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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. 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.


Archived Gossip and Photos: 2014

2013, 2012

2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007


25/10/2014: AND NATIONALS HAVE STARTED TODAY!!!

Here's the finals piste, the metal strip fencers fight on, being set up by all those unsung and unseen heroes - the helpers!!

 

And here is the weapons check in action - with its historical antecedents based on fighting - the ancient art and modern sports, goes to extreme lengths to make sure no-one is hurt.

 

So trot along to CAshmere High School this weekend to view the cut and thrust action.

 

 

24/10/2014: AND NOW FOR SOME MORE FENCING NEWS!

This year's duel in the annual fencing tussle between Shirley Boys High School and Christchurch Boys High School was a draw. SBHS 'A' team won their event and CBHS 'B' team won theirs.

 

A bit of duck and thrust. 'A' team duelists in the foreground with 'B' team action in the background.

 

A bit of tasty tucker!

Now come and see more fencing action at this weekend's National Fencing Champs at Cashmere High School - map and programme HERE! The sabre event starts Monday morning!

 

23/10/2014: WELCOME TO THE WALTHAM POOL.

 

The front door is open.

 

But .....

 

There is still some work to do before it opens for the summer as this great pic by Lex shows.

 

 

22/10/2014: WOTS THE LATEST WORLD FENCING CHAMPION GOT TO DO WITH QUAKE CITY??

All wrapped-up - Maurizio Galvan won the world vets foil championship in Hungary yesterday.

 

He ran a very successful training camp in Christchurch some years ago and one of his pupils, Ilaria Trame, who is on a school exchange at Kaiapoi High School, won the South Island epee championship last month and is entered in this weekend's Nationals also in Christchurch.

 

Follow the results of the World Vets, HERE! including that of Christchurch fencer Mark Rance.

More about the 71st National Fencing Champs at Cashmere High School this weekend HERE!!

 

Come and watch Ilaria compete in the women's epee on Saturday morning.

 

Will this fellow be there too?? Resting from his dueling in Parliament?

 

 

20/10/2014: REMEMBER THIS BUILDING IN THE SQUARE??

Wonder if he does? Do You??

Does Gerry and his Wastemakers plan the same for Victoria Square - flatten everything? Read wot some people think, then ignore the vibrant rhetoric and read the comments section HERE ... it's a laugh.

 

19/10/2014: ARE THEY SENDING CAPTAIN COOK BACK TO ENGLAND??

No, but there is talk of moving him and Queen Victoria and fucking up Victoria Square for some obscure reason like building a path, costing $95,000,000, along the Avon river just behind the Great Sailor to link up with a $20, 000, 000 playground just up the road.

 

Read about how Gerry and the Wastemakers idiotocracy, Seedoo, dumped a load of poo over the people of Quake City IN THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER.

 

Even Lianne and her Ladies were surprised by IT.

 

As was this pointy-hatted fellow, seen in the former Square before they flattened that, so watch out Gerry and Warwick - Ian could get grumpy!

 

And that's wot Gerry and his idiotocracy call communicating!! Seems the EQC, Sarah and the insurance company gabble, or lack of it, is still spreading like the ebola virus.

 

17/10/2014: IT IS NOT TRUE!

Some of you have been ranting in disbelief about locals using the wee footbridge over the Heathcote River since it was, supposedly, closed after February's big quake. Even our Former Railway Worker, now retired, said as much as did some closer to Bureaucrapic Central.

Well sorry fellas and fellaesses here's the evidence ........

See the footprints in the snow??????????????????????????? They don't lie!

 

And talk to the nearby St Martins' Engineer whose bolt cutters have been used to good effect over the years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, the question is, will the Former Railway Worker, now retired, front up with a free coffee termorra?? Choo, choo penance so to speak.

 

16/10/2014: OPAWA AND ST MARTINS RESIDENTS ARE PISSED-OFF.

