NOT THE FRONT PAGE BUT THE GOSSIP PAGE
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)
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Archived Gossip and Photos:
19/10/2016: CATCH UP TIME!!
Why are these members of the nation's oldest swords club, the University of Canterbury Fencing Club, sitting there on the Dovedale Campus with balloons stuck to their masks??
Why are UCFC members and spectators lined-up in New Regent Street - outside a bar and cafe??
Why? It was the Duel at Dawn, the club's annual end-of-year event!! See ............
A double hit!!!! Both lights light up together .... in a real duel both fencers would be bleeding hence the term, first blood!!!!
15/10/2016: Thanks Brettasusaurus: ....
17/8/2016: WHY IS KEES WEARING THE MOCHI SHIELD??
The popular Christchurch businessman who owns the cafe where members of the nation's oldest fencing club meet after it's Saturday training session.
The University of Canterbury Fencing Club has been attending Van Dam's Cafe, on Riccarton Road, since the Great Catastrophe. Kees occasionally feeds the poor hungry uni students with cake and cheese hence they gave him the honour of wearing the club's popular Mochi Shield.
14/8/2016: BRETT WON THE FIRST PART OF THIS YEAR'S MOCHI SHIELD.
Brett wears the wooden shield named after Gianfranco Mochi a former world epee champion and a former member of the University of Canterbury Fencing Club.
Numbers were down. Was it because of ......
The cold wet weather - welcome to the Jack Mann Auditorium where the ucfc meets on campus each Saturday morning.
The contents of these empty brown bottles scattered around the campus?
RESULTS: Best overall fencer; Brett Davis. Best first year fencer; Jintao Wen.
9/8/2016: THEY'RE COMMING!!!!!!
Who? Heaps of elderly fencers for the Commonwealth Veterans Fencing Championships being held in Quakesville in November.
More here! But watch out for the arrogant and demeaning Facebook page that demands viewers to sign-up and whacks them for a six if they don't!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now you know why heaps of folks still use websites and not Facebook.
Talking of Commonwealth's here's a pic of Nick and Vlad at the men's' epee team final 'tween Australia and England tied at 44-all - can you guess who just won???
5/8/2016: A STERN LOOK IN THE FORMER CENTRAL CITY.
Yet one of the funniest things you ever saw took place at this vacant site.
Today a grim, dispiriting look beams across Gloucester Street and up New Regent Street.
It was once the site of the Christchurch Press' printing press. Press slaves were spectacularly entertained when, trying to meet a deadline, the rotary printing press was rumbling away at full speed and the conveyor system broke spraying the day's newspaper about like a former editor having pee after a night's drinking at Warners pub!!!
31/7/2016: MORE FENCING ACTION FROM THE PRESIDENT'S CUP HELD IN QUAKESVILLE THIS WEEKEND.
A womens' foil dance watched by avid spectators.
A Sabre dance by twins Casper and Azaria - guess who won??
An epee dance tween Steve Martin and Andreas Sesun.
Full results HERE!!
30/7/2016: ACTION FROM THE PRESIDENT'S CUP FENCING COMPETITION (AMONG OTHERS) BEING HELD IN CHRISTCHURCH THIS WEEKEND!
The weapon bags line up for Friday night's gear check in the gym at Avonside Girls High School.
A classic epee en-guard.
A simultaneous sabre attack by twins Casper, left, and his sister Azaria, right.
And look HERE for full results.
26/7/2016: A NEW CYCLEWAY IS OPENING SOON IN QUAKESVILLE!!!
It is wide enough for both cyclists and pedestrians, it is so s m o o t h (unlike most of the roads and paths in Quakesville) and is due to open within days. Where is it????
Here! Bounding over Curletts Road connecting Wigram Road to Magdala Place and Birmingham Drive.
23/7/2016: LOOKING FOR WORK.
It is the logo for this Tradestaff office on Colombo Street in Quakesville's former city centre and these two down-and-outs make use of it.
