ARCHIVES FROM THE GOSSIP PAGE 2015

31/12/2015: HERE'S AN INTERESTING WAY TO END 2015!

Go shopping with your bicycle!!

Normal people go supermarket shopping with a trolley, like the woman on the right, but not this lycra clad fellow spotted in the St Martins' New World supermarket yesterday. He wandered around with his bike and clickety shoes much to the bewilderment and amusement of shoppers, some of whom wondered if this will become regular entertainment?

Yes, he took the bike through the check-out too. Wonder where he carried the groceries??

 

Now let the drum roll begin ................................

And have good New Year!!

 

 

30/12/2015: OOH, YOU ARE A GRUMPY LOT OF READERS.

It is supposed to be a fencing site but there is little about fencing lately you grumble. Read the disclaimer in the intro about covering the Quake City rebuild. Anyway fencing is finished in New Zealand for the year and most clubs are closed til next February/March.

However the Olga Jeykll Fencing Salle is still going as this pix taken a few days ago shows ...

Oops, did I hit him or not?

 

And here are some unusual thingies from this year.

Now here is a "real" sword, a sharp one too.

 

Here's a flash lunge.

 

And here's wot happens when a fencer falls over - splat!

 

And this is wot a sharp sword or knife can do!

 

If you want to keep up-to-date with our great sport and modern art then look in the Links Page above!

"Gudgen" which is devolved english for "en-garde gentlemen" - and women too! !

Fence!

Enjoy the New Year.

 

29/12/2015: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR QUAKE CITY BUREAUCRATS AT SARAH, CEEDO AND OTHERS INCLUDING LIANNE AND HER LADS AND LASSES.

Yep, they do their best and are no different to those elsewhere in the world even to the cases of unintended snafu's (Situation Normal - All Fucked UP!).

For example the sleepy Manawatu village of Palmerston North chopped down the trees on one of its central-village streets cos of the birds crapping on people's cars.

 

See, all gone, well nearly - read more here in the local rag.

 

Trouble is the birds have just moved up the road a wee bit and now crap all over the seats in the wee park in the central square in Palmy!! Snafu?

 

 

26/12/2015: HOW MUCH ARE THESE NEW WORLD TOMATOES???

The ones on the right..... I bought a tray this morning.

$1.99 says the sign as you walk through the vege department. That's wot I thought, but when I got home and checked the receipt they had increased by three dollars.

So I returned to the St Martins' supermarket to check and found this ...

$4.99 (unless you have a club card) says the sign round the corner.

Now is that poor shopping skills, poor eyesight, poor advertising and promotion or something more sinister??

After all on first glance the signs look much the same.

Perhaps it is off to the optician for new specs or a large magnifying glass?

 

 

24/12/2015: HAPPY CHRISTMAS!! The Mayor's Christmas card of cranes and road cones will strike a cord with many denizens of Quake City.

 

Especially those living along Pages Road in the battered and tattered east.....

Pages Road last week.

 

Pages Road yesterday!

 

Yipppeee - they've gone! Have a happy xmas.

 

23/12/2015: CHECKMATE?

OR CRUCIFICTION?

Wot's gonna happen this Christmas to the former Anglican Cathedral that got shaken apart five years ago in the earthqukes?? Read more here in THE PRESS!

 

 

22/12/2015: NO, THEY ARE NOT AFFORDABLE NEW HOMES FOR QUAKE-RAVAGED CHRISTCHURCH FOLKS.

They might make a great Chrissy present for someone though. Give em a call!

 

 

21/12/2015: CHRISTMAS REVELLERS ON NEW REGENT STREET.

Enjoying the sun next to the tram tracks on New Regent Street in central Christchurch.

And ....

A tram comes round the corner.

And .....

All survived.

 

Do alcohol and trams mix?? You decide! Bet you it was exciting though. Tram drivers have had to stop to give the old heave-ho to some folks stealing rides by clinging to the back of the tram! Naturally they are invited to buy a ticket to ride!

 

 

20/12/2015: HERE'S ANOTHER SPOT THE DIFFERNCE IN THE RE-BUILDING OF QUAKESVILLE FOR YOU!

 

Looking towards Manchester Street and the Square earlier this year.

 

The view the other day.

Spot the difference??

No, not the sky you Womble!!

 

15/12/2915: OMG! HAVE PITY FOR OUR POOR JAFA'S.

Yep, the poor buggers have a new contender to contest their up-coming mayoral election.

Victoria Crone is "contending" the election: See HERE! On the STUFF website!

Contend? It normally means to "struggle to surmount (a difficulty). While contesting is to engage in competition to attain (a position of power).

Are these young epeeists contending or contesting??

 

12/12/2015: THE KIWI FLAG IS STILL FLYING!

But for how long?????????????? More HERE about the way the voting went.

Will the Prime Minister, John Key, who instigated the flag referendum survive?

Our Former Railway Worker, now retired, thinks so.

Wot one is the New Zealand flag??

 

 

11/12/2015: THE RE-BUILD OF QUAKESVILLE STAGGERS ON!

Read more HERE. And HERE in the nation's top women's magazine.

Now here are another couple of before and after comparisons ....

What once graced Park Terrace.

 

The view the other day - where have all the people gone?? Living in their cars parked on Salisbury Street?

 

10/12/2015: THUGGERY AND ROBBERY IN THE NICE SUBURBS OF SYDENHAM, BECKENHAM AND WALTHAM!!

The only way out of this dairy is past the shop-keeper.

Five dairies in Sydenham, Beckenham and Waltham have been targeted by packs of young boys since last Saturday. The children, aged from 14 to 18, entered the dairies in a group. While one would try to distract the shop-keeper the others would fill their pockets with goodies - chocolate milk appears to be the flavourite!

In two cases female shop-keepers have been threatened.

Police have been contacted and, according to one dairy owner, are tracking the young children.

Does this mean that school is out for the year???????????

 

9/12/3015: THEY ARE A CANNY LOT THE SCOTS ....

See, they have already started a replacement bridge for the Forth road bridge closed last Friday! Thanks for the pic Liz.

READ MORE HERE!

Unlike Quake City folks who are still waiting for repairs to many of their bridges five years after the great event!

 

7/12/2015: WHY ARE YOU GABBLING ON ABOUT THE FORTH ROAD BRIDGE (FRB)??

Was one comment, well with Quakesville's recent drawn-out hassles with it's bridges I thought the PBS (Poor Bloody Survivors) might just understand wot those PBS (Poor Bloody Scots) living in Fife and Edinburgh must be going through ..... remember the detours, hassles and road cones????

Of course you do.

The Forth Road Bridge and the Forth Rail Bridge taken yesterday from North Queensferry, Fife, looking towards South Queensferry, Edinburgh. Around 24,000,000 vehicles a year use the bridge including Liz who took the pic.

See HERE for more!

 

5/12/2915: CHANGE IN QUAKE CITY!

But no earthquakes were involved in closing the Forth Road bridge - see below.

Buildings on the Armagh Street/Colombo Street area in 2013.

 

The same area the other day. The big fellow on the left is being primped to become a hotel.

 

Now, didya know that the Fourth Road Bridge across the Firth of Forth tween Edinburgh and Fife has been closed??? Read more HERE!

And no, no earthquakes were involved!!!

 

 

3/12/2015: THE VICTORIA STREET CLOCK.

Now repaired, it ticks away among the new grey concrete and glass buildings sprouting up in the central city rebuild.

 

Now read about the bare WASTELAND in the central city in the nation's top women's mag and have a look here .........

Enjoy your summer!

 

30/11/2015: WORDS ARE WORDS, TALK IS TALK, ACTION IS ACTION, BUT PERFORMANCE IS REALITY!!!

THE REBUILD OF CENTRAL QUAKESVILLE ....

The Square June 2013 .......

 

....... and yesterday!! Spot the difference?

 

Now read THIS in The Press!

 

 

29/11/2015: NO TIME FOR A COFFEE FOR THE WICKED?

The Wizard of Christchurch, or should that be Quakesville? Cops an interview and photographic session during his coffee break in New Regent Street the other day. The elderly fellow, on the left in a pointy hat, is a popular subject for tourists, camera carriers, cellphone experts and other visitors to the former city centre and slowly recovering wasteland.

 

 

28/11/2015: HAVE A NICE DAY!

Like this Dragon in the cheery sea-side suburb of New Brighton. Don't forget to swim between the flags!

 

27/11/2015: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE IN QUAKESVILLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????

A couple of views that may bring a glint to the eyes of folks in Quakesville - READ more at THE PRESS!

The view last week from in front of the sparkling new bus exchange on Colombo Street.

 

This week. Spot the difference?

 

 

2013: an about to be launched ship's prow peers up High Street.

 

Yesterday: a nice shiny prow with the ground floor space still to be let.

 

 

26/11/2015: YOU KNOW YOU ARE INQUAKESVILLE WHEN YOU SEE HOUSES GROWING ON STILTS!!

Generally it means that the house is repairable or in great condition, just that the the foundations have suffered from the quakes or liquefaction and the house lifted to allow repairs.

Have you heard about the house on the banks of one of our wee rivers that was jacked-up and its foundations strengthened by piles and a large concrete pad laid for it to sit on, to raise it above any future flooding level. Great idea, looking to the climate warming future.

Sadly they forgot about the water pipes and sewerage system at street level so when the plumbers and sewerage workers arrived to reconnect them, they found them buried under a metre or more of solid concrete!

Guess wot is happening???????????

YOU ALSO KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKESVILLE WHEN THEY BUILD A PLAYGROUND IN THE FORMER CENTRAL CITY AND DITHER ABOUT MORE IMPORTANT THINGS SUCH AS HOUSING, ROADS AND A CONVENTION CENTRE ..

Only metres from a barren city centre .... read more in THE PRESS!

Wot comes first in a quake ravaged city? A family playground or houses for the families??

 

24/11/2015: WANNA DUMP?

With the citizens of Christchurch being dumped on by so many for so long it is a wonder that there has not been an angry revolution. Could it be that all are sitting on the bog, pictured, expectantly waiting for something to pass???

This wee fellow has a nice view of Brougham Street but no handy toilet paper.

Now read about wots coming to the former CHRISTCHURCH CITY CENTRE in the nation's top women's magazine.

Now do you know of a drug/tobacconist shop in the central city? Pre-quake there were two popular ones, one on Manchester Street and the other in Chancery Lane - all gone. Along with many wee dairies. It seems the nearest are now in Sydenham, Bealey Ave and up Papanui Road.

 

23/11/2015: ONE FLAG AND 26, YESM TWENTY-SIX, LANGUAGES!

Yep, the voting slip for the flag referendum came in the mail with a list of 26 languages. You can read more HERE!

And we thought that the official Kiwi languages were English and Maori, oh and hand-jiving!

Does that mean we could end up with 26 flags - one for each language??

One of the proposed new flags snaps in the breeze over the wee go-ahead suburb of Sydenham.

Have YOU mailed back your voting slurp yet??????

 

 

22/11/2015: WOT'S GOING ON BEHIND THIS COVERED-IN FENCE??

High Street by Cashel Street - wot's the digger removing??? Nuclear waste? Human waste or chemical waste dumped there during the deconstruction of the former city centre when it was all red zoned and controlled by Sarah and others.

 

Yesm the rebuild is underway as you can see but wot was once there behind the fence on the left and who/which company deconstructed it or filled it in?? Perhaps this may help your MEMORY?

Now, don't ask Gerry or his Wastemakers - you might be surprised.

 

21/11/2015: OOH, THEY ARE WORKING ON THE VICTORIA STREET BRIDGE.

Captain Cook is leading the titivation of the Victoria Street bridge? More on the Capt HERE!

 

Once the gateway to the central city and the former Cathedral Square from Papanui and Merivale and other suburbs north, until the council let a zigurat be built and redirected traffic to bypass the former Market Square, and after the central city had began to die when the university moved to Illam in the 1970's, work has started on primping it up. The Colombo Street bridge will be next.

 

The zigurat once blocking Victoria Steet was demolished after being damaged in the quakes.

 

The Victoria Street bridge's steel beams were stronger!!!

 

Could it be that Victoria Street may become the highway to the rebirth of the former central city - looking up Victoria Street to the dynamic northern suburbs.

Is the hard-earned cash of Quakesville ratepayers being used wisely??

Especially as heaps more folks use this rumpled bridge across the Avon River at New Brighton, which has no fix-it date in sight, then the Victoria Street bridge.

 

 

20/11/2015: LUNCHTIME ENTERTAINMENT.

A smash at the corner of Linwood Avenue and Dyers Road. There were no bodies or blood so we continured our way to a lamb and kumara pie with salad at the Lighthouse Cafe in New Brighton. By heading to New Brighton this way you can use the rebuilt Bridge Street bridge instead of the huckery, juddery broken bridge on Pages Road.

 

 

And the curtain has lifted at the former Christchurch Town Hall .....

See, workers stage- manage repairs to the quake-riven building on the banks of the River Avon.

 

 

19/11/2015: WASTE REMOVAL AT BROUGHAM VILLAGE IN SYDENHAM YESTERDAY.

They are wearing all the safety gear including re-breathers so it must be some sort of deadly waste.

Is it chemical waste? Mineral waste? Nuclear waste?

Or,

A load of crap?

 

After all there is a nice view of the surrounding area and Brougham Street.

See.

 

18/11/2015: STILL COMING DOWN IN QUAKESVILLE.

A knock-it-downer attacks this wee building on Latimer Square.

 

WHILE .... Put-it-uppers dominate the skyline in another part of central Quakesville...

What Lianne and her Ladies and Laddies see from their central city hutch - that's the Avon River under the trees on the left.

 

 

17/11/2015:THE SURF'S UP AT NEW BRIGHTON!!!

BUT THE TIDE'S OUT!

AND WILL IT EVER COME BACK????????????? Have a look read of this ...

 

16/11/2015: GREAT NEWS, NO EARTHQUAKES FOR THREE DAYS!!!

Yep, have a look here at Christchurch's QUAKE MAP. That's gotta be one of the longest periods since the big fellow in September 2010!

Does that mean the curtain is coming down on quakes or,

Going up like this curtain at the former Town Hall of Quakesville which is now under repair??

 

 

 

15/11/2015: POOR JOSH.

Not only is he getting married, see post of 6/9/2015, in January in Jafaville (Auckland for overseas readers) The Press managed to get his name wrong in the caption of the great action pic of yesterday's Duel at Dawn in New Regent Street- they called him Chris Knowles instead of Joshua Gibson.

Chris, known as Mr Vice, is President of the old-established fencing club -the only one in the world based in a pub/bar - is cock-a-hoop over the mix-up. He says it makes him look taller than he is and it could be one of the reasons he was re-elected President at yesterday's Annual General Meeting?

Wonder who is going to win the next bout (fight) between the two?? Is height an advantage in fencing??

A tram and a double-decker bus on New Regent Street - wonder which one would win in a duel?

 

14/11/2015: WOT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES.

From Friday 13th delivery problems to becoming the nation's top dueling newspaper, all in a day - read more here!

 

FLECHE! And you can buy a copy of Iain's great dueling pic here: CALL  0800 339 796
OR EMAIL photosales@fairfaxmedia.co.nz 

 

13/11/2015: IT IS FRIDAY THE 13TH!!

THE DAY OF MAJOR FUCK-UPS!! Click to read more.

And the nation's top women's magazine, The Press, has pissed-off dozens of readers/subscribers when its delivery system failed this morning and many locals did not receive their daily fix. Even some supermarkets were bereft of the once-popular publication.

Grumpy and angry readers of a once-great newspaper ....

One subscriber was gob-smacked when he rang the circulation department to ask what had happened and was asked to prove his identity!! Over the phone?? And when the writer rang the circulation department to check things out the poor girl, based in the Philippines, had no answer.

And they call themselves a newspaper.

 

 

12/11/2015: A GIANT KIWI JUST FOR YOU.

You can see this big fellow by turning left, when entering the wee North Island village of Levin, coming from Wellington. That's right, turn left up the Hokio Beach road and enjoy the rural landscape until you see this fellow on your left just before you reach the tiny beach-side hamlet.

A question for you, does this kiwi have any association or link to quakesville??

 

11/11/2015: WOTS GOING ON IN THE FORMER BOROUGH OF SYDENHAM?

Painting and decorating.

 

A hotel here, on the former Ascot TV site on the corner of Colombo and Wordsworth Streets, plus a backpackers just up the road.

 

An expanding Pumpkin.

 

Long-time green-grocer, Jimmy, among the rubble of a new shopping area at the rear of his popular Funky Pumpkin shop on Colombo Street.

At 86 and formerly from Hokitika, Jimmy shows no signs of retiring from the fruit and vege trade - to think that many years ago he once commuted regularly from his shop on the West Coast to the fruit and vege auctions in Christchurch.

 

 

10/11/2015: A DUEL IN THE CENTRAL CITY!!??

No it is not Lianne, her laddies and lasses, attacking Gerry and his wastemakers and other assorted types.

Nor is it screwed-over quakeville residents and their insurance companies facing off, but the University of Canterbury Fencing Club finishing for the year in a skillfull clash of steel!

So come and watch - you may even get a chance to stab something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

9/11/2015: CUMMON IN!!

And visit New Brighton.

You knocked???

 

Oooh, you are nice.

 

Even the nation's top Women's Magazine, THE PRESS, got into the act and showed some of the graffiti/art decorating the central city.

Is it art? You decide.

 

6/11/2015: A NEW MEANING TO TAKING A PUNT!!

Folks line the Avon River to welcome the victorious All Blacks yesterday, while a punt delivers even more worshipers.

 

See!! The punt's engine room is even waving a flag with his big stick! Read more HERE in the nation's top women's magazine.

 

Recognise them???

 

 

Galloping worshipers follow the utes carrying the All Blacks to a huge group grope in Hagley Park.