Yep, this wee footbridge crossing the Heathcote River at the bottom of Ford Road by Fifield Terrace has, ostensibly, been closed since the February Earthquake, but canny locals have been using it regardless - it is a footbridge they say and only has one person on it at a time and if it did collapse, Dog forbid, the water is shallow, just knee deep.

 

A bridge too far?? Nah, it is the folks working on it for the last couple of weeks, they are too slow say locals and we dare not cross while they are there. And they are adding on things that no footbridge needs - come and see for yourself!!!

 

Look at the gunge they have surrounded it with .... huts, dunnys, and more fences than a prison camp. All for a footbridge.

 

 

See the extra bits they have welded on the handrail?? Locals say they are a waste of time and are only there to add to the million-dollar repair and to stop Mayor Lianne from jumping into the badly polluted Heathcote River when Prime Minister John Key chases her over the bridge in next week's opening ceremony!

See motorcycles are not allowed to cross as are pedestrians and cyclists, but are cars????

 

 

15/10/2014: LITTLE BOXES??

Along the Redcliffs/Sumner road.

 

They protect marathon runners and other road users in Quake City from getting squished by bounding boulders set loose by earthquakes.

 

 

14/10/2014: NOW FOR SOME GARDENING NEWS ...

Gina at work in Colombo Street.

 

It is called Greening The Rubble and you can read more about it HERE!

 

Gina pleads for more sites to green.

 

Have YOU got a spare central city site that needs a face-lift til you rebuild? Give em a ring ... DETAILS HERE!

 

Remember the Mollet Street Market?

Well, come and relax in this nice armchair near the site, on the corner of Mollet and Colombo Streets, of the former 1970's hippy doings and remember the good times and Lois's upstairs shop.

 

13/10/2014: SOME FRESH FENCING BITS FOR YOU!!

 

Spectators and competitors await the start of the mixed epee event early on Sunday morning.

 

Results of the MidSouth Open Fencing Championships held in Quake City yesterday.

Mixed Epee. 1, Sheldon Ogilvie, Cashmere High School; 2, Andreas Sesun, University of Canterbury Fencing Club; 3= Mark Rance and Lucian Nightingale, both Fencing Institute; 5, Liam James, Burnside High School; 6, Wail Ling Chan, Burnside High School; 7, Isaac Officer, Fencing Institute; 8, Quin Downs, Fencing Institute; 9, Anthony Goh, Christ’s College; 10, Anna Soboleva, University of Canterbury Fencing Club; 11, Nicholas Hill, University of Canterbury Fencing Club; 12, Felicity Boyd, University of Canterbury Fencing Club; 13, Rory Greenan, Fencing Institute; 14, Ross Shepherd, Cashmere High School; 15, Chris Knowles, University of Canterbury Fencing Club; 16, Ashleigh Goh, Rangi Ruru Girls High School; 17, Josh Gibson, University of Canterbury Fencing Club; 18, Gen Porter, Cashmere High School; 19, Simone Marshall, Otago University Fencing Club.

Mixed Foil.
1, Alice Wu, Timaru Swords Club; 2, Graham Payne, Timaru Swords Club; 3= Alastair Keleghan, Christ’s College; and Hayden Abbott, Cashmere High School; 5, Lucian Nightingale, Fencing Institute; 6, Simone Marxhall, Otago University Fencing Club; 7, Mikhail Lopez, Cashmere High School; 8, Gen Porter, Cashmere High School; 9, Cameron Abbott, Cashmere High School.

As you can see two mixed events were held then honours were awarded to the top three women for epee, the top two women for foil and the top man for foil

Women's Epee.
1st Wai Ling Chan
2nd Anna Soboleva
3rd Felicity Boyd

Men's Foil
1st Graham Payne

Women's Foil
1st Alice Wu
2nd Simone Marshall

 

 

Ireland right, aka Rory, acknowledges a hit in his bout with Russia, aka Anna, left. The Academic duo: Anna, from NOVOSIBIRSK , works for Lincoln University and Roru, the outgoing President of DUBLIN UNIVERSITY FENCING CLUB, works for the CPIT. Ireland won the bout 5/2!