If you have a job for 'em just phone Tradestaff and let 'em know so they can pass on the good news to 'em squatters!!
Now, which one of 'em lives under the bridge in the previous posting?????
21/7/2016: ANYBODY LIVING HERE?????
The Victoria Street bridge, where it crosses the Avon River behind the District Court buildings in Victoria Park, in central Quakesville. Once the busy artery into the former central city it has been strengthened to allow more homeless folks to live beneath it but not for traffic.
Read more HERE! about the money being spent on it - but not on Quakesville's homeless.
THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE STILL LIVING HERE ....
Art work in the quake-ravaged eastern suburb of New Brighton.
18/7/2016: ARE YOUR PRIVATE PARTS FEELING THE COLD??
Been a few moans lately from Quakesville survivors about the cold plus moans about the lack of snow - you can never win!
Anyway these New Brighton devices should help.
And don't forget the hot coffee and cakes .... Yuuummm.
16/7/2016: A BIT OF PUFFERY FOR FENCING!!
Yep, even fencing used the hand-outs from drug (tobacco and alcohol to you) companies to boost the sport as this pix taken in the late 1970's shows.
14/7/2016: MORE TRIFFIDS.
These and the ones yesterday have all magically appeared on a wee street in the salubrious suburb of Sydenham since the quakes.
There seems to be no rhyme or reason for 'em and and their shapes and colours ..... amy ideas?????
13/7/2016: WADDAYA MEAN 15,000 QUAKES!!
That was one reader's quick riposte to the previous post - go look at the Christchurch Quake Map - if you don't believe me!
Anybody remember "The Day Of the Triffids"? Well, since the Great Catastrophe, unusual things have been growing on our footpaths and berms.
The one on the left is a telephone junction box which has been there for younks and is set back from those using the footpath but the others??? The middle one forces mums and their prams to try and squeeze past or use the street. The one on the right??? Popped up on an empty sections after the house on it was demolished.
12/7/2016: SOME OLD DUNGAS!!
Yep. Gerry and his Wastemakers never got their hands on them .... and now, nearly 15,000 earthquakes later, they are being fixed up!!
The Christchurch Town Hall snapped from the Colombo Street bridge.
The Risingholme Community Centre in leafy Opawa surrounded by fences and scaffolding.
7/7/2016: EN GUARDIA!!
Sabreurs, those that fence with sabres instead of foils or epees. check their on guard stance before bouting practice at Riccarton High School.
Note the full metal (conductive) jacket that covers them from the waist up including arms, wrists and heads. Have a look at the pic below to see how that target area must have looked in a real sabre fight on horse-back!!
Now chargeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....... One of the displays at the great museum in Madrid.
You can learn fencing HERE!!
Your first trial session is FREEEEE!
2/7/2916: THE NATIONAL PARTY ON LONG FINAL FOR QUAKESVILLE.
Flying in over the fucked-over east of Quakesville.
For a feed ....
And a beer.
Or lunch at New Brighton - wonder if any National Party types will turn up? Or will they stay with the knees-uppers at the Chateau On The Park?
In the hours and minutes after the Great Catastrophe PM John Key landed on a former rubbish dump on Pages Road in the east of Quakesville at New Brighton, wonder if he will return for a look? Or, will he stay with the other revelers in the west??
FIVE MONTHS TO GO.
Until the Commonwealth Veterans Fencing Championships are held here in Quakesville.
Registration is now open for the individual events.
You can register or read more HERE!!!
30/6/2016: IT WENT UP IN PRICE ON MONDAY!!
Yep, the nation's top women's' newspaper increased her cover price by 20-cents.
Trouble is she didn't tell the local dairy where I get my copy until this morning....... is that good news or not ..
The former press building, on Gloucester Street by Regent Street, before the Great Catastrophe - millions upon millions of copies were once printed here.
