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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 column encourages the spreading of information/news/gossip as long as it can pass the basic tests for slander - truth or reasonable personal belief!
If you have something to say about anything to do with fencing, earthquakes (since the Great Catastrophe of February 22, 2011, this page has been recording the trials and tribulations of the citizens of Christchurch in the rebuilding of their city.) or what is posted on this site then this is the place to say it.
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Like Letters to the Editor, submissions should be concise, pertinent and may be subject to editing.
7/2/2014: WHAT IS THIS HUMONGOUSLY TALL FENCE HIDING ON WALTHAM ROAD?
If you or I built a fence this high round our properties we'd have the City Council breathing down our necks, but Canterbury Cricket, gangs and the knock-it-downs seem to be able to build em as high as they want. What is it hiding??
Does it hide these golden sunflowers?
A partially deconstructed house??
Or its remains??
Come and look, it is on the right after the Waltham Primary School, Christchurch's top primary school, and before the Waltham Park. Wonder how long afore it gets tagged? Watch this space.
5/2/2014: BREAKING NEWS!
In 2012 this site broke the news of high-rise graffiti/tagging in central Christchurch. Recently our main-stream media, including the nation's top newspaper, have been breathlessly ranting about it. Why the delay? They are well behind the eight ball, so to speak, for the latest crapola is UNDERGROUND!
Now can our main-stream media find the under-ground crapola in the central city?? Any bets? Giant chocolate fish accepted.
4/2/2014: WHO REMEMBERS GARDENING IN THE RED ZONE?
In the immediate aftermath of the earthquakes City Care kept caring for our central city even though it was fenced-off and nobody allowed access, but not this site where so many died.
Who remembers this?
Or this - as it was last week.
Now see and read wot our Bureaucrats have done three years after in ... THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER.
Things move slow in Quake City, but we shall remember them.
(Now for something completely different, some things do move fast in Quake City - washing machines. The one in the posting below was gone by the next morning!! The couch and barbeque are still there!)
2/2/2014: ON BROUGHAM STREET THIS MORNING.
You could be forgiven for thinking that this big truck is delivering/rescuing a washing machine.
Sadly you would be wrong. Like this car, it was scooting past a washing machine dumped in the middle of the busy road by fuckwits.
Another hassle for our pressured Christchurch City Council staff to deal with - good on em - Down with the dumb dumpers!!!!!!!
Now I also know where a lovely couch and gas barbecue has been dumped if you'd like em??
1/2/2014: PURPLE HAZE ...... OR JUST PLAIN STUPID????
If you had conjoined twins each slightly injured in February’s Big Quake, but still joined together, would you bring in experts and expensive machinery to heal/repair them and only heal or fix one??
Of course not.
But wait, if you were AMI insurance and their fix-it-uppers Southern Response you would.
And they have.
These two wee garages have been best mates for yonks, ever since their birth together years ago. Like the wee units their owners live in they have existed together cheek-by-jowl since birth and happily sharing the same driveway and insurance company.
So why would you repair one cracked driveway and not the one right next to it??
And a cash settlement is being proffered.
31/1/2014: WOT'S THIS?
It has a handle, makes whirring and clicking noises and stamps its feet!
It was once used by our Former Railway Worker, now retired, and his mates at New Zealand Railways. It still works!
As usual, the first correct answer garners a giant chocolate fish and TWO sugar snakes ......
30/1/2014: PALMERSTON NORTH!
Despite the Auckland-centric media and geographically illiterate journalists/fronts-people and weather-folks who think the wee Manawatu town lives in the South Island, just north of Dunedin, it has its humorous side.
They use their HiVis fences and horrible orange road cones to protect .... a broken tv! Pix by "M".
In Christchurch/Swamp City also known as Quake City (13,000 and counting) the cones are used for more mundane activities - pissing-off the local drivers!!
28/1/2014: CAN WE BELIEVE ANYTHING THE CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL SAYS??
"The Corgis are planned, if all goes well, to return just before Christmas. It is likely they will return to their original position on High Street", said the Christchurch City Council in October last year..
