ARCHIVES FROM THE GOSSIP PAGE 2014

31/12/2014: AND ANOTHER DOUBLE HIT!

This time from the days of black-and-white photography.

Taken at a competition in Christchurch - is that Barry Garland on the right?? No idea of the fellow on the left. The same reel had pix of Olga Jeykll, Diane Swain and Keith Mann in action.

 

And who is this fellow with that thing round his neck and why is he wearing it??

 

Why, it is Andreas the winner of this year's Mochi Shield, a competition held each year by the University of Canterbury Fencing Club in honour of Italian world epee champion Gianfranco Mochi who once lived in our quake torn city and did so much for local fencing.

 

 

30/12/2014: A DOUBLE HIT!!

Yes we are going to end 2014 and begin 2015 with some fencing pix, after all this is primarily a fencing site.

 

Was 2014 a palpable hit for you dear reader as it was for these two Kiwi fencers.

 

See how the attacker's epee blade has bent but did not break. That's why fencers were wearing kevlar clothing before many police forces throughout the world - safety.

 

Unlike these two daring engineers hamming it up for the camera.

 

 

29/12/2014: GONE!

Nothing there now.

 

But this once stood proudly.

 

but it went with a bit of grace ....

 

Religious overtones or something else?

 

But what is left is set-off nicely.

The question is what will replace the sixty-year-old Opawa Baptist church's well-used buildings? A car park?

 

 

27/12/2014: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY ...

 

When the knock-em-downs are lined up nicely for Christmas in the former city centre of quake City.

There they are on Cashel Street just by High Street, perched on a neatly painted heap of rubble of former city centre buildings - grumbly, greedy things ........ devouring our city!

 

 

26/12/2014: BARBARIANS AT THE WALL??

Hadrian's Wall, the one tween England and Scotland, was built to keep out the invading barbarians.

The question is will Germon's Wall, the one built round the wee cricket ground in Christchurch's Hagley Park (now called the Hagley Oval), be enough to keep the invading sportsfolks and their cars at bay??

Germon's Wall at the opening of today's Boxing Day cricket test against Sri Lanka - it needed the wall, a fence and a hedge to keep in the spectators.

 

See, police were needed to maintain order.

 

Thousands, well hundreds, of cars use Hagley Park for parking ...

 

It kept them off the streets such as Riccarton Avenue.

 

But this had to be the best seat at the oval by far, unless you needed the bog!

 

Here's one view of GERMON'S WALL!

 

25/12/2014: MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!

 

23/12/2014: PSSST! ANY OF THESE CREDIT, EFTPOS, COMMUNITY SERVICE, VISA AND OTHER ASSORTED PLASTIC CARDS YOURS???

One dairy's haul of plastic - over sixty of em.

 

Local dairys and other shops are having a field-day fielding dozens of left-behind plastic at Christmas time.

Many. of course, have no names so owners cannot be contacted.

Even t he nation's top newspaper has a story about the plastic ....

 

22/12/2014: MEET SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC.

He was a regular visitor to Christchurch before the quakes.

As he once was - the centre of visitor attention in central Christchurch.

 

And after the earthquakes ....

Face down in the gutter.

 

And now???????????????????????????

Nobody cares.

 

Read about the great Pommie explorer and his links to Quake City HERE!

AND HERE!

Oh, and what is in store for other statues in the central city that commemorate our past? The gutter? Oblivion? A wee move?

 

 

20/12/2014: MEET MISSY!!

A parrot at Nelson's Nature Land Wildlife Trust. ... Pic by Slaw.

Missy sometimes says hello but mostly just grunts or screeches like a fire alarm. She's the maddest (and ugliest) parrot in the zoo, and probably a strong contestant for maddest parrot in the Southern Hemisphere too. She's the avian equivalent of clinically insane, but pretty harmless as she doesn't have a bottom beak.

Sounds like someone you know??????

Find out how to meet Missy HERE!!

 

 

18/12/2014:WHAT ABOUT THIS WALL JUST UP THE ROAD?

It seems to talk too and dance.

It's on the corner of Welles and Manchester Streets, near the now squished, by the earthquakes, upstairs cafe where Annie Lennox used to to go to recover from her performances on stage.

 

 

 

17/12/2014: THIS WALL CAN TALK!

And it is directly opposite the one that can't talk.

Though wot it says is anyone's guess.

 

16/12/2014: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY .....

 

When the walls speak like this one between Welles and St Asaph Streets in the former city centre. Oh, and the towering knock-it-downers now renamed put-it-uppers.

 

 

14/12/2014:TV3 CRAPS ALL OVER NEW ZEALAND'S SECOND WORLD WAR HISTORY......

Yep, didya watch last night's TV3 news bulletin?? BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE????

Battle of the River Plate

Battle of the River Plate

Don't look too close at it below for you might get covered in the crap dumped by TV3 as news!

Here's TV3's view of one of the major naval engagements of World War 2. Soldiers did it!!!!!!!

(16/2/15: They've removed it but from memory the women reporter ranted on about soldiers winning the battle. Did you know that pictures of the scuttled battleship and the stange things on one of its masts got the British thinking hard about radar??

 

Here's New Zealand History's view. Sailors did it!

 

Embarrassing or not? Perhaps a current, or former, naval personage needs to tell TV3 the difference between a soldier, sailor and airman. Otherwise they could end up calling the Prime Minister a Donkey!

 

 

12/12/2014: CAN'T YOU POST SOMETHING POSITIVE ABOUT QUAKE CITY WHINED ONE OVERSEAS READER .....

WELL YES .... HOW ABOUT THE GO-A-HEAD SUBURB OF SYDENHAM.

Remember this? The former dairy on Colombo Street - one of a whole row of shops and buildings downed by the quakes.

 

Now two of the skittled businesses have re-built! The other, on the left, is Graeme Patching's Frame and Mirror Company.

 

Here's Hitesh Ravji and his daughter Priyanka outside their popular Sydenham dairy.

 

That has got to be positive! Read more about em here: The Nation's Top Newspaper!

 

 

11/12/2014: DOWN, DOWN AND .......

Down ...

The remains of a 60-year-old church building in Opawa. Question; how many car parks will it make??

 

 

10/11/2014: THEY LIKE FENCING AT CHRISTCHURCH BOYS HIGH SCHOOL - THE ANCIENT ART AND MODERN SPORT.

A three-day introduction to the modern sport of fencing ended with a touch of the ancient art it once was thanks to maths teacher Greg Mehrtens, a collector of old swords.

This is a sharp sword, he demonstrates, not like the blunt epees you have been fighting with ....

 

See!

All the participants in the introductory course got a chance to chop a water-filled milk container in half!!!

 

 

7/12/2014: GERRY AND HIS WASTEMAKERS HAVEN'T GOT THEIR HANDS ON THIS OLD DUNGA, YET.....

Now abandoned and derelict the former Christchurch Civic Offices, just up Worcester Street by the River Avon from the present lair of current Mayor Lianne and her ladies.

Read more about one of the last remaining central city heritage buildings HERE!

 

Here it is in the late 1960's as a group of uni students head past it on their way to lectures at the former University of Canterbury, now the Arts Centre, up the road.

It seems Gerry and his Wastemakers are focused on spending lots of money on destroying the perfectly adequate Victoria Square, just up Oxford Terrace past the Morris Minor, and spending millions more on a park for the Ladies of the Night on Manchester Street.

A question: Which Christchurch daily newspaper undertook a story about Manchester Street's Ladies of the night and their clients?

Was it published?

 

4/12/3014: NOW THE BAD NEWS .....

Remember the blub about the Ruelle Eatery in New Brighton posted on the 29/11/2014? Well, it seems to have sunk them ....

"Hey everyone, due to circumstances out of our control we are going to be permanently shutting by the end of the month We are going to be open Saturday & Sunday's hopefully for the next few weeks, thank you to everyone for your support, Nikki & Danielle"

Bugger, oh well, there is still the Lighthouse Cafe!

 

3/12/2014: SAFETY FENCES FOR THE SAFETY FENCES

YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY WHEN .....

The safety fences used by workers to keep people safe are surrounded by orange cones and safety fences - for safety reasons of course!

And the bureaucrapic nightmare goes on, and on and on and on and on ....

 

Who keeps the bumble-bee safe??????????????????????????????????

 

 

1/12/2014: HAVE WE LEARNT ANYTHING FROM THIS ...... ???

The remains of the CTV building after February 2011's earthquake.

Got talking to a group of gawpers yesterday near where the CTV building once stood. What have you learnt from the earthquakes they asked. Well I keep a supply of canned food, fill the electric jug with water after each use, have a supply of candles on hand and a can of red spray paint, was the reply.

Oh, they said, what we meant was what HAVE the officials learnt.

Dunno I said, it was a shamble beyond anyone's comprehension and told them some stories of bravery and stupidity already mentioned on this site. So nobody was to blame said one said nodding towards the former CTV site.

Here's Nigel Hampton QC's thoughts ....

 

Wot's your thoughts after all these years???

 

30/11/2014: GOING DOWN IN QUAKE CITY .....

Lunch for these workers from Manila who are inserting Enable's broadband cable into Christchurch Streets.

AND ....

The former Cop Shop (Police Station) on the left, on Hereford Street in the former city centre - more at the nation's top newspaper.

The building on the right is the Christchurch City Council offices where Lianne, our Mayor, and her Ladies lurk. There are 3000 CCC workers and 160,000 ratepayers in Christchurch so that is 53 ratepayers to each worker!!!

So there!

 

29/11/2014: HURRAH!

The wee cafe in a former house at New Brighton on the corner of Oram Avenue and Rodney Street has re-opened.

I came across it while cycling round the suburbs after February 2011's earthquakes. There was no electricity, no water and people in terror throughout the city but there was Dave, the owner of the Jungle Patrol Cafe as it was called then, dishing out free coffees to the locals. Magnificent!

Dave in action.

 

It was a true suburbian cafe, close to the beach at New Brighton and ideal for locals and visitors alike, now the Ruelle Eater, as it is renamed, is run by sisters Nikki and Danielle who produce all the eaty delights on site.

 

Sisters-in-cafe - they even have a page on: THINGIE!

They address all customers directly, with no need of giving out numbers, are open on weekends and provide fresh water for the four-legged woofers!

 

 

 

27/11/2014: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY WHEN YOU SEE THE ROAD CONES GROWING GREEN THINGIES .... AND THE PRIME MINISTER COMES VISITING.

Plant coning - A new use for the infernal and eponymous road cones? No, it is not a jack-up, it is really growing inside the cone!

 

Four years on and still so much to do ... read about the elderly folks getting fucked-over by their insurance company ... A TOWERING ABUSE.

But will our Prime Minister John Key be doing anything about it and the rest of the rip-offs and bureaucrapic shenanigans going on in Christchurch?

 

Will the huge job of dealing with the aftermath of the Christchurch Earthquakes claim a third victim? Sarah boss Roger Sutton, right, has gone (sexual misadventure?) as has former Quake City Mayor Bob Parker, centre, (perceived incompetence?) now will it be Prime Minister John Key, left, (forgetfulness?)

 

 

26/11/3014: COMING DOWN!

The Opawa Baptist Church.

This 60-year-old Baptist church on Wilson's Road in the quiet suburb of Waltham. Is that a lonely crucifix in the window?

 

There are rumours it could become a car park - waiting for God?

 

But perhaps Pete and his mates could rebuild the Ark of Hope, they erected in Sydenham after the earthquakes, there? Or a collection of his GOD BOXES!

 

 

 

25/11/2014: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QAUKE CITY WHEN YOU SEE THE SURVIVORS' PARKING PROBLEMS ....

Too many ....

 

Too high and ....

 

Too small.

 

More about parking at RISINGHOLME!

 

 

23/11/2014: FENCING IN THE RE-START MALL IN CENTRAL CHRISTCHURCH.

Canterbury University Fencing Club members brought the Ancient Art and Modern Sport of fencing to the fenced-in earthquake raddled central city yesterday as part of their annual Duel at Dawn end of year celebration.

Mr Vice and Josh duel by a fence surrounding the frame of a partially built building and the long arm of a putter-upper, once known as a knock-it-downer.

 

While many gathered to watch the dueling between Ilaria and Lucien others blissfully wandered up Cashel Street towards the damaged Bridge of Remembrance, now undergoing repairs, or stopped for a coffee at Hummingbird Coffee on the left.

 

High heels and fencing whites in a duel?? Yes, Laura and Nursey dressed-up in honour of the ever- popular Balaentyne's Department store.

 

This is what is on the other side of the fence ... new buildings going up!

 

More about the Re-Start Mall HERE!

 

 

22/11/2014: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY ....

When the wee footbridge over the Heathcote River, damaged in the earthquakes nearly four years ago, is repaired and re-opened but the road giving access to it is closed!!

OR ...

When workers, slaving away at the re-build of Christchurch, have their bicycles and helmets protected by orange road cones and safety fences!!

Quirky or something worse? More here! At the nation's top newspaper.

 

21/11/2014: FIGHTING KIWIS .....

See how our fencers got on at the Commonwealth fencing championships in Scotland ... the clash of steel! Also check out how the old folks did in the Veterans!

And don't forget Canterbury University Fencing Club's Duel at Dawn at the Restart Mall in the centre of Christchurch. - they call it that but it starts at 10.30am on Saturday morning once the students have woken up!!!! Will Femsoc be there??

More action from CFC ....

Foilist on the right; ooops, better put the brakes on, my target is showing aggression and has his hand hidden behind his back - wonder wot's in it????

In foil fencing you are not allowed to touch your gear with the un-armed hand nor cover the valid target (the metal vest which registers the hit) with it during the bout.

 

20/11/2014: TWEET, TWEET, TWEET!

Who are the worst people to deal with in Quake City as a customer?

Tweet, not this fellow.

Recently, at a local cafe, one could not but overhear a group of women discussing dealing with customers.

They talked about who were the best to serve and who were the worst. No, it was nothing to do with the earthquakes but general service - one of them I'd noticed working in a local bank.

So what has this to do with you dear reader? It seems that Kiwi customers are in the middle, just grumpy and stupid appeared to be the common denominator here, while mainland Chinese were the most arrogant followed by Arabs. The best to deal with were the Japanese followed by Americans - yes Americans!

Now, was the discussion group being racist, sexist or what? An Arab friend laughed when told about their comments and suggested that his people just liked good service, while a Chinese friend, from Hong Kong, did hint that mainland Chinese could be a bit demanding and an American friend just laughed. I know no Japanese but the local sushi bar on Colombo Street are always pleasant to deal with!!