Why is it that the majority of reporters, oops journalists, are female and the majority of photographers, oops imagists, are male?? Check it our next time you see a huddle covering an event.
Perhaps it could be a newsworthy line of investigation or research??
27/5/2016: THEY RANGED IN AGE FROM SEVEN TO EIGHTEEN!
At the 2016 Canterbury Schools' fencing competition run by the United Fencing Club held at Avonside Girls High School on Saturday.
Welcome - Brett and Molly man, or is that woman, the entrance to a great day's fencing.
There are fencers, in white, competing for this crowd.
There were over 70 competitors and hundreds of spectators waiting to hear the results.
And here they are: .....
UNDER 10 MIXED FOIL:. 1 Hugh Thompson, St Martins; 2 Jonathan Lee, Clearview Primary; 3= Harriet Panckhurst, St Marks and Kestor Moore, Mt Pleasant.
UNDER 13 BOYS FOIL: 1 Jonathan Fish, Home School; 2 William Law, Medbury; 3= Dexter Parris and Connor Elvidge, both Medbury.
UNDER 13 GIRLS FOIL: 1 Kate Gourley, Selwyn House; 2 Seraphine Cox, Heaton; 3= Paesli Austin, Rangiora New Life and Bernadette Barrett, Home School.
UNDER 15 BOYS FOIL: 1 Peter Fish, Home School; 2 Cyrus Keane, Cashmere High School; 3= Massimo Nolan, Cashmere High School and Sam Deavoll, Burnside High School.
NOVICE GIRLS FOIL: 1 Laura Marychurch, Cashmere High School; 2 Sophie Bonnis; 3 Simone Lang, Avonside Girls High School.
OPEN BOYS FOIL: 1 Liam James, Burnside High School; 2 Matt Robb, Burnside High School; 3= Mikhail Lopez and Ross Shepherd, both Cashmere High School.
OPEN GIRLS FOIL: 1 Moe Suzuki, Riccarton High School; 2 Charlotte James, Burnside High School; 3= Sophie Kelly, Rangi Ruru and Angela Learside, Avonside Girls High School.
OPEN BOYS EPEE: 1 Liam James, Burnside High School; 2 Ross Shepherd, Cashmere High School; 3= Ethan Prout, Christchurch Boys High School and Peter Fish, Home School.
OPEN GIRLS EPEE: 1 Ashleigh Goh, Rangi Ruru; 2 Charlotte James, Burnside High School; 3= Sophie Kelly, Rangi Ruru and Mackenzie Bremner, Christchurch Girls High School.
OPEN MIXED SABRE: 1 Liam James, Burnside High School; 2 Casper Howell, Cashmere High School; 3= Moe Suzuki, Riccarton High School and Julia Harrison, Burnside High School.
23/5/2016: SO WOTS HAPPENING IN QUAKESVILLE??
The bustling sea-side suburb of New Brighton yesterday at lunchtime!!
Read more HERE!
Years after it was closed by damaging quakes and abandoned .... The former Risingholme community centre has been fenced-in to protect the arsonists that set it afire as few days ago and a team of slaves working on it - wonder why it took so long??
20/6/2016: A SABREUR IS FASTER THAN A BULLET??
Sabreurs (some-one who fences sabre) have known that for yonks ....
A take-off..... The start of a sabre attack in the old days before electronic scoring. Two judges at each end of the piste (the strip they fence on) had to decide who was first and who got the hit then the poor referee had to award the hit. And you thought the decisions seen in refereeing today's thugby matches on TV were exciting...
A landing .... ouch! But the corner judges too has to avoid being hit by the attack!
See and read more HERE!
17/6/2016: HERE'S ANOTHER VASTNESS IN THE CENTRE OF QUAKESVILLE!
Manchester Street looking towards the former Square with Cloucester Street on the left. A famous building once stood here, deya remember its name??
