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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 and the promotion of this great sport, earthquakes, or what is posted on this site then this is the place to say it. You can engage blades by e-mail at: En guard!)

Like Letters to the Editor, submissions should be concise, pertinent and may be subject to editing.


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8/2/2016: MORE CHANGES IN BUSTLING SYDENHAM!

Gone! The Funky Pumpkin, the ever popular fruit and vege market on Colombo Street.

 

Now!A vast wasteland awaiting regeneration.

 

Wot does the wily Jimmy have in mind for its rebuild/rebirth?

Come again soon.

 

6/2/2016: MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE BEING MADE FROM ROAD CONES IN QUAKE CITY!

The Government collects GST, goods and services tax, on 'em while other sectors of the Bureaucracy make a mint out of providing courses for humans in RCM, road cone management! Even the Police have to undergo road cone policing.

Now this ... Is the Wilson Parking Company cashing in on 'em too with monthly specials to encourage 'em?? A view of the Buchan Street park in the bustling wee suburb of Sydenham.

 

Now for some, well sort of, good news. The British Government is thinking of whacking vast fines on local councils and contractors who abandon their roadworks on weekends causing great grief and hardship to taxpayers and motorists ... Now would Gerry and his Wastemakers and his Government do the same in Quakesville and what would Lianne and her Lads and Lassies do?

 

 

4/2/2016: WOT HAS CRICKET AND FENCING GOT IN COMMON??

Right-handers and Left-handers!

 

 

 All dressed in white or sickly colours who bash the crap out of each other!

 

But fencing doesn't have an anthem like THIS! Though fencers known as, the Sharp Blacks, like to beat our Aussie cousins too as did the Black Caps. Click on the cap to read more....

 

 

2/2/2016: WOT A DIFFERENCE A SUBURB MAKES.

 

In the former city centre they spend $25,000 on a street sign... For the tourists of course.

 

While all that the bustling suburb of Sydenham gets is this rusty eyesore...For the locals of course!

 

 

1/2/2016: DO YOU WEAR A BIKE HELMET?

Of course you do, to survive the attacks by crazed or incompetent motorists and because those that should know, say it keeps the number of cyclists lower. Would YOU cycle if you did not have to wear and care for a crash helmet??

WARNING:

"WEARING A BICYCLE HELMET CAN INCREASE RISK TAKING AND SENSATION SEEKING IN ADULTS" ....

You're joking?

Nope, more by Tim Gamble and Ian Walker HERE!! It is down the page a bit and dated Jan 6th.

 

 

31/1/2016: A STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN????

Nah, that's the Led Zep song, you can listen to it above, this is the Quakesville version ...

Deserted and abandoned in the wee central city suburb of Avonside after the quakes ...

 

And the other day, five years after!!! Gone. What will grow here, apart from the weeds??

 

 

30/1/2016: THEY ARE DOING IT AGAIN IN NEW BRIGHTON!!

There is not enough room 'tween the flags for an elephant said one visitor to this site, while another reader who knows, reckons there should be 50-metres between 'em (previous post).

 

Anyway we should all kiss and make up as this scintillating art work in the sea-side suburb shows ......

 

You can see it here in the mall .....

 

28/1/2016: BEACH-GOERS ARE EXHORTED TO SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS!

The flags at New Brighton beach yesterday - there were no drownings! Wonder why? Not enough space tween the flags??? Now read about January's national drowning toll in THE PRESS!

 

Oh, did you feel that grumbly 4.1 quake a wee while back??? More HERE! No, it was not another fencer falling over on the New Brighton pier.

 

26/1/2016: NOW FOR SOME FENCING GOS ....

 

This is what happens when you duel on the New Brighton pier, Christchurch, instead of fishing!

 

 

If falling down don't stop them perhaps a missing limb might?? Nah! Kiwi fencers are a pretty dedicated group as Auckland fencer Brian Pickworth, right, shows.

Read more about Picky HERE!

 

24/1/2016: DID YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO UNDERGO SPECIAL COURSES OF STUDY BEFORE YOU ARE ALLOWED TO HANDLE ROAD CONES?

Road cones such as this one?

 

Or this ...

 

Or this.

 

And don't even think about these fellows on Pages Road the other day! Think of the dosh the Government must be raking in on GST (Goods and Services Tax) from them.

 

 

22/1/2016: HANDS UP IT'S FRIDAY IN SYDENHAM - UNLESS YOU DEAL WITH THAT WEIRD BUSINESS, 2dEGREES, WHO CALL THE FORMER BOROUGH AND GREAT CENTRAL CITY SUBURB, WOOLSTON!!!