 

17/11/2014: WOW!

WHAT'S BETWEEN HIS LEGS THAT CAN DO THIS??

Wonder what he has between his legs that blasts apart a tar sealed road??

 

The Enable folks might be a bit geographically challenged but the workers inserting the Enable broadband cable are pretty efficient as these pix show.

 

Oh, it is a high pressure blow job!

 

 

15/11/2014: STOP PRESS!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

The front door of the former Evening Star newspaper in Dunedin now the front door of the Odious Daily Twaddle which is what those at the Star called the Otago Daily Times.

The Otago Daily Times has its birthday today. Born on this day in 1860 in Dunedin. It's sign proudly adorns the front door of the former Evening Star building on Stuart Street.

The Star was an afternoon paper while the ODT is a morning paper like the nation's top newspaper, The Press.

Read more about the ODT and the Star HERE ....

One of my first jobs as a bulkhand in the composing room at the Star in the 1960's was to, literally, stop the press. Sliding down the circular metal staircase between the composing room and the printing press clutching the wee quarter forme holding slugs of type with the latest news locked in and yelling out 'stop press.' Once the press was stopped it was locked into place on the front page and the press restarted.

Now, what is a nomple? What was a bodkin made from? Who was the Printers Daughter??

 

 

12/11/2014: FIRST THE SAD NEWS ...

The death of Waltham Road: Yep, according to a letterbox drop by the broadband company Enable, Waltham Road is no more. It had survived more than a 150 years of pestilence, Agricultural and Pastoral Shows, earthquakes and demented residents but has now succumbed to modern PR and Journalistic skills. It is now known as Waltham Street!

Not to be outdone, the nation's top newspaper along with local tv company CTV and national broadcaster Campbell Live also demonstrated their journalistic skills and accuracy in their stories about the opening of the new Blood Donor building in Christchurch.

All three breathlessly rabitted on about how giving blood saves lives but none mentioned where the new building was. In story terms reporters should keep the old journalistic mantra in mind - who, what, where, when and how - thus covering all the questions that could arise in a reader or viewers mind. Read wot THE PRESS says and you can view wot CTV and Campbell Live dithered about on line. The address of the new centre is: 15 Lester Lane, Addington, Christchurch and you can make a booking to donate by ringing:03 343 9040 or 0800 448 325.

NOW THE GOOD NEWS .....

The Wizard has his back-to-front volkswagen beetle back. Yep, after six months of repairs the car is back in town! You can see it parked at the end of New Regent Street.

Did you know he has a drivers license and passport in the name of Wizard but no IRD or Social Security numbers??

 

 

 

9/11/2014: HAVE A LISTEN TO ARCHANGELS THUNDERBIRD

IT'S THE MUSIC THE UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY FENCING CLUB ENDED THE YEAR WITH YESTERDAY .....

Who is AMON DUUL?

 

That and a frenzy of:

 

Balloon busting!! As usual Nursey is lying on the floor!

Come back next year to the only fencing club in the world that meets in a bar!!!

UCFC website! keeps you aware of what is happening in fencing at Uni.

 

 

 

8/11/2014: SOME FENCERS WILL MOAN ABOUT ANYTHING!

Yep, they do. I've had three moans about the posting of the results from the National Fencing Championships - you have not posted the results of the men's epee they whined!!

Go have a look at the posting for 27/11/2014.

But they were posted the day after they were held goes another moan - Well the results came in AFTER this site went to bed.

Wots going to bed?

It's an old newspaper term once used by compositors to piss-off the sub-editors who wanted to make changes or up-date information before it got printed.

In the pic below of the nation's top newspaper going to bed in the 1970's era of hot metal, the Comps are on the left and the Subs on the right. Looking from back to front are some of the pages of the next day's The Press. The ones right at the back are still being put together with type for the articles and plates for the pix.

The page at the bottom of the pic is all tucked-up in its forme, the metal frame holding all the type and plates together, ready to have a flong made from which to cast the curved plate that goes on the printing press to print the paper. In other words, it's gone to bed! So any changes will have to wait for the next day's paper or be squeezed into the Stop Press slot.

A deadline is still a deadline even in this electronic age of news, it is the production and circulation that has changed out of sight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

7/11/2014: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY .....

When you see hard-hats left lying around next to demolition or building sites.

 

Or

 

When street signs point in different directions ...

 

And when people grumble about the rebuild of the quake-damaged city.

 

5/11/2014: HAVE A SEAT.... DEAR READER.

Yes, be seated.

 

Two reasons: One cos it is Guy Fawkes Night and you can sit outside and watch the fireworks! It could be the last time you can enjoy our annual celebration for a former terrorist!

 

Second reason to sit down is to savour the absurdity of repairs done to a wee inoffensive footbridge over the Heathcote.

 

See those nice simple railings to stop you falling in the river, not that anyone did for none of the locals have heard of any.

 

 

Now notice how they have added to the wee footbridge with a height extension and netting to make it safer??

 

Locals feel the additions are unnecessary and designed to piss them off by making it difficult for them to fish, pee and throw rubbish off the wee footbridge into the river. Oh, and still use the handy shortcut after earthquakes!

 

Your rates well spent??

 

1/11/2014: G'DAY!!!

Next time you go speeding past roadworks just remember, they limit the speed for a reason - cos there could be some poor slave working, a slave you don't necessarily see, like this fellow hard at work on Fifield Terrace. Do be nice to workers unlike the newly elected National Government.

 

These ancient metal pipes also came from Fifield Terrace well before the present work started.

 

 

 

The houses are flattened, the gardens gone, the residents departed, but you cannot eradicate us completely - relics of a previous age on Waltham Road.

Now will this raise the ire of Gerry and his Wastemakers Sarah, Seedo (more here) and Skirt and cause them to leave Victoria Square alone and come rushing over to Waltham to expung this tiny fragment of pre-quake Christchurch??

 

30/10/2014: IF I HAD A HAMMER.

Kurt's got one and is swinging it during a controlled demolition of a house out East.

This fellow has one too!

 

29/10/2014: GO EAST!

Yep, go and visit Aranui and other areas out East, it is hard to believe that thousands of people once lived there.

 

Abandoned! A once popular suburban street full of houses.

 

Not quite deserted. This sign says it all- looters and pyromaniacs abound in the deserted eastern marches.

 

 

 

28/10/2014: NEW BRIGHTON MALL ART WORK!

Jeremy finishes off one of nine painted thingies adorning the New Brighton Mall pavement - did they really cost over $3500 plus each???

Read wot they say in THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER.

 

 

27/10/2014: THANK-YOU ALL AND COME AGAIN IN FOUR YEARS - THE LAST DAY OF THE 71ST NATIONAL FENCING CHAMPS IN CHRISTCHURCH.

Two of the many that made it happen - Leasa and Karo.

 

MORE RESULTS ....

Veterans Mixed Foil:
1 Adam Reynolds, Australia; 2 Peter Kell, Wellington; 3= Gareth Foley and Simone Marshall, both Dunedin; 5 John Davies, Christchurch, 6 Jonathan Seal, Queenstown.

 

Women’s Epee:
1 Wai Ling Chan, Christchurch; Ilaria Trame, Italy; 3= Charlotte Dewsnap, Wellington and Anna Chalton, Auckland; 5 Annick Fenaughty, Wellington; 6 Maija Terho, Wellington; 7 Anna Sobeleva, Christchurch; 8 Claire Cooper, Wellington; 9 Jess Gracie, Auckland; 10 Nicole Martin, Wellington; 11 Brittany Wyatt, Christchurch; 12 Laura Bythell, Christchurch; 13 Gen Porter, Christchurch; 14 Simone Marshall, Dunedin; 15 Felicity Boyd, Christchurch; 16 Lisa Craw, Dunedin.

Epee Teams: 1 Christchurch; 2 Wellington; 3 Auckland.

 

Women’s Foil:
1 Ping Yuan, Wellington; 2 Alice Wu, Timaru; 3= Charlotte Dewsnap, Wellington and Rachel Rowlands, Christchurch. 5 Christine Chen, Auckland; 6 Vicky Fan, Auckland; 7 Stephanie Wyllie, Auckland; 8 Alice Boyd, Auckland; 9 Nicola Buisman, Auckland; 10 Daniela Ravera, Auckland; 11 Pippi Millar, Dunedin; 12 Claire Cooper, Wellington; 13 Jess Gracie, Auckland; 14 Nicole Martin, Wellington; 15 Suzy Cheng, Dunedin; 16 Simone Marshall, Dunedin; 17 Lisa Craw, Dunedin; 18 Gen Porter, Christchurch; 19 Maija Terho, Wellington; 20 Beth Garey, Dunedin.

Foil Teams:
1 Christchurch; 2 Auckland ‘A’; 3= Wellington and Auckland ‘B’; 5 Dunedin.

 

Mixed Sabre:
1 Luke Robertson, Christchurch; 2 Alex Chan, Christchurch; 3= Bryan Clark, Wellington and Garth Shillito, Auckland. 5 Julian Taffner, Dunedin; 6 Tommy Lee, Auckland; 7 Charlotte Dewsnap, Wellington; 8 Adam Burrough, Dunedin; 9 Beth Garey, Dunedin; 10 Jason Sim, Dunedin; 11 Suzy Cheng, Dunedin; 12 Nicholas Hill, Christchurch; 13 Nigel Hanson, Dunedin; 14 Casper Howell, United States of America; 15 Simone Marshall, Dunedin;

Sabre Teams: 1 Christchurch; 2 Dunedin ‘A’; 3= Dunedin ‘B’ and Wellington.

 

Men’s Epee:
1 William Bishop, Wellington; Matt Baker, Australia; 3= Sheldon Ogilvie, Christchurch and Felix Boyce, Wellington; 5 Jurgens Van Zyl, Auckland; 6 Graham Payne, Timaru; 7 Lucian Nightingale, Christchurch; 8 Isaac Officer, Christchurch; 10 Isaac Rusholme-Cobb, Wellington; 11 Xavier Watts, Wellington; 12= Louis Jennings, Dunedin and Jonathan Brill Christchurch; 14 Andreas Sesun, Christchurch; 15 Hichel Soares, Queenstown; 16 Liam James, Christchurch; 17 David Jennings, Dunedin; 18 Rory Greenan, Christchurch; 19 Bryan Clark. Wellington; 20 Johan Ryu, Auckland; 21 Nicholas Hill, Christchurch; 22 Jaco Fourie, Christchurch; 23 Nathanael Walker-Hale, Wellington; 24 Jonathan Seal, Queenstown; 25 Joshua Gibson, Christchurch; 26 Sebastian Clar, Dunedin; 27 Ross Shepherd, Christchurch; 28 Zane Hamilton, Christchurch; DNF Pleayo Tovaranonte, Christchurch.

Epee Teams:
1, Wellington; 2 Christchurch; 3= Auckland and Christchurch; 5 Dunedin.

 

eaoe

 

26/10/2014: MORE FROM NATIONALS........

Hi Graham! Long-time fencer Graham Payne, standing far left, gets a wave from one of the younger competitors in the men's epee event.

 

And some action in the women's foil event.

 

In between the spectacular action is the ..... waiting.

 

 

25/10/2014: AND NATIONALS HAVE STARTED TODAY!!!

And here is some action in the women's epee and men's foil!

 

Today's results:

Men’s Foil:
1 Yunus Kurtulus, Australia; 2 Hamish Chan, Auckland; 3= Felix Boyce, Wellington and Daniel Garelja, Auckland; 5 Louis Jennings, Dunedin; 6 Nathanael Walker-Hale, Wellington; 7 Daniel Keleghan, Christchurch; 8 Felix Klapp, Dunedin; 9 Clovis Dyson, Auckland; 10 William Bishop, Wellington; 11 Isaac Rushholme-Cobb, Wellington; 12 Michael Claydon, Auckland; 13 Adam Reynolds, Australia; 14 Bryan Clark, Wellington; 15 Gareth Foley, Dunedin; 18 Jurgens Van Zyl, Auckland; 17 James Tweedle, Wellington; 18 Jason Sim, Dunedin; 19, Richard Souness, Wellington; 20 Mikhail Lopez, Christchurch; 21 Julian Taffner, Dunedin; 22 Pleayo Tovaranonte, Christchurch; 23 Alastair Keleghan, Christchurch; 24 Adam Burrough, Dunedin; 25 Nigel Hanson, Dunedin; 26 Luca Young, Wellington.

Foil Teams: 1 Wellington ‘A’; 2 Dunedin ‘A’; 3= Wellington ‘B’ and Dunedin ‘B”.

 

Women’s Epee:
1 Wai Ling Chan, Christchurch; Ilaria Trame, Italy; 3= Charlotte Dewsnap, Wellington and Anna Chalton, Auckland; 5 Annick Fenaughty, Wellington; 6 Maija Terho, Wellington; 7 Anna Sobeleva, Christchurch; 8 Claire Cooper, Wellington; 9 Jess Gracie, Auckland; 10 Nicole Martin, Wellington; 11 Brittany Wyatt, Christchurch; 12 Laura Bythell, Christchurch; 13 Gen Porter, Christchurch; 14 Simone Marshall, Dunedin; 15 Felicity Boyd, Christchurch; 16 Lisa Craw, Dunedin.

Epee Teams: 1 Christchurch; 2 Wellington; 3 Auckland.

 

Daggers, knifes and wee swords, plus the odd cup, what more could a champion fencer want?

More to come termorra ...

Here's the finals piste, the metal strip fencers fight on, being set up by all those unsung and unseen heroes - the helpers!!

 

And here is the weapons check in action - with its historical antecedents based on fighting - the ancient art and modern sport, goes to extreme lengths to make sure no-one is hurt.

 

So trot along to CAshmere High School this weekend to view the cut and thrust action.

 

 

24/10/2014: AND NOW FOR SOME MORE FENCING NEWS!

This year's duel in the annual fencing tussle between Shirley Boys High School and Christchurch Boys High School was a draw. SBHS 'A' team won their event and CBHS 'B' team won theirs.

 

A bit of duck and thrust. 'A' team duelists in the foreground with 'B' team action in the background.

 

A bit of tasty tucker!

Now come and see more fencing action at this weekend's National Fencing Champs at Cashmere High School - map and programme HERE! The sabre event starts Monday morning!