Oh, which famous Christchurch fencer had a Chippy on the left pre the quakes? And talking of food ....
Here's some tasty delights served up in Muscat
.Where's that you ASK!!!
13/6/2016: GOOD NEWS!
This vast vacant vantagous vastness between Moorhouse Venue and Quakesville's public hospital, left, is about to be filled in.
Quakesville's central cop's home is on the left!! Go and watch em drive off after a shift yakking on their cellphones.
Read more in the nation's top womens' MAG here!
10/6/2016: A VIEW ALONG THE RIVER AVON.
From the Manchester Street bridge.
9/5/2016: IT SURVIVED TWO WORLD WARS AND NUCLEAR BOMBINGS ... AND
More than 15,000 earthquakes, was home to hundreds of people and office and entertainment space to thousands more, owned by the people of Quakesville it now has a fence round it.
Too little too late?? Is the fence to protect the arsonists in case they return to finish the job? Or, the former city gem??
Wonder if a convention centre or shopping mall would fit there?? RISINGHOLME .. see the blaze.
7/6/2016: YESTERDAY, JUNE 6TH, KNOWN AS D-DAY TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLD WIDE, WAS THE DAY WHEN THOUSANDS OF ALLIED (INCLUDING KIWIS) SOLDIERS DIED IN ONE OF THE FAMOUS BATTLES OF WORLD WAR TWO --- BUT THERE WAS BUGGER ALL ABOUT IT IN KIWI MEDIA.
OH, THERE WAS SOME STORIES ABOUT A STANDED FISH AND AN AMERICAN BOXER BUT NO D-DAY!!!!
NOW HERE'S ANOTHER BLOW TO KIWI HISTORY .....
The destruction of Risingholme ...
Did this bag have any part in the conflagration? Was it used to transport bottles of bourbon? Did residents of Rowley Avenue have anything to do with consuming the contents?
Christchurch media folks ponder the great fire.
As it was in 2015.
5/6/2016: THE CHRISTCHURCH MARATHON!!!
The last time I saw so many people running in central Christchurch was February 22nd 2011 and they were running away. Away from falling buildings, chasms, liquefaction in the roads and the screams of the injured and frightened, the horrible aftermath of the earthquake.
Today they were running towards the city centre. Thousands cheered. It was happy, there was music and a solitary bagpiper played on the corner of Madras and Kilmore Streets to encourage the participants.
Participants head up Manchester Street from Kilmore Street over the River Avon.
They pass the abandoned former Bank of New Zealand building on Hereford Street heading for the Square and dejected former Anglican Cathedral.
Here's a happy runner pounding up Hereford Street.
No marathon would be complete without thousands of volunteers, drink stations and way stops.
I can't look - is the winner here? Spectators, runners and this interesting wall art line Manchester Street.
Contact these folks HERE if you want the results .....
4/6/2016: A TRUCK WASH ON BROUGHAM STREET BY WALTHAM ROAD!
It was very wet in Quakesville last week with much flooding of the city's streets as this pix shows.
More about the up-marketing of Waltham HERE!
Oh, for you fencing types you can see the results of this weekend's North Island Fencing Championships HERE!
2/6/3016: DOGONIT - THEY'VE FIXED THE GUTTERS!
After five attacks on the wee road at the corner of Hargest Crescent and Waltham Road the mangled gutters have been replaced.
See posting of 13/5.2016! Thanks for your help Lianne!
Wonder wot would happen if a surgeon had to go back five times to fix an incision?? An airline pilot attempting to land? Or Jerry and his Wastemakers having to help Christchurch re-build?
31/5/2016: PUFF, PUFF, HERE'S A BIT OF PUFFERY!
It is the world-wide no tobacco day today and here is the nation's most popular puff at least in Svelte Sydenham .....
Yes, go and check it out at your nearest dairy/puffery and see if it is any different to Svelte Sydenham.