The Pembroke Corgi sculptures were a permanent display on High Street in front of Alice’s Videoland before the earthquakes.
The life-sized dogs are made of bronze and cost the City $24,000 to help celebrate the Queen’s 50th Jubilee. There are no others like them anywhere in the world.
Anyone seen any stray corgis?
27/1/2014: WHERE ARE THEY NOW??
The where are they now rant a couple of weeks ago shows there is always someone that knows. Only three of the 12 fencers named have not been tracked down - Evan Swale, Richard Hamill and John Upfold so keep hunting.
Thanks to all who responded.
Here is another pic for you to identify - who, what, where and when?
One from the days when Fenz sent large groups of fencers away, after qualifying of course. Have made this pix nice and big so's you can see them better!
Talking of identity, six years ago (28/8/2009) I published an old black-and-white pic from 1970 of a lonely cross on the side of the main road just north of Palmerston honouring a First World War soldier and asking if anyone knew anything about him. A few hours ago I received an e-mail from the soldier's great-nephew!!
23/1/2914:FERRARI, FORD OR A MORRIS MINOR?
"... we are assisting to put in place more comprehensive, end-to-end dispute resolution vehicles."
More gibberish and management spin from the poor buggers at SOUTHERN RESPONSE who are having to deal with Christchurch home-owners once insured with AMI.
Forlorn and forgotten - the former Lancaster Park renamed AMI Stadium.
I'll take the Morris Minor thank you!
They say the steel they were built from came from captured German battleships!? Plus the van has more room in the back for gibberish.
22/1/2014: RUN FOR COVER!
A famous thugby player runs for safety in Palmerston North during Monday's big quake near EKETAHUNA . Pix by 'M'.
The 6.2 magnitude grumble shook up much of the south of the North Island on Monday, unless you read the top freeby paper in Christchurch (The Star) which tells you it happened on Tuesday, and many in Swamp City waited for the worst that, thankfully, never came.
Many in the north are gleeful that they are now part of the 'Quakers' those that have survived a big un! Apparently Manawatu City now has a genuine rumpled road (like the roads in Swamp City) out in Milson which was happily inspected by locals.
Let them be thankful it was a public holiday and they were not sitting here ........
The show must go on.
The thugby museum was not damaged and the fences were to keep the interlopers out coz they are revamping the Globe Theatre (on the right) to include ".. a new café bar which will encourage and support the creative and cultural heart of the City". Sounds a bit like the spin produced here in Swamp City.
He has done it again!
As usual our Former Railway Worker, now retired, is an endless fount of knowledge.
I am much nicer than the scrawls on the walls.
Llew Summers, the fellow who did the SCULPTURE above, is also a carpenter and a jolly good one according to our Former Railway Worker, now retired.
"He lived in Tancred Street, in Linwood, and worked on my house in England Street many years ago when he was a struggling artist."
Now there!! More about Llew.
19/1/2014: LITTLE TIN BOXES!!
In the three years since the Great Disaster that struck Swamp City the majority of moans have been about the performance, or lack of it, of the Insurance Companies, the Earthquake Commission (EQC) the Christchurch City Council, Sayrah, Seedo and the likes of Skirt, even the poor old road cones have been victimized, but nobody has hurruumphed much about the plethora of LITTLE TIN BOXES. They are everywhere
Stacked up in Waltham - look, there is even one on the right galloping over the Waltham road bridge! The buggers are everywhere.
Even the Wasteland in the, former, city centre is not free ....
They comfort one the few remaining real buildings!
They became homes to businesses flattened by the earthquakes - this one in Sydenham, one of the first, Oh, it is still there!
They even turned up at thousands of damaged houses, this one on Fitzgerald Avenue, so folks could keep their possessions dry and safe.
18/1/2014: SOME FENCING ACTION FOR YOU!
See, if I jump in the air you miss the valid sabre target, which is above the waist, and then you hit me in the crotch - OOOUCH!
See, if I withdraw my foil (sword) so you cannot parry, you don't have a defence, and I kick you in the crotch. OOUCH!