 

The site of the former Tasty Tucker Cafe in Sydenham where Maureen died in the Great Catastrophe.

 

 

Signs among the rubble and weeds in Sydenham.

 

 

Religious rubble in Sydenham, once the site of a group of god botherers now abandoned - see more HERE!

 

 

Across the road from the religious rubble Harmon Motors have planted this wee fellow near the site of the former Sydenham Post Office.

 

 

And here it was....

 

 

20/1/2016: There are a few old dungas in Quakesville that Gerry and his Wastemakes didn't get their hands on ...

 

Here's a couple in Addington.

A flour MILL read more here!

 

 

And its mate. Read about them HERE!

Wot's an 'old dunga" you ask? See Gerry and his Wastemaker's view here!!

 

19/1/2016: G'DAY!

Here's another shot of the Dibble sculpture first posted on 4/1/2016 that has piqued your interest. Pic by 'M'.

 

Here's another work that has piqued your interest ....

The Margaret Mahy Playground by the Avon River on Manchester Street - how much did it cost - read more HERE! in the nation's top women's mag. Do the math, 'round a 160,000 rate-payers into $40,000,000 .... no wonder folks are cowering under the shade of the poplar trees at $250 a branch!!

 

15/1/2016: TWO WAY TRAFFIC ON PAGES ROAD ...

... was the breathless announcement by SKIRT in the local rag, the Christchurch Mail, after years of road cones, road closures and road detours.

Trouble is they didn't say that two-way meant head-on driving on one side of the road! See posting 21/12/2015 to discern any change.

 

Now here's a change .....

New houses on Waltham Road last year - all ploughed up.

 

Ready now for harvesting.

 

Will Pages Road, among many others, ever be as level and smooth as this driveway on Waltham Road tween Waltham School and Waltham Park?

 

14/1/2016: SHOPPING IN ST MARTINS.

Shopping can be a tad exciting at the New World supermarket in St Martins as a couple of postings recently show.

But this smash'n'grab this morning is going a bit too far say locals.

 

Though the supermarket's bakery does make great chicken and leek pies and tasty bread sticks much to the delight of regulars, so was it a case of smash'n'gobble or smash'n'puff, the drug cabinet is straight ahead, or smash'n'glug, the wine section is just to the right.

 

13/1/2016: NOW FOR SOME FENCING NEWS.

Do you know of any fencers who proposed during a duel??

Josh and Kathryn will be married in Auckland this Saturday. Former members of the University of Canterbury Fencing Club, Josh proposed to his beloved during a training session at the long-established club.

See more in the Archive section for 6/9/2015: REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF SEPTEMBER!!!

We salute you and We wish you well .......

 

10/2/2016: DASTARDLY CRIMINALS STRUCK IN WEE SYDENHAM THIS MORNING.

 

Bet this barber on Waltham Road would have a good use for a cut-throat razor?

 

 

Or the owner of these sewing machines would like to stitch up the criminals?

 

 

Or give em a good leathering?

 

 

If the owner of this fence on Hastings Street needs to borrow a sabre or two for a bit of fencing - get in touch!

 

 

9/1/2016: WORDS ARE WORDS, TALK IS TALK, ACTION IS ACTION BUT PERFORMANCE IS REALITY.

Read more gabble about performance in 2016 HERE!

The facts ...

The former Anglican cathedral still awaits it's fate five years after the Great Quake .....

 

 

While ....

This wee house of worship in Sydenham was quickly re-built. It is still connected to the original sewer system it was first connected to over a century ago.

 

This says it all ....

The difference tween the wee central city area of Sydenham and the former city centre cathedral square!

 

Roll on 2016!

 

 

7/1/2916: MORE NEW BRIGHTON SHENANIGANS.....

The pier.

 

Squadron Leader Jemal, right, readies one of his fighter pilots for take-off.

 

The whirly-gig gave a great view over the sea-side suburb and beach.

 

While most beach side visitors were happy sorts and the few grumpy fellows were easily deflated!

 

The sideshows and rides will be at the beach until this weekend, so get out here quick!

 

 

5/1/2016: DON'T JUMP!!!

They do things differently in the sea-side suburb of New Brighton since the earthquakes ...

Art work on the wall of a shop in the New Brighton mall.

 

While further up the street towards the beach ...

Three books for two dollars - The Dove Bookshop in the Barn Mall.

 

You won't see these in Quakesville's former city-centre as all the second-hand book shops have been squished and moved elsewhere to the country and North Island.

 

4/1/2016: WELCOME TO 2016.

Sculpture by Dibble pic by 'M'.

All three reside in the wee Manawatu township of Palmerston North!

 

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!

SEE THE ARCHIVES SECTION 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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2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007