 

 

12/10/2014: TIDYING UP SOME LEFT-OVER FENCING BITS!

One of the last pix I took of Canterbury Fencing stalwart Olga Jeykll. Olga and former fencers Joyce Fenton and Merv Sharfe will be remembered at this year's National Fencing Championships being held in Christchurch over Labour weekend. Born 8/10/1918 Olga, who died earlier this year, always reckoned that living through the GREAT DEPRESSION in the 1930's was one of the most formative periods for Kiwis.

 

A sight not usually seen in any sport, son about to beat up the father! Or was it the father who beat up the son? The pair of Dunedin fencers were competing at the South Island Fencing Championships last month. See posting of 1/9/2014 to find out who won!!!

 

Oh, and former Christchurch fencer Peter Campbell, now stomping round europe, is making waves - air waves that is. His novels and stories are available from the airwaves so to speak.

Have a look HERE!

Or HERE!

 

 

10/10/2014: THEN AND NOW IN QUAKE SHATERED SYDENHAM!

Next time you scurry along Brougham Street keep a lookout for Nazareth House!

 

After February's earthquake.

 

Now. The fence and gate posts are still there.

 

Read about NAZARETH HOUSE in the nation's top news precinct

Talking about the nation's top news precinct, can YOU name some of the Australian newspapers gleefully fondled and prepared for publication on the fifth floor of The Press building in Gloucester Street?

That's one-up Kiwi's have over our friends across the pond!!

 

8/10/2014: IS IT A WORLD SETTER??

University of Canterbury Fencing Club President Chris invites you to choose YOUR weapon.

 

Is the University of Canterbury Fencing Club the only fencing club in the world to duel in a bar?? Arguably the longest continually running fencing club in the nation - even the club at Victoria University concede that fact (that's a fencing club in our Capital City Wellington for overseas readers). The club has spent the last two years in bar-room brawling so to speak.

 

See the bar in the background? See posting of 23/9/2014 for more.

 

With the University of Canterbury Student's Association building, where UCFC used to meet in the ballroom, closed by earthquake damage in 2011, the temporary ucsc student centre has proved a boon to varsity clubs and Uni students. The Ucsa even provides sustenance for active students ....

See ... grab it while you can.

 

Turn up on Saturday mornings for a try at no cost other than being nice to Chis. As the picture shows, all gear is supplied. More info HERE!

 

But you have to watch out for Ucsa Sarah ...

 

 

 

3/10/3014: IT COULD BE SEEN AS A LOAD OF CRAP!

Then again it could be seen as a well-trained dump .....

A snail dump in Palmerston North this week.

 

No, he did not use toilet paper!

 

But apart from that you cannot fault his toilet training.

 

This well-trained snail does its doings in a toilet bowl in the North Island city of Palmerston North. Thanks to "M" for the pix. A question for those that live there - where does George, the tuatara in the central city, do his?????

 

2/10/2014: ANOTHER ONE HITS THE ROAD!!

Yep, another one skittled. And it goes on, and on, and on ....

One view on protecting cyclists ....

Here's mine:

1. Any driver that hits a pedestrian or cyclist has both vehicle and licence sequestered until proven innocent.

2. Paint centre lines on footpaths with the section nearest a road used by cyclists. Enforce the above (1) on any cyclist who damages a pedestrian.

3. Make anyone wanting to sit for a drivers license ride a light motorcycle or scooter for 18 months before the survivors are allowed to sit their licence test.

You got any other ideas??

No, getting rid of cyclists is not valid!

 

29/9/2014: WONDER WOT THE UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY'S FEMSOC WOULD MAKE OF THIS???

Students, dressed in all sorts of whacky styles, march through the Square during a Capping Parade in the 1970's, much to the amusement of watchers.

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS 'THE PRESS' EDITORIAL ABOUT THIS AMAZING UNIVERSITY PROMOTIONAL AFFAIR.

ENSOC Apologises.

 

 

27/9/2014: PILLORIED AGAIN!