 

 

5/11/2015: UP AND DOWN IN CHRISTCHURCH.

 

DOWN Begging in Quakesville on the main drag, Colombo Street, near the South City mall. No, the Police are not begging, yet, but the fellow on the right!

 

UP

The central city looking up New Regent Street towards Gloucester and Worcester Streets.

Oh, if you really want to know, someone closed the boot lid of the abandoned car!!

 

3/11/2015: STRIPPED AND ABANDONED IN THE LEAFY SUBURB ON RUBBISH COLLECTION DAY.

Tennis anyone?

Someone must have liked the mag wheels, even the one in the boot is gone as is the sound system. Abandoned in Cholmondeley Avenue in Opawa this morning.

Is it yours?

Is it???

 

 

2/11/2015: MORE WALL ART/GRAFITI IN CENTRAL QUAKESVILE.

SMASH PALACE ..... click to see more ..

 

MORE nearby - a bit grumpy looking init???

 

Now, do you have a spare wall?? WALLS WANTED!

30/10/2015: THE OLD AND THE NEW IN QUAKESVILLE.

Looking up Madras Street towards Chester and Armagh Streets. That's the Edmonds' Clock tower on the left and the new stuff on it's right.

 

Down but not out - ruins and re-build - High Street is to the left and Cashel Street is to the top.

 

 

 

28/10/2015: IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHO YOU LISTEN TOOOOOOOOO....

 

Look what they have caught!

 

Whitebaiting, fishing or even playing in the wee Heathcote River that runs through the nicest parts of Quakesville, is dangerous and you could be infected from the contaminated water or eating the fish you have caught say some experts. Others, especially whitebaiters, just get on with it as do these City Care workers who clean the river three or four times each year.

 

A big heap of crap from the Heathcote River.

 

Have you heard about the dangers of eating bacon or sausages??? Read more about shonky science in THE PRESS here in the comments section.

Know of anyone infected or died from paddling in the river or from eating those pricey, but tasty, whitebait???

 

27/10/2015: UP AND DOWN IN QUAKESVILLE!

DOWN. The Brougham Village on Brougham Street, tween Burlington Street and Waltham Road.

 

Locals are not sure about what will replace the village. Some say it could become a truck stop for big fellows like this! It is all up to Lianne and her Ladies and Laddies they say.

 

UP.The leafy suburb of Opawa near the Heathcote River. A proposed development is planned for the empty lot, above right, on Opawa Road.

 

UP!See!

Locals are skeptical about the food and retail options suggested given there are already two dairys opposite each other, plus a wee mall with cafe, chippy, take-away, butcher, hair-dresser, bike shop, doctor's surgery, physiotherapist and chemist just over Hawford Road on the right.

Besides, where would the customers, let alone those operating the businesses park? Perhaps low-cost housing such as Brougham Village might be more suitable?

 

 

26/10/2015: THEY'VE NOT POSTED ANY OFFICIAL RESULTS FROM THE NATIONAL FENCING CHAMPS IN WELLINGTON YET SO LET'S GO AND VISIT A SEA-SIDE SUBURB IN CHRISTCHURCH TRYING TO RECOVER FROM THE GREAT DISASTER.

 

This attractive Dragon lurks behind Daisy's LIGHTHOUSE CAFE in Shaw Avenue, New Brighton.

 

 

This rumpled, ruined bridge over the Avon River greets those arriving or departing the wee sea-side suburb.

 

 

As do sights like this wee house patiently awaiting its fate!

 

25/10/2015: THE 72ND NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS STARTED IN WELLINGTON YESTERDAY.

Why are they all smiling?? What are they doing? They must be having fun.!!

 

No results posted yet but keep yer eyes on HERE ...... they might appear just as lots of pix have appeared HERE!!!!

 

 

23/10/2015: PETROL PUMPERS IN QUAKESVILLE ARE BRACING THEMSELVES FOR A THIEVING SUMMER.

With the approach of another dry and dusty summer in Christchurch many petrol stations are taking precautions over the plundering of their windscreen washing brushes. At around $30 each the theft of four or five a week by young children can rack-up quickly.

 

Read wot Lianne and her Lasses and Laddies and the Police ARE TRYING TO DO .. in the nation's top women's mag, The Press.

 

Here's wot a Christchurch Petrol Pumper would like to do to the thieving children.

 

Oh, do take care on the roads this holiday Labour Day weekend and clean your own windscreen!!

 

 

22/10/2015: SOMEONE ELSE DOES NOT LIKE AUSTRALIANS??

With the recent incarceration of Kiwis in Australian concentration camps one could forgive a wisp of Anti Ockerism here, but in Europe where this shot was snapped??

 

What does it really mean? Have peek here! You can look-up the meaning of ocker yerself.

 

 

21/10/2015: A PURPLE MONEY EATER!!??

Or value for money??

$25,000 for the Purple People Greeter versus $200 for the two wee blue street blades (signs) above.You decide.

 

Listen to the Song of the Purple Money Eater...!

Could the money have been better spent helping these folks?? Read wot the nation's top women's magazine says about the suffering of ratepayers still going on in Quakesville... The $100,000 could, maybe, give em a road back to the Green Zone from that pesky Red Zone and make them feel a part of Quakesville again.

It even has a wee room for those tourists and others, that get lost, to doss down in!

 

The Former Railway Worker, now retired, will love these new signs as he got lost when he visited the former central city a couple of years back.

 

20/10/2015: SNAPPED IN EUROPE.

Does it apply to Kiwi tourists too Di?

 

 

19/10/2015: WE SALUTE YOU!

CHIVALRY IS NOT DEAD! Read more about it .... click on the preceding!

 

Even today in the Ancient Art and Modern Sport of fencing, the salute is important. Fencers must salute each other, the officials and spectators before they fight. They do it again at the end of the fight plus shake hands we each other to show there were no hard feelings.

Who are we saluting was one grumpy query after the above was posted earlier today. Why the All Blacks of course you Womble.

 

18/10/2015: FENCING MEMORIBILIA.

While checking out the cafes and bars while on holiday in Heidelberg, Germany, top Christchurch fencing coach, Diane Swain, came across a wee pub/bar stacked full of fencing and dueling memorabilia.

En-guard! With the 72nd National Fencing Championships starting in Wellington next Saturday this snap by Di seems most appropriate .... READ MORE ABOUT the Kiwi NATIONAL'S HERE!!!!!!!!!!

 

And read more about dueling in Heidelberg HERE!! Watch out though, some images could be scary....

 

Spectators welcomed, just turn up at the Wellington High School Gyms, Taranaki Street, Wellington City, to watch the action dueling!!!!

 

 

 

17/10/2015: WITH WORLD CUP THUGBY BEING SERVED UP THIS WEEKEND HERE'S A MEMORIAL TO AN EARLIER TIME.

 

It was spotted on Cuba Street in Palmerston North, near the ground where the Turbos play and reads "stop the tour".

 

Locals knew nothing about it but one fellow had a vague memory of street works going on at the time in 1981 and what happened then have read here about the Halt All Racist Tour protests ....

 

And here is another incision in the concrete.

 

Imagine the hair-pulling, gnashing of teeth and depression that would sweep the country if the All Blacks lost!

Perhaps we could undertake a membership drive for our Ancient Art and Modern Sport?

Go the All Blacks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

 

 

16/10/2015: WHY ARE THEY DIGGING UP THE NEW BUS EXCHANGE ONLY A FEW MONTHS AFTER IT'S GRAND OPENING???

When is a $53,000,000 new building opened ? When the bureaucrats say it is? When they stop working on it? Or, when they start digging-up the work completed? Or, all three!

 

Construction paraphernalia litters the footpath outside the newly opened bus house on Colombo Street. You have to give em, (barracudas such as Lianne and her lasses and laddies, Gerry and his Wastemakers, Skirt and Sarah.) a green light for the new cycleway up the former main drag of Quakesville! It is great, now if they can get rid of those pesky cars and buses!

 

SEE $53,000,000 WORTH OF DOSH HERE in the nation's top women's mag.

Oh by barracudas was meant bureaucrats - a wee problem with the Spell Check! Really!

 

 

15/10/2015: HOWZ YER EYES??

Sharpen them up with these two images ... ....

Manchester Street, looking towards the Port Hills, from the Avon River bridge on Monday.

 

Manchester Street in 2012.

 

Spot the difference????????????????????

 

14.10.2015: HERE ARE SOME ROAD CONES FOR OUR FORMER RAILWAY WORKER NOW RETIRED!

Yep, the old fellow, who knows everything about railways and choo choos, just loves em yet castigates this site as fixed on roadcones to the detriment of real news and pix.

In Palmerston North midnight revelers adorn their local works of art, in this case George and his Dragon, with road cones and knitting!

Got a question about New Zealand railways you want answered?

E-mail it and we will put it to the Former Railway Worker, now retired, at the regular kaffe klatsch!

 

13/10/2015: WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO GO BEGGING IN CHRISTCHURCH??

 

Any idea?

 

 

Why, outside a bank of course! In this case the ANZ bank on Colombo Street in Sydenham.

 

Wouldn't you? Especially if you can earn around $80 to $150 a session tax free. Multiply that by six or seven and it is more than most working-slaves earn in a week!

 

 

12/10/2015: MORE FENCING NEWS...

With Nationals only weeks away AND today is the last day for on-time entries - QUICK SEE HERE!! - Here's some pix of a fencing promotion Italian style ....

A display of stabby and choppy things at this year's Venice Biennale.

 

How they promote the ancient art and modern sport in Venice. Notice he is a lefty!

 

A duel in the centre of Venice.

 

The pix were snapped last month by former Christchurch fencer Rachael Swain.

 

 

11/10/2015: EVEN THE THREAT OF IMPENDING UNIVERSITY EXAMS COULD NOT STOP 'EM, WELL SOME OF THEM.

 

Members of the University of Canterbury Fencing Club held the final of their annual Mochi Shield event yesterday.

 

There was as much action off-the-piste as was on it as competitors fought to produce a mathematically correct ranking from the two competitions (one held earlier in the year). UCFC Secretary Slaw was wise, she stayed at home to study for her law exams. Now, who was the winnerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....

 

Here, you work it out!!

 

Meanwhile, UCFC President Mr Vice, hid out in the gear cupboard.

More about the Uni club HERE

and HERE!!! Who knows, you might come and fence with us?

 

 

 

10/10/2015: A VIEW OF CHRISTCHURCH FIVE YEARS ON FROM THE BIG QUAKE!

That's New Brighton and the Pacific Ocean at the top left then the estuary of the Avon and Heathcote Rivers and the shite ponds then there is the abandoned and demolished eastern suburbs of Aranui, Bexley and Wainoni.

Read more HERE!

Thanks to Air New Zealand for the senic views last Monday.

 

9/10/2015: AT LEAST THE PEOPLE OF PALMY HAVE A SQUARE.

A green pleasant one with a clock that dongs and heaps of shops and cafes, and parking, surrounding it.

 

Unlike this one. Now a wasteland inhabited by a few tall buildings, a rumpled former Anglican cathedral and no people - the dead heart of Christchurch!

Now, doesn't Victoria Square look good? Wonder wot it would have looked like if Sarah's royal rape had gone ahead?

 

8/10/2015: 80,000 RESIDENTS OF PALMERSTON NORTH DON'T KNOW THE NAME OF ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS DRAW-CARDS TO THEIR WEE MANAWATU CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is George, the Tuatara and his Worshipfulness, on show on one of the main drags of Palmy.

Yes, ask 10 or even 80,000 residents, next time you visit the place, if they know who George is and they will answer NO!

Then ask them if they know where the Tuatara is and they will all respond positively! Strange??

Affectionately named George by it's sculptor there is no plaque or sign at the Broadway site recording such personal information.

Hence it is a great way to make residents appear dim and dumb - just ask em do they know who George is and watch the reaction!!

Read about George in the Manawatu Standard!

 

7/10/2015: A WOOLY RIOT IN PALMERSTON NORTH ....

There is no doubt they do things differently in the wee Manawatu village welcoming visitors with bundles of knitting!

Read more about the NIT WITS in the wee local rag!!

Talking about the local rag, the Manawatu Standard, it pissed off heaps of locals when it changed from being an afternoon paper to a morning one recently. Wonder if the circulation of the morning DomPost has increased or decreased in Palmy and same for the Standard???

 

 

6/10/2015: IT IS HANGING OUT TIME IN PALMERSTON NORTH THIS WEEK .....

Here Wolf , the window cleaner, prepares to clean the windows of the Palmerston North city council. The dering-do window cleaner also cleans the windows on Palmy's tallest building - all thirteen floors high.

Now jump from hanging out in PALMERSTON NORTH to hanging out in the MANAWATU GORGE . Click on em to read more ....

A popular route tween the west and east coasts, Palmy and Woodville, the narrow-gutted gorge is well-known for slips and slides and avalanches - the last only last month.

28/9/2015: BE NICE TO THE RUMPLED ROAD WORKERS.

In Quakesville we moan and groan about the state of our rumpled roads and the slow and patchy return to there pre-quake status.

We whine about the road cones.

We whine about the road works.

But we should not whine about the road workers for they are only doing what Lianne and her Ladies, Gerry and his Wastemakers and Sarah tell 'em to do even in the recent wet and cold!.

 

So next time you drive, or cycle, past 'em give 'em a wave and heartfelt hullo for getting on with the job of rebuilding Christchurch's roads.....

 

26/9/2015: GONE.

The Manchester Street car parking building ......

 

Yep, nearly all gone yesterday afternoon.

 

 

25/9/2015: AND NOW FOR SOME FENCING NEWS ..... Hi, welcome to the inter-schools fencing comp.

(27/9/2015: Wai Ling Chan, above, has just won the Aussie Junior (u20) womens epee event in Melbourne!!)

 

Held at Christchurch Boys High School on Wednesday arvo.

 

Even parents turned out to watch the action.

 

Which included getting kited-out before....

 

... the thrust and parrying started and fencers from seven schools had some fun.

 

So make sure you come again next year. Taaaraaa til then.

The results you ask, well a lot of giant chocolate fish were consumed! Most heart-breaking of all was that the long-time grudge match 'tween Shirley Boys High School and Christchurch Boys High School did not take place owing to disrupted travel plans - maybe next year!????

 

 

24/9/2015: QUAKESVILLE ISN'T THE ONLY PLACE TO SUFFER FROM ART ATTACKS!!!

These red nickers have proved a big giggle in the Czech Republic flying high over the Presidential Palace in Prague - have a look at this BBC story...

 

Wanna go for a BURN-UP on the main street of Qakesville??

Try this new cycle lane on Colombo Street, the main drag of Christchurch - that's the new bus house on the right!

 

 

23/9/2015: HER REIGN CONTINUES.

 

Queenie, Queen Victoria, stands unperturbed in the former city centre of Quakesville after her citizens won a battle with the quake-bureaucrats over her retention of her wee empire - READ MORE HERE IN THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER ....

 

 

22/9/2015: OUCH!! SHENANIGANS IN THE LEAFY SUBURB THIS MORNING.

Some mothers do 'ave em!!

Wot happens when you try to drive your trailer under the rail bridge over the Heathcote River in Opawa, which has a clearance of 2.4 metres, with load taller than that??

 

You need a tow truck to take it away.

The OUCH will be the cost of getting an engineers inspection to make sure the bridge is still safe for trains and the repair of the trailer.

 

21/9/2015: GONE BY FRIDAY!

Yep, so the road can be made wider.

The Manchester Street car parking building - artwork and all.

 

So get in and say goodbye to another Quake City totem.

Have you heard the story about the man who could piss over a car? Or remember the folks who used to piss in the car park's Manchester Street doorway? Or the girls of Manchester Street who once plied their profession there??

Bye bye memories.

 

 

20/9/2015: IS THERE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE EARTHQUAKE TUNNEL FOR THE RESIDENTS OF CHRISTCHURCH??

Mind the puddle.

 

" "People are tired" after years of fighting...." Read all about those many 'feel-good' projects in the nation's top newspaper, The Press, HERE!

 

And go east to see what changes, if any, have happened - to a damaged and abandoned landscape.

Some of those homes, adorning the Port Hills in the background of the above pic, are the most expensive in Quakesville!!

 

 

 

18/9/2015: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY WHEN YOU SEE BITS OF FORMER BUILDINGS, THAT DID NOT SURVIVE THE QUAKES, HANGING OFF BUILDINGS THAT SURVIVED!

Concrete versus brick - which survived the quakes and which did not?

 

Just across the empty section from the above un-expected quake art on Manchester Street, snapped a couple of days ago, is this interesting painting ...... Is it homage to the road cones on the left ? The demolition going on in the background? Or, the food once served from the building it adorns?

It looks like "a rotting american hotdog and a decomposing tongue with a mushroom growing in it." Was one suggestion. Wot thinks you??


 

17/9/2015: SOME HONEY FOR YOU!

Pander to your sweet tooth and help a couple of budding sabreurs get some new electric fencing gear.

Yummy honey for you!

 

Christchurch twins Azaria and Casper are selling jars of the tasty stuff to help pay for their new gear.

The large jars, left, are $15, the medium, right, are $10 and the wee ones of beech honey, foreground, are $4 each or three for $10.

Place y0ur orders with the twins' mum: HERE!

 

 

 

16/9/2015: BUILT IN 1864 AND NOW ALL BOARDED UP.

 

To protect it from the looters, midnight party goers, graffiti criminals (all that bare plywood that went up recently looks interesting?} and other nosey people - the Risingholm mansion in the leafy suburb of Opawa.

 

 

15/9/2015: SPOT THE DIFFERNCE ........

 

Manchester Street from the bridge over the Avon River the day of the earthquke of September 2010.

 

Manchester Street on Sunday, five years on.

 

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE?????????????????????