 

23/10/2014: WELCOME TO THE WALTHAM POOL.

 

The front door is open.

 

But .....

 

There is still some work to do before it opens for the summer as this great pic by Lex shows.

 

 

22/10/2014: WOTS THE LATEST WORLD FENCING CHAMPION GOT TO DO WITH QUAKE CITY??

All wrapped-up - Maurizio Galvan won the world vets foil championship in Hungary yesterday.

 

He ran a very successful training camp in Christchurch some years ago and one of his pupils, Ilaria Trame, who is on a school exchange at Kaiapoi High School, won the South Island epee championship last month and is entered in this weekend's Nationals also in Christchurch.

 

Follow the results of the World Vets, HERE! including that of Christchurch fencer Mark Rance.

More about the 71st National Fencing Champs at Cashmere High School this weekend HERE!!

 

Come and watch Ilaria compete in the women's epee on Saturday morning.

 

Will this fellow be there too?? Resting from his dueling in Parliament?

 

 

20/10/2014: REMEMBER THIS BUILDING IN THE SQUARE??

Wonder if he does? Do You??

Does Gerry and his Wastemakers plan the same for Victoria Square - flatten everything? Read wot some people think, then ignore the vibrant rhetoric and read the comments section HERE ... it's a laugh.

 

19/10/2014: ARE THEY SENDING CAPTAIN COOK BACK TO ENGLAND??

No, but there is talk of moving him and Queen Victoria and fucking up Victoria Square for some obscure reason like building a path, costing $95,000,000, along the Avon river just behind the Great Sailor to link up with a $20, 000, 000 playground just up the road.

 

Read about how Gerry and the Wastemakers idiotocracy, Seedoo, dumped a load of poo over the people of Quake City IN THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER.

 

Even Lianne and her Ladies were surprised by IT.

 

As was this pointy-hatted fellow, seen in the former Square before they flattened that, so watch out Gerry and Warwick - Ian could get grumpy!

 

And that's wot Gerry and his idiotocracy call communicating!! Seems the EQC, Sarah and the insurance company gabble, or lack of it, is still spreading like the ebola virus.

 

17/10/2014: IT IS NOT TRUE!

Some of you have been ranting in disbelief about locals using the wee footbridge over the Heathcote River since it was, supposedly, closed after February's big quake. Even our Former Railway Worker, now retired, said as much as did some closer to Bureaucrapic Central.

Well sorry fellas and fellaesses here's the evidence ........

See the footprints in the snow??????????????????????????? They don't lie!

 

And talk to the nearby St Martins' Engineer whose bolt cutters have been used to good effect over the years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, the question is, will the Former Railway Worker, now retired, front up with a free coffee termorra?? Choo, choo penance so to speak.

 

16/10/2014: OPAWA AND ST MARTINS RESIDENTS ARE PISSED-OFF.

Yep, this wee footbridge crossing the Heathcote River at the bottom of Ford Road by Fifield Terrace has, ostensibly, been closed since the February Earthquake, but canny locals have been using it regardless - it is a footbridge they say and only has one person on it at a time and if it did collapse, Dog forbid, the water is shallow, just knee deep.

 

A bridge too far?? Nah, it is the folks working on it for the last couple of weeks, they are too slow say locals and we dare not cross while they are there. And they are adding on things that no footbridge needs - come and see for yourself!!!

 

Look at the gunge they have surrounded it with .... huts, dunnys, and more fences than a prison camp. All for a footbridge.

 

 

See the extra bits they have welded on the handrail?? Locals say they are a waste of time and are only there to add to the million-dollar repair and to stop Mayor Lianne from jumping into the badly polluted Heathcote River when Prime Minister John Key chases her over the bridge in next week's opening ceremony!

See motorcycles are not allowed to cross as are pedestrians and cyclists, but are cars????

 

 

15/10/2014: LITTLE BOXES??

Along the Redcliffs/Sumner road.

 

They protect marathon runners and other road users in Quake City from getting squished by bounding boulders set loose by earthquakes.

 

 

14/10/2014: NOW FOR SOME GARDENING NEWS ...

Gina at work in Colombo Street.

 

It is called Greening The Rubble and you can read more about it HERE!

 

Gina pleads for more sites to green.

 

Have YOU got a spare central city site that needs a face-lift til you rebuild? Give em a ring ... DETAILS HERE!

 

Remember the Mollet Street Market?

Well, come and relax in this nice armchair near the site, on the corner of Mollet and Colombo Streets, of the former 1970's hippy doings and remember the good times and Lois's upstairs shop.

 

13/10/2014: SOME FRESH FENCING BITS FOR YOU!!

 

Spectators and competitors await the start of the mixed epee event early on Sunday morning.

 

Results of the MidSouth Open Fencing Championships held in Quake City yesterday.

Mixed Epee. 1, Sheldon Ogilvie, Cashmere High School; 2, Andreas Sesun, University of Canterbury Fencing Club; 3= Mark Rance and Lucian Nightingale, both Fencing Institute; 5, Liam James, Burnside High School; 6, Wail Ling Chan, Burnside High School; 7, Isaac Officer, Fencing Institute; 8, Quin Downs, Fencing Institute; 9, Anthony Goh, Christ’s College; 10, Anna Soboleva, University of Canterbury Fencing Club; 11, Nicholas Hill, University of Canterbury Fencing Club; 12, Felicity Boyd, University of Canterbury Fencing Club; 13, Rory Greenan, Fencing Institute; 14, Ross Shepherd, Cashmere High School; 15, Chris Knowles, University of Canterbury Fencing Club; 16, Ashleigh Goh, Rangi Ruru Girls High School; 17, Josh Gibson, University of Canterbury Fencing Club; 18, Gen Porter, Cashmere High School; 19, Simone Marshall, Otago University Fencing Club.

Mixed Foil.
1, Alice Wu, Timaru Swords Club; 2, Graham Payne, Timaru Swords Club; 3= Alastair Keleghan, Christ’s College; and Hayden Abbott, Cashmere High School; 5, Lucian Nightingale, Fencing Institute; 6, Simone Marxhall, Otago University Fencing Club; 7, Mikhail Lopez, Cashmere High School; 8, Gen Porter, Cashmere High School; 9, Cameron Abbott, Cashmere High School.

As you can see two mixed events were held then honours were awarded to the top three women for epee, the top two women for foil and the top man for foil

Women's Epee.
1st Wai Ling Chan
2nd Anna Soboleva
3rd Felicity Boyd

Men's Foil
1st Graham Payne

Women's Foil
1st Alice Wu
2nd Simone Marshall

 

 

Ireland right, aka Rory, acknowledges a hit in his bout with Russia, aka Anna, left. The Academic duo: Anna, from NOVOSIBIRSK , works for Lincoln University and Roru, the outgoing President of DUBLIN UNIVERSITY FENCING CLUB, works for the CPIT. Ireland won the bout 5/2!

 

 

12/10/2014: TIDYING UP SOME LEFT-OVER FENCING BITS!

One of the last pix I took of Canterbury Fencing stalwart Olga Jeykll. Olga and former fencers Joyce Fenton and Merv Sharfe will be remembered at this year's National Fencing Championships being held in Christchurch over Labour weekend. Born 8/10/1918 Olga, who died earlier this year, always reckoned that living through the GREAT DEPRESSION in the 1930's was one of the most formative periods for Kiwis.

 

A sight not usually seen in any sport, son about to beat up the father! Or was it the father who beat up the son? The pair of Dunedin fencers were competing at the South Island Fencing Championships last month. See posting of 1/9/2014 to find out who won!!!

 

Oh, and former Christchurch fencer Peter Campbell, now stomping round europe, is making waves - air waves that is. His novels and stories are available from the airwaves so to speak.

Have a look HERE!

Or HERE!

 

 

10/10/2014: THEN AND NOW IN QUAKE SHATERED SYDENHAM!

Next time you scurry along Brougham Street keep a lookout for Nazareth House!

 

After February's earthquake.

 

Now. The fence and gate posts are still there.

 

Read about NAZARETH HOUSE in the nation's top news precinct

Talking about the nation's top news precinct, can YOU name some of the Australian newspapers gleefully fondled and prepared for publication on the fifth floor of The Press building in Gloucester Street?

That's one-up Kiwi's have over our friends across the pond!!

 

8/10/2014: IS IT A WORLD SETTER??

University of Canterbury Fencing Club President Chris invites you to choose YOUR weapon.

 

Is the University of Canterbury Fencing Club the only fencing club in the world to duel in a bar?? Arguably the longest continually running fencing club in the nation - even the club at Victoria University concede that fact (that's a fencing club in our Capital City Wellington for overseas readers). The club has spent the last two years in bar-room brawling so to speak.

 

See the bar in the background? See posting of 23/9/2014 for more.

 

With the University of Canterbury Student's Association building, where UCFC used to meet in the ballroom, closed by earthquake damage in 2011, the temporary ucsc student centre has proved a boon to varsity clubs and Uni students. The Ucsa even provides sustenance for active students ....

See ... grab it while you can.

 

Turn up on Saturday mornings for a try at no cost other than being nice to Chis. As the picture shows, all gear is supplied. More info HERE!

 

But you have to watch out for Ucsa Sarah ...

 

 

 

3/10/3014: IT COULD BE SEEN AS A LOAD OF CRAP!

Then again it could be seen as a well-trained dump .....

A snail dump in Palmerston North this week.

 

No, he did not use toilet paper!

 

But apart from that you cannot fault his toilet training.

 

This well-trained snail does its doings in a toilet bowl in the North Island city of Palmerston North. Thanks to "M" for the pix. A question for those that live there - where does George, the tuatara in the central city, do his?????

 

2/10/2014: ANOTHER ONE HITS THE ROAD!!

Yep, another one skittled. And it goes on, and on, and on ....

One view on protecting cyclists ....

Here's mine:

1. Any driver that hits a pedestrian or cyclist has both vehicle and licence sequestered until proven innocent.

2. Paint centre lines on footpaths with the section nearest a road used by cyclists. Enforce the above (1) on any cyclist who damages a pedestrian.

3. Make anyone wanting to sit for a drivers license ride a light motorcycle or scooter for 18 months before the survivors are allowed to sit their licence test.

You got any other ideas??

No, getting rid of cyclists is not valid!

 

29/9/2014: WONDER WOT THE UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY'S FEMSOC WOULD MAKE OF THIS???

Students, dressed in all sorts of whacky styles, march through the Square during a Capping Parade in the 1970's, much to the amusement of watchers.

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS 'THE PRESS' EDITORIAL ABOUT THIS AMAZING UNIVERSITY PROMOTIONAL AFFAIR.

ENSOC Apologises.

 

 

27/9/2014: PILLORIED AGAIN!

Offensive students head through the vibrant central city during a 1970's Capping Parade. No, the big pink fellow, with the stake through him attacking the then current university, now the Arts Centre in the vibrant earthquake city centre, is not "Dunga" Brownlee, but former Kiwi Prime Minister "Piggy" Muldoon.

 

Read about the "Offensive" University of Canterbury Ensoc students dumped on by their Femsoc mates - read about them here! - - Well done chaps and chapesses, great PR work, you both made the pages of the nation's top newspaper!

And the complaints about the COMPLAINERS ... have a read here.

For the record Ensoc has around 2,000 members and Femsoc 500.

 

If you would like to see a good stoush then turn up to the 71st New Zealand Fencing Championships being held here in Quake City. MORE INFO HERE!

 

26/9/2014: BAAAAAAA!

SHEEPS IN THE VIBRANT CENTRAL CITY ...Have a read here.

With the shepherdess Lianne showing off her flock on High Street in the vibrant former central city today see wot she and her bureaucratic sheeps have done at New Brighton.

 

A painted mall!

 

Surrounded by keep out signs and men in Hi Viz jackets.

 

A big wave?

 

Just the thing for a beach-side suburb!

 

Lianne and her sheeps have paid out more than $30,000 for the paintwork, much to the disgust of some residents who also felt some of the well-known local artists could have been gainfully employed.

Others thought it colourful and wondered if Lianne and her sheeps will be sailing out to open the newly painted mall just as she is doing with the central sheep??

Baaaaaaaa!

 

25/9/2014: HOWZ THE ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL COING??

Was the jaunty e-mail from an overseas reader of this site. A former Christchurch resident, he remembered enough to ask for the Anglican Cathedral - even many locals don't know that there are TWO cathedrals in Quake City! One Catholic and the trouble-maker that caused all our problems, according to the great poet Denis Glover, the Anglican.

 

Seen from a distance across the vibrant city centre ...

 

A closer view.

 

And a view up Worcester Street.

 

 

 

24/9/2014: DIEU ET MON DROIT?

Is another of Gerry and the Wastemakers "Old Dungas" in our vibrant former city centre about to be torn down???

It's on the front of the Public Trust building. What does it MEAN????

 

Whose divine right???? To do what?? More HERE in the nation's top newsprecinct.

 

Going, going, going, going going .........

 

 

23/9/2014: MORE THAN 50 FENCERS DUELED IN QUAKE CITY OVER THE WEEKEND!

 

With swords, not a finger like this fellow.

 

There was the clash of steel as fencers from Christchurch, Timaru and Waimate took part in the Canterbury Schools' 1st and 2nd Year Fencers (and Home Schooled) Championships at Avonside Girls High School while across town the University of Canterbury Fencing Club held its annual Mochi Shield event.

 

Diane hands out the medals at Avonside, while .......

 

..... Chris waves the Mochi Shield at its fast exiting winner, Andreas.

 

And now for some sword waving ....

 

Wooooooooh! UCFC must be the only fencing club in the world to fence in a bar - BENTLEYS BAR.

 

22/9/2014: YOU KNOW YOU ARE QUAKE CITY ....

When the dribble about the vibrant (gotta get that funky word, used by the public relations minions, into the rant somewhere) rebuild of the earthquake flattened city centre starts flowing again after time off to take in THE NATIONAL ELECTION.

To demonstrate that vibrancy (got it in again) here are some pictures of a vibrant (again) lunchtime in vibrant (and again) New Regent Street in the vibrant former central business district - city centre to us non-public relations types.

 

Oh look at all the people ...

 

What people?

 

Yawn. It was lunchtime and the Wizard was stomping round, but even he was unable to round up humans to take part in the vibrant lunchtime in vibrant New Regent Street.

 

You can read more at the nation's top newsprecinct THE PRESS.

 

 

19/9/3014: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY ....