Offensive students head through the vibrant central city during a 1970's Capping Parade. No, the big pink fellow, with the stake through him attacking the then current university, now the Arts Centre in the vibrant earthquake city centre, is not "Dunga" Brownlee, but former Kiwi Prime Minister "Piggy" Muldoon.

 

Read about the "Offensive" University of Canterbury Ensoc students dumped on by their Femsoc mates - read about them here! - - Well done chaps and chapesses, great PR work, you both made the pages of the nation's top newspaper!

And the complaints about the COMPLAINERS ... have a read here.

For the record Ensoc has around 2,000 members and Femsoc 500.

 

If you would like to see a good stoush then turn up to the 71st New Zealand Fencing Championships being held here in Quake City. MORE INFO HERE!

 

26/9/2014: BAAAAAAA!

SHEEPS IN THE VIBRANT CENTRAL CITY ...Have a read here.

With the shepherdess Lianne showing off her flock on High Street in the vibrant former central city today see wot she and her bureaucratic sheeps have done at New Brighton.

 

A painted mall!

 

Surrounded by keep out signs and men in Hi Viz jackets.

 

A big wave?

 

Just the thing for a beach-side suburb!

 

Lianne and her sheeps have paid out more than $30,000 for the paintwork, much to the disgust of some residents who also felt some of the well-known local artists could have been gainfully employed.

Others thought it colourful and wondered if Lianne and her sheeps will be sailing out to open the newly painted mall just as she is doing with the central sheep??

Baaaaaaaa!

 

25/9/2014: HOWZ THE ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL COING??

Was the jaunty e-mail from an overseas reader of this site. A former Christchurch resident, he remembered enough to ask for the Anglican Cathedral - even many locals don't know that there are TWO cathedrals in Quake City! One Catholic and the trouble-maker that caused all our problems, according to the great poet Denis Glover, the Anglican.

 

Seen from a distance across the vibrant city centre ...

 

A closer view.

 

And a view up Worcester Street.

 

 

 

24/9/2014: DIEU ET MON DROIT?

Is another of Gerry and the Wastemakers "Old Dungas" in our vibrant former city centre about to be torn down???

It's on the front of the Public Trust building. What does it MEAN????

 

Whose divine right???? To do what?? More HERE in the nation's top newsprecinct.

 

Going, going, going, going going .........

 

 

23/9/2014: MORE THAN 50 FENCERS DUELED IN QUAKE CITY OVER THE WEEKEND!

 

With swords, not a finger like this fellow.

 

There was the clash of steel as fencers from Christchurch, Timaru and Waimate took part in the Canterbury Schools' 1st and 2nd Year Fencers (and Home Schooled) Championships at Avonside Girls High School while across town the University of Canterbury Fencing Club held its annual Mochi Shield event.

 

Diane hands out the medals at Avonside, while .......

 

..... Chris waves the Mochi Shield at its fast exiting winner, Andreas.

 

And now for some sword waving ....

 

Wooooooooh! UCFC must be the only fencing club in the world to fence in a bar - BENTLEYS BAR.

 

22/9/2014: YOU KNOW YOU ARE QUAKE CITY ....

When the dribble about the vibrant (gotta get that funky word, used by the public relations minions, into the rant somewhere) rebuild of the earthquake flattened city centre starts flowing again after time off to take in THE NATIONAL ELECTION.

To demonstrate that vibrancy (got it in again) here are some pictures of a vibrant (again) lunchtime in vibrant (and again) New Regent Street in the vibrant former central business district - city centre to us non-public relations types.

 

Oh look at all the people ...

 

What people?

 

Yawn. It was lunchtime and the Wizard was stomping round, but even he was unable to round up humans to take part in the vibrant lunchtime in vibrant New Regent Street.

 

You can read more at the nation's top newsprecinct THE PRESS.

 

 

19/9/3014: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY ....

 

When you see signs like this one on Waltham Road - nobody takes any notice of it, go stand on Waltham Road by Hastings Street and feel the bounce when buses or trucks go past!!!!!!

 

YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY .....

 

When you see big bends in bridges ....