Personally cigarette smoking is ugh. I have heard of lads caught smoking at a now defunct reform school in the 1950's (Bugger, nobody noticed the deliberate mistake!) given a packet of roll-your-own tobacco and made to roll a cigarette and take a gulp of water with each inhalation. Not many managed to smoke more than a couple of fags before spewing Ugh! Naturally they gave up smoking.
Perhaps that could that make folks give up cigarettes rather than the limp-wristed anti-smoking methods used today?
Now I do love the occasional puff of a good cigar!
30/5/2016:THE OLD AND THE NEW ON TUAM STREET.
That's St Michael's Church School on the left and the forbidding and glassy-eyed Justice Precinct on the right while traffic hootles up the one-way Tuam Street over Durham Street.
So what you say? See that glinting glass facade?? In the late afternoon it shoots the sun into the eyes of the hootling traffic!!
Wonder how long afore dazzled drivers and cyclists get squished by the traffic from the left? Or cannot see the traffic lights in time?
Oh, the gamma of the image, taken about 4.30pm the other day, was adjusted to dim the glinting glazing so you can see what could become a major problem.
28/5/2016: WHY NOT MOVE HAGLEY PARK OR BUILD THE (maybe) CONVENTION CENTRE HERE??????????
All that empty space.
Even Germon's wall would fit .....
Aranui, Bexley, Wainoni and the beaches ... close to the former city centre which is now a wasteland, too.
27/5/2016: GLUB! GLUG! FIZZ!
Can you translate that?? If you can you should be attending the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters's annual conference
The conference will be an opportunity for translators and interpreters from around the country to exchange notes, brush up on skills and hear tales of some of the adventures that happen when living two cultures simultaneously.
The conference will be held at Rydges Hotel, Latimer Square, Christchurch on 28-29 May, 9.30 am - 3.30 pm.
Contact University of Canterbury Fencing Club member Peter Campbell, 022 0429 169, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wonder how they will translate this?
More about Foxton fizz HERE! You can try it at Van Dam's Cafe at 355 Riccarton Road.
22/5/2016: MORE FROM THE ECCLESTON ONE-HIT EPEE!
UCFC's oldest fencer and he got second - all the way from the former United States of America.
Now for a boring action shot - a Righty, left,versus a Leftie, right.
The third place-getter gallops off with his prize.
21/5/2016: RESULTS OF THIS YEAR'S ONE-HIT ECCLESTON EPEE COMPETITION.
The winner Andreas Sesun - he is looking a bit grumpy after the spectators called for him to make a speech during the prize-giving ceremony. A long-time member of the University of Canterbury Fencing Club Andreas has won the event the mostest!
MTC ---------- MORE TO COME!
20/5/2016: REMEDIATION OF THE REMEDIATION?
We've had repairs of the repairs, orders followed by counter-orders, could it now be remediation followed by re-remediation?
Ground work at Christchurch Girls High School on the banks of the River Avon.
But hadn't the area already been remediated? Wonder how deep the bore hole goes??
18/5/2016: A QUESTION?
Was this wall on Palmerston North's George Street painted before the gas meter was installed or after?
And another one ......
Did this hi-vis jacket dangling from the back of this truck seen scuttling up Waltham Road in Quakesville once have a human in it??
15/5/2016: ANOTHER FOOT SHOT!!
Why stab their feet was one response to the previous posting. In epee the whole body, head to toe, is the target and around 50% of hits in a bout are scored below the waist.
Here's another foot shot! It was taken at the 2001 North Island Championships. From memory the left-hander on the right was Graham Payne, can't remember the other fellow.... Christchurch fencer Willie Upritchard won the event.
14/5/2016: WHY ARE THEY TRYING TO STAB THEIR FEET???
They are warming up for next weekend's Eccleston One Hit Epee event! The annual duel run by the Canterbury University Fencing Club will see twenty or more fencers each having to fence all the others for the first hit. Spectator seating available, see more HERE!