 

When you see signs like this one on Waltham Road - nobody takes any notice of it, go stand on Waltham Road by Hastings Street and feel the bounce when buses or trucks go past!!!!!!

 

YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY .....

 

When you see big bends in bridges ....

 

Like in this one on Colombo Street by Kilmore Street over the Avon River.

 

Are you gonna vote termorra?????

 

17/9/2014: HOW OBSERVANT ARE YOU???

Wot's missing?

A giant chocolate fish to the first correct answer - use the en guard link above.

 

 

 

15/9/2014: HERE'S ANOTHER WOT IS IT RANT......

 

No, not the coffee on the right, the thingie on the left! The coffee cup is there to give an idea of how big the metal thingie is.

 

Our Former Railway Worker, now retired, turned up with it the other day.

Our Former Academic, now in private practice, promptly went to seek counseling as he recognised it as a New Zealand Government paper clip, something that obviously frightened him during his government service in Wellington many, many years ago.

 

A pretty formidable clip for New Zealand Government paperwork.

 

Both remember them used on noticeboards to hold papers etc.

 

 

12/9/2014: ARE WE GOING TO BE DUST-BOWL REFUGEES THIS SUMMER??

The dust flies on Waltham Road after February's earthquake .. remember it?

 

With a dry summer predicted and the knock-it-downs still grumbling away .... Will we become DUST BOWL REFUGEES?

 

A local medic who lives on the Port Hills reckons he can see clouds of it even now as he descends to sea level while an electrician says he is sick of cleaning air filters in heaters and air-conditioners.

Question: Will Environment Canterbury, Sarah, CCC or Seedo do anything to alleviate it?? Like watering the barren bits? Stopping traffic on dry windy days? Stopping destruction or construction on dry windy days?

Have a nice Summer!

 

11/9/2014: PSSST, WANNA VISIT A DARK, DAMP,SMELLY PLACE?

We in Quake City can moan about the numerous road works and how they interfere with our normal life, but there is a not-so-nice side of earthquake repairs we don't see ........

Grubbing around repairing a sewer under Opawa Road!

 

 

No obese workers here - they would have trouble even getting into the sewer - just a bit of gritty resolve, a Hi-Vis vest and Hardhat, just in case.

 

Oh, and our Former Railway Worker, now retired, sold yesterdays stamper thingy on trademe for a bomb of a price - $278 to be exact.

 

10/9/2014: IS IT A BOMB?

 

Wot is it?

 

A howitzer shell? A trench grenade? A mortar bomb? Our Former Railway Worker, now retired, staggered in with it at the Opawa Cafe yesterday morning - it weights more than three-kilos - and dumped it on the table among the coffee drinkers.

 

It is some sort of ticket stamper he believes was used by the New Zealand Railways many years ago. You poke the ticket in the brass hole and it gets stamped with a date.

 

Sept. 2. 14, does this mean the thingie was made at the start of the First World War??

 

Have a read on WIKIPEADIA and if YOU know anything about it let me know so I can inform the Former Railway Worker, now retired who has listed the thingie on Trademe to sell.

 

9/9/2014: OPEN FOR BUSINESS AGAIN!

The Baxter family have been growing flowers for yonks for their customers on their Bridle Path Road property and now Mrs B's three lads, John, Rick and Mike, are doing it again so to speak.

Before the quakes - at work in the bunching shed at Aromaunga flowers on Bridle Path Road in Heathcote.

 

After the earthquakes - flattened!

 

Now - The former bunching shed site points to the new flower shop - the former garage!

 

See - Everyone is welcome.

 

To get your fresh flowers from the growers!

 

Oh, they also grow cherries plus this year's crop of roses are looking good too and at 94 Mrs B still bakes a mean fruit-cake!!

 

8/9/2014: A DOG'S LIFE!?

Heading away from Quake City at 100kph.

 

Now, what could be driving Dog away??? ...... Have a look yourself at these stories in the nation's top newsprecinct:

EQC?

INSURACE COMPANIES and EQC?

BUREAUCRATS WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES?

MAGIC MUSHROOMS?

 

If reading all that gabble depresses you just remember you can always get a coffee and talk to the birds at Ian's outdoor coffee cabin on the corner of Wordsworth and Colombo Streets in the go-ahead suburb of SYDENHAM!

 

 

5/9/2014: AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETLY DIFFERENT - CONCEIVED IN 1943 DURING THE BOMBING OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND STILL GOING STRONG!!

A Morris Minor designed by a smart alec captured in the go-ahead suburb (or is it precinct?) of Sydenham. Read about the wee cars HERE!And read about the BLITZ here.

 

It is said that SIR ALEC ISSIGONIS came up with the idea of the Morris Minor during fire-watching duties during the blitz. This bodes well for Christchurch, a city recovering from its own blitz - do you know of any creative discoveries since September 201o??

 

 

4/9/2014: MORE ON TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT ON OPAWA ROAD.

Customers at the Opawa Cafe on Monday morning wondered why the glitzy SUV's and other assorted motor vehicles heading for Opawa Road were roaring through the car park - now you know - traffic management on Hawford Road.

Also on Opawa Road ...

IT IS A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY FOR NIALL.

About 40 metres down to the Heathcote River in fact, hauling on this rope on Opawa Road yesterday the Irish worker is in town to celebrate the first earthquake. The question is, was he doing a slip jig or a reel?? And no, he comes from STRABANE not Tipperary!

 

 

 

3/9/2014: TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT ON OPAWA ROAD.

The cyclist survived, not sure about the car driver.

 

2/9/2014: RUMPLED ROADS AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT.

Are a problem for residents of our quake-ravaged city.

Repairs to those things that cower in the ground but bring amazing benefits to us living upstairs, so to speak, are accepted by most, it is just the traffic management plans that are put in place that can cause a bit of head-scratching if not outright confusion.

Skirt is doing its best with regular flyers to local residents and updating its website with the latest impositions but no-one seems to take much notice, perhaps they are too frightened to look up a skirt?

Read this view in the nation's top newsprecinct.

 

You could try and turn right here on Opawa Road?

 

Or left?

 

Or wait until they work it out??

If you want to take a peek up their skirts have a look HERE.

Oh, and keep away from the river end of Opawa Road this week.........

 

1/9/2014: RESULTS OF THE 2014 SOUTH ISLAND FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD IN DUNEDIN ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

Mens’ Foil: 1 Daniel Garelja, Auckland. 2 Louis Jennings, Dunedin. 3=  Chris Bell, Auckland and Connor Foley-Walker, Dunedin. 5 Baz Clark, Wellington. 6 Daniel Keleghan, Christchurch. 7 Jason Sim, Dunedin. 8 Richard Souness, Christchurch. 9 Riley Symon, Dunedin. 10 Nigel Hanson, Dunedin. DNF Isaac Rusholme-Cobb, Wellington.

Womens’ Foil: 1 Stephanie Willie, Auckland. 2 Vicky Fan, Auckland. 3= Pippi Miller and Simone Marshall, both Dunedin. 5 Alice Wu, Timaru. 6 Rachel Rolwlands, Christchurch. 7 Vanda Symon, Dunedin. Amy Wilson, Wellington. 9. Dorothy Boyd, Dunedin, 10 Suzy Cheng, Dunedin.

Womens’ Epee. 1 Ilaria Trame, Italy. 2 Felicity Boyd, Christchurch.3= Alison Price, Queenstown and Anna Chalton, Auckland. 5 Laura Bythell, Christchurch. 6 Simone Marshall, Dunedin. 7 Amy Wilson, Wellington.

Mens’ Epee: 1 Lucian Nightingale, Christchurch. 2 Mark Rance, Christchurch. 3= Andreas Sesun and Nicholas Hill, both Christchurch. 5 Louis Jennings, Dunedin. 6 Isaac Officer, Christchurch. 7 Isaac Rushholme-Cobb, Wellington. 8 Jonothan Brill, Christchurch. 9 Hichel Soares, Queenstown. 10 Mike Jameson, Dunedin. 11 Sebastion Clar, Dunedin. 12 Jaco Fourie, Christchurch. 13 David Jennings, Dunedin. 14 Zane Hamilton, Christchurch. 15 Quin Downs, Christchurch. 16 Baz Clark, Wellington. 17 Trent Hall, Queenstown, 18 Jonothan Seal, Queenstown. 19 Joshua Gibson, Christchurch.

Sabre: 1 Baz Clark, Wellington. 2 Jason Sim, Dunedin. 3 Adam Burrough, Dunedin.

 

Three different warm-up styles from left: talking, warm-up with coach and , foreground, warm-up by-your-self! Wonder what was the most effective?

 

Now here's a shot the girls will love - Vanda giving the men epeeists their marching-orders!

 

And Nicola gets Lucian to straighten his epee.

 

See, if I turn my back you can hit me there too - scoring action in the womens' foil!

 

Now some sabre action.

 

The medals, gold, silver and bronze and a mask from Fenz.

 

You've heard of the Sabre Dance? This is the Epee Dance.

 

We have all heard about the Kingston Flyer - have look HERE if you haven't. Here is the Queenstown Flyer, epeeist Jono Seal!

 

Ducking the hit!? Did Andreas get the hit?

 

A fallen warrior.

 

Come back soon - more pix and gossip to come!

 

 

29/8/2014: ENJOY SOME MUSIC....

Now, meet Dion again, this pic was taken a few days after February's big shake.. The concrete placer and digger driver lives on Pages Road and had no power, phone or water so what does he do? Serenades the few passersby with his guitar!

 

Things are still tough in Quake City and the horror stories keep coming as residents dealing with all sorts of bureaucratic bull-shit get kicked in the crotch, so to speak.

One of the most unusual stories was the home-owner, whose house was part-way through a re-build, given a wad of cash and a hand-shake and told to do it herself, the re-build that is.

Then there are the tales from sole-traders with former premises on Manchester and Colombo Streets, who have taken their insurance payouts and moved elsewhere. They'd like to rebuild, but the bureaucratic hoop and pole dancing is just toooooo much (And the cost of new foundations!), so their central-city properties will remain vacant for years to come while they enjoy life outside Swamp City.

ENJOY SOME MUSIC....

If you are feeling a bit stressed or grumpy come and enjoy the sound of busker Chris who performs at the Countdown on Colombo Street. Pssst, don't mention it, but he does like the odd Crunchie bar!

 

You could also have a listen to WEE TAM.

 

 

28/8/2014: MORE ON THE PRECINCTISATION OF CHRISTCHURCH!

Work is underway on the Waltham precinct pool.

 

Do read page page six of Tuesday's top newsprecint, The Press, for more about the Waltham precinct pool.

 

A rural scene from the Waltham precinct park.

 

Plus a TV precinct - wonder wot central-city precinct is is in??

!

 

26/8/2014: A CAR-FREE HOSPITAL.

With busy roads like this?????

Brougham Street looking towards the Waltham precinct from Opawa Road yesterday - ninety-five of the hundred cars and stationwagons viewed in a short period had only one inhabitant in em!!

Yep, now read about the plans for a car-free Christchurch hospital in the nation's top NEWSPRECINCT.

And they plan to use part of Hagley Park just up the road for international cricket matches too.

It is these bureaucratic shenanigans and OTHERS like this that are entertaining the residents of Quake City.

 

25/8/2014: LOOKING FOR A TEMPORARY ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD IN QUAKE CITY?

 

Nobody wants it.

 

Read about the on-going tale of the unwanted ROOF. In the nation's top newsprecinct, but what roof are they talking about? The one pictured here is on Madras Street so does that mean there are numerous roofs lying round the former central city?

 

 

See, it is weather-tight so you think someone would want it.

 

22/8/2014: THE WALTHAM PRECINCT!?

Yep, that's what the nation's top woman's magazine, oops newspaper, is renaming the popular Christchurch suburb ... HAVE A LOOK HERE!

Wot the heck is a preesink?

Could it be a description of an area of the city that didn't sink?

Could it be to describe an area of Quake City before the bigsink?

Could it be an Americanism used by those that are trying to fudge things?

Could it be that those using the term are unsure of the meaning of PRECINCT!

Could it be they have been watching that popular American cop show of the 1960's, 87 PRECINCT!

Is this a water precinct? A puddle? A kid's precinct?

 

 

20/8/2014: HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO BE ABLE TO DEMOLISH A NEW ZEALAND CITY??

Well, at least part of it.

For twenty-five years they were a feature on Waltham Road, Strong Bothers (top left).

 

All gone - they have moved to Buchanan's Road, Hornby.

 

Guess the age of the operator of this knock-it-down crowning the rubble of the former Strong Bro's building - first correct answer wins a giant chocolate fish......

More pix on an earlier posting 5/6/2014 and again on 10/6/2014.

 

 

19/8/2014: THE MOCHI SHIELD IS UNDERWAY FOR 2014!

Here's the results from this year's first event ....

 

Wot's the Mochi Shield you ask? It is a tongue-in-cheek recognition of Italian World Junior Epee Champion, Dr Gian-franco Mochi, and his beneficial impact on Christchurch fencing MORE HERE!

Gianfranco lived in Christchurch with his family for some years and fenced at the University of Canterbury Fencing Club (then in the UCSA Ballroom now shut up cos of earthquake damage) and encouraged many of our members to braoden their fencing skills and experiences.

 

 

18/8/2014: SMOKIN OP'S IN NEW BRIGHTON.

To understand the terminology, unless you are a child of the 1060's and 70's, you will need to look HERE!

 

A musical cigar box.

 

 

Played by Lance, the Postie, at a musical soiree in the seaburb of New Brighton. The regular get-to-gether pisses-off one business in the mall, but entertains many more along with their customers.

 

 

Here's a happy seabrighton business - Select Meats. Closed for earthquake repairs it will open for business next week!!

Now here is a bit of old time rock and roll to finish WITH!

Rock on!!

 

15/8/2014: STRANGE GOINGS ON IN SYDENHAM!

Greening the rubble, gardening in the Red Zone, and a naked woman with her legs in the air welcoming the Japanese Premier, quake ravaged Christchurch has provided a host of (tongue-in-cheek) inadvertent laughs, but this pavement art attracted the attention of business owners and worker slaves in Sydenham lately.

According to the fellow who nests here, the different colours mean something, but he had forgotton what.

 

 

Any idea of what these question marks mean on this Colombo Street footpath?

 

One local reckons that, according to a Skirt flyer, it means months of disruption to his business as sewers and other thingies are repaired. Now what was the name of the CTV reporter who got confused between sewage and sewerage - do you know the difference??

