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There is a brilliant definition of news, though I apologise in advance to forgetting whom to attribute it to. "News is something, that someone, somewhere, doesn't want known. Everything else is advertising." We could say the same for gossip, witness the rise of the gossip magazines and televised infortainment.

Whatever definition you give it news/gossip/information is widely sought and avidly devoured. Its dissemination is one of the pillars of democracy for those who hoard information, for whatever mistaken idea, should be rejected by all fencers who believe a bout is a free and frank conversation between two equals - a conversation of the blades!

So this site encourages the spreading of information/news/gossip as long as it can pass the basic tests for slander - truth or reasonable personal belief!

Since the Great Catastrophe of February 22, 2011, this site has also been recording the trials and tribulations of the citizens of Christchurch in the rebuilding of their earthquake flattened city.

(If you have something to say about anything to do with fencing, earthquakes or what is posted on this site then this is the place to say it.

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Archived Gossip and Photos:

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2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007


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 the 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 94-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!

SEE THE ARCHIVES FOR STORIES AND PIX PUBLISHED PRIOR TO THIS!)

About the copyright - contact me if you would like to use one - photographs on this website.GOSSIP PAGE: The Front Page of The Press, Christchurch and the South Island's largest newspaper, goes to bed in the good old days of hot metal type; Montage at the bottom of this page, Australian foilist Franki Bartolilo; Three-times world veteran foil champion Maurizio Galvan fronts up for New Zealand television; Epee action from Challenge Australia; More epee action from the 02 Commonwealth Fencing Championships; A famous French fencer captured in Seoul; Attendees at a training camp in Christchurch run by Maitre Galvan in 2007.

ABOUT ME PAGE: Two top epee coaches at the Giardino Club in Milan. Oleg Putzanov, left, and Gianni Muzio, right. Montage; Kiwi fencer, Andrew Kell, demonstrates the new sabre mask - 2004 A Space Oddity - in Madrid; Top Kiwi womens' sabreur Katherine Taylor; Australian Olympian, Bill Ronald, relaxes on Lygon Street, Melbourne; Hot Man - an interesting portrait from the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Shah Alam; Christchurch fencing physiotherapist Scott Suen bounds in for a hit against a luckless Australian fencer; Kiwi sabreur, Robert Snoep watches the action at the CFC in Shah Alam; A polite discussion takes place among University fencers at the Uni Games circa 1969. Last but not least, a tidy black Morris Minor photographed in Melbourne. A famous Italian Fencing Master and three-times world vets foil champion used my Morris Minor van for his afternoon siestas while running a training camp in Christchurch in 2007. The fact that he went on to win his third title on the trot is no indication of the efficacy, or otherwise, of sleeping in the back of a Morris Minor van named Corrie the Morrie!

LEARN TO FENCE PAGE: Youngsters, barely taller than the epees they wield, duel it out in the fencing club at Toledo, Spain; Hitting actions - from beginner to Olympic champion - some example of how to hit your opponent; Kiwi epeeist Natalie Fraser fights into fifth place at a national womens epee competition in Vallalodid, Spain. What every competititve fencer needs - an FIE international fencing license - this one from 1973. A promising young sabreur is given a lesson by one of Spain's top coaches, Luis Jiminez, at the Royal Spanish Fencing Federation's national training centre in Madrid. Aussie coach Mathieu at work; A fencing tournament underway in Adelaide, South Australia.

BOOKS TO READ PAGE: Olympic epee champion Marcel Fischer (Switzerland), Rangi de Abaffy and Willie Upritchard (New Zealand) pose against the ivy after a training session in my backyard in Christchurch. The Montage: Aussie Fencer Sarah Osvath recovers from a tumble; The teams line-up at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Malaysia; Top Kiwi women fencers Jess and Les fight it out at the New Zealand National Fencing Championships; Remember when? Kiwi sabreur Keith Mann shows how to fleche during a sabre bout in the 60's! Mann, twice President of New Zealand Fencing and who still competes in local tournaments, received an award for his services to the sport in 2007. Bottom, Hamish McCracken limbers up while some tired Spaniards watch Challenge Australia action and Waimaria and Karita think about what book to read!

FENCING BUSINESSES PAGE : Top. A New Brighton resident enjoys the nation's top newspaper (The Press) in a local cafe; University Students march through Cathedral Square as part of Capping Day celebrations in the 1960's; A view of the Tagus River near Toledo in Spain; Another shot of University of Canterbury students celebrating Capping Day with a float highlighting Government funding cuts to universities; Chris, the head Reader at The Press, scans reporters copy for mistakes before it is sent for setting in the days before computerisation of the newspaper. Bottom: A Kiwi fencer begs for mercy after being disarmed; Top epeeist and coach David Eccleston at a training camp in Wellington; The last page for the next day's paper is sent to the platers; Ioan Pop, The FIE's Technical Director, captured at the World Champs in Seoul; A photographer from the Otago Daily Times captures the action at the 2006 nationals.

LINKS PAGE: Corps a corps or head to head - you decide. The power of acting - Christchurch actor and fencer, Simon Young, attracts the attention of a young admirer during a production in the Botanic Gardens. You need a good sense of balance for inline skating as Christchurch sabreur William Cowper found out. They might look like two grumpy old men, but three-times world foil champion Maurizio Galvan and local coach Rob Sheard were focusing on the actions of fencers at a training camp at the Fencing Institute. Kiwi fencers love beating up their big brothers in Australia and this shot shows Christchurch epeeist Hassan Kamel with the medal he won in Sydney; Gruff young Kiwi fencers ham it up at the Fencing Institute in Christchurch. Action in the mens epee at the 2007 New Zealand Nationals in Wellington where 14-year-old sabreur Alex Chan stole a seven-hit lead on former National champion Chris Nokes. Nokes came back to win 14-7 proving that a good Old Un can beat an uppity Young Un. Aussie and Kiwi coaches who took part in a training camp taken by Ioan Pop, the FIE's Technical Director. Action in the womens epee event at the World Champs in Seoul. Two members of the University of Canterbury Fencing Club fight off in the Duel at Dawn which marks the end of the fencing season. The duel is held at different venues each year, in this case it was the Christchurch Botanic Gardens!

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