 

 

14/9/2015: AND NOW FOR SOMETHING FENCING ....

Will Esme become a left-handed fencer??

 

Esme Margaret Robertson, the recently arrived daughter of Luke and Shona, is keeping the household of the current national sabre champion - sleep deprived!

 

Or, will she be ambidextrous like this fellow - see more HERE!!

 

 

13/9/2015: SPRING IS HERE!!

The river Avon, right, flows quietly past the intersection of Linwood Avenue, left, and Avonside Drive, centre and right for you non-Quakesville readers.

 

All quaked out so to speak by the Christchurch earthquakes. And to think twenty-odd people once admired the tranquil river view from here?.

 

But not any more - now abandoned and forgotten.

 

The steps to nowhere but an abandoned apartment building in Avonside - bet the memories are good.

 

 

 

10/9/2015: A ROAD TO NO-WHERE IN QUAKESVILLE!

Rumpled, rippled and overgrown with weeds one would not know that this road leads to where world records where once set.

 

World records set where???? Have a read!

 

Recognize it now???

Five years on the grass still grows, skateboarders use it, but nobody else does - Lianne and her Ladies are still fighting with the Insurance Company!

 

9/9/2015:THE S L O W REJUVINATION OF OXFORD TERRACE.

Oxford Terrace out east tween Barbadoes Street and Fitzgerald Avenue - where have all the houses gone?

 

Oxford Terrace and the wasteland of the former city centre tween Armagh and Cloucester Street - where are all the businesses gone?

 

Oxford Terrace tween Hereford and Cashel Streets - look out there is a tram coming and, maybe, some new buildings.

Only two of the ten wee businesses, within the four avenues, I once dealt with have returned and the huge rents they have to pay have stopped the rest of the sole traders returning. Many have moved from Christchurch to as far apart as Napier, Dunedin and even Australia!

HAVE A LOOK AT OXFORD TERRACE!

 

 

8/9/2015: GOOD MORNING!

You know you are in Quakesville when you come across signs like this - an example of clear and precise signage.

Confusion reigns?

While taking this pic three cars, like the one captured, thought that the road closed was the one on the left and they went straight ahead to find that road closed instead.

Wot would you do??

 

 

6/9/2015: REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF SEPTEMBER!

For it was then that right-handed epeeist Josh proposed to his Dragon, Kathryn, during their dueling session at the University of Canterbury Fencing Club's weekly meeting, much to the surprise of the club's fencers who made him do it again for photographic evidence and then saluted the pair with their epees.

SWALK!!

Kathryn accepted!

The great event will take place in Auckland in January!

 

5/9/3015: HI AGAIN!

Gerry hasn't got this one yet - central city art work in Quakesville five years on.

 

 

Remember the good times at this place on Manchester Street?

 

4/9/2015: HI!

Uncovered five years ago, a brick dunny on Colombo Street.

 

Today is the fifth anniversary of the first big earthquake to rock the Mainland's (The South Island for overseas readers!) largest city, Christchurch. Nobody died, but much of the city was damaged though the irrepressible humour of Kiwi's was untouched:

"Heard the latest earthquake joke: How do you make a milk-shake in Christchurch? Leave a partially used container of milk on the bench overnight! "

Glug!

And who could forget cafe owner Dave dishing up free coffee to New Brighton residents - no power and no water but he managed!!

 

 

 

3/9/2015: COMING DOWN IN QUAKESVILLE!

 

The Manchester Street car parking building makes way for a wider street!

Read more HERE in the nation's top women's mag.

 

GOING UP IN QUAKESVILLE!

Battleship gray steel rises tween Lichfield and Tuam Streets - the new criminal centre designed to incarcerate, lawyers, judges, police and criminals together!!

But not CAR PARKS read more in the nation's top newspaper!!

 

2/9/2015: NEW BRIGHTON.

That's the sleepy, sea-side suburb, cut off, out east of Quakesville.....

We Love You .......

 

1/9/2015: THE JAFAIZATION OF THE (SUPPOSEDLY) NATIONAL MEDIA.

A jafa, to you overseas readers, is just shorthand for Just Another Friendly Aucklander!

Yes, a popular Kiwi lolly is also called a Jaffa, but it is spelt differently and tastes different!

Anyway, some Jafa's were in Quakesville for the fencing, over the weekend, and went to check out the former city centre. "it's bad, much worse than we realized," they said. "We had no idea. According to what we read and see everything is OK in Christchurch!"

Lunchtime in the former Cathedral Square yesterday - where are all the people?

That propped-up building in the centre is the former Anglican Cathedral.

 

Read more about what the residents of Quakesville think about the coming anniversary!

 

Is everything OK in central Quakesville?? Even the pay-for-parking signs are still trapped behind security fences, but everything is still OK according to Jafa media!

Oh, there is another definition of a Jafa - Just Another Fxxking Aucklander!!

 

Enjoyed by spectators at the weekend's South Island Fencing Championships in Christchurch.

They then had to help push-start the visiting coffee van on Sunday when it would not start.

Now have a read here ... where fencers from Dunedin, Wellington, Auckland and even Quakesville all scored gold medals. ..........

 

RESULTS OF THE 2015 SOUTH ISLAND FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS

SABRE.
Mixed sabre: 1 Bryan Clark, Wellington; 2 James Harwood, Wellington; 3= Ross Shepherd, Christchurch and Adam Burrough, Dunedin. 5 Suzy Cheng, Dunedin; 6 Nigel Hanson, Dunedin; 7 Casper Howell, Christchurch; 8 Hannah Chamberlain, Christchurch.

FOIL.
Women: 1 Suzy Cheng, Dunedin; 2 Sophie Kelly, Christchurch; 3= Nicola Buisman, Auckland and Simone Marshall, Dunedin; 5 Moe Suzuki, Christchurch; 6 Abby Reynolds, Christchurch; 7 Angela Leanda, Christchurch; 8 Kate Newman, Christchurch.
Men: 1 Daniel Garelja, Auckland; 2 Andrew Kell, Christchurch; 3= Oliver Agnew, Auckland and Steve Martin, Wellington; 5 Gareth Foley, Christchurch; Issac Rushholme-Cobb, Wellington; 7 Connor Foley-Walker, Christchurch; 8 Jason Sim, Dunedin. 9 James Harwood, Wellington; 10 Bryan Clark, Wellington; 11 Mikhail Lopez, Christchurch; 12= Jacob Reeve, Dunedin and Xander Logan, Christchurch; 14 Adam Burrough, Dunedin; 15 George Sabonadiere, Dunedin; 16 Ryan Paterson, Christchurch; 17 Nigel Hanson, Dunedin; 18 Caleb Morrow Christchurch.

EPEE
Women: 1 Kate Brill, Christchurch; 2 Simone Marshall, Dunedin; 3= Fiona Seal, Queenstown and Felicity Boyd, Christchurch; 5 Alison Price, Dunedin; 6 Sophie Kelly, Christchurch.
Men: 1 Lucian Nightingale, Christchurch; 2 Oliver Agnew, Auckland; 3= Jonathan Brill, Christchurch and James Harwood, Wellington; 5 Isaac Rusholme-Cobb, Wellington; 6 Steve Martin, Wellington; Sylvain Letailleur. 8 Bryan Clark, Wellington; 9 Isaac Officer, Christchurch; 10 Andreas Sesun, Christchurch; 11 Jonathan Seal, Queenstown; 12 Jaco Fourie, Christchurch; 13 Louis Jennings, Dunedin; 14 Hichel Soares, Queenstown; 15 Ross Shepherd, Christchurch; 16 Ty Baen-Price, Christchurch; 17 David Jennings, Dunedin; 18 Xin Zhaou, Christchurch; 19 Mikhail Lopez, Christchurch; 20 Xander Logan, Christchurch; 21 Josh Gibson, Christchurch; 22 Caleb Morrow, Christchurch.
U23-mixed: 1 Oliver Agnew, Auckland; 2 Sylvain Letailleur; 3= Isaac Officer and Sheldon Ogilvie, both Christchurch; 5 Lucian Nightingale, Christchurch; 6 Louis Jennings, Dunedin; 7 Jonathan Brill, Christchurch; 8 Isaac Rusholme-Cobb, Wellington; 9 James Harwood, Wellington; 10 Ross Shepherd, Christchurch; 11 Wai Ling Chan, Christchurch; 12 Fiona Seal, Queenstown; 13 Brittany Wyatt, Christchurch; 14 Xin Zhou, Christchurch.

 

29/8/2015: FARMING IS HUGE IN QUAKESVILLE.

 

See, look at these boxes growing on Waltham Road.

 

LITTLE BOXES by the dozen. Listen to what Pete has to say.

 

The rebuild is producing more trenches in Christchurch than the First and Second World Wars put together.

 

Talking of trenching have you heard the story about the two cabling teams working on streets and footpaths in the Leafy Suburb? One has a great reputation and cleans-up afterwards, the other is messy and aggressive, threatening locals who complain - one elderly fellow was told he would have his power cut off if he didn't shut up!

 

SNAP!

Oh, and don't forget that the South Island Fencing Championships are being held in Quakesville this weekend ..... You can capture "live" results HERE!

 

Foiled???? Or just colour co-ordinated??

 

You can come back and see the sabre and epee action termorra.

 

 

28/8/2015: WANNA GO FOR A BIKE RIDE IN CENTRAL QUAKESVILLE????

You can borrow one of these parked at the Arts Centre on Worcester Street.

They are a great way of touring the quake riven city roads, as the pix on this site show.

Since February's big shake a weekly tour of the city on two wheels has captured some amazing images!!

Dare you to .....

Now come fencing .... Just not this Saturday as it is the Uni Holidays.

All equipment provided!!! Just turn up.

 

27/8/2015: BOW WOWS!!

They were rescued by the Christchurch City Council after February's big quakes, but now the Queen's woofs have been back in town for a while.

Before quakes.

 

The other day.

Notice any difference?? Read more in the nation's top woman's mag THE PRESS!

Wow, the question the other day about ucfc's worst sword killer attracted a host of responses most, sad to say, correct. So the giant cfish go to FW (the first Kiwi responder) Rick (the first Aussie), Rob (the first UK) and and C (the first european).

Wrighty, the epee killer's nick-name, was a leftie!! Eh Cameron?

 

 

 

 

26/8/2015: AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!!

Coming down on Manchester Street!

 

The Manchester Street car parking building.

 

Read more in the nation's top woman's' mag THE PRESS!

QUESTION: Who was the famous Leftie sabreur who owned a business on Manchester Street pre-quake??

As usual the correct answer is worth a giant chocolate fish! That includes you too FW.

 

25/8/2015: OOOH RIGHT-HANDED FENCERS ARE A GRUMPY LOT!!

The picture of a Right-handed epeeist bashing a Left-hander in the President's Cup posting a few weeks ago had them moaning.

Here's another pic from that comp showing two Right-handers with one turning his back on the other .... How rude, but nobody complained, even the dashing sabreurs ignored them.

 

But see, when a Leftie confronts a Righty they wave at the spectators together.

 

Unless it's a grumpy Righty sabreur who then gets delt to by the skillful Leftie, like here, to the amusement of the spectators.

 

QUESTION: What hand was the fencer who has the reputation of breaking the most epee blades at the University of Canterbury Fencing Club???

Giant choc fish for the first correct answer!

And don't forget this weekend's South Island Fencing Champs here in Quake City - more here!

 

24/8/2015:TOWN SITE??

Wots that, some of you have asked?

Former University of Canterbury Fencing Club members Graeme and Dianne used the hallowed grounds of the former university for training before the uni moved to Ilam. Read more about the TOWN SITE AND ILAM ....

 

The University of Canterbury Fencing Club used to meet here ... Still the gym today.

 

But inside it looks like this.

 

Though it once looked like this.

 

 

18/8/2015:THEY'RE COMING BACK!!

Yep, students from the University of Canterbury are about to return to the central city - quick, march!

 

Read more about the return of some Ilamites to the TOWN SITE! by May next year!

 

Now wot would former Prime Minister, Piggy Muldoon, think? After all those living in and using the centre of Christchurch (Quake City) declined when the university moved to Ilam in the late 1960's and early 1970's, and finally died when they built a hotel over Victoria Street, one of the most popular ways of accessing the Square and central city.

 

However, could an old problem rear its head again?

Wot about students who may have lectures at both Ilam and Town Site and have to rush tween em to make lectures on time?

It was a bastard in those days pre-quake, finishing one lecture at Town Site and then rushing to the next one at Illam. It could be sheer hell with road closures and the erratic invasion of road cones!

Perhaps the whole university could move back to the city centre - that would be real regeneration!

 

17/8/2015: WHAT CAME DOWN S' GOTTA GO UP!

New dungas (buildings in Gerry-talk) going up in the former central city of Christchurch aka Quake Central..

 

There are more putemuppers (cranes) than cars in the former city centre as this shot shows. At least nine of the buggers in this shot!

 

Read how Gerry is cracking down on COWBOY BUILDERS in Quake City!

And come back termorra for another central city revelation - is history repeating itself??????

 

16/8/2015: IT WAS TIME FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY FENCING CLUB'S MOCHI SHIELD YESTERDAY.

Trouble was that the rain kept many uni students away - wonder why.

 

Those that did turn up had a great time - that's the shield on the stand between the fencers on the right.

 

Including watching Brett do some unusual things - what the heck IS he doing??

 

He was trying to retrieve his whiteboard marker, used in keeping the score, that had fallen down the back of the board.

 

The Mochi Shield honours the contribution of Italian fencer Gianfranco Mochi to Canterbury fencing in the 1990s. UCFC holds a series of tournaments during club sessions throughout the year to decide who gets the honour of having their name on the hallowed trophy.

First awarded in 2012, the Mochi Shield is already adorned with the names of some fine épéeists. Be sure to check out their mug shots on the wall of fame. Will you be next?

 

15/8/2015: G'DAY!

I know, it is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but when he came skipping past yesterday on his way to the Square, the former city centre, I just had toooooo

The Wizard of Christchurch has done much to keep things going in the former city centre, but instant recovery/regeneration is too much even for his magic wand.

But good things are happening.

The bridge over the Avon River at Dallington has re-opened. It means easier traveling for locals heading to the Palms shopping centre and the many schools in the area.

 

There is a rumour that a new cafe/restaurant is opening later this year in New Regent Street just to cater for employees of the nation's top newspaper THE PRESS.

Did you get it?

Both the Wizard and The Press are central city institutions!! And the bit about the new cafe is true.

 

 

 

14/8/2015: TALKING ABOUT NEW BRIGHTON.....

Getting there is still a bit of a challenge - this is one-way on Pages Road.

 

And there are still some grumpy folks around the beach-side suburb.

 

But things are slowly looking up!!

 

 

13/8/2015: THANKS!

Was one recent response to the pix posted on this site. We can follow what is happening in Quake City especially New Brighton where we once lived until driven out in the aftermath of the quakes.

Here's a New Brighton beach scene for BB - Question; wots the fence for?

Like many survivors BB does not live in Quake City anymore but some up-market tourist resort in the mountains and, like many, takes a peek at this site on a regular basis!

 

 

11/8/2015: YER DON'T KNOW WOT YOUIS TALKING ABOUT!

That was one comment about the POW (prisoner of waiting) post made earlier this week.

Just go stand here for a few minutes while a mob of trucks like this go screaming past millimetres from you!!

The POW cages are spreading up Brougham Street, but do have a positive side say residents living near the corner of Selwyn Street and Brougham Street - they are proving a haven for users from two nearby schools who have to risk life and limb while crossing the busy super-highway.

Now, how are those escape tunnels under it coming on???

 

10/8/2015:OOH, POOR RADIO GABBLER RACHEL SMALLEY HAS HIT THE JOURNALIST ON THE HEAD SO TO SPEAK.

Hung out to dry???

Read wot her gabble has unleashed in the nation's top women's' MAGAZINE!!!!!

It all proves wot an old Sub-Editor told me 50-years ago, "Women will never rule the world, they don't read newspapers".

Now, before you all start ranting and throwing things at me, just go and visit your local dairy and ask which sex buys the newspapers.

What that grizzled Sub Editor didn't say wos that newspapers would become women's' magazines once the dragons started insinuating themselves into journalism and editorial authority. Hence the fall in readership, the demise of newspapers and the dumbing down of journalism.

Once newspapers were factually written and skillfully laid out with sections for both sexes but the gynecological invasion has changed all that, with dribble and gabble all mixed in together in one big mess. It is called cost cutting.

Talk to any journalist under 35 and they will blame it all on the internet and computers. Bullshit, it is caused by incompetence and indifference - read the old saw printed at the head of this page "News is something, that someone, somewhere, doesn't want known. Everything else is advertising."

Not any more!

"introducing yet another white male broadcaster to prime time, at the expense of a strong, capable, experienced female interviewer".

Oh yeah?

 

9/8/2015: ARE YOU COMING BACK TOTHE FORMER CITY CENTRE?

Like these visitors snapped on Colombo Street by the great department store, Ballantynes, right, a couple of days ago.

Maybe not if you are over 35 and definitely so if you are over 50, but it is the pensioners, with all that disposable income, that are adamant about not coming back - they get lost!

All the well-loved buildings they once knew, are gone.

Now read another's propaganda about retail returning to the former city centre!

 

 

8/8/2015: HAVE PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS BECOME POW'S THANKS TO THOSE CONTROLLING OUR NATIONAL HIGHWAYS???

A pow (prisoner of waiting) cage in Sydenham on the intersection of Brougham Street and Waltham Road.

 

Once pedestrians and cyclists could cross the busy Brougham Street national highway bisecting the central city from those living on the hills, in one swoop, but now they have to do it in two.

It seems the few seconds extra it took scuttle across the wide street is just too much for motorists, rushing somewhere, to put up with.

So now the pedestrians and cyclists are imprisoned in the middle of the busy and smelly road.