More great FENCING shots here!
Remember, fencing is an exciting, action-packed individual fight between two duelists, and the ever-popular sport has been in the Olympics since the start of the modern version. Have a look in the LEARN TO FENCE header, at the top of the page, if YOU would like to learn more.
Nobody commented on my back-handed rant yesterday about the feminisation of Media Manipulation and the Fourth Estate - 'do they have the balls to carry it off?'?? Not a grumble or tweet.
Even readers of the nation's top newspaper are worried about the rise of the Media Manipulators and SPIN DOCTORS. Male or female.
Might as well start praying at the Cardboard Cathedral in the Wasteland for the death of hands-on LEADERSHIP in Swamp City??
16/1/2014: BIG BALLS??
A Llew Summers' work on Colombo Street in Sydenham. Pix by 'M'.
That was the concensus at coffee this morning on the positive rants via radio, TV and print, that the Christchurch rebuild is beginning to "hit its straps." The term 'bullshit' in various languages echoed round the leafy suburb of St Martins as numerous examples of nothing being done after three years were given.
It seems that the Spin Meisters at CCC, Sayrah and the Fourth Estate have decided that 2014 is going to be different!
Do they have the balls to carry it off???
Or have the city's ratepayers heard it all before?
15/1/2014: ALL WRAPPED UP AND GOING TO OBLIVION!
Compare this pix with some in the link below!
The old Millers department store and former civic offices on Tuam Street in the Quake City Wasteland. READ MORE HERE!
Wonder wots in here?
Bye, bye Christchurch, will you miss me??
14/1/2014: LIES, DAMNED LIES, STATISTICS ......
...... And now the Census ....
Have you read about the poor fellow castigated by a Christchurch Judge for not filling out his Census form?
Can you blame him? The fellow who didn’t fill the census form, not the judge, when those who set the form do not consider those who smoke cigarillos, cigars or pipes as smokers??? Wonder how that skews the results? And invalidates the statistics used by anti-smokers showing how THEIR anti-smoking programmes are successful?
Next time you have a medical check or apply for health insurance and they ask you if you smoke or not; say no, I only smoke a pipe, cigar or cigarillos – bet they tick the smoking box! I know the nurse at my recent annual medical check did!
There is THE OLD SAYING ; “There are lies, damned lies and statistics
Now we can add the Census!?!!
And for something completely different - Can NZPost handle this package??
All wrapped-up and going ........... come back termorra to find out,
13/1/2014: Further to yesterday's rant - WHERE ARE THEY NOW!
Al Sharfe is hunkered-down in Auckland. Gavin McLean is lawyering in London as, it seems, is Fraser Stephen-Smith - slaving in London that is.
Thanks for that Mr Ben - can anyone else tell us where they are now? Still five, Haywood, Hamill, Swale, Upfold and Bowles to go!
12/1/2014: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
The University of Canterbury Fencing Club's current fencing trophy with a tarnished NZ Universities one from the past.
Fencers are a mobile bunch in more ways than one and university fencers more so. Here’s snapshot from thirty-odd years ago, any idea where they are?
THE HAYWOOD CUP
FOR NEW ZEALAND UNIVERSITIES
INDIVIDUAL MENS FOIL.
1981 Tore Haywood.
1982 Evan Swale
1983 Richard Hamill
1984 John Upfold
1985 Not held
1986 Gavin McLean
1987 Gavin McLean
1988 Alistair Sharfe
1989 Paul Wilson
1990 Steven Peterson
1991 Richard Bowles
1992 Andrew Kell
1993 Fraser Stephen-Smith
(There-after not held or not recorded!?)
Andrew Kell is in Auckland, Paul Wilson in Christchurch Steven Peterson is camped in the Capital City any ideas ‘bout the rest??
10/1/2014: LOOK AT THIS .....
Pot holes full of water.
Before you start whining, "he's at it again moaning about the roads in Swamp City," the pix was taken by 'M' in Palmerston North on Sunday.