 

Like in this one on Colombo Street by Kilmore Street over the Avon River.

 

Are you gonna vote termorra?????

 

17/9/2014: HOW OBSERVANT ARE YOU???

Wot's missing?

A giant chocolate fish to the first correct answer - use the en guard link above.

 

 

 

15/9/2014: HERE'S ANOTHER WOT IS IT RANT......

 

No, not the coffee on the right, the thingie on the left! The coffee cup is there to give an idea of how big the metal thingie is.

 

Our Former Railway Worker, now retired, turned up with it the other day.

Our Former Academic, now in private practice, promptly went to seek counseling as he recognised it as a New Zealand Government paper clip, something that obviously frightened him during his government service in Wellington many, many years ago.

 

A pretty formidable clip for New Zealand Government paperwork.

 

Both remember them used on noticeboards to hold papers etc.

 

 

12/9/2014: ARE WE GOING TO BE DUST-BOWL REFUGEES THIS SUMMER??

The dust flies on Waltham Road after February's earthquake .. remember it?

 

With a dry summer predicted and the knock-it-downs still grumbling away .... Will we become DUST BOWL REFUGEES?

 

A local medic who lives on the Port Hills reckons he can see clouds of it even now as he descends to sea level while an electrician says he is sick of cleaning air filters in heaters and air-conditioners.

Question: Will Environment Canterbury, Sarah, CCC or Seedo do anything to alleviate it?? Like watering the barren bits? Stopping traffic on dry windy days? Stopping destruction or construction on dry windy days?

Have a nice Summer!

 

11/9/2014: PSSST, WANNA VISIT A DARK, DAMP,SMELLY PLACE?

We in Quake City can moan about the numerous road works and how they interfere with our normal life, but there is a not-so-nice side of earthquake repairs we don't see ........

Grubbing around repairing a sewer under Opawa Road!

 

 

No obese workers here - they would have trouble even getting into the sewer - just a bit of gritty resolve, a Hi-Vis vest and Hardhat, just in case.

 

Oh, and our Former Railway Worker, now retired, sold yesterdays stamper thingy on trademe for a bomb of a price - $278 to be exact.

 

10/9/2014: IS IT A BOMB?

 

Wot is it?

 

A howitzer shell? A trench grenade? A mortar bomb? Our Former Railway Worker, now retired, staggered in with it at the Opawa Cafe yesterday morning - it weights more than three-kilos - and dumped it on the table among the coffee drinkers.

 

It is some sort of ticket stamper he believes was used by the New Zealand Railways many years ago. You poke the ticket in the brass hole and it gets stamped with a date.

 

Sept. 2. 14, does this mean the thingie was made at the start of the First World War??

 

Have a read on WIKIPEADIA and if YOU know anything about it let me know so I can inform the Former Railway Worker, now retired who has listed the thingie on Trademe to sell.

 

9/9/2014: OPEN FOR BUSINESS AGAIN!

The Baxter family have been growing flowers for yonks for their customers on their Bridle Path Road property and now Mrs B's three lads, John, Rick and Mike, are doing it again so to speak.

Before the quakes - at work in the bunching shed at Aromaunga flowers on Bridle Path Road in Heathcote.

 

After the earthquakes - flattened!

 

Now - The former bunching shed site points to the new flower shop - the former garage!

 

See - Everyone is welcome.

 

To get your fresh flowers from the growers!

 

Oh, they also grow cherries plus this year's crop of roses are looking good too and at 94 Mrs B still bakes a mean fruit-cake!!

 

8/9/2014: A DOG'S LIFE!?

Heading away from Quake City at 100kph.

 

Now, what could be driving Dog away??? ...... Have a look yourself at these stories in the nation's top newsprecinct:

EQC?

INSURACE COMPANIES and EQC?

BUREAUCRATS WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES?

MAGIC MUSHROOMS?

 

If reading all that gabble depresses you just remember you can always get a coffee and talk to the birds at Ian's outdoor coffee cabin on the corner of Wordsworth and Colombo Streets in the go-ahead suburb of SYDENHAM!