Imprisoned in the middle of a stinky street and easy meat for considerate motorists like this.

 

There is even a huge dog-leg in the pow cage to slow the speedy pedestrians and cyclists down.

 

So the pedestrians and cyclists get intimidated by grumbling smelly trucks and other sundry traffic screaming past the steel fenced-in pow cage only millimeters away.

 

Wonder if those who designed, if that's the word, the pow cages experienced the trucks screaming past at 60Km? Or were they perched on a desk in a nice quiet office?

Perhaps the next development will be escape tunnels?

 

 

7/8/2015: IS GERRY AND HIS WASTEMAKERS ABOUT TO GO DAIRY FARMING IN THE RED ZONE OUT EAST?

Why are these evil beasties all lined-up?

 

Will they be used for ploughing up the abandoned Red Zone?

 

Oh, this wee bit of green space in industrial Sydenham might have been saved .... Read more about it here ... And be aware the General Rod is moving! Bet Lianne and her Ladies will be pleased??

 

 

5/8/3015:JUNE'S WEE RANT ABOUT THE POSIBLE ERRADICATION OF A POSSIBLE POT-HOLE PENIS IS, THANKFULLY, CONFIRMED.

FROM THIS ... Opawa Road near Ensors Road - a dicey situation for road users, especially cyclists crammed up against the left-hand side by motorists as the road narrows approaching the roundabout.

 

TO THIS.... Now cyclists can safely scuttle up the gutter to avoid getting squished much to the disappointment of motorists!

 

Unless they meet a random motorist like this fellow on Moorhouse Avenue the other day.

 

Don't forget to turn-up with your hooter and paper ribbons at Rod Stuart's meeting with Lianne and her Ladies (well perhaps some of em) tomorrow morning on the second floor of the Christchurch City Council building on Hereford Street!

 

4/8/3015: A CAGED WOMAN!

No, it is not Lianne or one of her Ladies - though both are equally well-known in the seaside suburb of New Brighton!!!

 

Read more about the caged woman HERE!

 

 

3/8/2015: SUPPORT ROD AND HIS MATES.

Rod faces off with Lianne and her Ladies first thing on Thursday morning over a possible land grab in the wee go-ahead suburb of Sydenham.

The face-off will happen at 8.30am on Thursday morning on the second floor of CCC building on Hereford Street (the former NZ Post building).

. Spectators are welcome, just be seated before 8.30am and hide your hooters and paper ribbons on entry

 

Prime real-estate - Buchan Park on the corner of Buchan Street and Wordsworth Street.

 

Read all about it in the Nation's top women's magazine. Though didn't this morning's front page make it look like a real newspaper!?

 

31/7/2015:WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wos the exclamation from a former central city wage-slave, who had not seen the raddled former city centre since well before the earthquakes (25-years), as I gently guided him on a tour within the four avenues.

It is all gone!

But the memories remain.

Manchester Street from the bridge over the Avon River - any changes? See previous pix. Who remembers the kidnapping of the son of a famous Kiwi artist from his girl-friend's flat that once stood on the right??

 

Left on High Street. Who remembers wot once stood here?

 

Right on High Street. Who remembers who inhabited this building??

 

 

 

29/7/2015: Results of the 2015 President’s Cup, the 2015 u23 Sabre Championships and a Veterans Foil Challenge held at the Fencing Institute, Christchurch, July 25/26.

Open Women’s Sabre: 1 Luyan Cao, Dunedin; 2 Suzy Cheng, Dunedin; 3= Kate Brill, Christchurch, and Anna Chalton, Dunedin; 5 Vanda Symon, Dunedin; 6 Hannah Chamberlain, Christchurch.
U23 Mixed Sabre: 1 Hamish Chan, Auckland; 2 Ross Shepherd, Christchurch; 3= Adam Burrough, Dunedin, and Johan Ryu, Auckland. 5 Andre Chou, Auckland; 6 Casper Howell, Christchurch; 7 Hannah Chamberlain, Christchurch.
Veterans Foil: 1 Steve Martin, Wellington; 2 Gareth Foley, Christchurch. 3= Graham Payne, Timaru, and John Calcott, New Plymouth; 5 Simon Murfin, Christchurch.
Open Women’s Epee; 1 Kate Brill, Christchurch; 2 Anna Chalton, Auckland; 3= Felicity Boyd, Christchurch, and Simone Marshall, Dunedin; 5 Mary Black, Auckland; 6 Ashleigh Goh, Christchurch.
Open Women’s Foil: 1 Suzy Cheng, Dunedin; 2 Simone Marshall, Dunedin; 3= Vanda Symon, Dunedin, and Nicola Buisman, Auckland; 5 Gen Porter, Auckland; 6 Sophie Kelly, Christchurch; 7 Moe Suzuki, Christchurch.
Open Men’s Sabre: 1 Bryan Clark, Wellington; 2 John Calcott, New Plymouth; 3= Ross Shepherd, Christchurch, and Hamish Bulmer, Auckland; 5 Johann Ryu, Auckland; 6 Adam Burrough, Dunedin; 7 Andre Chou, Auckland; 8 Casper Howell, Christchurch.
Open Men’s Foil: 1 Hamish Chan, Auckland; 2 Chris Bell. Auckland; 3= Steve Martin and Bryan Clark, both Wellington; 5 Alastair Keleghan, Christchurch; 6 James Tweddle, Wellington; 7 Daniel Keleghan, Christchurch; 8 Andrew Kell, Christchurch; 9 Gareth Foley, Christchurch; 10 Louis Jennings, Dunedin; 11 Jason Sim, Dunedin; 12 Grant Tweddle, Wellington; 13 Jacob Reeve, Dunedin; 14 Connor Foley-Walker, Christchurch; 15 Corey Symon, Dunedin; 16 Caleb Morrow, Christchurch; 17 Adam Burrough, Dunedin; 18 Riley Symon, Dunedin; 19 John Calcott, New Plymouth; 20 Andre Chou, Auckland; 21 Xander Logan, Christchurch; 22 Andi Liu, Auckland.
Open Men’s Epee: 1 Lucian Nightingale, Christchurch; 2 Andreas Sesun, Christchurch; 3= Louis Jennings, Dunedin, and Steve Martin, Wellington; 5Graham Payne, Timaru; 6 Quin Downs, Christchurch; 7 Johann Ryu, Auckland; 9 Issac Officer, Christchurch; 10 Christopher Knowles, Christchurch; 11 Bryan Clark, Wellington; 12 Hichel Soares, Queenstown; 13 Jaco Fourie, Christchurch; 14 David Jennings, Dunedin; 15 Andi Liu, Auckland; 16 John Calcott, New Plymouth; 17 Joshua Gibson, Christchurch; 18 Riley Symon, Dunedin; 19 Xin Zhou, Christchurch.

Quin gives the Kiwi flag a bit of help after it drooped a bit in the excitement of fencers enjoying themselves!!

 

 

28/7/2015:TASTY DISHES SERVED AT THE PRESIDEN'S CUP!!

Gold, silver and bronze medals.

 

Sleepy times for fencers.

 

Bashings for those pesky left-handers.

 

More To Come.

 

27/7/2015: NOW IT IS AFTERNOON!

Protestors line Colombo Street in Sydenham at noon.

 

The lunch-time protest about a proposed dump in the inner-city suburb of Sydeham, a few blocks away from the Cathedral Square, proved a tad noisey as cars, vans, trucks and the odd articulated heavy truck tooted their horns in support.

 

IT IS HIGH NOON TODAY!

For the protest agin Ecan's dumping of a smelly, dusty and unsightly rubbish tip in the middle of the central city on the corner of Cass and Colombo Streets just behind the big Harvey Norman store on Moorehouse Avenue. Over a 100 large trucks a day are expected to swamp the wee go-ahead suburb of Sydenham. Protest starts an noon today!

 

NOW SOME FURTHER GREAT DUELING ACTION FROM THIS YEAR'S PRESIDENT'S CUP FENCING COMPETITION HELD IN QUAKE CITY OVER THE WEEKEND.

Women's foil action - yes you may hit my foot - the target for foil fencers is that metal jacket covering the trunk, hitting anywhere else does not count!

 

Unlike these epeeists ... Where the target is the whole body, head to toe so no metal jacket is needed! It is a carry over from the old dueling days where the idea was to draw blood first!!!!! Heard the term 'first blood'?

 

Sabreurs are different again - their target is from the hips upwards including the head, just as it was in the old days of horse-back duels of the Knights of the Round Table! The idea being to get the man not the poor bloody horse.

 

While another rule in sabre is .... No crossing the feet during the attack! Peruse this pic and the one above - one of the rules in sabre is that anyone crossing their feet is naughty, that is, the back foot going in front of the front foot from the en-guard position.

 

MTC - MORE TO COME!

 

 

 

26/7/2015: WOOF!

One of the spectators at the President's Cup on Saturday.

 

Now we have your attention here are some pix and results from the first day of the President's Cup fencing comp being held in Quake City this weekend!

 

Fencing Mid-South President Mark Rance was in charge of the lollies - he'll take to the piste today in the epee. He is awarding them to the top fencers in all three weapons, foil, epee and sabre plus those daring spectators who go and ask him for one.

 

Auckland fencer Chris Bell turns his back on his opponent in the mens' foil event.

 

Fencers can be a colourful lot as these two sabreurs' socks show - Casper, left, was the youngest competitor at the comp while Brian is looking forward to competing in the veterans events!

Results from yesterday, except for the sabre events - perhaps the organisers need bribing with Mark's lollies? - are available HERE!

There is also a map to show you how to get to the competition venue so you can come and cheer!

MTC, which in old journalese talk means, more to come.

 

 

 

 

 

25/7/2015: REGENERATION!?

Nearly five years after the quakes started the former city centre, once known as Cathedral Square, demonstrates the advanced regeneration of the ravaged city.

On the left a heap of propped-up crappy rubble and on the right new buildings reach for the sky.

 

24/7/2015: HIGH NOON IN QUAKE CITY YESTERDAY.

See any changes?? Compare it with previous shots.

 

This is coming down - it is the former Bank of New Zealand building in the former Cathedral Square.

See wot the nation's top womens mag says ...

 

And seagulls outnumbered people in New Regent Street yesterday.

Now come back and see how the regeneration is going termorra!

 

 

23/7/2015: REMEMBER THIS???

The former University of Canterbury Students' Association building damaged by the quakes. Now Red-Stickered, it still sits on the banks of the Avon River awaiting its fate.

Back in the late 1960's current students attending the university at the old Town Site (now the Arts Centre being repaired) in the central city, had to fork out a vast amount of cash each to pay for it!!

More AT! Oh, the nation's top fencing club was once based in the building's ballroom!

 

21/7/2015: MORE THUGGERY AND BUGGERY IN WEE GO-AHEAD SYDENHAM...

A kind worker from Harmon Motors consoles the wee Fiat 500 motorcar on the corner of Brougham and Colombo Streets after it was brutally attacked by vandals.

 

Remember this eyesore ...... The Cass Street recycling centre in 2012 - it could be back regardless of wot the Vodafone sign says.

 

Don't forget to bring your wheelbarrow and banner for next Monday's "High Noon" protest agin its return!

 

20/7/2015: HAS VODAFONE REALLY GOT THIS CASS STREET, ABOUT TO BE DUMP, COVERED???

It thought so last week as this sign shows.

 

A peek inside in 2012 demonstrates modern recycling methods at the former railway goods shed on the Colombo and Cass Street corner.

Do we really want a recycling dump in the regenerating city centre??? Perhaps they could move it to the former Cathedral Square,now a wasteland, instead of the go-ahead central city suburb of Sydenham.

Next Monday, July 27, at noon locals will be protesting so bring yer wheelbarrows and banners along!!

 

 

19/7/2017: COMING SOON TO A SUBURB NEAR YOU!!

A recycling centre, watch out for thugs though .... Read more about recycling thuggery in Sydenham here!!

 

18/7/2015: A LINE-UP OF PEOPLE IN HARD-HATS AND HI-VIS JACKETS - IN QUAKE CITY THAT CAN ONLY MEAN .... BEAURAUCRATS!!!

Or they could be lining up for a pee??

Nah, they were gathered on Hastings Street in Sydenham to celebrate the construction of a, wait for it, lawn!

Lianne and her Ladies are demolishing the wee quake-damaged houses and flats of Brougham Village to replace em with this ........

Did you know that before you can get a job with Lianne and her Ladies (that's the Christchurch City Council to you outsiders) you have to demonstrate that you can squat!!

Yep, during your initial HR interrogation you are asked to do so.

Anybody remember the Gardening In The Red Zone fiasco??

 

17/7/2015: COMING AND GOING IN NEW BRIGHTON THIS WEEK.

See.

 

Empty spaces and seagulls.

But like Victoria Square the seaside suburb is still a jewel in our battered crown!!!

Read about Queen Vic's stay of execution here!!!! In the nation's top women's magazine, ah, newspaper......

 

16/7/2015: A JOB FOR ECAN'S SMOKE POLICE??

Wonder if this poor bugger got a visit from Environment Canterbury's smoke police?

Smoke wafts over Opawa from a shed fire in Hillsborough on Sunday morning.

Now, about those polluted rivers and streams??????????/???

 

 

15/7/3015: NOW FOR SOME FENCING GOS.

Be careful when buying fencing gear overseas and having it mailed back to Nzed.

A Christchurch epeeist is replacing his FIE (that's the world body that controls fencing for you non-fencers - see HERE! blades that have been banned cos of splitting (See post of 26th June of his split blade being expertly repaired by Gordon the Welder.

The american company won't ship direct so he got them to send it to the New Zealand Post centre in the States, which they did. Sorry said NZPost, we cannot ship it as it has "epee weapon" on the package's label. And New Zealand Customs prohibit its import.

But it is sports equipment said our epeeist who also quoted the custom regulation that allows there import. Result expected soon!

 

Now here's a blast from the past for you mature fencers - who are the three ladies facing Percy???? First correct answer wins a giant chocolate fish!

 

 

11/7/3015: WOT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES!!

Waltham Road by Hargest Crescent on a week day late last week - the cones going in.

 

Waltham Road by Hargest Crescent today, a day later - the cones gone!

 

See the difference? Why the difference in so short a time? Is it true that the growth industry in Quake City is not in the rebuild of the flattened city but traffic management?

Some voluntary organisations have given up trying to help some of the squished suburbs recover due to the thousands of dollars they have to spend in traffic management!! One even returned a grant when it found out that much of the grant had to be spent on a traffic management plan.

Weird. And those bloody road cones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

 

9/7/3015: WOT WOULD YOU DO??

With this ruined former cathedral in the centre of Quake City.

Rebuild it or replace it?

With this stirring New Brighton scene or something else?

Are Gerry and his Wastemakers too frightened to do something about the unsightly rubbish??? Regeneration??????

Or ....

Is the rebuild of the earthquake flattened city comming along nicely as this sign in New Brighton suggests???

 

 

 

7/7/2015: AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT - ENJOY SOME FLOWERS!

A cartload of flowers for you.

It might be cold and frosty today but the sight of colourful flowers raises everyone's spirits in Quake City.

The Baxter clan, John, Mike, Rick and 96-year-old Mrs Baxter, have been growing them in the Heathcote Valley for yonks, though the quakes destroyed their Port Hills Road bunching shed and damaged glasshouses, you can still visit their Aromunga property to select your own.

You can even order them on-line!

However, wot I like most......Is a piece of Mrs Baxter's fruit cake!

 

 

 

6/7/2015: WHY IS THIS SYDENHAM BUSINESSMAN AND PROPERTY OWNER SITTING ON A ROUND-ABOUT AND WAVING A SIGN IN BUCHAN PARK??

Hi, I am Rod and ......

 

This Sikh Temple is to be built here.

Did you know that and why??

You can find out more by contacting the Christchurch City Council here! .... go on ask Lianne and her Ladies wots going on ......

 

4/7/2015: ITS JULY THE FOURTH!!!

A major holiday in the United States celebrating its freedom from British rule.

Who dis?? He decorates a wall in the mall at New Brighton.

Will Quake City have such a celebration when it parts from Gerry and his Wastemakers in five years???

Read more about Gerry's Greater Christchurch Regeneration. in the nation's top women's magazine.

 

 

3/7/2015:WOT A STINK! NO, ITS NOT WOT THE PRIME MINISTER DUMPED ON QUAKE CITY YESTERDAY.

This chimney was legalised by Environment Canterbury over the wishes of many locals!

Smoke from a Sydenham crematorium wafts over the central city suburb on Wednesday.

It was accompanied by the stench of burning meat say locals!

See also the posting on 2/5/2012!...

Read HERE about EC and its Smoke Police and the huge fines that could be slapped on chilled home-owners and their wee fires.

No doubt the Smoke Police will be investigating!? It is said locals have already contacted THEM!!!!

 

2/7/2015: DUMPED?

Wots with the bureaucracy's fixation with dumping on Quake City's surviving parks?? Victoria Square for one.

The wee Buchan Park and playground in Sydenham. The cars are parked where the Mason's Hall once stood.

 

Wots with their fixation with multi-million-dollar kid's playgrounds?? The Margaret Mahey Playground for one.

 

Locals enjoy the winter sun in Sydenham's popular Buchan Park and playground.

 

Lianne and her Ladies plan to eradicate the playground, trees, seats and all, and have a temple built there!

30/6/2015: DOES THIS MEAN THE THREAT OF RAMPANT PAINTED PENISES HAS WORKED???

Repairs on Opawa Road yesterday.

Read about the pothole penises HERE! and see the post on 4/5/2015.

Or could it turn out to be too big a dick for Lianne and her Ladies and they only repair/reseal the bit by the new kerbing?

Watch this space!!

 

29/6/2015: DUMPED?