 

A memorial to Maureen? A superannuitant and inveterate cafe-goer who once ran an ashram in the North Island, Maureen Fletcher was killed here in February's earthquake. RIP.

 

 

 

13/8/2014: CORNERED??

The people of Christchurch in their earthquake damaged city.

Like a hunted spider?

 

 

Or politicians and bureaucrats unable to cope?

 

 

With broken homes and stressed residents?

 

 

But hey, the flag, albeit a a bit tattered, is still flying over the former Provincial Buildings in the former city centre!!

 

 

10/8/2014: Electioneering in Central Christchurch.

Road works, knock-em-downs, road works, orange cones, road works and political posters but no voters.

 

5/8/2014: A CCC COVER UP??

Remember the tongue-in-cheek posting on the 17/7 about the Christchurch City Council's consenting process??? Well here's the riposte - a cover-up on Opawa Road.

 

Looks good dunit?

 

3/8/2014: Howz your cathedral? an overseas reader has asked.

I know she was referring to the Christchurch Anglican Cathedral and all the grumbles and shenanigans that surround its rebuild or demolition.

Many will also know that folks in Quake City blame the Anglicans for all our problems for settling in the middle of a swampy wasteland on their arrival here.

The front door ....

 

Boxed in ....

 

But still standing ...

 

Of course the pix show the Catholic Cathedral on Barbadoes Street which many residents in Quake City prefer to the other one in the Square - Read more about it in the nation's top newspaper.

31/7/2014: MORE GREAT HAPPENINGS IN SYDENHAM!

Guitarist Ryan Fisherman has just produced his first EP and mate Benny was there to take the photos - cat just seems to like the music.

 

Our Former Railway Worker, now retired, has regaled us with stories of hard-drinking and other shenanigans by him and his mates in the former city centre now a mushroom and many of them related to the Churchill Tavern just down the road from the Colombo Street goods yard .....

 

Churchill's just after the February Earthquake.

 

Churchill's a few days ago - all gone.

 

Naturally our Former Railway Worker, now retired, has taken his shenanigans elsewhere, but that has not stopped the growth of Sydenham!!

 

Deeds, not words!

 

 

29/7/2014: FORGOTTEN AND IGNORED?

MONDAY IN NEW BRIGHTON.

Anywhere else in the world and a seaside suburb like New Brighton would be a gem to cherish but not in Christchurch.

 

The once popular beach ville seems to be ignored and abandoned by those up the road in swamp city - Red Zoned and ravished, but thousands of folks still live there and thousands from the west still visit to walk their dogs and fly their kites.

 

 

Yet roads and bridges are still rumpled and unless it directly relates or affects those in the west it seems nothing is done, or being done.

 

 

However this Friday things may change when concerned locals go face-to-face with Mayor Lianne and her Christchurch City Council Ladies -who knows what could eventuate? A hot water paddling pool? Really?

 

 

How about repairing Pages Road and the New Brighton Bridge?? Don't even mention the shambolic rebuild shenanigans of the Bridge Street bridge.

 

 

28/7/2014: ALL ALONE!!

In central Christchurch.

 

Yep, all alone on Manchester Street. The question is; who built these former Metropolitan Electricity Department buildings? Why? Cos they are among the few buildings in the former central city still standing and we should look to employ those that designed and built them in the rebuild!!

 

A few nearby neighbours.

 

 

Want to know what's missing? Compare the above pic to the one below taken after Septembers big shake.

 

See all those buildings to the right of the policeman rushing up Manchester Street to warn folks about the grumpy church and other buildings on his left tossing bits onto the street.

 

 

27/7/2014: COMMING DOWN AND GOING UP - A COUPLE OF BITS OF CHRISTCHURCH SPORTING HISTORY........................

Going up! The bunkers, battlements, buttresses and minarets are going up in Hagley Park!!
READ what the developers say .....

 

Down, down and down. The bricks and broken concrete was once this hall at the Cesspit (Christchurch Polytechnic) and provided a training base for three Christchurch fencers training for the 1979 World Fencing Championships being held in Melbourne.

 

Thanks to the endeavours of Rosemary Tredgold, the daughter of British Olympic fencer Rodger Tredgold, the hall on Moorhouse Avenue became the base for Steve Tillman, Steve Clarke and myself.

More about the memorial hall in the nation's top newspaper....

 

 

25/7/3014: WOW!

This picture and story of Gerry Brownlee, Member of Parliament, and leader of the Wastemkers, published on the website of the nation's top newspaper, THE PRESS, unleashed a storm of censorious rumblings at this morning's Kaffee Klatch.

None were good and the nasty comments came from those who experienced him as a teacher at St Bede's, to those who worked with him or knew those who had.

 

THIS GRUMPY OLD DUNGA HAS GOT TO GO?

The ravishing rants even out-did those directed at Side-Show Bob and his mates after the quakes and by-the-way, there were four copies, yes four copies, of this morning's The Press at the table - this bodes well for the circulation figures.

Now, have you heard the story about the Kiwi traveler flying to Wellington using only a metro rail card issued in Madrid and all in spanish?? True.

 

 

24/7/2014: WOMAN FENCER SMASHES THE MEN!!

Men's epee medallists, Jess, Andreas, Steve and Mark - Don't ask!! Pix by Jaco Fourie.

Auckland epeeist Jess Beer won both the women’s and men’s events at the weekend’s Presidents Cup fencing competition in Wellington much to the chagrin of fencers seeking to qualify for November’s Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Scotland.

The results:

Men’s Foil: 1, Felix Boyce; 2, Hamish Chan; 3= Daniel Garelia and Daniel Keleghan; 5, Chris Bell; 6, Nathanael Walker-Hale; 8, Steve Martin; 9 Louis Jennings; 10, Bryan Clark; 11, Jurgens van Zyl; 12 Nick Henderson; 13, James Tweddle; 14, Hamish Bulmer; 15, Russell Johnson; 16 Richard Souness; 17, Jonathan Carruth; 18, James Harwood; 19, Nathan Newton.
Men’s Epee: 1, Jess Beer; 2, Andreas Sesun; 3= Steve Martin and Mark Rance; 5 Kyle Macdonald; 6, Xavier Watts; 7, Jurgens van Zyl; 8, Martin Brill; 9, Felix Boyce; 10. Sheldon Ogalvie; 11, Louis Jennings; 12, David Jennings; 13, Lucian Nightingale; 14, Isaac Rusholme-Cobb; 15, Hamish Bulmer; 16, James Harwood; 17, Nathanael Walker-Hale; 18, Jaco Fourie; 19, Brett Ammundsen; 20, Bryan Clark; 21 Russell Johnson; 22, Michael Claydon; 23. Mithchell Reid-Tait; 24, Johann Ryu.
Women’s Foil: 1, Charlotte Dewsnap; 2, Fiona Mcdonald; 3= Alice Boyd and Rachel Rowlands; 5, Amy Wilson; 6, Corrine Ankenbruck; 7, Sophia Tweedle; 8 Jessica Kaiser.
Women’s Epee: 1, Jess Beer; 2, Anna Chalton; 3= Corinne Ankenbruck and Charlotte Dewsnap; 5, Maija Terho; 6, Nicole Martin; 7, Amy Wilson.
Mixed Sabre: 1 Felix Boyce; 2, Bryan Clark; 3= Charlotte Dewsnap and Russell Johnson; 5, Hamish Bulmer; 6, Cameron Dickons; 7, Mitchell Reid-Tait; 8, Nathan Newton.

No, you may not stab my foot! In epee fencing the target area is from head to toe as this pic shows.

 

 

23/7/2014: THEN AND NOW.

The nation's top newspaper has published some then and now pix of Cathedral Square, see HERE! Bit slow chaps It was done on this site over two years ago ......... see post of 5/4/2012 and numerous pix taken within the four avenues around that date.

The Press building and the Square circa 1970's taken from the Government Life building.

 

Now what about a pictorial about quake day and afterwards??? Yes, it might be a bit dismal in the former central city, now a mushroom but, for example, in Sydenham it is all action...

The corner of Wordsworth and Colombo Streets in Sydenham days after February's quakes.

 

And a few days ago.

It is all action in the central city of SYDENHAM. The former Winz building is to be repaired and the Wee Fellah's dairy is nearly rebuilt among the many positive things going on.

 

21/7/2014: IS HE DEAD??????????????????????????

Is he???

Nah, he was filming skateboard action at the Washington Way skate park in Sydenham - read how popular the park is in the nation's top newspaper THE PRESS!

 

 

17/7/2014: THE CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL?

The aftermath of the earthquakes has thrown-up much more than liquifaction, Gerry and the Wastemakers, Sarah, Seedo and other bureaucratic buffoonery though, thank the Big Fellow upstairs, they are slipping into the dim, dark and destructive past.

You might be interested in these symbols of Christchurch's rebuilding? They were on Opawa Road yesterday and make of them what you will ......

 

 

 

The thought that struck me was this the CCC's latest consenting process????

Doing away with paperwork??

Good on em!

 

16/7/2014: MORE FENCING NEWS.

Adelaide fencing coach Leon Thomas was in town running an Oceania Fencing Masters Association coaching course at Avonside Girls High School on the weekend.

 

Leon, left, helps Marguerite and Ross with some of the paperwork involved in the basic level coaching course. Eight local wanabe coaches attended.

 

 

Talking of coaching, former University of Canterbury fencer, Rob Blackburne, above, is fencing and coaching in the United Kingdom. The NZ epee finalist is competing in top UK competitions and coaching at Stirling university and the Dunblane Fencing Club.

 

 

14/7/2014: THREE GENERATIONS OF KIWI FENCERS!

I know photographers, picture editors and others are going to crow about this picture – it is a grin-and-grip shot they will grumble and you said you would never use them – ah but this is a wee bit different, it is three generations celebrating their worship of our great art and sport of FENCING!!!

 

 

Wellington fencer Richard Peterson, left, his son Stephen and grandson Nolan were all captured at Wellington High School taking a breather from the fencing sessions run there by Viccy Bishop.

What is a grin-and-grip you ask?? A type of non-action photograph of people grinning at the camera and holding something in their claws such as a medal or certificate!! Also used by inane politicians and their PR advisors as a form of self-promotion.

They are abhorred by real photographers, picture editors and intelligent readers, except where it is something unusual to do with our great sport!!! Do you know of three generations of fencers??

 

12/7/2014: NEW BRIGHTON - SIGNS OF THE TIMES.

 

Heartily concur especially in summer strolling the secluded sand hills with your girlfriend!! Just don't get sand in the wrong place.

 

 

A mid-week view of the New Brighton Mall.

 

Are we missing something here? Anti-stress in an attractive sea-side suburb?? Go have a coffee in the Lighthouse Cafe just up the road.

 

 

11/7/2014: What did you think of part two of the three-part TV drama, Hope and Wire, by Wellington film maker Gaylene Preston, based on the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and shown on TV3 last night??

There will be a lot of grumpy folks around Christchurch oday, expecially motorists!!

Grid locked - the corner of Moorhouse Avenue and Gasson Street on that day in February - which is why cycling should be encouraged, but don't hold your breath!!

Think I'll take a car to the Opawa Cafe this morning instead of the bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

10/7/2014: DOWN.

Little remains of the former city centre Centennial swimming pool, but Lianne and her Ladies are going to spend $20,000,000 on a kids playground on the site???

While just up the road in Armagh Street is this pool ......

Christchurch's new open air swimming pool - thanks to Steve Cox a reader of the nation's top newspaper for his suggestions on putting the waterlogged central-city basements to good use! Glug.

 

9/7/2014:

Compare this tongue-in-cheek poster with the strictures that could be imposed on the University of Canterbury by the Christchurch City Council ... read about how the University could be fenced off!! in the nation's top newspaper....

 

 

8/7/2014: NAKED WOMAN WELCOMES JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER TO CHRISTCHURCH!!

Mr Abe and Gerry Brownlee, left - naked lady right.

Yep, both the international and local media missed the big story of Mr Abe's visit to the quake-shattered city. A naked woman lying on her back with her legs in the air welcomed him!!

As the old media saw at the beginning of this page states; "News is something, that someone, somewhere, doesn't want known. Everything else is advertising."

No doubt Mr Abe and his minions didn't want the naked women highlighted.

And that is how our Kiwi newspaper and tv folks saw it. They ended up looking like women's mags and facial make-up progrmmes - no hard-nosed reporting here, just follow the leader - self-sensored pap!!

See how THE PRESS and TV1 covered the event.

Now what was the name of the bright minion who lined up the media before Mr Abe arrived? Yes they had the sun behind them, there is nothing worse than filming into the sun, but they also had the naked lady behind them too. Nicely done!!! So skilfully done with the international and local media acting like sheep!

 

 

7/7/2014: CHRISTCHURCH'S CARDBOARD CATHEDRAL IS SEARCHED BY POLICE!

Police search Christchurch's cardboard cathedral before the arrive of the Japanese Prime Minister today.

 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets well-wishers at the site of the former CTV building in Christchurch.

Some well-wishers waited for hours to welcome Mr Abe.


Media and police outnumbered those who turned up to watch Mr Abe pay his respects to those who died when the building collapsed and burned in February’s earthquake.

Bit of a knees-up?? Insensitive??

 

 

6/7/2014: Who is this fellow????

Read on ...

Jurgens van Zyl.

 

RESULTS FROM THE INAUGURAL NEW ZEALAND U23 FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD IN CHRISTCHURCH TODAY.

MIXED (Male and Female) EPEE: 1. Jurgens van Zyl, Auckland. 2. Isaac Officer, Christchurch. 3= Lucian Nightingale and Jonathan Brill both Christchurch. 5. Johann Ryu, Auckland. 6. Laura Bythell, Christchurch. 7. Sam Townshend, Christchurch. 8. Christopher Knowles, Christchurch.


MIXED FOIL: 1. Hamish Chan, Auckland. 2. Jurgens van Zyl, Auckland. 3= Daniela Ravera, Auckland and Lucian Nightingale, Christchurch.

 

Epee action, Officer, left, and van Zyl in the final.

 

 

Foil action, that's Daniela Ravera on the left, one of two women to compete, the other, Laura Bythell, competed in the epee - don't ask about sabre there was none!

 

Waiting - something you can be sure to happens at any tournament, but the cheese rolls were tasty!