13/5/2016: IT IS FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH.
AN ORDER FOLLOWED BY A COUNTER-ORDER EQUALS DIS-ORDER!!
This military maxim is strikingly evident in the repairs to the roads and footpaths of Quakesville. See previous postings of the 7/3/2016 and 17/3/2016.
Remember this ....
The revamped Hargest Crescent where it joins Waltham Road.
It is now this ....
The revamp of the revamp.
We should now tweek that maxim about order, the saying not the machine gun, to read ...
A repair followed by a counter-repair followed by a repair of the repair equals dis-repair.
As these pix taken on Hargest Crescent by Waltham Road over some weeks show.
12/5/2016: HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES IT TAKE TO DIG A WEE HOLE IN A GRASS VERGE?????
Five! One with a shovel, three watching, all wearing orange, and one dressed in green.
But wait, there is more ..................................
A tracked digger!
Read more about road repairs in QUAKESVILLE!
11/5/2016: MORE RUCTIONS IN CENTRAL QUAKESVILLE!
A recent shot of central Christchurch. Victoria Street is the diagonal one on the left heading towards the former Town Hall, top centre, and the tree covered Victoria Square.
Now read wot the Christchurch City Council wants to DO!!!!!
Three things killed the former city centre; earthquakes, the University of Canterbury moving out to Illam and the stopping of Victoria Street with a hotel, to the right of the town hall, now gone.
How would you bring life back to the car park ravaged area?? Close all the roads?
7/5/2016: HAVE YOU EVER SOLD A MILLION OF ANYTHING??
Bruce McKenzie has.
The Palmerston North bookshop owner of more than 20 years tops that and reckons the count is leaning towards two million books! Here's his website!
He says the next big thing in booky issues will be the re-printing of Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret list by Penguin Books driven by the imminent broadcasting of the remake of the popular former Inspector Maigret telly series.
Anyone remember the wee Armagh Street bookshop run by the Kalim's??
6/5/2016: GOT YER LIFEJACKET HANDY????
Water, water everywhere ....read here wot residents have known for years.
Water in front of them, water behind them and to the sides.
Parts of New Brighton are susceptible to flooding ..... oh yes and did you know they set land speed records there too??
5/5/2016: HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY TED!!
Yes, a few tried but none succeeded in recognising Dunedin fencer, Professor Ted Nye, in action. However Fencing South know who he is and will celebrate the event in style:
Ted Nye Trophy - Entry form: https://goo.gl/hY7ldc
Each year Fencing South holds an Open called the Ted Nye Trophy in honour of South’s most long-standing member, Dr Ted Nye, & donates all entry fees to the Otago Community Hospice. This year is a special year, as Ted turns 90. We invite you to celebrate with us at the Ted Nye Trophy on 14/15 May.
4/5/2016: AND NOW FOR SOME FENCING GOSSIP ..... WELL EVENTUALLY WHEN THE CORRECT ANSWER ARRIVES.
Who is the fencer on the left?? He started fencing before the Second World War in Europe, served in Britain during the war and eventually moved to New Zealand. A giant chocolate fish for the first correct answer - you keep out of it Percy!!
3/5/2015: THEY DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY IN THE MANAWATU/ HOROWHENUA ....
Not only banning dogs but ....
Decorating tractors. After all Palmerston North is the site of a former agricultural college.
So there are no problems about using tractors as wedding transport.
Here the happy couple head off. For some ploughing????
The reason for the crane hovering over Cafe Cuba in the earlier posting was a jammed ceiling fan and not an art heist or removal of the clattering chattering poles!
1/5/2016: BAN ALL DOGS??
The Horowhenua District Council does ....
Click HERE to find out how many folks get bitten and where.
All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my right hand.
(Thanks to 'M' and Ronnie)
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Not the Front page but the Gossip Page shows the Front Page of The Press, Christchurch and the South Island's largest newspaper, going 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!