 

 

5/9/2014: AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETLY DIFFERENT - CONCEIVED IN 1943 DURING THE BOMBING OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND STILL GOING STRONG!!

A Morris Minor designed by a smart alec captured in the go-ahead suburb (or is it precinct?) of Sydenham. Read about the wee cars HERE!And read about the BLITZ here.

 

It is said that SIR ALEC ISSIGONIS came up with the idea of the Morris Minor during fire-watching duties during the blitz. This bodes well for Christchurch, a city recovering from its own blitz - do you know of any creative discoveries since September 201o??

 

 

4/9/2014: MORE ON TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT ON OPAWA ROAD.

Customers at the Opawa Cafe on Monday morning wondered why the glitzy SUV's and other assorted motor vehicles heading for Opawa Road were roaring through the car park - now you know - traffic management on Hawford Road.

Also on Opawa Road ...

IT IS A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY FOR NIALL.

About 40 metres down to the Heathcote River in fact, hauling on this rope on Opawa Road yesterday the Irish worker is in town to celebrate the first earthquake. The question is, was he doing a slip jig or a reel?? And no, he comes from STRABANE not Tipperary!

 

 

 

3/9/2014: TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT ON OPAWA ROAD.

The cyclist survived, not sure about the car driver.

 

2/9/2014: RUMPLED ROADS AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT.

Are a problem for residents of our quake-ravaged city.

Repairs to those things that cower in the ground but bring amazing benefits to us living upstairs, so to speak, are accepted by most, it is just the traffic management plans that are put in place that can cause a bit of head-scratching if not outright confusion.

Skirt is doing its best with regular flyers to local residents and updating its website with the latest impositions but no-one seems to take much notice, perhaps they are too frightened to look up a skirt?

Read this view in the nation's top newsprecinct.

 

You could try and turn right here on Opawa Road?

 

Or left?

 

Or wait until they work it out??

If you want to take a peek up their skirts have a look HERE.

Oh, and keep away from the river end of Opawa Road this week.........

 

1/9/2014: RESULTS OF THE 2014 SOUTH ISLAND FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD IN DUNEDIN ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

Mens’ Foil: 1 Daniel Garelja, Auckland. 2 Louis Jennings, Dunedin. 3=  Chris Bell, Auckland and Connor Foley-Walker, Dunedin. 5 Baz Clark, Wellington. 6 Daniel Keleghan, Christchurch. 7 Jason Sim, Dunedin. 8 Richard Souness, Christchurch. 9 Riley Symon, Dunedin. 10 Nigel Hanson, Dunedin. DNF Isaac Rusholme-Cobb, Wellington.

Womens’ Foil: 1 Stephanie Willie, Auckland. 2 Vicky Fan, Auckland. 3= Pippi Miller and Simone Marshall, both Dunedin. 5 Alice Wu, Timaru. 6 Rachel Rolwlands, Christchurch. 7 Vanda Symon, Dunedin. Amy Wilson, Wellington. 9. Dorothy Boyd, Dunedin, 10 Suzy Cheng, Dunedin.

Womens’ Epee. 1 Ilaria Trame, Italy. 2 Felicity Boyd, Christchurch.3= Alison Price, Queenstown and Anna Chalton, Auckland. 5 Laura Bythell, Christchurch. 6 Simone Marshall, Dunedin. 7 Amy Wilson, Wellington.

Mens’ Epee: 1 Lucian Nightingale, Christchurch. 2 Mark Rance, Christchurch. 3= Andreas Sesun and Nicholas Hill, both Christchurch. 5 Louis Jennings, Dunedin. 6 Isaac Officer, Christchurch. 7 Isaac Rushholme-Cobb, Wellington. 8 Jonothan Brill, Christchurch. 9 Hichel Soares, Queenstown. 10 Mike Jameson, Dunedin. 11 Sebastion Clar, Dunedin. 12 Jaco Fourie, Christchurch. 13 David Jennings, Dunedin. 14 Zane Hamilton, Christchurch. 15 Quin Downs, Christchurch. 16 Baz Clark, Wellington. 17 Trent Hall, Queenstown, 18 Jonothan Seal, Queenstown. 19 Joshua Gibson, Christchurch.