 

 

 

4/7/2014: What did you think of part one of the three-part TV drama, Hope and Wire, by Wellington film maker Gaylene Preston, based on the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and shown on TV3 last night??

It brought back one of my most enduring memories ....

With the power out and no cellphone coverage, cesspit (Cpit) students and local workers, looking towards the city centre, gather round an open van on Madras Street while listening to the van's radio coverage shortly after the big quake of February 2011.

The calm scene contrasted with what was happening in the city centre. Read what the nation's top newspaper SAYS!

 

 

3/7/2014:

Only in Christchurch!

 

 

1/7/2014:

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Only in Christchurch.

 

30/6/2014: THE CENTENIAL POOL COMES DOWN.

 

That's it in the background to the right! More in the NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER.

Oh, did you know that Christchurch fencers used to cross swords about where the puddles are in the above pic?? The old Christchurch Swords Club once met in the hall at the Young Women's' Christian Association building that once stood there - before the quakes that is.

Now they are spending $20,000,000. plus, on a kids playground by the Centennial Pool, the trouble is there are no kids in the former central city, now a wasteland and the talk is that the playground will become a bedroom for the Ladies of Manchester Street. A small price to pay to get the prostitutes out of the residential areas many are saying??

 

Action at the former Centennial Pool - no, not that SORT of action silly.

 

 

29/6/2014: OPEN HEART SURGERY.

You squeamish sorts might like to look away now ….

 

The surgical team at work in the operating theatre at Christchurch Public Hospital – it was amazing how many had some connection to our great art and modern sport of fencing! Eh, Mr Shaw?

As a child of the PSYCHEDELIC/PSYCEDELIA  years the painkillers and other drugs given after surgery proved an interesting mix – have you seen a bright yellow Lamborghini chased by two Morris Minor vans disappear under YOUR bed? The funniest event was when a group of us from the cardiac ward met some weeks after our operations at an out-patients clinic, our first response was to compare scars…..much to the bemusement of others waiting.

Oh, did you know that among the literature they gave us on recovery after open-heart surgery there is a recommendation to use an electric blanket during sex!!!??? Truly. How? Why?

 

The nation's top newspaper was in hospital too after undergoing more surgery and more to come - waddaya mean? watch this space!

 

26/6/2014: BEATLEMANIA IN CHRISTCHURCH FIFTY YEARS ON!

A car park, faced by empty buildings, marks the site of the Clarendon Hotel.

 

Fifty years on there is nothing left of the Clarendon Hotel nor the rotten eggs and slurpy tomatos thrown at the Fab Four when they appeared on the hotel’s balcony overlooking Worcester Street on June 27th 1964. Hungry developers and earthquakes have cleared the site.

 

 

A Prague Pair, Jakob, left, and Sam, roughly mark the spot where cheering crowds welcomed the Fab Four to the centre of the Garden City now a wasteland of car parks and unused buildings. The two tourists, Jakob from the Czech Republic and Sam from Slovakia did not know the historical significance of the site, but they did know about the Beatles.

 

Read what the nation's top newspaper says about the BEATLES....

A ELLOW SUBMARINE?

 

Reserved! But not for memories of the Fab Four and the cheering fans, but parking.

 

 

25/6/2014: OPEN HEART SURGERY ...

A European reader asks for more about the exciting time spent in Christchurch Public Hospital, so here is the penultimate posting about it.

The surgical team were great they allowed me to take my camera into the operating room and then took some amazing pix of the quadruple by-pass heart surgery for me. You can read about it, use that funny web-thing to search for stories and images etc, but it is not until it happens to you that it comes real.

Preparation involves lots of drugs to make you sleepy and getting wrapped in this heated plastic tunnel-house thing. The surgeons seem to like their bodies warm - you would 't want them to have cold fingers and hands would you?


Was it painful some ask? No!  I’ve been stabbed (yes Dave, remember that?), shot, blown-up, run-over by a car and motorbike, attacked by a galley and heaved out of bed, but none were as painful as a kidney stone and its removal!! Not even this heart surgery.

 

The last shot! Being wheeled into theatre........

 

 

The start line.

 

The more squeamish among you might like to miss the next posting as the pix are pretty interesting.

 

 

23/6/2014:

Australian Fencing Federation Acknowledges former Kiwi's Outstanding Contribution to their Sport

An accomplished 3 weapon fencer, Peter Osvath, right, has made a unique and outstanding contribution to Australian Fencing since 1988. 

This has included:

During his time in Australian Capital Territory (1988 to 1995) – held various positions as President of Australian National University Fencing Club; Vice President and President of ACT Fencing where he notably helped bring ACT Fencing into the national fencing family;

Since moving to Victoria in 1995 – held various positions as President of Victoria Railway Institute Fencing Club; President of Fencing Victoria (2003-08) where he notably concluded the negotiations and plans for the establishment of the State Fencing Centre at North Melbourne;

From 1990 to 2013 – Chair of the AFF Selection Commission, including management of all international competition entries, establishment of AFF results database, regular updating of the AFF Ranking Points and major contribution to the development and transparency of the AFF Selection Policy;

He also served as a member of the AFF Officiating Commission and appointed as referee for the 1984 and 2000 Olympic Games, and a number of international tournaments and World Championships;

Appointed Team Manager for Australian Team at 2006 Commonwealth Fencing Championships and World Championships;

Member of AFF Executive from 2001 to 2009;

Inaugural High Performance Manager for the Australian Fencing Team.

And he is a former member of the Victoria University Fencing Club in Wellington, New Zealand.

 

22/6/2014: CHRISTCHURCH TOWIES ARE HOPING FOR AN INCREASE IN BUSINESS .......

Recovering cars from the Heathcote River.

 

Towies and by-standers would, or could, not say how the vehicle ended up in the river this morning.

 

 

20/6/2014: What was Wednesday’s posting all about some of you ask.

I thought the pix said it all, remember a picture is worth a thousand words so three have got to be worth a few, but it seems not.

Compare the over-the-top treatment of a wee road works surrounded by signs, fences, dozens of road cones and people with stop/go signs, with the fuck-you treatment of the footpath work, which is over a week old.

One costing thousands of dollars and thousands of dollars for traffic management to protect the odd brmmm brmm (motor vehicle) from bumps, while nobody (Telecom?? Chorus?? Incompetent or lazy contractors??) cares a damn about the mums with prams, school kids, elderly and other pedestrians using the dug-up and muddy footpath!!

No wonder cyclists rule the roads…..

 

19/6/2014: FAREWELL TO ALL THAT....

Our Former Railway Worker, now retired, drove into the former central city yesterday and got lost.

It was his first visit to the Wasteland since before February 2011's Great Catastrophe (earthquake) and he was heading for the Christchurch City Council fortress, but the lack of easily identified buildings confused him, while the wasteland shocked him. He is adamant he is NOT returning. I believe there was a tear in his eye when he said that, but he will deny it.

Cashel Street Pedestrian Mall before February 2011 looking towards Colombo Street and BALLANTYNES

 

Cashel Street Pedestrian Mall yesterday. Some boarded-up buildings await their fate and where have all the people gone? But Ballantynes is still operating!!

 

 

18/6/2014: WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT PEDESTRIANS IN CHRISTCHURCH??

A wee road work in Opawa Road yesterday - all fenced off! Why?

A wee footpath work in Opawa Road yesterday - not fenced-off! Why?

 

A wee footpath work on Opawa Road today - who gives a fuck! Why?

And you wonder why ratepayers are so grumpy and pissed-off....Read about what Christchurch people really feel in the nation’s top newspaper …Nobody cares.

 

 

 

 

16/6/2014: A FULL MOON - SO WHAT?

 

A FULL moon on Friday 13th.

Astronomers say a full moon on Friday the 13th last happened in October 2000 and won't take place again until August 2049!!!. So there.

 

 

13/6/2014: WHAT WOULD YOU DO???

If YOU woke up one morning in the cardiac ward at Christchurch Hospital with your bed surrounded by these thingies?????

Don't panic, it is the hospital staff's way of saying happy birthday - truly!!!

Now, what is happening in the pix below??? Cleaning? Indoor cricket? Birthday Beatings or, something else?

 

11/6/2014: PSSSSSSSssssst! Wanna learn fencing???????

Then try one of these clubs ..........

10/6/2014: OOH, YOU ARE A GRUMPY LOT!

You promised to tell us the name of that Olympic champion, who trained in this building (above) on Waltham Road, on Monday and now it is Tuesday afternoon you squeal. Sorry, but the demolition (or deconstruction for the illiterate) just finished this morning!

 

Here he is, Marcel Fischer, left, along with Christchurch national epee champions Rangi de Abaffy and Willie Upritchard all trained there (when it was wet), along with Italian World epee champion Gian-franco Mochi.

Marcel was in Christchurch one summer back in the late 1990"s polishing up his English and did a bit of fencing in my backyard!!.   Marcel is a Swiss fencer who competed in the Men's Épée Individual at the 2004 Summer Olympics and won the gold medal. He finished 4th at the 2000 Olympics. His achievements earned him the 2004 Swiss Award in sports. MORE HERE!

 

Talking of wet, here is a flotilla of quacks in line-a-stern formation on the Heathcote River this morning. Mr duck is to complain to Environment Canterbury and the Christchurch City Council about the discoloured and polluted river!

 

 

8/6/2014: The inmates of ward 12 at Christchurch Public Hospital were so taken by the unstinting services and help from the medical staff and others who worked there that they renamed it -

 

On a more mundane matter, most of the recent e-mails to this site have commented on the pix of the on-going demolitions in Quake City and the fact that other sites are, shall we say, not as rigourous in covering the death of our history and heritage.

One site that is mentioned is the Christchurch City Council Library site: PHOTOS HERE!, but it has poor or nonexistent captions you say - hey, remember a picture is worth a thousand words!

Now here is a thousand words .... thanks to the un-named photographer whom Andreas thinks is John or George for the great shot. .......... So close, but no hit!!

 

 

6/6/2014: IT IS D-DAY FOR THESE BUILDINGS IN WALTHAM.

Thanks to Brett and Ben for the shot.

 

Would you like to win a giant chocolate fish??? Read on......

History bites the dust. What is the name of the World and Olympic champion that once trained in this building?? First correct answer via "en guard" above wins the cfish.

Pix and details published on Monday!!

 

5/6/2014: WALTHAM BUSINESS MOVING.

The gates are locked. The car wrecks and parts will be gone by the end of the month and so will long-time Waltham business, Strong Brothers. For twenty-five years they were a feature on Waltham Road, but not much longer as their building and others around them are demolished. They are moving to Buchanans Road in Hornby.

 

3/6/2014: A BENIGN HOSPITAL BED??

It doesn’t pay to piss off the nurses at Christchurch Hospital. Oh yes they have subtle ways of getting you back, like half-sheeting or short-sheeting your bed. Wot’s that you readers who never went to boarding school ask? Have a look here ...

Now ask yourself this, is the bed featured above short-sheeted or not??

31/5/2014: TOAST!


Yep these old buildings just off Waltham Road in the wee go-ahead central city suburb of Sydenham are toast. The excitement among locals is wot is gonna replace them?? Fifty houses are planned for the site.

 

MORE TOAST!

Talking of toast many of the long-term (more than a couple of nights stay) inmates of the Hilton Suite (the cardiac ward at Christchurch Public Hospital) lost weight. Mostly cos they were seriously ill, but another reason could have been the boarding school type food.


The service was great, morning and afternoon teas served in bed, and the food edible if a touch bland, but it was the morning toast that was the horror. Stiff, cold and looking like bits of medium density fibreboard though, thankfully, one of the ever-attentive nurses whispered in my ear about the toaster at the other end of the ward so I was able to gather up the nasty bits from those less mobile and re-serve them hot and toasty.

Me? I lost nearly 4Kg and the best meal was the Kingfish snuck in by some considerate visitors!!

Yummy.

 

30/5/2014: A new twist on hospital admission ..... ... workers visit the Parkside cardiac ward at Christchurch Public Hospital. They were part of a team inspecting the buildings for earthquake damage.

Don’t expect to get much sleep in hospital, especially if you are in a ward and not an individual room. Apart from that, three weeks spent in the Christchurch Public Hospital were an interesting experience and an eye-opener in many ways.

As posted a couple of days ago my Sunday afternoon and evening in the emergency department was a real foot-turner. Yes I had watched the odd TV show about the abusive antics of those visiting emergency rooms, but to hear and experience it in the flesh, so to speak, brought a certain sadness for those trying to help others and the off-hand treatment they received.

One of the reasons for the inability to sleep in the cardiac ward was due to the admission of patients in the evenings or early morning with the odd one noisy or aggressive and some having to be put in an individual room with a security guard, but all in all it was the general ward business, a constant coming and going of doctors and nurses and other staff.

Ischaemic  Conditioners or Daleks?

Included in the sleep destroyers were these unusual machines I nick-named Daleks. They turned up with an attached nurse at all hours to take your temperature and blood-pressure, but a recent article, Squeeze The Arm, Protect The Heart, in the New Scientist magazine of May 17th makes them out as saviours to heart attack victims and those undergoing open heart surgery - so I guess one should not denigrate them too much.

Yawn.

 

 

28/5/2014: A HIT! A HIT! A PALPABLE HIT!

See the wee green light?

Here are readable results of the weekend's University of Canterbury Fencing Club's annual Eeccleston Epee competition. The fun event, the only one-hit duel in the Southern Hemisphere - epee is the old dueling weapon, where duels were won by the first fencer to draw blood, tarted up for modern times with the winner of each friendly bout being the first to score a hit - and honours Nelson fencer David Eccleston.

Andreas Sesun 1
Jaco Fourie 2
Brendan Lindsay 3
Josh Gibson 4=
Sheldon Ogilvie 4=
Sparky Mark 6
Anthony Goh 7=
Ross Shepherd 7=
Laura Bythell 9=
Zane Hamilton 9=
Marguerite deAbaffy 11=
William Fraser 11=
Chris Knowles 11=
Albert Webb 11=
Josh Allan-Johns 15
Sarah Cohen 16
Hamish Pullin 17
Hannah 18=
Sam Townshend 18=

26/5/2014: GERMON'S WALL IS NEARLY FINISHED!!!

It is being built round the Hagley Oval in a bid to host a match or two in Christchurch as part of the World Cricket Championships destined for New Zealand and Australia in 2015 and it could, like Hadrian’s two walls, end up standing as monuments to failed ideas and dreams
.
Two possible reasons, World and New Zealand cricket has been hit for a duck over the match-fixing and other nefarious activities, while a recent stint in hospital has also highlighted what could be another problem in staging the great game at Hagley Oval..