Years ago, back in the late 1960's when working as a rubbish collector and trying to save money for university study, the CCC's rubbish boss, Dutchy, turned up one morning, after we had started work, with the recently elected Mayor of Christchurch, Ron Guthrey.

He's coming with you this morning said Dutchy who then drove off in his Morris Minor ute.

Them were the days of galvanised rubbish bins and muncher trucks, which meant lots of running and lifting, and when we asked him WHY he had come while we were driving to the rubbish dump in Bexley, tween Pages Road and Bridge Street, to empty the truck, he told us he was working alongside all council slaves to see what could be improved.

So what's that got to do with Quake City nearly fifty-years-on??

This ....

Prime Minister John Key, right, Joanna Nicholls-Parker , Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and Roger Sutton, boss of the Orion power company meeting on top of the former Bexley rubbish dump after his helicopter landed there after February 2011's big earthquake.

And now he is coming to visit us again on Thursday - WILL QUAKE CITY GET DUMPED ON AGAIN???? Read more in the nation's top woman's magazine!

Oh, all sorts of folks slaved as rubbish collectors in those days, from thugby players, Anglican ministers to poor Uni students. If you were part of a good team (a driver and two or three runners) you could finish your round in less than four hours and get paid for eight!!

 

 

28/6/2015: SHHH, KEEP IT QUIET BUT ....

The nation's top newspaper, The Press, will cost more from temorra! Twenty cents more.

Waltham Road is due for a make-over, much to the worry of small businesses that line it having seen how turnover has dropped for those on Edgeware and Opawa Roads while they were under repair. Contractors working on adjacent roads and who need to cut into Waltham Road to complete their work, cables, sewers and sundry other excavations have just found this out thanks to a chance meeting with slaves of the company that has the contract!

The rumour is that Hutchinson/Ford have closed their workshop on St Asaph Street to allow buses to nest there.

 

Bah! Humbug you say ....

 

 

27/6/2015: WE ARE TOUGH IN QUAKE CITY AND USED TO PEOPLE PISSING ALL OVER US! FROM BOB AND TONY, GERRY AND HIS WASTEMAKERS TO LIANNE AND HER LADIES.

At least this fellow has a good reason ...

 

To keep the dust down ....

 

During the demolition, or should that be deconstruction, of Brougham Village - oh Lianne and her Ladies are still not sure wot they will replace it with, truly!

Read wot Jafa-centrics think about QUAKE CITY in the nation's top women's mag.

 

 

26/6/2015: TRAFFIC CHAOS IN QUAKE CITY!!

Now I've got your attention it was not really any worse than it usually is, just a bit more intense on some cross city routes cos of traffic light problems. But some media screeching and gabbling made it appear worse than it proved.

See here at the corner of Brougham Street and Opawa Road....

Before coffee at the wee Opawa Cafe .... jammed and crawling nowhere.

After coffee and one of Detlev's tasty cheese scones just out of the oven ..... an empty road to nowhere.

Today's lesson? Stop for a coffee and scone at the Opawa Cafe and all your travel worries will vanish! More here ....

 

 

23/6/2015: WOTS GOING ON IN THE GO-AHEAD CENTRAL CITY SUBURB OF SYDENHAM??

A winter clean up?

Window cleaning! Now how did he get up there??

 

For rent.

In the now repaired former WINZ building, right, on Colombo Street just across the road from Ian and Sandra's great coffee, left. Ask for a cream squishy!!

 

For sale!

Not the buildings which were badly damage in the Great Quake, but the sites where Ascot TV once operated. They are still in fabulous Sydenham, just a bit further up Colombo Street!

 

 

22/6/2015: DOES QUAKE CITY AND ITS INHABITANTS HAVE A SPLIT PERSONALITY???

Work underway on a kiddies playground by the river on Manchester Street, left, while road and bridge work on the right takes a rest! Which is more important for the survivors???

 

Read more gibberish from Lianne and her Ladies and their SKIRT here in the nation's top newspaper!

 

 

21/6/2015: IT IS THE SHORTIST DAY OF THE YEAR!

But Environment Canterbury may have its Smoke Police out in force looking for smoking chimneys.

But wot about smoke on the water?

Will EC take to the boats to find those smoking chimneys at sea?? Or will they just enjoy this misty (smokey?) view of eastern Christchurch and the estuary of the Avon and Heathcote Rivers like those living on the hillside suburbs do?

Nah, see wot they plan here ....

 

 

 

20/6/2015: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!

Gordon the Welder of Welles Street in Quake City repairs all sorts of blades including this Leon Paul fellow.

 

ABOUT YOUR EPEE BLADE!

Further clarification has been received regarding the FIE directive, (thats the international body that controls fencing), relating to  2013 - 2015 Leon Paul epee blades type SR-1 with the V-profile.

These blades are not to be used in any fencing activity, effective immediately, until further notice. FeNZ ,(thats the body that controls fencing in New Zealand), has been advised that the blades may split, creating a high injury risk. This follows an incident recently.

The CFF Technical Commission, (dunno wot that is), has decided, in the best interest and for the safety of all our competitors, to follow suit and also disallow their use at the forthcoming CFF Junior-Cadet Championships in Cape Town, South Africa (Kiwi fencers will be competing there). Therefore be advised that no weapon bearing these blades will be accepted at weapon check.

Australia has also advised that these blades cannot be used.

BF blades supplied by Leon Paul are not affected.

Bayonet body wires. The issue of concern relating to this type of body wire is a technical one relating to wireless system use and is a technical issue only, not a safety issue.

Bayonet body wires can be used at Cape Town as wireless systems will not be used at this event.

Bayonet body wires can continue to be used in New Zealand, but any fencer competing overseas should be aware of the ruling, particularly for FIE competitions.

 

 

19/6/2015: IS IT TRUE THAT ENVIRONMENT CANTERBURY WANTS TO REGULATE ALL ELECTRIC OVENS???

To stop them smoking?

More here!

 

 

18/5/2015: HARD WORKERS AND FLOATING CASH!

A City Care worker.

We might give Lianne and her Ladies a bit of stick for that is the prerogative of leaders - to receive a telling-off - but it is the poor slaves that have to do the work - who remembers the slaves that built the pyramids???

Well, here are some City Care workers clearing the leaves from Jackson's Creek where it runs through Risingholm Park yesterday in the cold and frost.

Another City Care worker.

 

And the fruits of their labours, so to speak, a heap of leaves that would block the wee creek and cause flooding.

They have discovered many things over the years from i-pads to beds and other furniture tossed into the wee streams to $20 and $50 notes!!

Yep floating cash ........ so quick, start cleaning your drains!

 

 

17/6/2015: THERE IS AN OLD SAYING: REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD.

The remains of the CTV building, in which 115 people died when is got flattened in February 2011's big quake.

Are Police still investigating why it fell and killed so many??

The site cleared after the quakes.

 

The site of the former CTV building yesterday.

Now read about the death toll weeks after the February 2011 quake in the nation's top newspaper.

Revenge or justice??

 

 

16/6/2015: COMING DOWN ON COLOMBO STREET TODAY!

This building on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo streets, but I'am buggered if I can remember what it was .... giant chocolate fish to the first person with the correct answer!!

View from Gloucester Street.

 

View from Colombo Street.

 

View from the Square/Worcester Street.

 

 

14/6/2015: ARE YOU FOCUSED???

About 65 school kids and a couple of hundred helpers and parents turned out for a bit of a duel yesterday at the Fencing Outreach Canterbury United Schools competition at Avonside Girls High School. It was the largest turnout at a Christchurch fencing competition for many years!

We want to fence please.

 

We are fencing thanks to all those volunteer helpers and officials.

 

Now we would like our results!

 

And here they are:

Open Cadet Mixed Epee. 1 James Liam, Burnside High School; Matthew Musson, Roncalli College; 3= Ashleigh Goh, Rangi Ruru Girls School, and Ethan Prout, Christchurch Boys High Schoo; 5 Tei Driver, Christchurch Girls High School; 6 Charlotte James, Fencing Institute; 7 Joshua Egan, Christchurch Boys High School; 8 Mackenzie Bremner, Christchurch Girls High School; 9 Zak Douglas, Christchurch Boys High School. DNF Peter Fish, Timaru Swords.

U14 Men’s Foil. 1 Lennie Parris, Christ's College. 2 Eden Pidgeon, Medbury; 3 Peter Fish, Home School Waimate. 4 Thomas Johnstone. 5 Theo Harniess, South New Brighton School. 6 Colyer Baxter, Chisnallwood Intermediate School; 7 Martin Newbound, Medbury School; 8 Aedyn Hitchcock, Heaton Normal Intermediate School.

U12 Mixed Foil. 1 Harriet Eglinton, Rangi Ruru Girls School; 2 Max Brown, Home School, 3 Bernadette Barrett, Home School, 4 William Cooper, Clarkville School, 5 Eve Thompson, Spreydon Primary School.

U10 Mixed Foil. 1 Te Koha Soryl, Heaton Normal Intermediate School. 2 Lucas Leighs, Heaton Normal Intermediate School. 3 William Cooper, Clarkville School, 4 Eve Thompson, Spreydon Primary School. 5 Rachel Luppens, Burnside Primary School.

U14 Womens Foil. 1 Isis Kenton Dan, 2 Morgan McCallum, 3 Dementer Kenton Dan, all Avonside Girls High School. 4 Sophie Bonis, Heaton Normal Intermediate School. DNF Rachel Luppens, Burnside Primary School.

U16 Mens Foil. 1 Aiden Arthur, 2 Max Sail, 3 Will Frogley, all Waimate Fencing Club. 4 Matt Robb. 5 Quinn Logan, Catholic Cathedral College. 6 Lucas Leighs, Heaton Normal Intermediate School. 7= Bede Williams and Anzac Gallate, both Cashmere High School. 9 Tomas Murphy, Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery. 10 Te Koha Soyrl, 11 Jayden Roche and Kelvin Milne (who did not finish) all Heaton Normal Intermediate School.

Open Cadet Womens Foil. 1 Angela Leanda, Avonside Girls High School. 2 Sophia Blake, 3 Charlotte James and Abby Reynolds all Fencing Institute. 5 Kate Newman and 6 Brooke Colyer both Avonside Girls High School. 7 Olivia Frogley, Graighead Diocesan School.

Open Cadet Mens Foil. 1 Liam James, Burnside High School. 2 Mikhail Lopez, Cashmere High School. 3= Ryan Peterson, Shirley Boys High School and Darren Jiang, Aidenfield Christian School. 5 Caleb Morrow, Cashmere High School. 6 Xander Logan, Fencing Institute.

U!6 Womens Foil. Lily Williams, Cashmere Htgh School.2 Olivia Frogley, Graighead Diocesan School. 3 Chenielle Clark. 4 Brooke Colyer, Avonside Girls High School. 5 Libby Colyer. 6 Natasha Gee Millar, all Avonside Girls High School. 7 Bonnie Taylor. 8 Simone Lang, Avonside Girls High School.

 

 

13/6/2015: ALL WRAPPED UP AND GOING NOWHERE?

 Brougham Village from Hastings Street. It runs from Waltham Road to Burlington Street along the very busy Brougham Street where people, who live nearby, find the roar and shakes of the heavy trucks passing very disconcerting.

 

It is being demolished.

 

Or should that be deconstructed?

 

Now what is going to replace the wee village???? Don't ask Lianne and her Ladies as they won't tell you!

 

 

 

12/6/2015: PISS OFF!

That's wot one reader of yesterday's Bridges Too Far rant said. Howdya find out about the great piss off, he asked?

Years ago when my dad heard I was heading for northern Italy he asked me to go and pee in the Po. When I asked him why he then told me the whole story.

So when visiting the Museo Dell'Automobile in Turin .... Step up to see the brmm brmms.

.... which is near the Po River (see map) I wandered down to the bank and, standing on a concrete thingie, prepared to carry out dad's wish - "No, no," cried an Italian friend, "Go downstream, that's a water intake for Turin!"

Turin is also home to the former Fiat factory with a race/test track on the roof - YEP, ON THE FACTORY'S ROOF!

 

11/6/2015:     BRIDGES TOO FAR?

In the Second World War My dad and a couple of uncles fought the length of Italy to liberate it from the Nazis and when they reached the Po Valley in northern Italy they all lined up along the banks of the River Po to pee in it – a bit of Edwardian bravado perhaps, but wot’s that got to do with Quake City?

Nearly finished????????? The bridge across the Heathcote River at FERRYMEAD!.

Reading a recent book about the battles in Italy it seems that captured German soldiers were amazed at how quickly the Allied troops, particularly the Kiwis, got across the many rivers, bisecting the country, after the Germans had demolished, or should that be deconstructed, the bridges. Bailey bridges and others were erected in only hours to continue chasing the retreating German troops they said.

In Quake Ravaged Christchurch it is not like that with most of the quake damaged bridges (see the numerous posting on this site) still being repaired nearly five years after the Great Shake. Nor can we call on the former soldiers and engineers who did such a great job in Italy – they are nearly all dead 70-odd years on. The question is, dear reader, will YOU be alive when all our bridges are repaired????????????????????

Or will you have caught the bus .... A bus struggles among the road cones and traffic to cross the mostly finished bridge at Ferrymead.

 

 

9/6/2015: POOR BENIGHTED QUEENIE!!

A monarch of nothing.

 

The survivors of Quake City spoke - leave Victoria Square alone! The rest of Quake City central might be gone but the Square survives.

"Overall, the message is clear that only small changes that retain the key tranquil qualities [of Victoria Square] will be supported," Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner said after she reviewed public submissions.

However, she adds: ".... feedback also suggests including more recognition of Maori culture and improving amenities."

Is that a opening for major changes or not???

Keep an eye on the future of Queenie's Queendom of Victoria Square and a possible peasant revolt.

Queenie Forever!!!

 

 

8/6/2015: IT WAS BUILT BEFORE THE FIRST WORLD WAR! But got badly damaged in the 2011 earthquakes.

 

Unlike the Anglican Godbotherers with their smashed cathedral in the Square, these Methodist Godbotherers in the east like the Catholic Godbotherers in the former central city, are just getting on with it!

 

See.

 

Now they have submitted their re-build programme to Lianne and her Ladies will the spire rise again?? Ah, don't hold yer breath.

 

More about the Union Church at New Brighton!

 

Have you heard about the recent tough talk between Anglican godbotherers in Lyttleton and their bishop?

 

6/6/2915: IS IT D-DAY FOR NEW BRIGHTON?

Is it??

 

READ wot Lianne and her Ladies are promising the sea-side suburb in the nation's top newspaper!

 

Or will this fellow be unleashed on the 'dunga' seaside suburb?

 

 

5/6/3015: SHE IS STILL THE MONARCH OF ALL SHE SURVEYS - WELL AT LEAST THAT WOT IS STILL STANDING.

Queen Victoria in her square the other day.

 

Has Gerry and his Wastemakers, especially Seedoo, given up on removing her??

See the earlier posting of 10th March to find out wot we are talking about, and read MIKE YARDLY'S thoughts about Gerry's consulting with the people of Quake City.

 

 

 

4/6/2015: HAS ANYTHING CHANGED??

That was the request from a former flatmate of the 1970's, now living in the UK, asking about our old Manchester Street flat and had it survived the quakes - all gone!

To give Frank an idea of the re-build or renewal, as some call it, of Quake Central, the former city centre of Christchurch, here are a series of pix of Manchester Street ......

Looking up Manchester Street towards the Port Hill from the bridge over the River Avon in the early 1970's.

 

After the big quakes in 2011.

 

In 2014.

 

A few days ago.

 

See many changes? Any sign of the rebuild? Do we need a city centre? DO WE EVEN NEED ROADS?

 

 

 

1/6/2015: ACTION FROM THE NORTH ISLAND FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD IN WELLINGTON THIS WEEKEND!

Who started where ....

And who got where ...

Sorry there are no other results! Perhaps comp organizers should increase their thankless workload by posting the day's results on the Fenz website each night????

 

Now for a bit of "how's your father" .... Some foil action from North Islands. That's Baz on the right, but have no idea who the "toe topper" is though Lucien has promised to tell us! It's Daniel Kelegan says a grumbly Lucian!

30/5/2015: DID THESE BARE BUMS WORK FOR NEW BRIGHTON RESIDENTS?

Pissed off about the lack of quake recovery in the sea-side suburb they bared all to those in the west ignoring them.

 

Read more about beach-side happenings IN THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER!

 

The Bridge Street bridge earlier this week. It got smacked in the quakes and is still under repair nearly five years later.

 

Leaning poles, rumpled road and homes all gone - Pages Road near the bridge over the Avon, the main access to the beach-side suburb

 

Pages Road closer to the west, central Christchurch for you visitors.

East v West?????

 

29/5/2015: FENCING ACTION!

With the North Island fencing championships on in Wellington this weekend here is a pic of some fencers from the past ....

Thanks for the heads-up Mik.

 

The face-off was in Nelson in the 1970s and included national and international ranked Kiwi fencers - read and see more at: THE NELSON PHOTO NEWS.

 

Check FENCING CENTRAL for results of North Island champs.

 

 

24/5/2015: A COUPLE OF VIEWS OF QUAKE CITY CENTRAL.

NOTICE ANY CHANGES??

Compare this with previous shots posted - there is action on the right with Lianne and her Ladies starting work on a sex pad, oops children's playground, for the Ladies of Manchester Street.

 

Plus some empty buildings still standing on Hereford Street in Quake City Central that Gerry and his Wastemakers have not got their hands on. Tramway Lane is to the right.

 

22/5/3015: IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE OPENED LAST MONDAY AND IS NOW DOWN TO OPEN THIS COMING MONDAY!

Will it?? Slaves hard at work yesterday fixing the software problems of the new bus interchange.

 

Read more here about the problems of the Quake City central bus interchange.