Yes, that North Island village that has more cafes and take-aways per head than any other and that muddy place that TV3 and Prime TV call Palmerston N or just plain Palmerston much to the disgust of the georaphically literate.
'M' had spent a week cycling round our quake-riven roads and wanted to show solidarity with stressed-out Quake City residents!
So there! We Swamp City folks should be thankful we are not living there.
9/1/2014: THINGS ARE MOVING ALONG IN SWAMP CITY ....
COMING DOWN ....
Still a hundred or so buildings in the central wasteland. Armagh Street and the Centennial swimming pool are on the right.
A cell-phone tower in Redcliffs next to the RED HOUSE one of the few old buildings left in Quake City. Though soon to be joined by a former central-city Wasteland survivor .....
A part of Quake City's history in Phillipstown.
The (brass) band became a symbol of civic pride, and even private bands like Jupp's, Grey's, Jenkin's, and DERRY'S – once almost household names – show the general enthusiasm for such music. As R. J. Estall, M.B.E., one of New Zealand's outstanding authorities on brass bands once said, “The Brass Band is the working man's Symphony Orchestra”.
8/1/2014: AND A GOOD NEW YEAR TOO!
A dressed-up road cone in the Christchurch Wasteland.
Oh, no giant chocolate fish has been claimed - yet!
27/12/2013: MORE ABOUT FENCING.
What do Tore Haywood, Evan Swale and Paul Wilson have in common???
First correct answer wins a giant chocolate fish.
If you don't know come back soon and find out!
26/12/2013: AND I HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD CHRISTMAS TOO??
A couple of recent e-mails, via En guard above, have commented on the lack of fencing news and pictures. Sadly the only blade that flashes during the hols is that of the carving knife!!!
Now here's a few pix to entertain you ......
A cossack dance for you .....
A budding fencer - a left-hander???
A backyard conversion. Two Mormons join our tribe. What's the name of the Olympic and World champion who once fence here too?
And here are Negrini's best wishes to you .....
24/12/2013: THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR THE REAL KIWI MALE!!
Our Former Railway Worker, now retired, is a fascinating fellow, if a bit grumpy at times. A fountain of effervescent stories when in a good mood, he is also a custodian of historic Kiwi Icons such as this ……
As one website says: “Klipper was founded in 1931 by the Klippel family until sold in 1976 to John Webster then in 1987 to Bendon and then to Ceramco in 1989 has been recognized as a leader in the apparel industry in both New Zealand and Australia over the years. The products are synonymous with quality, style and value and the name is well recognized by consumers in both countries.”
WOT'S IN IT??
A tie, a handkerchief and a packet of cigars! Missing is the alcoholic haze, but the newly established Bush Bars should take care of that.
Happy Christmas all ........
23/12/2013: BREATHLESS SPIN!
The media has been breathless in promoting some-one's idea of revitalising the central city Wasteland - by painting it!
Here's the Sydenham spin on Street Art - the roof of the former Work and Income building on Colombo Street! Any idea what "d i p c" means???
Graffiti, street art or call it what you will never take the place of real houses or businesses. Barry Hancox, whose former business, Smith's Bookshop, was in Manchester Street, says: "After a while I realised there was no point being loyal to the old CBD, because it wasn't coming back."
That begs the question, what IS coming back to the Wasteland???
Surely it will need to be more than a coat of paint.
22/12/2013: NEW BOOZE LAWS SIDE-STEPPED!!!
An example of a new Bush Bar - one of three on Brougham Street.
Kiwis are quick to change when it involves their consumption of alcohol. Witness the nation-wide avoidance of the former six-o'clock closing law, the changing the drinking age and now the imposition of more restrictions on alcohol-fueled idiocy.
Even that student ramble of the pubs in the central city, quaffing a pint at each until you fell over, is gone, but that's because the Earthquakes flattened the pubs, now it has moved to Riccarton.
Any way, the new restrictions have seen the development of Bush Bars on many of Swamp City's main thoroughfares, where hardened booze-fueled idiots, can circumvent the new liquor laws. My question is, how do they power the beer fridge??? and, have you seen the example on Manchester Street??
