be just silly

Written by: 11 December 2015 One Comment

Did you know there are very few cities in New Zealand, thanks to the Local Government reforms of 1989?

Before the reforms, a borough council with more than 20,000 people could be proclaimed a city. In 1989, the structure of the local governments in New Zealand were reorganized. The new district councils and city councils were nearly always much larger geographically, and they covered both urban land and the surrounding rural land. Many locations that once had had a “city council” are now governed by a “district council”.

The word “city” began to be used in a less formal sense to describe the urban areas of New Zealand, independent of local body boundaries. This informal usage is jealously guarded. The district government of the town of Gisborne, for example, adamantly described itself as the first “city” in the world to see the new millennium. However, Gisborne is governed by a “district council”, though its status as a city is not generally disputed in New Zealand.

Today an urban area has to be at least 50,000 residents before it can be proclaimed as a city of which there are about 12.

Quite what bearing this has on this song that Websta tweeted me I have no idea other than it concerns urban areas… and thats about it. Though for another interesting factoid – Auckland is by some  called Dorkland.

Anyways to the music…

“Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” is a 1953 swing-style song, with lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy and music by Nat Simon. Written on the 500th year anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans, the lyrics comically refer to the official 1930 renaming of the city of Constantinople to Istanbul. The song’s original release certified as a gold record. Wiki

BTW the They Might Be Giants version is pants and the Milon & Phoenix version is well, um, er, “interesting”



Recording artists and groups known to have covered this song include:

One Comment »

  • websta said:

    jesus bob! send you one link on twitter to some old timey shit and boom!

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