 

Does this look like a software problem to you?? Or, is it more bullshit from Lianne and her Ladies??

 

And they want folks to return to the former city centre?? Is The Press leaving???

 

 

20/5/2015: AND THE TALK GOES ON AND ON AND ON .....

Read some of the talk here ... in the nation's top talking paper!

 

Four or five more years to replace this??????????????????????????? About the only thing in this pic still standing is the roof of the Edmonds band rotunda, centre, and the popular trees along the Avon River on the right!

And read HERE wot some think about the future!

 

19/5/2015: MORE FENCING ACTION FROM THE WEEKEND'S ECCLESTON EPEE.

On guard!

 

Fence!

 

 

18/5/2015: THE FLAG IS FLYING.

But there is a Shitehawk crapping all over it!

Yes, you might know it as a Seagull or a Donkey (John Key), but to former casual wharfies of the 1960's and 70's a “Seagull” was the term by which the full-time wharfies called them.

Dozens of hopefull slaves would line up each morning outside the wharf office where the boss would come out and select some slaves for a day's work. Naturally they got the most unsavoury and dangerous work - ever tried walking an eight-inch beam with only a long drop into the hold on either side so that a crane's hook could be used to remove it? Yes, you had to walk out stick the cranes thingie into a thingie in the centre. Scary. but it was fun hanging on to the crane's cable and riding the beam to the deck - bet that don't happen now.

Anyway back to the Shitehawks, the flying lavatories would bomb those working on the wharf, on deck and even in the hold, hence the the application of the old sailors name - shitehawk. Even today a former sailor I know has his car bombed regularly by 'em.

So what do Shitehawks have to do with our flag apart from crapping on it?

They want to change it. Trouble is the majority of Kiwis want it left alone READ MORE ...HERE in the nation's top newspaper.

 

Can you tell which flag is Kiwi and which is Ocker??

 

17/5/2015: WOULD YOU BELIEVE ANY ORGANISATION THAT RELIES ON SHONKY STATISTICS??

READ MORE here in the nation's top newspaper.

Puffing on a pipe, cigarillo or a cigar is not counted as smoking??? And you wonder why the numbers of those smoking have not dropped after this census (the last one - 2014)???? Scientific bullshit or just lies, damned lies and statistics?

And they want to ban drugging in public and to get rid of smoking by 2020, why they cannot even control alcohol let alone other drugs. Now, if they paid smokers, other druggies, or, fat people to give up and become healthy??

They might even leave Victoria Square alone......

 

16/5/2015:ACTION AND THE RESULTS OF THE 2015 ECCLESTON ONE-HIT EPEE COMPETION HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY TODAY.

A bout finishes, left, and one continues, right, in the nation's and perhaps the world's only one-hit epee competition, run by the University of Canterbury Fencing Club in honour of former fencer and coach David Eccleston, of Nelson.

 

That's my dad over there playing the piano says Lexy while in the background competitors check their results with her mum, Nursey.

 

Former top epeeist Rangi de Abaffy waits his turn. Rangi is the only male to have won our national epee championship four times in a row and is a life-time member of UCFC.

 

NOW HERE'S WOT YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR .........

Til next time!

 

 

 

15/5/2015: HAVE A SEAT!

But be quick for the former ODEON THEATRE on Tuam Street in Quake City is emptying out.

 

See - just one poor fellow left pissing all over the crumbling brickwork.

 

The facade is still standing on Tuam Street though.

 

14/5/2015: A PRINCE VISITS QUAKE CITY AND SHOWS THAT THE FORMER CITY CENTRE IS DEAD!

Here the crowd lines up in Cathedral Square to welcome Prince Harry. Don't be silly, that is not a crown! I mean a crowd.

 

 

While the tram carrying him, along with some other hangers-on, scuttles round the back of the former Christchurch Anglican Cathedral heading for the former square. Nor is this a crowd, and, why did they corral the other trams in the tram house while this one rumbled free? The crowd could have used em to follow the fellow.

 

In your quest to discover Captain Wales and the demise of the Square as a meeting point for Quake City read and see more here: IN THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER.

 

 

13/5/2015: LIANNE AND HER LADIES ARESPENDING MILLIONS ON ONE CENTRAL CITY PLAYGROUND AND GETTING RID OF ANOTHER!

The Buchan Street park and playground in the go-ahead central city suburb of Sydenham.

Yep this wee PLAYGROUND AND PARK is being sold off while around $7,000,000 is being spent on this PLAYGROUND in the former city centre, now a wasteland.

Wow, some local property owners are up-in-arms about the proposed revamp for the site, rather like that which happened when another contentious structure moved in, while others reckon the more people coming back to the former residential suburb of Sydenham the better.

A crematorium in Sydenham near the Buchan Street playground and park.

Here is one property owner's view: ......

Keep Buchan Park the same size.

By Rod Stuart - Local property owner


1. Parks are for all to enjoy: Inner city public parks are available for all locals and visitors to enjoy. They
are NOT for sale! They should be preserved and enhanced for future generations. Green spaces are
the jewels of our beautiful garden city.
The CCC is effectively selling precious green land we all own, share and enjoy together.
If the CCC feels it needs to sell land then sell off some you purchased from Henderson.

2. Buchan Park is used: We disagree that Buchan Park is underutilised. We disagree that the swings
and merry go round are infrequently used. In an age where kids have become addicted to electronic
devices playgrounds are exactly what we should be encouraging.
We want more playground equipment and we want more inner city green space to enjoy.

3. The Sikhs should not be favoured: They were happy to buy the old Masons hall and use it as their
Christchurch version of the Golden Temple. Of course they are happy to more than double their land area and build a new temple. Who wouldn’t be keen on buying 625m² of inner city land beside a
park? It is not fair that a minority religious group has been given this opportunity without first
offering the land on the open market.
The only fair option is to swap an equal size land area with the Sikhs and make that work.
Better still lets swap with CCC land elsewhere and make the park larger.

4. What has happened to the Sydenham Plan? The idea of making central Sydenham a cool inner city
residential zone is a good one. New buildings backing onto Buchan Park have set the ball rolling
incorporating awesome new inner city apartments. They are now tenanted and set the standard for
more to come. It may surprise some in this room that many of the local property owners are keen on
the idea of allowing residential back into central Sydenham. We support some rezoning in the new
district plan. It will take decades to change and rezoning now is an important start.
I own an early settler’s cottage in the same block as Buchan Park - a cool reminder that central
Sydenham as once was a well-established inner city residential zone.
The proposed Buchan Playground Plan almost completely excludes the option of having residential
apartments facing onto a park. We see this as a gross planning oversight!

5. Inner City Green Space is Precious: Inner city green space makes people feel better. Spending a little time in a park is calming – it brings a person closer to nature and uplifts the spirit. Buchan Park is a little oasis in the Sydenham area. It is literally a breath of fresh air in a growing concrete jungle. Even
driving or walking past the park is uplifting.
Once inner city green space is sold off it becomes very difficult to get it back.
A better idea is to preserve and enhance the public green space we have already established.

6. Old trees are special: The proposed Buchan Playground Plan will mean many old well established
trees will be cut down. Valuable shade and homes for many birds will be lost. Please try to keep the
trees in the new design – they are very precious to all of us.

7. An irregular design is more inviting: Contrary to what the CCC planners state the more intimate areas
deep in the current park are the most preferred. People currently enjoy sitting surrounded in trees
away from the traffic and hustle of city life. We want more curves and more interesting zones.

Please consider these points when voting on the Buchan Playground Plan.
The ideas are there for creating a better plan and keeping the Park at its current size.

 

Wot do you think????

 

12/5/2015: THE COFFEE ZONE IN THE GO-AHEAD SUBURB OF SYDENHAM HAS CHANGED ITS HOURS...

Owners Sandra and Ian are mow working Monday to Friday and taking off Saturday and Sunday for a weekend break.

Opened on Colombo Street by Wordsworth Street in 2011 after the Big Quake the zone is a popular place for a quickie many enjoying the outdoor setting with cover for dodging grumbly weather.

 

Results of the Mid-South Under 20 Fencing Championships held on Saturday.
Mixed Sabre: 1 Ross Shepherd; 2 James Liam; 3= Casper Howell and Moe Suzuki; 5 Francesca Logan. Mixed Foil: 1 Daniel Keleghan; 2 Ross Shepherd; 3= Gen Porter and Sophie Kelly; 5 Charlotte James; 6 Cameron Abbott; 7 Moe Suzuki; 8 Sophia Ryan-Pearce; 9 Caleb Morrow; 10 Xander Logan; 11 Mirie Kim; 12 Francesca Logan. Mixed Epee:1 Lucian Nightingale; 2 Jonathan Brill; 3= Sheldon Ogilvie and Liam James; 5 Mathew Musson; 6 Ashleigh Goh; 7 Ross Shepherd; 8 Brittany Wyatt; 9 Mackenzie Bremner. (All Christchurch fencers.)

 

11/5/2015: WILL THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER MOVE TO AUCKLAND???

Have read of Jane Bowron's AUCKLAND CENTRIC RANT in this morning's edition of the nation's top newspaper.

Of the three stories on this morning's front page only one was about Quake City. Of the four on Page Two only one is about Christchurch while on Page Three it is a bit better with seven out of nine thingies related to Quake City or Canterbury.

Jafa-centricity has also alarmed local dairy's who stock The Press, with many fuming about dealing with the Jafa-based circulation department. Some are muttering about dropping The Press completely which would be real bad for its circulation and readership especially us more mature types who like to read a hard copy.

The local dairy sells most copies between 5.30am, when it opens, and 8am - the morning rush as the owner calls it - but the papers were not delivered til 7.30 am this morning and ringing the circulations department????

Hung out to dry????????????????????

This once hung in the Composing Room of the old The Press building in Cathedral Square in the former city centre. From it were slung bars of tin and antimony which were melted down at each linotype machine to produce the slugs of type from which The Press was printed before the Electronic Era.

 

 

8/5/2015: IT WAS ALL GO AT THE MID-SOUTH UNDER 20'S IN QUAKE CITY YESTERDAY...

Here are some contrasting styles in the epee ....

 

Sheldon drops down ....

 

While Mackenzie goes up - on her toes!

Oh, the Stop/Go man was working on Pages Road on Wednesday!

Results to come.

 

 

5/5/2015: OUCH!!

It seems that rumpled roads and potholes are not the sole preserve of Quake City as readers overseas were quick to report .....

Apologies to Lianne and her Ladies, they are only following wot other council's are doing ....

 

4/5/2015: ARE LIANNE AND HER LADIES (THAT'S THE CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL FOR YOU FOREIGNERS) ABOUT TO BE ATTACKED BY RAMPANT PENISES??

Read about pothole penises here!

Can you imagine how big a dick this Opawa Road pothole could be??

 

With winter on the way Quake City's potholed roads are going to become a hot topic so to speak.

Postings here highlighting the inability of roading contractors to fill in potholes next to their road workings have attracted comments about incompetence, poor planning and just plain laziness but the most interesting one was that it was just revenue generating as the contractors would eventually have to go back and fill them in.

Like the road-cones the repairs would generate more dosh in the form of taxation (GST being an obvious one) for John Key and Gerry.

Talking of dosh Another neat solution could be to charge the Christchurch City Council for suspension repairs to your car as they do in Scotland! Yep, read it, it is true!

Failing action, sexual or otherwise, you can do what this Opawa Road property owner did - fill the potholes yourself! Only metres away from those pictured on the 30/4/2015!

Good on ya mate!! It is amazing wot you can do with a $40 bag of asphalt.

 

1/5/2015: A BEACON SHINES IN QUAKE RAVAGED NEW BRIGHTON!

Thanks to Daisy at the Lighthouse Cafe.

The popular suburb is separated from the rest of Quake City by the RED ZONE! This and the seemingly lack of interest by those living in the other, WEST, zone to the plight of the quake ravaged sea-side suburb has encouraged those living there to keep going.

Read about these bottoms HERE!

Hence cafe owner Daisy spending two weeks constructing the lighthouse - it even lights up!! So navigate out her way soon you Westies - she serves up top nosh.

Now, when is the clock tower to be cleaned-up and repaired??

Don't hold your breath. One volunteer organisation was going to help clean up the area but gave up after finding out about a third of the money kindly donated to assist them with materials was going to be eaten-up in traffic control plans. They sadly handed the donated cash back.

30/4/2015: POTTED? OR SHOULD THAT BE POTHOLED??

At the begriming of this month this pix was posted along with this: "You have got to wonder if those involved in repair of sewage and water pipes such as skirt, ceedo, sarah and our very own seeseesee are giving us the fingers? In particular does SKIRT and her boyfriend McConnell Dowell have anything under their skirts?? Oops, I mean hats."

Last week this appeared:

An orange box surrounded it and these other nearby potholes.

Does that mean repair/filling is about to happen?? Or will a nearby resident with a $40 bag of asphalt get there first. Now how many potholes can be filled for forty bucks - answers on a single page please.

Oh, and how much GST will the Government collect from these earthquake repairs?

 

29/4/2015: CONFLICTING VIEWS!

Yep, that's what you get when reading about the the restoration of Quake City in the nation's top newspaper.

Everyone is blaming someone as you can read here, but the truth is more prosaic as these pix show ...

The bedraggled and rusty clock tower outside the New Brighton library - not working.

 

This side is working!

 

There appears that not much is being done!

Surely the spin doctors, PR ladies or whatever of Sarah, Ceedoo, Jerry and the Wastemakers, John Keys and his National Government or Lianne and her Ladies can come up with a good story now and then??

But who will fix the clock in this popular sea-side suburb????

 

(Coming soon the continuing story of the SCIRT and her boyfriend.)

 

24/4/2015: HELP!

With Anzac/Gallipoli remembrances reaching their height this weekend perhaps some knowledgeable person can explain why this wee cross to Gallipoli survivor Serjeant AT Field, of the New Zealand (Maori) Pioneer Battalion, who died in France in 1916, was erected on the side of State Highway 1 at Palmerston?

 

The story, so far: 28/8/2009: Many years ago when studying at Canterbury University I used to hitch-hike to my home in Dunedin. One morning outside Palmerston, while waiting for a lift on the State Highway between Christchurch and Dunedin, I came across this overgrown cross on a roadside bank on the Christchurch side of the North Otago town.

The pictures were taken with a Pentax Spotmatic on TriX black- and-white film in 1970. I never thought much more about the lonely, unkempt cross until recently when I was sorting through a box of negs and decided to do a bit of research and this is what I found:

FIELD, ALFRED THORNLEY

Initials:

A T

Nationality:

New Zealand

Rank:

Serjeant

Regiment/Service:

New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Battalion

Age:

29

Date of Death:

15/09/1916

Service No:

9/1007

Additional information:

Son of John A. and A. Emilie Field, of Port Levy, Canterbury, New Zealand; husband of Tui F. D. S. Field, of Palmerston, Otago, New Zealand. Also served in Gallipoli and Egypt.

Casualty Type:

Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference:

XI. B. 5.

Cemetery:

CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL

Some years after making the posting in 2009 a distant relative of the Serjeant got in touch, but like me he had no answer to why the wee cross was erected in that particular spot. He did provide this pix of the Serjeant's grave though,

However the question still remains, why was the wee cross erected where it was??????

Anyone got an answer????

 

22/4/2015: ENOUGH OF WHAT'S GOING DOWN IN QUAKE CITY AND MORE ABOUT THE GREAT SPORT - FENCING!!

Once a fencer always a fencer even if you are retired and on holiday

Vivian Jenkins and Percy Temple duel with a couple of old and broken foils used as plant stakes during a stop in Quake City.

 

The pair, from KUAOTUNU on the Coromandel, are touring the South Island in their camper-van. Both long-time fencers and former national champions and New Zealand representatives of the 1970's, they stopped to visit with another partially retired former fencer, Keith Mann.

Originally from Christchurch, Percy, a former member of the now defunct Christchurch Swords Club and a founding member of the ever-growing United Fencing Club first won the CSC's President's Cup way back in 1952!

You can view their results and of other top fencers on the admirable FENCING CENTRAL website.

Full marks to those that noticed the pair are left-handed as are all great fencers and coaches!!

 

 

20/4/2015: STEP FORWARD QUAKE CITY . OOPS, I REALY MEAN STEP BACKWARDS .....

Read what our Prime Minister really means in the nation's top newspaper.

Then gaze on the parking chaos in the former city centre.

The Manchester Street parking building is coming down. If you look closely (top left) at the 1970's b/w pic, posted on the 14th of this month, you can see that it is one of the very few larger building still upright in the former city centre. Notice the cars clustered on its roof.

 

Now cars that once lived in the Manchester Street parking building on the left (above) live in this paddock on the right! And they want more cars to come back to the former city centre?

 

Manchester Street before the quakes was a centre of small shops and sole traders. All have gone, many shifted from Christchurch. Two that I know of have accepted the dosh for their wee two-storey brick buildings and moved to the West Coast leaving the sites of their former shops vacant - too expensive to rebuild they say, with foundations costing around a third to a half of what they were paid.

Other former business folks on Colombo Street and many other former city centre streets have done the same. Take a drive the length of Colombo or Manchester Streets and see the vacant sections - not all are the result of the best intentions of Sayrah, Ceedoo, EQC, Lianne and her Ladies and Gerry and his Wastemakers!

 

17/4/2015: MORE ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS IN QUAKE CITY.

FROM THIS ...

Workers on Wilson's Road by Waltham Park this morning hit an unexpected problem - a water pipe! Here they rush to tackle the torrent and phone for help.

While downstream, so to speak, by the Heathcote River on Fairfield Terrace a runner joyfully bounds over the raging floodwaters.

 

TO THIS ........ read more here in the nation's top newspaper.

Now, will excavations on the site of the former King Edward Barracks, next to the great police monument, above, show that fencing, that ancient art and modern sport, took place there??? Or will it all get crushed and buried?