First the firestorm over Kiwi kriketers and their match fixing could be a positive or negative for the sport. Any news is good news, as an old saying goes and the advertising/promotion it generates could draw in the punters, so to speak, or put them off, but we will have to wait and see which it could be.

The other possible problem that could mar Canterbury Cricket’s bit of the World Championships is that of “dust offs’. HELICOPTER MEDICAL FLIGHTS..


The landing pad receiving the medical emergencies for Christchurch Public Hospital is very close to Hagley Oval and the clatter of helicopter blades and the scream of ambulances heading for the hospital’s emergency department disturbs hundreds of inmates now, I spent two weeks listening to it recently, so imagine what it would be like during a world cup match?

Not so bad mid-week but on weekends there could be up to six or more “dust-offs” a day. But forget the agony of the hospital’s patients, even those indomitable former openers, Bruce Edgar and John Wright, would find it hard to concentrate!!  Worse still could be the damage to live radio or television broadcasts, instead of the crisp crack of willow on leather there is just a wokka, wokka, wokka of whirling blades!!!


Solutions please.

Wonder what "Paddles" the great cricketer Sir Richard Hadlee, would do??

 

25/5/2014: MEDICAL MUGGINGS!!

My feet experiencing a mugging in the emergency department at Christchurch Hospital.

I can confirm first-hand the thuggary against medical staff at Christchurch Public Hospital.

Read this story in the nation’s top newspaper MEDICAL STAFF ATTACKED BY MUGS ...

The young woman in the bed, on the left, next to me in Christchurch Public Hospital’s emergency department was high on something. Her screeching voice frightened others, including my feet, undergoing emergency treatment, but the end came when one of the medical staff trying to treat her was sent flying and three security guards arrived to control her. They did so by lying on her! Thankfully the nurse was shaken but unhurt.

Privacy issues prevent me from showing more. Further exciting hospital stories and pix, including that of the cardiac ward's top indoor cricketer, to come soon so keep looking!

 

24/5/2014: THE 2014 ECCLESTON EPEE WAS HELD TODAY!

Nineteen turned out for the annual event and three no-shows.

See.

 

Canterbury University Fencing Club Secretary Brett, right, lays out the rules of this unique one-hit epee competition.

 

Old time fencer Brendan Lindsay turned out too.

 

Action in the bar - yes ucfc meets each week in a bar/pub! That's it in the background.

 

 

Yes, I want a giant chocolate fish too!! Allehandra/Lexxi, the daughter of fencers Rangi and Marguerite was on hand for the awarding of the giant chocolate fish, Each competitor was awarded a cfish and gold medal!!!

 

Eccleston, Dave Eccleston?? Nah, it is regular winner, this year too, Andreas wearing a jacket Eckky awarded him some years ago.

 

23/5/2014: FOUR YEARS ON!!

There were only two wee earthquakes yesterday and tw0, so far, today, but .....

...... the destruction of central Christchurch is still going on, and on and on and .......

On.

 

And on!

Shots of the former Majestic Theatre on the corner of Manchester and Lichfield Streets over the last couple of days

 

22/5/2014: A B OMB SITE????????????

Central Christchurch yesterday and now us younger folks have an idea of what London and other cities must have looked like after the Second World War - u g l y.

But wait, there is good news for central city motorists read what the nation's top newspaper says ...

 

21/5/2014: STUMPED!!!!

This road sign on Fifield Terrace in St Martins has some locals stumped.....

 

Just as this, about to break-away tree stump, just across the Heathcote River on Riverlaw Terrace, has locals betting just when it will become an island?

 

Now have a read of the nation's top newspaper story today about the MAYOR'S flooding solutions..

Question; when is a taskforce a team? Or when is a team a taskforce? Or is our Mayor talking gibberish?

 

20/5/2014: FLOCTON BASIN.

What the heck is the Flocton Basin many readers have asked? It is an area of Swamp City that has become more prone to flooding since the Earthqukes. Have a look here ... A MAP FOR YOU See also a former Christchurch Drainage Board map of 1856, posted on this site last year, which shows the vast areas of swamp in Swamp City.


As you can see from the map it includes the suburbs of Mairehau, St Albans, and, (but don’t talk about it as it could affect house prices,) swankier suburbs such as Merivale, Shirley and the more down-and-out Dallington.

 

As one wag says, it sounds ideal for model yachting and should be developed as such to take over from the failing Ellerslie Garden Show?

Really?

 

16/52014: GRAFFITI OR ART - YOU DECIDE!

Winter is begriming to tighten it's noose around Quake City and about half the population is still struggling, many without weathertight homes for the third year in a row.

Will this help them?

Or this ...

Who remembers these?

And, remember this ...

Which is now this ..... A bit barren and cold.

Oooooh! And you wonder why even Queeny has turned her back on our city!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See, only Her and red cones populate our central city, but they have just resurfaced Colombo Street in Sydenham and it is so smmoooothh! Just like a real road.

 

13/5/2014: YOU ARE PAYING FOR THIS.

Round 340,000 folks live in Quake City and around 160,000 of them pay rates to the Christchurch City Council (among others) for roads, sewers, clean drinking water, garden shows, covered playing fields, and rubbish removal.........

It'll cost YOU to dispose of this - $9.30 to be exact - for rubbish under 50Kg.

 

Or $231.40 per tonne for this couch and chairs.

 

So, next time you sit down to pay your rates consider dumping in a street dumper, you could reduce your rates significantly!

And our Christchurch City Council could save millions$$$$$$$$$$$$

 

 

11/5/2014: MOVE ALONG PLEASE .............

Yes, cummon Quake City, get on with it .......

 

The Heathcote River - a flooding memento!

 

Up the Skirt - Mounds of gravel protected by fences and traffic lights, not to mention road coness, on Opawa Road.

 

Timber - aftermath of the recent flooding - rootless tree in Hastings Street.

 

Fun at the beach - New Brighton gets on with it.

 

 

9/5/2014: THE KNOCK-IT-DOWNS ARE STILL AT WORK........

Yes, the buggers are still at work in Quake City. Their grumpy grumbling has been reverating over central Christchurch this week.

Going......

....Going ....

Still going ...

The old Miller's department store building in the CBD.

 

6/5/2014: HOWZ THE REBUILD IN CHRISTCHURCH GOING??

Have a look ....

Manchester Street from the Avon River bridge circa 1970.

 

Manchester Street from the Avon River bridge after February 2011's big quakes.

 

Manchester Street from the bridge over the Avon River a few days ago.

See any sign of a rebuild?

 

 

5/5/2014: APOLOGIES TO THE CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL!

Yep, that's right, the waterway formerly known as Jackson's Creek is now Jacksons Creek and I spelt it wrong with an apostrophe, see how it should be spelt ... Spelt right??

The Former Railway Worker, now retired, and his mates reckon that the dropped apostrophe has appeared in many CCC signs in the last year or so. Read about the missing ' here!

 

Bit of a brush-up and preening needed?

 

Now, before the CCC starts preening too much it and its contractors involved in the development of this bit of Jackson's Creek, which is sliding into the narrow waterway thanks to flooding, need to talk to the locals who believe that the flooding is exacerbated by the difference in levels between the newly developed Jackson's Pond and its exit further down stream.

The water of Jackson's Creek is supposed to flow through the pipe, but it backs-up as high as the seat on the left according to locals, forming Jackson's Pond.

 

And, sometimes, comes out here.

 

 

4/5/2014: YOUR VERY OWN PERSONAL INVITATION TO THE ....

 

1/5/2014: WHO GIVES A DUCK'S ARSE ABOUT FLOODING IN QUAKE CITY??????

A duck's arse.

Read more in the nation's top newspaper ... A Bit of a FEATHER Job?

 

Even this recent work done here at Jackson's Creek has a bit of a quack from flooding. Pity the poor houses when they finish building them - you want to live there?

 

Cos they want all the water to go through this wee hole, but it don't/can't and the wee creek floods.

 

New Zealand Post is using former naval vessels to deliver the mail in Swamp City!

25/4/2014: it is IT IS ANZAC DAY!

Even the Turks and Aussies celebrate it, but will anyone celebrate the proposed arts centre (horrible word precinct) proposed for Swamp City's Wasteland??? Read about it in the nation's top newspaper .... ARTS PRECINCT ....

Here's a bit of it. New Regent Street is to the right.

Oh, just across the road slaves toiling to produce the nation's top newspaper are having to squeeze together more in their nice new offices that survived the earthquake - I heard an amazing strory about the destruction of the old The Press building from one of the folks outfitting the new building on that day in February!

 

23/4/2014: DRUGS!!

Legal or illegal highs - can anyone differentiate tween them??

These? Spotted in a central city industrial area.

 

Or these? Seen a few metres away from Christchurch Hospital.

 

More about drugs: Did you know that the most commonly prescribed drug at Christchurch Hospital is aspirin? Followed by a common painkiller and then a laxative!! Did you know that the most commonly bought drugs at the local chemist shop are to stop running noses, yes, and sore eyes?

Now you can win a giant chocolate fish ... answer this: What drug does Christchurch Hospital spend most money on??? First correct answer wins - cept you Nursey!

 

 

21/4/2014: LAST RITES?

Still standing after September's shake - the spire of the Christchurch Anglican cathedral .

The nation's top newspaper has an interesting article today about about our God-botherers and their buildings ... have a read ..

It tells the story dozens of churches flattened or damaged by the earthquakes and the hassles many God-botherer groups are having to recover, repair or rebuild even with God on their side.

Yesterday - The Christchurch Anglican cathedral, not aspiring to much.

 

Now this fellow, Knox Presbyterian church, on the corner of Beatle Avenue and Victoria Street was inspiring - less than a year after it got flattened! See posting of 13/1/2012.

 

 

17/4/2014: DEEDS, NOT WORDS.

Long-time Sydenham identities Hitesh, left, and Dale.

After nearly half-a-century in Sydenham Dale Ravji and his son Hitesh are moving, but not far, just up the road. The pair will spend this weekend shifting from the site where their pre-quake dairy and fruit shop once stood to a new container shop next to the popular outdoor café to make way for the re-building of their Colombo Street premises.

After the earthquakes, one of the first container shops in Christchurch opens on the site of the former brick, two-storey dairy.

The new building should be built and in action by the end of the year and in time to welcome the new homes planned for the old Sydenham School site. NEW HONES FOR SYDENHAM??

 

16/4/2014: A TALE WORTHY OF SHAKESPEARE!

Thanks to Lizzie for the pic.

 

Visiting Royalty quell earthquakes?

Yep, more than 13,000 earthquakes have shaken Christchurch since September 2010, that’s about ten per day, but on Rubbish Monday (see previous posting), when British Royals William and Kate were in town, there were none!


On the Sunday, the day before, there were quakes up to 4.2 in magnitude and others up to 3.1 on the Tuesday, but none on Monday!! Most unusual.

Why???

Visiting Royalty?

You think us quake-raddled Kiwis are making it up? Have a look here ….The quake count.

Quick, bring the buggers back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The royalty, not the quakes.

 

15/4/2014: ROYALTY VISITS CHRISTCHURCH!

It was rubbish day yesterday in the former central business district, now a wasteland, and Barbadoes and other streets were stacked with yellow bins and, Royalty.

Yes, Christchurch must be the only place in the Commonwealth to host royalty and rubbish at the same time? Perhaps it is another indication of a dysfunctional organisation?

In the old days of galvanised rubbish tins Dutchy, and his trusty Morris Minor ute, would have had the central city cleared and the bins binned and the streets cleaned, but perhaps our current lot were trying to make a point??

Up the Republic!!

Now see the nice pix of William and Kate the nation’s top newspaper snapped - THE PRESS! - they had all their photographers in action yesterday!

And have a squizz at these, alternative, pix:

Go Royally through the Wasteland!

 

Wizard escape!

 

A CTV memorial after the earthquakes.

 

Same site with the addition of Royalty!

 

 

11/4/2014: OH! Bit touchy over yesterday's posting are we.

Yes Russell, Bob and Roger did great jobs in the aftermath of the quakes, but now it seems like John Key, Gerry and the Wastemakers and recycled bureaucrats are in control.

Here's a pic of the Wasteland former CBD and you want people to return??

 

Here's wot they are doing in New Brighton - something tangible.

Gerry, John and Lianne would look good posturing on this wee stage. It would be good for locals too - as all three would be limited to 30-minutes posturing so to speak.

 

Now Bob, from the shop across the road, would love it!!

 

 

10/4/2014: MORE BULLSHIT OVER THE FORMER CENTRAL CITY BUSINESS DISTRICT THAT WAS DYING EVEN BEFORE THE SEPTEMBER 2010 AND FEBRUARY 2011 EARTHQUAKES!

Manchester Street, near Tuam Street, February 22nd 2012.

Read what the nation's top newspaper says about rebuilding the rubble above: Christchurch CBD

 

Prime Minister John Key, left, Sideshow Bob's Dragon, Bob and Roger days after February's quakes.

Now read wot John and Roger have in mind for the THE FORMER CBD.

 

Wot's needed - a bit of wizardry!

 

New homes as promoted by this Lyttelton shop.

 

Like these brand new fellows on Opawa Road

 

But the CBD's empty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And even our Former Railway Worker, now retired, won't go and visit it.

 

 

8/4/2014: Back on Campus at Last!!

Some ucfc members jumping for joy.

The country’s oldest fencing club is back on Campus thanks to the University of Canterbury’s Student Association. The University of Canterbury Fencing Club started at the university’s former town site, now the Arts Centre, about ninety years ago and was never off-campus until the dreaded February Earthqukes brutally attacked the Garden City and closed the Student Association’s building at Ilam in 2011.

Man Mountain and Josh prepare for a duel.

First the tiny Waltham Primary School provided refuge for the club until it moved back on campus in late 2011. Then suddenly, part way through last year, the gymnasium complex at the Dovedale campus were the club had relocated, was closed - more earthquake damage - leaving the club with nowhere to go. The club re-located to Christchurch Boys High School where the UCFC coach also coaches, but now, thanks to the UCSA, the club is back on campus at the UCSA Events Centre, just across the car parks from the former Ballroom at the now closed UCSA building where it once was based.

 

4/4/2014:

OLGA JEYKLL, QSM, 8/10/1918 – 11/2/2014. Aged 95.