Both Prime and TV3 are now being more respectful of the tiny, long-established South Island town of Palmerston by giving the North Island upstart its full title - Palmerston North!!!
This should allay the fears of some that the New Zealand Media has become a Jaffa-controlled monopoly.
20/12/2013: With the former Central City Business District, now The Wasteland, dying even before the earthquakes the latest rants about prospective high rents and the lack of customers for the daring few businesses that have opened in the Wasteland, one wonders what planet some folks are on.
People in Swamp City are sick of four things; earthquakes, bureaucrats, rumpled roads and moaners.
The first three are sort of expected after a catastrophic event such as those that demolished much of Christchurch. Among the moaners you can forgive those suffering from EQC, Sayrah, CCC and insurance woes brought on by the Great Event – the rest of the MOANERS?? only have themselves to blame – just get on with life!!!
Here are a couple of wee sole businessmen who have set up in Sydenham/Waltham and who have moved on, so to speak … Garry, the shop-keeper, lost his dairy in New Brighton owing to the quakes and, Jeff, the barber, from Riccarton, had his shop flattened cos it was unsafe. Both are surviving as are the long-established Drycleaner so come and deal with some positive survivors!!!
Pssst, wanna buy a new house in Rolleston?? The new housing developments round Swamp City are not all they are cracked up to be – one former Opawa home-owner who bought in Rolleston after his river-side home was badly damaged has moved back to the leafy suburb – no soul was his verdict, bit like a prison!
19/12/2013: OOPS. PICKING ON THE MEDIA HAS UN-EARTHED A GOLD MINE OF EXAMPLES OF IDIOCY AND THE GLORIOUS LAUGHTER THEY ENGENDER.
We all have funny habits and problems to iron out - here's a petrol powered one!
Yep, the wee rant about Prime and TV3 and their treatment of the tiny Mainland town of Palmerston has unveiled an underground following of media fuck-ups and incompetence, both written, verbal and video.
TV3 has now included an "N" in the naming of Palmerston North on their weather map. Presumably it stands for the word North?? Though why they do not use the usual abbreviation of 'Nth' heaven knows? Perhaps it makes the tag too long or they are just illiterate?
It wasn't just the geographical incompetence that makes folks sit up and watch, it is the hand waving by journalists and fronts-people on the telly that brings on the laughter.
Watch reporter so-and-so (name with-held for safety reasons) on TV1, I was informed, she makes the demented sign-language fellow at Nelson Mandela's funeral gathering look good. I did, it was hilarious with even the camera-man trying to crop his view to keep the waving hand out of shot. The question is dear reader was it deliberate or unconscious humour?? Either way it was hilarious!
18/12/2013: Horse hair in the plaster??
Yep, it was once a common use for the equine product up until the 1930’s giving a bit of strength to the LATH AND PLASTER used to finish walls and ceilings in many Kiwi homes.
This example of the horsey by-product comes from a house, built in the 1920’s, in the leafy suburb of Opawa, now being repaired three years after it was damaged in the Earthquakes.
They say the lath is kauri!?
17/12/2013: Interesting feedback to yesterday's post:
Cafe talk was scathing about the shoddy level of journalism/reporting by Kiwi media. Examples ranged from the hilarious efforts of radio folks to pronounce Quake City street-names and Mainland towns, such as Ensors Road and Oamaru, to the geographical incompetence of TV3 and the increasing lack of hard news stories in the print media - women's magazines - was one description of some well-known newspapers.
ROAD CONES ON THE MOVE??A road cone.
The gossip is that Sayrah, Skirt and others will be removing the thousands of road cones inhabiting the former city centre for the holidays. This is to allow holiday-makers and other disaster tourists free and unfettered access to the wasteland within the four avenues.
Some of them might even take a tour round the ravaged Oxford Terrace along the Avon River loop in the wasteland.
A Big Red, grumbles it's way along Oxford Terrace with a load of disaster gawpers.
Past views of rippled roads, drunken buildings and ...
Abandoned river-side houses.
Plus pissed-off home owners.