 

16/4/2015: ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS IN MANCHESTER STREET....

Count the number of pipes and drains in this pic - and you wonder why the re-build is taking so long?? Wot a job to repair or replace em.

 

 

 

15/4/2015: DOES A ZERO HOURS CONTRACT APPLY HERE???

What the fuck is 'Zero Hours' contracts?????? Does it apply to this quake-closed Starbucks cafe on Colombo Street in Quake City?

 

READ about the slave-labour contracts HERE!

 

14/4/3015: CATHEDRAL SQUARE EARLY 1970.

Taken from the top of the former Government Life Insurance building.

 

CATHEDRAL SQUARE YESTERDAY.......................

Roughly the same from ground level.

 

From up Colombo Street near Victoria Square.

 

 

12/4/2015: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY ...

When they fence-in diggers and loaders and surround 'em with goods and services taxed road cones to stop the children taking them for a drive - wonder if the fence had to pay GST too? And the digger owner too for using the park?

Read more in THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER!

 

10/4/2015: GOING UP IN QUAKE CITY!

A prison centre and bus stop, foreground.

 

BOARDED UP.

A house in the central city.

 

GIVING UP!

The site of a couple of popular, pre-earthquake, cafes in New Brighton flattened by the quakes.

 

UP AND DOWN.

 

A quake-damaged house in Sydenham makes way for three new ones.

 

 

 

8/4/2014: AVON RIVER VISTAS UP FOR GRAB!!!

 

Only a few minutes walk apart and ideal for city centre, well the former city centre, living. Which would you choose? Both with river views.

 

Looking across the Avon River towards Oxford Terrace and Colombo Street from Cambridge Terrace.

 

A few minutes walk away - looking across the Avon River again.

 

 

7/4/2015: A BRIDGE TOO FAR?

How much is the Government led by John Key and mate Gerry and his Wastemakers making from the re-build of quake-riven Christchurch?

Building consents for re-building the destroyed city have a value of $5.8 billion - that is $1.1 billion in 2012; $1.7 billion in 2013; $3 billion in 2014. What's the GST on that? Go on, get yer calculators out!!

The bridge over the Avon River at Dallington - that's the Port Hills in the background for you overseas viewers.

Wonder wot the GST is on it??

 

Another view - do the quacks have to pay GST to the Government too?

 

 

What about these road cones on Cloucester Street on the way to Dallington Bridge - do they pay GST to the Government too?

I suspect they did, around $5 each, so next time you get pissed off at the road cones just think of the dosh they have generated for the Government and not the pain they have caused you.

The question is dear reader, is how much is the Government putting back into Quake City??

 

Enough to fill the potholes in the roads you drive on??

 

6/4/3015: WOT DID YOU DO OVER EASTER???????

These University of Canterbury Fencing Club folks dueled in their local bar!

 

See ... SEE HERE!

 

The long-established swords club must be the only fencing club in the world to meet in a bar - no alcohol is served!! Just the clash of friendly rivalry. Blame it on the earthquakes that put paid to the former Students' Association building just over the way where the club once met in the ballroom.

 

Now for something completely different:

 

Want some free firewood for winter?? This heap in the go-ahead suburb of Sydenham is yours to take. Flick me an email (above) and I'll let you know the address and the contact person. quick, it might be a cold winter.

 

 

2/4/2015: WAS THIS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE??

Wot about hand washing and cleaning of teeth??

Is the above the reason so many workers are having problems??

Read more in the nation's top newspaper. Imagine if they were schoolboy rowers and rowing coaches at the Maadi Cup and not government controlled slaves.

 

 

 

1/4/2015: APRIL FOOLS' CHRISTCHURCH RATEPAYERS AND RESIDENTS!!

You have got to wonder if those involved in repair of sewage and water pipes such as skirt, ceedo, sarah and our very own seeseesee are giving us the fingers?

In particular does SKIRT and her boyfriend McConnell Dowell have anything under their skirts?? Oops, I mean hats.

For months they have been working on Opawa Road. Blocking it off and even reducing it to one lane and making the poor cyclists dismount - yep skirt and her boyfriend MD have stopped grumpy drivers and forced poor bewildered cyclists to dismount before mounting their road so to speak.

Read more about the Opawa Road works.

That's an accepted part of living in Quake City with its rumpled roads and on-going road-works, but what isn't is the apparent rip-off by Skirt and her boyfriends.

Wot's that you say, a financial rip-off in cash depleted Quake City. Here's the evidence?See how skirt and her boyfriend McConnell Dowell have ripped up the centre of Opawa Road and then resealed it at great expense but left the close-by potholes unfilled!

 

Another example of poor planning, fruitloopery, indifference or making sure of future work?? Plus a bumpy ride for ratepayers?

The point is dear reader is why they did not fill the potholes when they resealed the road? After all they had the slaves and expensive machinery right there so why not fill the close-by potholes with a few dollars of asphalt?? It wouldn't take much time or effort.

Does Skirt wear anything under her dress??

 

TERMORRA: How much does it cost to fill a wee pothole???

30/3/2015: QUAKE CITY GROUND TO A HALT LAST NIGHT AND IT WAS NOT BECAUSE OF AN EARTHQUAKE.!

More than 9000 quakes have struck since February 2011, you can work out how many a day that is yourself, including 14 in the last week but it was the cricket that stopped the city.

Colombo Street in Beckenham around 7pm last night. Normally the take-away's and dairy on the right are bustling with hungry customers. While only one exercise fanatic graced the gym on the left where normally a wall of tortured faces, of those using the treadmills, peer through the glass to the amusement of pedestrians and those driving past.

 

Colombo Street looking towards the, former, central city. Even the chicken hutch on the right was a bit quiet with no customers exiting the drive-through and threatening cyclists and pedestrians.

 

Even the nation's top newspaper went missing in action, so to speak, with nothing about the cricket in this morning's online edition. However, that other great newspaper, the ODIOUS DAILY TWADDLE has, even a pix or two!!

Now that is the response of a real newspaper..... it is just not cricket!!!!!!

 

STOP PRESS!

It is now lunchtime, and as one avid newspaper reader has ranted, "the hardcopy edition of The Press is headlined as a special souvenir edition"!

However that fact does not concern the bridge playing residents of WANGANUI and Palmerston North who rushed away from a big bridge competion in the competition to follow the cricket. Not stopping even for cakes and refreshments.

 

 

27/3/2015: GORDON IS A MASTER WELDER!!.

From this broken epee blade.

 

To this nice springy sword blade.

 

Epee blades can cost upwards of a couple-of-hundred dollars but can last for years. However this folded maraging steel fellow did not and it was Gordon, The Welder, to the rescue. The repaired rapier will now be used for training.

 

 

26/3/2015: THIS WELLES STREET WASTELAND HAS LOCAL BUSINESS AND PROPERTY OWNERS ESTATIC!!

Looking towards Dundas Street and Atlas Lane from Welles Street.

 

Once they've smashed the vast concrete pad with that iron thingie, on the right above, they plan to build two five-storey apartment buildings here, plus retail buildings on Welles Street with two-storey units above.

 

Looking towards Manchester Street.

 

The plan is for lots of car parking and green space too on the former Atlas Appliances site.

 

And looking towards Colombo Street.

 

 

 

 

24/3/2015: BEFORE WE GET TO THE RESULTS OF SUNDAY'S OLGA JEYKLL MIXED TEAMS COMPETITION HERE'S A FIRST FOR A PAIR OF KEEN MOTORCYCLISTS IN OPAWA!

A close inspection of Christchurch's newest piece of Police kit - Read more in the nation's top newspaper!!

 

RESULTS OF THE OLGA JEKYLL MIXED TEAMS

NOVICES : who were 7 to 14yrs of age and started fencing in the last few weeks or were very young. 1. THE WORLD TEAM: Morgan McCallum, Nathan Cranstone, Bonnie McGinlay and Simone Lang.  2. UMM: Alisha Bedggood, Natasha Gee-Miller, Ethan Yao and Kate Gourley.

JUNIOR TEAMS : 9 to 14yrs with more than 6 months experience. 1. APPLES: Len Parris, Harriet Eglinton and Dexter Parris. 2 ORANGES: Theo Harnies, Eden Pidgeon and Abby Reynolds. 3 PEARS: Kate Newman, Thomas Johnstone and Max Brown.
                   
EXPERIENCED FENCERS: 13 to 47 yrs. 1. TARGET PRACTICE:  Gareth Foley, Angus Foley- Walker and  Charlotte James. 2. PHOENIX: Hugh Reynolds, Hayden Abbott and Sophia Blake. 3. WE BUILD FENCERS: Mikhail Lopaz, Caleb Morrow and Xander Logan. 4. GRIFFINDOR: Connor Foley-Walker, Cameron Abbott and Francesca Logan.

       
SPOT PRIZE WINNERS : Body-wires, donated by Daniel Chan of Mainland Fencing, went to Nathan Yao and Cameron Abbott. Electric Foils, donated by United Fencing Club, went to Morgan McCallum and Francesca Logan

 

Competitors get ready to duel.

 

23/3/2015: THE SIGNS WERE OUT!

For this year's Olga Jeykll competition.

 

And the fencers and spectators turned up.

 

See, more than thirty fencers plus dozens of volunteers, coaches and parents.

MORE pix along with the the results as soon as Dianne has colleted em, the results that is, and the winners of the new electric foils and bodywires.

 

INSURANCE COMPANIES AND OTHERS OVER THEIR DEALINGS WITH PEOPLE SINCE THE QUAKES???

Like this former gangling tree on the banks of the Heathcote River by the St Martins Road and Waltham Road bridge.

 

It had been slowly slipping into the river since the quakes.

 

Until this fellow and his City Care mates got stuck into it - he's in the river to catch the loose bits that fall in!

 

After this Czech lumberjack has done his work.

 

Wonder why Gerry and the Wastemakers and their boss John Key didn't call it an "Old Dunga"? Perhaps they were afraid of a save the tree protest? Now, can Lianne and her Ladies sell the timber to China?

 

 

20/3/2015: SOME FENCING PIX.

 

Most fencing clubs are run by volunteers, here are some at work ...

 

Here Rob, left and Rob, right, check and repair gear for this week's Olga Jeykll mixed foil teams event at Avonside High School. Both belong to Olga's old club, the United Fencing Club.

 

While ...

 

Keith, right, gives a sabre lesson.

 

They even do it in Spain.

 

Alvaro, left, gives a lesson in central Madrid. More about the Madrid club here .....

 

 

19/3/2015: THANKS TO ALL YOU NICE PEOPLE!!

About your positive comments on the old pix of the Square posted yesterday. Now here is another for BB in Queenstown and Vicki in Christchurch......

A vista that'll never be seen again. Cathedral Square looking towards the Port Hill with the former Anglican cathedral behind the trees on the left. It is rumoured that the Former Railway Worker, now retired, once worked in the take-away in the right foreground while BB was working on the 10th floor of the BNZ building, on the left, when February's quake struck.

 

Oh, here's a pic taken yesterday to highlight the changes.

Looking up Colombo Street towards Victoria Square (you can see her trees in the far background on the left) with the remains of the former Anglican cathedral on the right - a few solitary buildings, huckery painted fences and cars parked where buildings once stood.

Will it change? Read more in the nation's top newspaper!

 

 

18/3/2015: A CENTRAL CITY VISTA FROM THE PAST!

Looking across the Square, the former heart of Christchurch city before the earthquakes, up Colombo Street towards Victoria Square. That's the former Christchurch Anglican cathedral on the right.

 

Read more about the shenanigans around the cathedral in the nation's top newspaper.

 

Here is another view of the Square pre-quake - no troublesome traffic lights that don't give a damn about pedestrians! Just another sentient human-being to look after them.

 

 

 

16/3/2015: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY WHEN CONTRACTORS CAN PARK THEIR HEAVY MACHINERY ON A PARK AND NOT GET A PARKING TICKET UNLIKE THE REST OF US.

Perhaps the Parking Folks are worried the big roller, parked off-shot to the right, might roll over them??

 

Quake City's main drag, Colombo Street is starting to show its metal, so to speak.

 

Like here in the former city centre.

 

Or here in Sydenham.

As one City Councilor suggested, the metal construction allows the building to flex - no he is not a fencer and has no knowledge of flexible blades!!

 

 

 

15/3/2015: OH DEAR HAVE I PISSED SOME READERS OFF??

You judge. A handful of readers are annoyed at the use of the sobriquet, "The Nation's Top Newspaper" for 'The Press'.

The former The Press buildings on Gloucester Street before the Big Quake flattened em.

It is full of crap and is a women's mag says one, while another, the local dairy owner, is equally scathing about the contents but even more so about its circulation department and the trouble he has trying to get extra copies when he sells out of an edition.

Here's an avid reader of The Press.

There is no doubt newspapers have changed over the years particularly as the owners, like Fairfax, strive to save money and cover both the hardcopy and electronic readership.

As for content, in olden times newspapers trained their own staff rather than the mediocre bodies exuding from the media or journalist schools of today.

Can you imagine this The Press linotype operator being trained at a school or university?

Starting first as a copyboy, then copyholder or reader graduating to reporter (who just reported the facts!) then to journalist, who injected a bit of comment into a story, then as a columnist, newspapers turned out hard-drinking, hard-nosed and skilled writers, subeditors and editors from people with all sorts of backgrounds.

Not like now, where if you asked graduates about the pyramid system (where a writer/reporter puts the important information such as who, what, where and when first, then fills the story up with bullshit last so the poor sub-editor can squeeze it into a restricted space if necessary without having to re-write it, in a panic, to make it fit!) they think you are talking about Egypt!

Now stories are all over the place with some having to be re-read to make sense. Don't ask about captions - we read from left to right in this part of the world but it is common to see captions starting from right to left and, even more stupid, only naming one person in a picture of two or three - you are left to guess who the others are!

Did you know that long-time story-teller and columnist Mike Crean, a former primary school teacher, is retiring?

Did you know that eight Australian newspapers, among them the Melbourne Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, are edited out of the fifth floor of The Press building on Gloucester Street?

Now what do YOU tv- viewers, radio-listeners and hardcopy newspaper-readers think about the increasing Jaffaisation of Kiwi Media?? That's Auckland-centric for you Jaffas!!!

 

 

13/3/2015: PLANS ARE AFOOT TO FILL A BIG HOLE IN QUAKE CITY'S FORMER CITY CENTRE.

No, not this one, read more here in the nation's top newspaper. In the background on the right is the air-bridge tween the Crossing and Ballantynes. Perhaps the big hole in the foreground could be filled by motorcars?? Drunken revelers?? People actually living in the former city centre?? Waste products from Lianne and her Ladies?? Or other bureaucrapic fruitloopery??

 

For example, contractors working on the horizontal thingies in a suburban street nicely tar-sealed over the big holes they dug, but left the numerous potholes in the street unfilled!!??

 

 

12/3/2015: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY WHEN ....

.... seats are provided in the former central city so the tired and exhausted citizens can watch the re-build.....

Yawn! And they say we are dying younger cos of it ..... the earthquakes that is not the re-build!!

 

11/3/2015: THE COMPLETE FENCER!

A mask, an epee, a sweating brow and a bottle of the cooling stuff!! University of Canterbury Fencing Club members take a well-earned break after helping out at this year's opening meeting. More than 30 uni students turned out to scoff pizza, the cooling stuff and learn about fencing - wonder how many will return?????????

 

Rapt!

See!

Anna , left, enthralls newbies with her fencing stories and suggestions about the ancient art and modern sport.

More about the nation's oldest fencing club HERE! And non-uni types welcomed too!

 

10/3/2015: THEY ARE STILL HARASSING QUEENIE AND THE CAPTAIN!!!

That's Queenie on the left and the Captain on the right in an empty Victoria Square at lunchtime today.

 

Read wot Mike Yardley says about Seedoo's antics over Victoria Square in the nation's top NEWSPAPER!

Now read Seedoo's VIEW! Care full now, you might need vaccinated by Gowers' COMPLETE WORDS to avoid infection!

 

Perhaps the Captain needs a rum or two to assist recovery and show his face again?

 

 

 

 

9/3/2015: HAS TIME STOOD STILL IN QUAKE CITY? At least it has been partially fixed up since the quakes - the Edmonds clock tower that is.

 

WOT A KETTLE OF FISH - POOR OLD EQC IS ON THE FIRING LINE AGAIN.

It seems that the Prime Minister John Key and his mate Gerry and his wastemakers are keeping a low profile over their baby the Earthquake Commission and its shenanigans - read more in the nation's top newspaper!

Now read the view from EQC here!

Wots a KETTLE OF FISH?

Have you heard about the EQC building engineer who turned up at one of Christchurch's old buildings built from cob and asked what is cob???

Wot a bunch of cob! Read more here.

He too was banned from the property as was the fellow in the paper's story above.

 

 

 

 

8/3/2015: THERE IS A SUGGESTION OF TURNING THIS ABANDONED DOME INTO AN EARTHQUAKE MEMORIAL!

Yep, read Neil Roberts' letter To The Editor in yesterday's The Weekend Press

Parked on the side of the River Avon near the Manchester Street bridge - the fenced-off and tumbledowned Edmonds rotunda.

 

Could this become Christchurch Earthquake Memorial Wall with the names of the dead engraved upon it?

 

Re-using this gift to the people of Christchurch ...

 

 

6/3/2015: LIFE IN QUAKE CITY.....

LAST YEAR

YESTERDAY....

See any difference???

 

 

4/4/2015: WILL THESE NEW HOMES FAIL??

The talk in Quake City is all about shoddy repairs to damaged homes and the failure of newly-built homes to meet building standards - READ MORE HERE in the nation's top newspaper.

 

This brick fellow failed in Sydenham ...