Sabre: 1 Baz Clark, Wellington. 2 Jason Sim, Dunedin. 3 Adam Burrough, Dunedin.

 

Three different warm-up styles from left: talking, warm-up with coach and , foreground, warm-up by-your-self! Wonder what was the most effective?

 

Now here's a shot the girls will love - Vanda giving the men epeeists their marching-orders!

 

And Nicola gets Lucian to straighten his epee.

 

See, if I turn my back you can hit me there too - scoring action in the womens' foil!

 

Now some sabre action.

 

The medals, gold, silver and bronze and a mask from Fenz.

 

You've heard of the Sabre Dance? This is the Epee Dance.

 

We have all heard about the Kingston Flyer - have look HERE if you haven't. Here is the Queenstown Flyer, epeeist Jono Seal!

 

Ducking the hit!? Did Andreas get the hit?

 

A fallen warrior.

 

Come back soon - more pix and gossip to come!

 

 

29/8/2014: ENJOY SOME MUSIC....

Now, meet Dion again, this pic was taken a few days after February's big shake.. The concrete placer and digger driver lives on Pages Road and had no power, phone or water so what does he do? Serenades the few passersby with his guitar!

 

Things are still tough in Quake City and the horror stories keep coming as residents dealing with all sorts of bureaucratic bull-shit get kicked in the crotch, so to speak.

One of the most unusual stories was the home-owner, whose house was part-way through a re-build, given a wad of cash and a hand-shake and told to do it herself, the re-build that is.

Then there are the tales from sole-traders with former premises on Manchester and Colombo Streets, who have taken their insurance payouts and moved elsewhere. They'd like to rebuild, but the bureaucratic hoop and pole dancing is just toooooo much (And the cost of new foundations!), so their central-city properties will remain vacant for years to come while they enjoy life outside Swamp City.

ENJOY SOME MUSIC....

If you are feeling a bit stressed or grumpy come and enjoy the sound of busker Chris who performs at the Countdown on Colombo Street. Pssst, don't mention it, but he does like the odd Crunchie bar!

 

You could also have a listen to WEE TAM.

 

 

28/8/2014: MORE ON THE PRECINCTISATION OF CHRISTCHURCH!

Work is underway on the Waltham precinct pool.

 

Do read page page six of Tuesday's top newsprecint, The Press, for more about the Waltham precinct pool.

 

A rural scene from the Waltham precinct park.

 

Plus a TV precinct - wonder wot central-city precinct is is in??

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26/8/2014: A CAR-FREE HOSPITAL.

With busy roads like this?????

Brougham Street looking towards the Waltham precinct from Opawa Road yesterday - ninety-five of the hundred cars and stationwagons viewed in a short period had only one inhabitant in em!!

Yep, now read about the plans for a car-free Christchurch hospital in the nation's top NEWSPRECINCT.

And they plan to use part of Hagley Park just up the road for international cricket matches too.

It is these bureaucratic shenanigans and OTHERS like this that are entertaining the residents of Quake City.

 

25/8/2014: LOOKING FOR A TEMPORARY ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD IN QUAKE CITY?

 

Nobody wants it.

 

Read about the on-going tale of the unwanted ROOF. In the nation's top newsprecinct, but what roof are they talking about? The one pictured here is on Madras Street so does that mean there are numerous roofs lying round the former central city?

 

 

See, it is weather-tight so you think someone would want it.

 

22/8/2014: THE WALTHAM PRECINCT!?

Yep, that's what the nation's top woman's magazine, oops newspaper, is renaming the popular Christchurch suburb ... HAVE A LOOK HERE!

Wot the heck is a preesink?

Could it be a description of an area of the city that didn't sink?

Could it be to describe an area of Quake City before the bigsink?

Could it be an Americanism used by those that are trying to fudge things?

