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  • Big Screen Berkeley: Queen of the Sun

    In 1984, New Zealand band This Kind of Punishment released an album entitled A Beard of Bees. Being a fan of most things Kiwi, I acquired a copy which remains in my possession today and even gets played occasionally (in fact, I’m listening to it as I write this). It’s a wonderful example of New Zealand indie music, but until seeing the new documentary Queen of the Sun (opening this Friday at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood), I hadn’t given the phrase ‘a beard of bees’ much thought, never mind pondered its etymology and meaning.