And is still awaiting repairs or "deconstruction", that after-quake coined bullshit word meaning "demolition"! But then what Publick Relations terrorist or media reporter have read the COMPLETE PLAIN WORDS?

 

Now,

Did this wooden fellow pass??

 

What about this steel fellow??

 

Both are in Sydenham.

 

3/3/2015: MORE FENCING PIX! AND A STORY ABOUT QUAKE COMMUNICATION!

Last week's opening night of the combined United Fencing Club and the Christchurch Fencing Academy - coaches, from left, Rob, James and Keith in action.

 

Another left-handed coach in action at Christchurch Boys High School and Christchurch Girls High School combined fencing club - Tom Kent, alias Man Mountain!

 

 

Multiple national champion Alex Chan puts his epee and sabre skills to work preparing food for Franz Josef residents. Who, what and where is FRANZ JOSEF???

 

For those looking for their Quake Fuck-up fix, have you heard about the home-owner who was rung by his insurace company last week to find out how the repairs to his house were going?

Oh, he said, when were they supposed to start?

Oh, said the insurance company we passed your job on to the builder months ago. First I've heard about it says he!!!

Clunk! went the phone.

Will he have to wait THIRTY YEARS??? Read more here!

 

27/2/2015: CANTERBURY UNIVERSITY ROLL, 'PLUNGING', 'CREEPING UP'?

Both terms used in same The Press' story this morning, which is it? Have a read HERE!!!

 

Is a fire engine needed?

Nah!

 

Not if you go by this line-up.

 

Or those clubs that recorded record membership sign-ups, (like the University of Canterbury Fencing Club (right) the nation's oldest, continually operating fencing club.) during the second day of Clubs Day yesterday.

 

Bet The Press won't cover that!

 

 

 

 

 

25/2/2015: THERE ARE CARS AND THERE ARE CARS THEN THERE ARE MORRIS MINORS!

 

This shiny example greets passengers at Palmerston North international airport. It belongs to Ebony coffee and roastery

 

The popular Pommie vehicle was designed by a Greek engineer, Sir Alec Issigonis, during fire-watching duties in the Second World War. Over a million were made by the time production ended in the early 1970's. It is said that their longevity is due to using steel recycled from captured German battleships! MORE HERE!

 

 

 

24/2/2015:A DUST-OFF!

 

A helicopter takes off from Hagley Park yesterday after delivering its load to Christchurch Hospital.

 

A tow off.

A tow truck removes a parked car from near Christchurch Hospital yesterday during the world cup cricket match.

 

A take off.

 

Belongings removed from spectators at yesterday's world cup cricket match at the Hagley Oval.

 

Now read about the cricket DICK OFF in the nation's top newspaper.

 

23/2/2015: KIWI FENCING GETS UNDERWAY.

It is the start of the fencing season here with many clubs starting or about to start the 2015 season.

As encouragement here are some great shots from the Federation International D'Escrime, the international organisation controlling the ancient art and modern sport.

Women's epee.

 

Men's sabre.

 

Men's epee.

 

Men's foil.

 

Women's cakes.

Read more about the who, what, where and when HERE!

See the "Links" page to find a club near you!

 

22/2/2015: WE REMEMBER.

 

 

 

 

 

21/2/2015: IS THERE A WHIFF OF CORRUPTION ROUND HAGLEY OVAL AND THE CRICKET WOLRD CUP?

 

Why is the dunny at the far end separated from the others? (See the pix posted last weekend). Has someone complained about the stench? The noise of grumbling guts waiting for a take-a-way bag of chippies, or, the gambling??

 

Gambling?

The helicopter landing zone for medical dust-offs at Hagley Park with the Hagley Oval in the centre. Patients are rushed by screaming ambulance to Christchurch Hospital on the right.

 

Will those attending today's cricket match be betting on the arrival of the noisy Woka Wokas?

Will those viewing the live television broadcast be reaching for the ear muffs? (Ta Prime for last weekend's free-to-air viewing even though we could hear the Woka wokas! Didn't our leftie bowlers do well.)

There were three medical dust-offs last weekend will there be more today??

Quick, place your bets now. You cannot be accused of match-fixing or rorting and you could make a heap of dosh just like the International Cricket Council and Canterbury Cricket?

Now about the container of hot chippies ......

 

 

20/2/2015: CAPTAIN COOK IS EMBARESSED AND PISSED OFF!

See him squatting with his nickers down in the nation's top newspaper!.

 

He is hiding his face he is so embarrassed!

 

And he is pissed off cos they are going to remove/move him from in front of the former Quake City Town Hall. Perhaps it is to allow the mindless and expensive re-jigging of Victoria Square and/or the demolition (deconstruction in quake buraucrapic speak) of the town hall?

Never mind it is the fourth anniversary of February's 2011 big shake on Sunday!!

Prime Minister John Key is not coming, will Gerry and his Wastemakers stay away too??

 

 

19/2/2015: THEY HAVE BEEN DRIVING UP AND DOWN THE BEACHES FROM THE KAPATI COAST TO MANAWATU FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS....

See...

It's a road!

 

As a school boy I helped excavate some old coaching sites between Waitarere and Otaki. The beach was a main thoroughfare from the 1840's on. It was easier than trying to wend your way, with stagecoach and horses, through the bush and swamps extant in those early days.

More HERE!

 

 

17/2/2015: STUMPED IN PALMERSTON NORTH.

Christchurch residents stumped by the Christchurch City Council's tree-murdering escapades (see post of 21/1/2015) will be interested to note that the infection has spread to the wee North Island village of Palmerston North.

See....

Stumps on Broadway - that's the name of the major shopping street in the Manawatu city.

 

Read more here in the local rag, Manawatu Standard, Whose office sits alongside one of the village's best cafes - the Royale.

 

The big chop has left residents angry.

 

And George, the tuatara, and his girlfriend exposed to all, much to the disgust of Mr Dibble who sculpted em.

 

The reason for the big chop, bird shit.

 

Yep, like some New Regent Street business folks who want to get rid of the Wizard for his verbals and parking habits, the Broadway shop owners got the trees murdered to stop birds roosting and excreting.

 

 

16/2/2015: WOULD GERRY AND HIS WASTEMAKERS KNOCK DOWN THIS OLD DUNGA??

 

No, not the Old Fella sitting in the foreground!

 

Started in 1303 Linlithgo Palace, in Scotland, is still standing in spite of wars and other tribulations, read more HERE.

Even the Scots, noted penny-pinchers, recognize the cultural and historical significance of old dungas.

Will Christchurch have any heritage buildings, like the above, in 700 years?

 

 

15/2/2015: SEE, THEY ARE CRAPPING ALL OVER HAGLEY PARK!

The day after the opening match of the Cricket World Cup at the Hagley Oval - read more in the nation's top newspaper.

Dunny's lined up on Hagley Park.

 

And

They've barred the gates at Hagley Park.

 

Even the little ones.

 

But watch out!

You could be bowled over by this security guard.

 

Or

Relax and watch some Sunday cricket in Hagley Park.

 

 

 

14/2/2015: IT'S NOT CRICKET!

They want to alter Victoria Square - again. Read more from our nation's top newspaper here

 

Let's face it the central city died when they built this ziggurat across Victoria Street in the 1980s cutting off the direct route from Papanui and Merivale.

The former Parkroyal Hotel, after the quakes....

And ..

The site now, The statue of Captain Cook, centre, is up for removal as is the one of Queen Victoria.

 

The earthquakes have given Gerry and his Wastemakers a chance to revive Cathedral Square by opening up Victoria Street again, but are they doing what the residents of Quake City want?

More about Victoria Square.

Wot do YOU want?? Be quick and tell Lianne and her ladies at the Christchurch City Council or you could get squished by Gerry and his Wastemakers!

 

 

13/2/2015: IT IS FRIDAY THE 13TH!

Wot happened here, a smash'n'grab in Palmerston North??????

Was the money machine attacked or was it an attack on Pommie food?? Was anything stolen?

 

Why did this car attack?

 

It even bemused the Police and Towie, seen here exchanging notes.

 

It was a slip-of-the-foot by an elderly driver trying to park in this parking space in Palmerston North.

 

The driver was unhurt and the shop owner a tad distressed and no it did not happen today the 13th but some days ago.

 

Question: Was the driver shopping or withdrawing cash, or both?

Read more about Black Friday the 13th HERE!

 

12/2/2015: CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF!

An Air New Zealand ground crew member gets the good gos on arm-waving at Christchurch International Airport recently.

 

While....

University of Canterbury Fencing Club member, Lucian, meets top Italian fencing coach and world veteran fencing champion, Maurizio Galvan, near Venice. Maurizio is well-known to Kiwi fencers after running a training camp in Quake City before the quakes!

 

While....

And the Uni club prepares for its opening for the year - all welcome - even non-uni folks, to learn the ancient art and modern sport at the one of the nationsl oldest fencing clubs.

 

 

3/2/2015: GRAFFITI BUSTER IN ACTION AGAIN!

This time it was the former BNZ building in the former Cathedral Square in the barren former city centre of Quake City on Monday morning.

The boarded-up partially destroyed BNZ building - heard about the great escapes from the 10th floor on February 22nd 2011??

 

Yes you sharp-eyed readers, it is not Allen, from the previous posting, at work and the waterblaster was too loud to ask his name.

Good on ya mate!

 

 

2/2/2015: WHAT DO YOU DO ON A QUIET SUMMER'S SUNDAY IN QUAKE CITY?

Sleep-in? Go to the beach? Go fencing under the verandah like the two below?

Not if you are Allen.

It is graffiti busting for the Christchurch City Council Contractor seen here slaving away on Brougham Street early yesterday morning. Up at 7am and finished at 5ish day in and day out!

So next time you see him covering up the eyesores give a toot or a wave it could be your fence next.

 

31/1/2015: A GREEN LIGHT FOR THE QUAKE CITY CENTRAL CITY?!!

Not many people about!

Looking up Cashel Street towards Barbados Street across Manchester Street. Is green for go or green for down??

 

But wait there are these folks.

Now read this plaintive wail in the nation's top newspaper about more people needed in the former central city centre now a wasteland: READ ON.

 

30/1/2015: MORE QUAKERY?

By the bucketful!

You've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars upgrading your 1920's former farm house in Quake City with all the work carried out and certificated by electricians, carpenters, builders and architects etc but the Christchurch City Council's inspector won't pass it on its final inspection cos the smoke alarm is not within three metres of the bedroom and the parking lot in front of the garage is too flat.

Read the posting of 20/1/2015 about un level floors.

More Quakery??

Now if you want to read more world-wide fruitloopery try here: NEW SCIENTIST! Read their comments about the annual consumption of toilet paper on the 5th May last year.

Has the consumption of bog paper gone up in Quake City since Sarah, Seedoo, EQC the CCC and the National Party all got involved in knocking things down and trying to run the re-build and recovery??? Poor bureaucrats, damned if they do help people and damned if they don't.

 

 

 

29/1/2015: THE OLD AND THE NEW IN QUAKE CITY!

Looking across the former city centre desert to Manchester Street. On the right, by High Street, is the black prow of a newly-built office building, of the rest of the buildings you can see can you tell which ones are coming down? The building in the centre once held a newspaper/media office. Remember?

 

Talking about remembering, do you remember what stood in the big hole below?? What famouse shops and businesses?

Hint, one of em's name began with an 'H'. The Restart Mall with the tasty Humingbird coffee shop is to the right.

 

28/1/2015: WOTS GOING ON IN THE FORMER QUAKE CITY CENTRE ASKED A SPANISH READER OF THIS SITE ...

Coming down or going up:

A giant chocolate fish to the first reader to name this building.

 

See quake action HERE! It might help you win the cfish.

 

A wee save:

Kensington House in the foreground - read more here.

 

And freedom campers?

Or is it just another untidy building in Quake City.

 

Read about FREEDOM CAMPING in Quake City.

 

26/1/2015: They have a new website, have a look HERE!

If you still see the old one, refresh the page in your browser and the new old should magically appear.

 

 

23/1/2015: TREE BUTCHERY!!

Some locals are accusing the Christchurch City Council and its minions of tree butchery.

 

A big gap in the trees gracing Cranmer Square in the centre of Quake City.

 

This is human damage not quake!

 

Yet the butchers hide under some of those beautiful old trees, they have not yet butchered, from the sun.

 

Is this poor bugger, captured by "M" recently, between Shannon and Levin looking for a shady tree?

 

The swanky Levin clock tower reads a blistering 31Deg!

 

Wots he doing on a long, hot summer's day??

 

Quack!!

 

 

22/1/2015: HERE IT COMES!

The parking and traffic melee on Riccarton Avenue by the Hagley Oval, aka Germon's Wall.

Read about the Christchurch City Council's parking or dropping-off fines levied agin poor cricket followers hERE in the nation's top newspaper!

 

"This is a busy road with high demand for both traffic volume and parking needs given its location to the Hospital and Hagley Park and the current traffic flow changes in the immediate area." Oh yeah???

Took this pic on Riccarton Road just before the start of the Boxing Day cricket match and what does it show ...... orange road cones! Now imagine the revenue that would be generated if the council fined them or rented out the hundreds of car parks they are protecting.

QUACK!

 

 

 

21/1/2015: JUMP TO IT!

Dare to try it at a club near you.

 

 

 

20/1/2015: QUAKERY OR QUACKERY??

An elderly resident of one the more plusher suburbs of Quake City is getting ready to pack up and move out for repairs to his house damaged by the September 2010 Quake and its 13,000 plus followers.

More than a dozen visits from EQC, his insurance company and other, so-called, experts to his home built a few years before the big shake, has left him shaking his head and wondering if there had been any communication at all between the, so-called, experts.

The 70-page Scope Report he received distilling the research, investigations and decisions of the, so-called, experts included the plans of a nearby house instead of his! It also said he had timber flooring, not the carpet and vinyl covered concrete pad that it did have. Yes, some of the vinyl did look like wooden floor boards, but to say the floor was timber is just plain quackery!!!

 

Quack!

In a similar vein did you know that the floors of many industrial buildings in Quake City had floors sloping towards the buildings' big opening doors? I didn't and nor did most of the, so-called, experts so many building owners spent thousands of dollars, and weeks of their time, to prove it, otherwise their floors could be deemed quake damaged and slated for repair or demolition.

The sloping floors were designed and built that way to help remove any noxious gases, chemicals or other nasties that could prove dangerous if spilt or released during manufacturing or other use.

Quack!

 

 

 

19/1/3015: DEEDS NOT WORDS.

This says it all.

 

The repair and refurbishment of the former Work and Income New Zealand building on Cilombo Street in Sydenham is underway with an opening planned for this December.

 

As most people see it from Colombo Street.

 

 

And a view of the former Winz building, from behind!

 

It is said the outside of the building will be clad in glass, just like the Becca building up the street. So get out your sunglasses!

 

Are these the oldest buildings in the sunny inner-city suburb of Sydenham to survive the quakes???

 

 

17/1/2015: QUICK! THE WALTHAM POOL OPENS AT 11AM.

Yep, that's this morning so Sydenham and Waltham residents can cool off on this, about to be, stinking hot Saturday.

Jeremy has prepared some seating for you to come and watch the opening's big splash.

 

Bugger, someone has beaten you to it! Splashing that is .....

 

 

 

15/1/2915: FUEL PRICES PLUNGE!!

 

Today's prices in Palmerston North. Pic by 'M'.

 

Compare them with YESTERDAY'S PRICES!!!!

 

 

13/1/2015: WILL IT OR WON'T IT - OPEN???

Squished nearly five years ago, the wee pool in the relaxed suburb of Waltham was due to open this summer. In fact the nation's top newspaper said it was to open LAST WEEK However that was not to be - next week they say.

The pool three months ago .....

 

Yesterday.

 

A vast difference you see all because of these .....

 

Dozens of chariots of slaves (Contractors) and overseers (City Care).

 

The question is dear reader, will it open ON???

 

 

12/1/2015: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY ....

When its port cannot provide for all the ships wanting to visit and has to move INLAND.

Waiting for a berth?? Don't even ask about room for the tourist liners.

Unlike the Christchurch airport the sea port has no urgency in dealing with the tourists wanting to goggle at the quake-riven city.

 

 

9/1/2015: CROSSED SWORDS!!

Two Kiwi fencers marry ....

James and Katherine got married in Ohoka yesterday.

(Sorry about the out-of-focus pix of the crossed sabres, it was a bit dark at the reception.)

 

James and KJ leave the 150-year-old former Methodist church at Ohoka, in north Canterbury, where the ceremony took place.

 

A question for those of you who know James Russell and Katherine Taylor from their fencing days - who will hold the reins????

 

As you can see, KJ galloped to the ceremony in a horse and carriage then the pair trotted off together afterwards.

 

6/1/2015: PUT TO THE SWORD!

 

A poor water-filled milk container.

 

 

Two fencers at the Cape Town World Champs hold the interest of spectators.

 

 

3/1/2015: IN PALMERSTON NORTH THEY CELEBRATE DIFFERENTLY THAN MOST KIWIS.

They dress up in funny clothes. .. ... .... .... .... .... . . ... . . ... . . ... ............................... . . . . . .. Pic by 'M'.

As you can see GEORGE , the tuatara, and his Dragon got dressed-up for Christmas! George is Palmy's most well-known reason for visiting the tiny village on the Manawatu plains noted for its weather and as the home of a former agricultural college now called a university.

 

However don't ask the locals the way to George - they only know him as the Tuatara and not by his name. It is also said that the wee village, also known as Manawatu City, has more cafes per head of population than anywhere else in New Zealand!!

 

 

1/1/2015: HERE'S SOME SABRE ACTION TO WELCOME YOU TO 2015!

A sabre dance.

 

A sabre drop.

 

And a sabre jump.

 

And you can learn the ancient art and modern sport here .....