16/12/2013: IT IS BACK TO SCHOOL, OR THE TOILET, FOR A COUPLE OF TELEVSION BROADCASTERS??
Visit the bog to wipe away their geographical incontinence?
Have you watched the TV3 or Prime weather forecasts recently? They have moved the tiny town of PALMERSTON from the South Island to the North Island.
Whether the blunder is deliberate or just incompetence or ignorance who knows, lets face it the standards of journalism have deteriorated since the rise of the “schools” of journalism at universities and others, but even allowing for the departure of that basic skill of checking your facts, the TV3 and Prime weather maps make it clear, Palmerston, which is just north of Dunedin, has been relocated as PALMERSTON, north of Wellington.
Those living in the wee Mainland town could feel aggrieved, after all they were the first town in New Zealand to take the name, hence the addition of North for the latecomer, to differentiate it from the original in Otago, but ever since the uppity new-comer has tried to steal the name. Now the Auckland-centric media have shat themselves.
Perhaps the local move to re-name the North Island town Manawatu City could solve TV3 and Prime’s crappy problem??
And thanks for the "media-focused" pix Lucy!
IT'S A DOGS LIFE FOR A CHRISTCHURCH COUPLE.
Better than a car?
Back on the road again. The couple camped in this tent for the last week are moving - back to living in their car - today.
It has been a dogs life for the pair the last nine weeks. First was the end of their tenancy then a fruitless search for a new home for themselves and their three dogs. No luck. Now they are going back to living in their car.
No housing shortage in Quake torn Christchurch??????????
The fact they even considered living in this munted Red Zoned garage shows how desperate they are.
If you have a house or garage to rent I have their phone number!!!! Yes, they have been approached by Housing Corp and the Christchurch City Council - their policy is NO DOGS!!!
15/12/2013: They say there are more road cones in Swamp City than humans.
A cheerful decorated road cone.
They say that there are many people making heaps of dosh moving them around the quake riven city.
They say that the cones are about to take over the un-elected and elected bureaucracy trying to re-build our quake damaged city.
They say that the cones are going to process building consents to speed up the hesitant rebuild.
They say that Jerry and his Waste-Makers plan to give everyone remaining in Quake City a decorated cone for Christmas to alleviate the housing shortage.
Yep the tent has gone, read why in the nation's TOP NEWSPAPER.
BUT THESE HAVE JUST ARRIVED!
Two more tents!!
All mod cons.
Their lease expired and they have spent nine-weeks looking for another rental, trouble is they have three dogs.
They've found a house in the Waltham area!
10/12/2013: PEOPLE DIED HERE MR BROWNLEE!
Gerry and his Wastemakers are at odds with many of Swamp City's earthquake survivors. Not content with bowling the "old dungas" in the former city centre, now a wasteland, he does not seem keen on a TEMPORARY MEMORIAL , at the above site of the former CTV building, where so many died.
In Sydenham they do it different - a tree in a tub marks the spot where inveterate cafe-goer Maureen Fletcher died in February's quake.
Here's Maureen after reading the nation's top newspaper at her favourite cafe in New Brighton in 2007.
If it can be done in Sydenham why cannot it be done in the Wasteland Mr Brownlee?
They will be remembered well after you and the rest of us, have gone.
9/12/2013: FREE TO A GOOD TENANT!
Park views, includes playground and swimming pool (when the Christchurch City Council fix it) plus toilet amenities and basketball court. Supermarket and shops nearby, schools too.
Quick, read the nation’s top newspaper to find out all about this gem - St Martins Park!. Yes, Scotty, it is a deliberate mistake. Can YOU work out why I called it that instead of Waltham Park?
8/12/2013: Mainland fencers took the honours in epee while North Island fencers scooped the foil at the NEW ZEALAND YOUTH GAMES in Hamilton yesterday.