Could it be that those using the term are unsure of the meaning of PRECINCT!

Could it be they have been watching that popular American cop show of the 1960's, 87 PRECINCT!

Is this a water precinct? A puddle? A kid's precinct?

 

 

20/8/2014: HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO BE ABLE TO DEMOLISH A NEW ZEALAND CITY??

Well, at least part of it.

For twenty-five years they were a feature on Waltham Road, Strong Bothers (top left).

 

All gone - they have moved to Buchanan's Road, Hornby.

 

Guess the age of the operator of this knock-it-down crowning the rubble of the former Strong Bro's building - first correct answer wins a giant chocolate fish......

More pix on an earlier posting 5/6/2014 and again on 10/6/2014.

 

 

19/8/2014: THE MOCHI SHIELD IS UNDERWAY FOR 2014!

Here's the results from this year's first event ....

 

Wot's the Mochi Shield you ask? It is a tongue-in-cheek recognition of Italian World Junior Epee Champion, Dr Gian-franco Mochi, and his beneficial impact on Christchurch fencing MORE HERE!

Gianfranco lived in Christchurch with his family for some years and fenced at the University of Canterbury Fencing Club (then in the UCSA Ballroom now shut up cos of earthquake damage) and encouraged many of our members to braoden their fencing skills and experiences.

 

 

18/8/2014: SMOKIN OP'S IN NEW BRIGHTON.

To understand the terminology, unless you are a child of the 1060's and 70's, you will need to look HERE!

 

A musical cigar box.

 

 

Played by Lance, the Postie, at a musical soiree in the seaburb of New Brighton. The regular get-to-gether pisses-off one business in the mall, but entertains many more along with their customers.

 

 

Here's a happy seabrighton business - Select Meats. Closed for earthquake repairs it will open for business next week!!

Now here is a bit of old time rock and roll to finish WITH!

Rock on!!

 

15/8/2014: STRANGE GOINGS ON IN SYDENHAM!

Greening the rubble, gardening in the Red Zone, and a naked woman with her legs in the air welcoming the Japanese Premier, quake ravaged Christchurch has provided a host of (tongue-in-cheek) inadvertent laughs, but this pavement art attracted the attention of business owners and worker slaves in Sydenham lately.

According to the fellow who nests here, the different colours mean something, but he had forgotton what.

 

 

Any idea of what these question marks mean on this Colombo Street footpath?

 

One local reckons that, according to a Skirt flyer, it means months of disruption to his business as sewers and other thingies are repaired. Now what was the name of the CTV reporter who got confused between sewage and sewerage - do you know the difference??

 

A memorial to Maureen? A superannuitant and inveterate cafe-goer who once ran an ashram in the North Island, Maureen Fletcher was killed here in February's earthquake. RIP.

 

 

 

13/8/2014: CORNERED??

The people of Christchurch in their earthquake damaged city.

Like a hunted spider?

 

 

Or politicians and bureaucrats unable to cope?

 

 

With broken homes and stressed residents?

 

 

But hey, the flag, albeit a a bit tattered, is still flying over the former Provincial Buildings in the former city centre!!

 

 

10/8/2014: Electioneering in Central Christchurch.

Road works, knock-em-downs, road works, orange cones, road works and political posters but no voters.

 

5/8/2014: A CCC COVER UP??

Remember the tongue-in-cheek posting on the 17/7 about the Christchurch City Council's consenting process??? Well here's the riposte - a cover-up on Opawa Road.

 

Looks good dunit?

 

3/8/2014: Howz your cathedral? an overseas reader has asked.

I know she was referring to the Christchurch Anglican Cathedral and all the grumbles and shenanigans that surround its rebuild or demolition.

Many will also know that folks in Quake City blame the Anglicans for all our problems for settling in the middle of a swampy wasteland on their arrival here.

The front door ....

 

Boxed in ....

 

But still standing ...

 

Of course the pix show the Catholic Cathedral on Barbadoes Street which many residents in Quake City prefer to the other one in the Square - Read more about it in the nation's top newspaper.

 

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

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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!

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