 

A Christchurch fencer and coach who taught thousands our noble art and modern sport. Her influence on fencing in Christchurch and the country is still felt today and a recent dinner held a couple of weeks ago in her memory attracted fencers and former pupils from as far away as Canada!

 

 

Olga, right, in action against Diane at a competition in Christchurch in the 1970's

 

 

 

A bottle of sweet fizzy wine (name withheld for copyright reasons) sits in pride-of-place, on the centre table, at the dinner - Olga's wine making skills were the stuff of legends with many United Fencing Club and the local Canterbury Fencing organisation meetings ending with a sip or two.

More memories to come ..... soon!

 

3/4/2014: Afternoon all, normal service has resumed ........... and here is a real gem for you.

The last but one posting was of a nice new, very tall, fence on Waltham Road and here it is this morning still towering over everyone but sadly the fence and its signs were tagged! After all, this is Swamp City and tagging central .....!!!!!

A big fence in Waltham.

 

What the fence is hiding has interested the neighbours and got Garry, at the local dairy, excited.

High-density housing in Waltham.

Now, what will come first? The repair of the nearby Waltham Pool damaged in the Earthquakes or the high-density housing??

Any bets??

 

20/3/2014: TWEET TWEET!!

Sorry for not updating this site over the last few weeks, normal service will resume shortly.

tweet

 

7/2/2014: WHAT IS THIS HUMONGOUSLY TALL FENCE HIDING ON WALTHAM ROAD?

?

 

If you or I built a fence this high round our properties we'd have the City Council breathing down our necks, but Canterbury Cricket, gangs and the knock-it-downs seem to be able to build em as high as they want. What is it hiding??

 

Does it hide these golden sunflowers?

 

A partially deconstructed house??

Or its remains??

Come and look, it is on the right after the Waltham Primary School, Christchurch's top primary school, and before the Waltham Park. Wonder how long afore it gets tagged? Watch this space.

 

5/2/2014: BREAKING NEWS!

In 2012 this site broke the news of high-rise graffiti/tagging in central Christchurch. Recently our main-stream media, including the nation's top newspaper, have been breathlessly ranting about it. Why the delay? They are well behind the eight ball, so to speak, for the latest crapola is UNDERGROUND!

See!

Now can our main-stream media find the under-ground crapola in the central city?? Any bets? Giant chocolate fish accepted.

 

 

4/2/2014: WHO REMEMBERS GARDENING IN THE RED ZONE?

In the immediate aftermath of the earthquakes City Care kept caring for our central city even though it was fenced-off and nobody allowed access, but not this site where so many died.

Who remembers this?

 

Or this?

 

Or this - as it was last week.

Now see and read wot our Bureaucrats have done three years after in ... THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER.

Things move slow in Quake City, but we shall remember them.

(Now for something completely different, some things do move fast in Quake City - washing machines. The one in the posting below was gone by the next morning!! The couch and barbeque are still there!)

 

2/2/2014: ON BROUGHAM STREET THIS MORNING.

You could be forgiven for thinking that this big truck is delivering/rescuing a washing machine.

 

 

Sadly you would be wrong. Like this car, it was scooting past a washing machine dumped in the middle of the busy road by fuckwits.

 

Another hassle for our pressured Christchurch City Council staff to deal with - good on em - Down with the dumb dumpers!!!!!!!

Now I also know where a lovely couch and gas barbecue has been dumped if you'd like em??

 

1/2/2014: PURPLE HAZE ...... OR JUST PLAIN STUPID????

If you had conjoined twins each slightly injured in February’s Big Quake, but still joined together, would you bring in experts and expensive machinery to heal/repair them and only heal or fix one??


Of course not.


But wait, if you were AMI insurance and their fix-it-uppers Southern Response you would.


And they have.


These two wee garages have been best mates for yonks, ever since their birth together years ago. Like the wee units their owners live in they have existed together cheek-by-jowl since birth and happily sharing the same driveway and insurance company.

 


So why would you repair one cracked driveway and not the one right next to it??


Weird?

And a cash settlement is being proffered.

 

 

31/1/2014: WOT'S THIS?

It has a handle, makes whirring and clicking noises and stamps its feet!

It was once used by our Former Railway Worker, now retired, and his mates at New Zealand Railways. It still works!

As usual, the first correct answer garners a giant chocolate fish and TWO sugar snakes ......

See.

 

30/1/2014: PALMERSTON NORTH!

Despite the Auckland-centric media and geographically illiterate journalists/fronts-people and weather-folks who think the wee Manawatu town lives in the South Island, just north of Dunedin, it has its humorous side.

They use their HiVis fences and horrible orange road cones to protect .... a broken tv! Pix by "M".

 

In Christchurch/Swamp City also known as Quake City (13,000 and counting) the cones are used for more mundane activities - pissing-off the local drivers!!

 

 

28/1/2014: CAN WE BELIEVE ANYTHING THE CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL SAYS??

Woof!

 

"The Corgis are planned, if all goes well, to return just before Christmas. It is likely they will return to their original position on High Street", said the Christchurch City Council in October last year..

 

Still waiting!!!!

 

The Pembroke Corgi sculptures were a permanent display on High Street in front of Alice’s Videoland before the earthquakes.

The life-sized dogs are made of bronze and cost the City $24,000 to help celebrate the Queen’s 50th Jubilee. There are no others like them anywhere in the world.

Anyone seen any stray corgis?

Woof!

 

27/1/2014: WHERE ARE THEY NOW??

The where are they now rant a couple of weeks ago shows there is always someone that knows. Only three of the 12 fencers named have not been tracked down - Evan Swale, Richard Hamill and John Upfold so keep hunting.

Thanks to all who responded.

Here is another pic for you to identify - who, what, where and when?

One from the days when Fenz sent large groups of fencers away, after qualifying of course. Have made this pix nice and big so's you can see them better!

Talking of identity, six years ago (28/8/2009) I published an old black-and-white pic from 1970 of a lonely cross on the side of the main road just north of Palmerston honouring a First World War soldier and asking if anyone knew anything about him. A few hours ago I received an e-mail from the soldier's great-nephew!!

More soon.

 

23/1/2914:FERRARI, FORD OR A MORRIS MINOR?

"... we are assisting to put in place more comprehensive, end-to-end dispute resolution vehicles."

More gibberish and management spin from the poor buggers at SOUTHERN RESPONSE who are having to deal with Christchurch home-owners once insured with AMI.

Forlorn and forgotten - the former Lancaster Park renamed AMI Stadium.

Read this Rose'y review of what the poor buggers are up to!

I'll take the Morris Minor thank you!

They say the steel they were built from came from captured German battleships!? Plus the van has more room in the back for gibberish.

 

 

22/1/2014: RUN FOR COVER!

A famous thugby player runs for safety in Palmerston North during Monday's big quake near EKETAHUNA . Pix by 'M'.

The 6.2 magnitude grumble shook up much of the south of the North Island on Monday, unless you read the top freeby paper in Christchurch (The Star) which tells you it happened on Tuesday, and many in Swamp City waited for the worst that, thankfully, never came.

Many in the north are gleeful that they are now part of the 'Quakers' those that have survived a big un! Apparently Manawatu City now has a genuine rumpled road (like the roads in Swamp City) out in Milson which was happily inspected by locals.

Let them be thankful it was a public holiday and they were not sitting here ........

The show must go on.

The thugby museum was not damaged and the fences were to keep the interlopers out coz they are revamping the Globe Theatre (on the right) to include ".. a new café bar which will encourage and support the creative and cultural heart of the City". Sounds a bit like the spin produced here in Swamp City.

 

21/1/2014: BALLS!

He has done it again!

As usual our Former Railway Worker, now retired, is an endless fount of knowledge.

I am much nicer than the scrawls on the walls.

 

Llew Summers, the fellow who did the SCULPTURE above, is also a carpenter and a jolly good one according to our Former Railway Worker, now retired.

"He lived in Tancred Street, in Linwood, and worked on my house in England Street many years ago when he was a struggling artist."

Now there!! More about Llew.

 

 

 

19/1/2014: LITTLE TIN BOXES!!

In the three years since the Great Disaster that struck Swamp City the majority of moans have been about the performance, or lack of it, of the Insurance Companies, the Earthquake Commission (EQC) the Christchurch City Council, Sayrah, Seedo and the likes of Skirt, even the poor old road cones have been victimized, but nobody has hurruumphed much about the plethora of LITTLE TIN BOXES. They are everywhere

Stacked up in Waltham - look, there is even one on the right galloping over the Waltham road bridge! The buggers are everywhere.

 

Even the Wasteland in the, former, city centre is not free ....

They comfort one the few remaining real buildings!

 

They became homes to businesses flattened by the earthquakes - this one in Sydenham, one of the first, Oh, it is still there!

 

They even turned up at thousands of damaged houses, this one on Fitzgerald Avenue, so folks could keep their possessions dry and safe.

 

 

18/1/2014: SOME FENCING ACTION FOR YOU!

 

See, if I jump in the air you miss the valid sabre target, which is above the waist, and then you hit me in the crotch - OOOUCH!

 

See, if I withdraw my foil (sword) so you cannot parry, you don't have a defence, and I kick you in the crotch. OOUCH!

 

More great FENCING shots here!

Remember, fencing is an exciting, action-packed individual fight between two duelists, and the ever-popular sport has been in the Olympics since the start of the modern version. Have a look in the LEARN TO FENCE header, at the top of the page, if YOU would like to learn more.

 

17/1/2014: BAH!

Nobody commented on my back-handed rant yesterday about the feminisation of Media Manipulation and the Fourth Estate - 'do they have the balls to carry it off?'?? Not a grumble or tweet.

Even readers of the nation's top newspaper are worried about the rise of the Media Manipulators and SPIN DOCTORS. Male or female.

Me?

Might as well start praying at the Cardboard Cathedral in the Wasteland for the death of hands-on LEADERSHIP in Swamp City??

 

 

 

16/1/2014: BIG BALLS??

A Llew Summers' work on Colombo Street in Sydenham. Pix by 'M'.

That was the concensus at coffee this morning on the positive rants via radio, TV and print, that the Christchurch rebuild is beginning to "hit its straps." The term 'bullshit' in various languages echoed round the leafy suburb of St Martins as numerous examples of nothing being done after three years were given.

It seems that the Spin Meisters at CCC, Sayrah and the Fourth Estate have decided that 2014 is going to be different!

Do they have the balls to carry it off???

Or have the city's ratepayers heard it all before?

 

15/1/2014: ALL WRAPPED UP AND GOING TO OBLIVION!

Compare this pix with some in the link below!

The old Millers department store and former civic offices on Tuam Street in the Quake City Wasteland. READ MORE HERE!

 

Wonder wots in here?

 

Bye, bye Christchurch, will you miss me??

 

 

 

 

14/1/2014: LIES, DAMNED LIES, STATISTICS ......

...... And now the Census ....

Have you read about the poor fellow castigated by a Christchurch Judge for not filling out his Census form?

Can you blame him? The fellow who didn’t fill the census form, not the judge, when those who set the form do not consider those who smoke cigarillos, cigars or pipes as smokers??? Wonder how that skews the results? And invalidates the statistics used by anti-smokers showing how THEIR anti-smoking programmes are successful?

Next time you have a medical check or apply for health insurance and they ask you if you smoke or not; say no, I only smoke a pipe, cigar or cigarillos – bet they tick the smoking box! I know the nurse at my recent annual medical check did!

There is THE OLD SAYING ; “There are lies, damned lies and statistics  

Now we can add the Census!?!!

 

And for something completely different - Can NZPost handle this package??

All wrapped-up and going ........... come back termorra to find out,

 

13/1/2014: Further to yesterday's rant - WHERE ARE THEY NOW!

Al Sharfe is hunkered-down in Auckland. Gavin McLean is lawyering in London as, it seems, is Fraser Stephen-Smith - slaving in London that is.

Thanks for that Mr Ben - can anyone else tell us where they are now? Still five, Haywood, Hamill, Swale, Upfold and Bowles to go!

 

12/1/2014: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

The University of Canterbury Fencing Club's current fencing trophy with a tarnished NZ Universities one from the past.


Fencers are a mobile bunch in more ways than one and university fencers more so. Here’s snapshot from thirty-odd years ago, any idea where they are?

 

THE HAYWOOD CUP
FOR NEW ZEALAND UNIVERSITIES
INDIVIDUAL MENS FOIL.

1981 Tore Haywood.
1982 Evan Swale
1983 Richard Hamill
1984 John Upfold
1985 Not held
1986 Gavin McLean
1987 Gavin McLean
1988 Alistair Sharfe
1989 Paul Wilson
1990 Steven Peterson
1991 Richard Bowles
1992 Andrew Kell
1993 Fraser Stephen-Smith
(There-after not held or not recorded!?)

Andrew Kell is in Auckland, Paul Wilson in Christchurch Steven Peterson is camped in the Capital City any ideas ‘bout the rest??

 

10/1/2014: LOOK AT THIS .....

Pot holes full of water.

Before you start whining, "he's at it again moaning about the roads in Swamp City," the pix was taken by 'M' in Palmerston North on Sunday.

Yes, that North Island village that has more cafes and take-aways per head than any other and that muddy place that TV3 and Prime TV call Palmerston N or just plain Palmerston much to the disgust of the georaphically literate.

'M' had spent a week cycling round our quake-riven roads and wanted to show solidarity with stressed-out Quake City residents!

So there! We Swamp City folks should be thankful we are not living there.

 

9/1/2014: THINGS ARE MOVING ALONG IN SWAMP CITY ....

COMING DOWN ....

Still a hundred or so buildings in the central wasteland. Armagh Street and the Centennial swimming pool are on the right.

 

 

GOING UP!

A cell-phone tower in Redcliffs next to the RED HOUSE one of the few old buildings left in Quake City. Though soon to be joined by a former central-city Wasteland survivor .....

 

 

FOR SALE!

A part of Quake City's history in Phillipstown.

The (brass) band became a symbol of civic pride, and even private bands like Jupp's, Grey's, Jenkin's, and DERRY'S – once almost household names – show the general enthusiasm for such music. As R. J. Estall, M.B.E., one of New Zealand's outstanding authorities on brass bands once said, “The Brass Band is the working man's Symphony Orchestra”.

 

 

 

8/1/2014: AND A GOOD NEW YEAR TOO!

A dressed-up road cone in the Christchurch Wasteland.

Oh, no giant chocolate fish has been claimed - yet!