Held every four years in Hamilton, the New Zealand Youth Games consists of New Zealand's finest young athletes representing various sports whilst competing in an Olympic type environment in the spirit of the Olympic Games
EPEE: 1 Lucian Nightingale, Burnside High School. 2 Sheldon Ogilvie, Cashmere High School. 3= Jonathan Gerry, Sabre Club, and Gavin Thomas, Upper Hutt College. 5 Tainee Macnee, Upper Hutt College. 6 Ross Shepherd, Cashmere High School. 7 Ben Clarkson TS. 8 Nick Stevens Upper Hutt College.
FOIL: 1 Alice Boyd, Auckland Swords Club. 2 Nicola Buisman, Epsom Girls Grammar School. 3= Daniela Ravera, Samuel Marsden School for Girls and Natalie Dunn, North Harbour Fencing Club. 5 Darya Kharitonova, Auckland Swords Club. 6 Amy Wilson, Upper Hutt College. 7 Christine Chen, Epsom Girls Grammar School. 8 Samantha Fowler, Diocesan School for Girls. 9 Anriena Zen, Kristin School. 10 Jessica Gracie, Epsom Girls Grammar School. 11 Sally Zhang, Kristin School.
5/12/3013: On target. A fleche (flying arrow) attack that hit its target unlike an American movie that belittled the daring doings of Kiwi Diplomats.
Former Fencer Chris Beeby is Recognised as a Iranian Hostage Hero.
Yep, don’t take my word for it see TV3 Family Secret.
It took an American movie maker’s erroneous view of the 1979 Iranian Hostage affair, that involved former foilist and Kiwi diplomat Chris Beeby, who once fenced for Victoria University, to reveal the full story.
Fighting foes: Keith Mann, left, of Christchurch, and Richard Petersen, of Wellington, can attest to the fencing skills of the former diplomat Chris Beeby - they faced him in combats on the piste!
2013/12/4: HOW DO YOU WRITE THE DATE??
Americans use the month, day then year, when recording dates. We Kiwis and Poms use the day, month and year. Hence the terms “9/11” (month followed by day in Americanese - most would remember the year, 2001!) and “remember, remember the 5th of November” our style!
But now the Christchurch-based internet provider, Snap, is using the year, month then day – like this, 2013-12-3, on their accounts.
“This is just the way our system has been set up.” They say. “Our dates are this way throughout our whole system.”
A backwards move?
Pans instead of Snap??
Now for some more quackery, but this time for real. Families of ducks are taking advantage of earthquake repairs to the roads, sewers and drains around the picturesque Heathcote River.
Unlike most of the denizens of Quake City they appreciate the part-finished works at the end of Claxton Place, off Riverlaw Terrace, for it provides a sunny, warm and dry beach.
3/12/2013: SPY CATCHING IN SYDENHAM.
Seconds after snapping this pic in Sydenham I was chased up Buchan Street by a breathless man demanding to know what I was doing.
I was on my way to the Sydenham Bakery and thence to Ian’s outdoor café on Colombo Street for lunch and had caught sight of a grey Merivale Tractor bumbling up a wee side street to park. A quick squizz and the above image reminded me of one taken a year ot so earlier, in the fenced-off Red Zone, of carpetbaggers – see posting 3/4/2012.
Ian's place - he does like leggo.
The running man’s concern seemed a bit over-the-top, for it is the first time something like that has happened since I started taking pictures in our quake-riven city in February 2011 – is there something the owners of these grey merivale tractors want kept secret???
His concern that funny things have been happening in Sydenham didn’t wash with some locals I talked to, “Too many men in suits,” was one comment.
I didn’t see many wearing suits while dining al fresco, but there were a lot in dark trou and open-necked business shirts.
“Try and get a park in Sydenham Monday to Friday,” was another comment.
I leave you dear reader to come and see for yourselves how Sydenham has gone ahead since the quakes – just do it on the weekends when parking is easier so you won't get chased for eyeing up someone's park.
And, no, the scampering spy-catcher was not the elderly man in the pic loading his merivale tractor!
2/12/2013: REACHING FOR THE SKY.
A bit bent and still recording the time the earth moved in Swamp City on February 22nd 2011 - the Victoria Street Clock tower!
The Auckland Sly tower! Would it have survived the Great Shakes?
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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!