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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.
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Archived Gossip and Photos:
27/11/2015: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE IN QUAKESVILLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????
A couple of views that may bring a glint to the eyes of folks in Quakesville - READ more at THE PRESS!
The view last week from in front of the sparkling new bus exchange on Colombo Street.
This week. Spot the difference?
2013: an about to be launched ship's prow peers up High Street.
Yesterday: a nice shiny prow with the ground floor space still to be let.
26/11/2015: YOU KNOW YOU ARE INQUAKESVILLE WHEN YOU SEE HOUSES GROWING ON STILTS!!
Generally it means that the house is repairable or in great condition, just that the the foundations have suffered from the quakes or liquefaction and the house lifted to allow repairs.
Have you heard about the house on the banks of one of our wee rivers that was jacked-up and its foundations strengthened by piles and a large concrete pad laid for it to sit on, to raise it above any future flooding level. Great idea, looking to the climate warming future.
Sadly they forgot about the water pipes and sewerage system at street level so when the plumbers and sewerage workers arrived to reconnect them, they found them buried under a metre or more of solid concrete!
Guess wot is happening???????????
YOU ALSO KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKESVILLE WHEN THEY BUILD A PLAYGROUND IN THE FORMER CENTRAL CITY AND DITHER ABOUT MORE IMPORTANT THINGS SUCH AS HOUSING, ROADS AND A CONVENTION CENTRE ..
Only metres from a barren city centre .... read more in THE PRESS!
Wot comes first in a quake ravaged city? A family playground or houses for the families??
24/11/2015: WANNA DUMP?
With the citizens of Christchurch being dumped on by so many for so long it is a wonder that there has not been an angry revolution. Could it be that all are sitting on the bog, pictured, expectantly waiting for something to pass???
This wee fellow has a nice view of Brougham Street but no handy toilet paper.
Now read about wots coming to the former CHRISTCHURCH CITY CENTRE in the nation's top women's magazine.
Now do you know of a drug/tobacconist shop in the central city? Pre-quake there were two popular ones, one on Manchester Street and the other in Chancery Lane - all gone. Along with many wee dairies. It seems the nearest are now in Sydenham, Bealey Ave and up Papanui Road.
23/11/2015: ONE FLAG AND 26, YESM TWENTY-SIX, LANGUAGES!
Yep, the voting slip for the flag referendum came in the mail with a list of 26 languages. You can read more HERE!
And we thought that the official Kiwi languages were English and Maori, oh and hand-jiving!
Does that mean we could end up with 26 flags - one for each language??
One of the proposed new flags snaps in the breeze over the wee go-ahead suburb of Sydenham.
Have YOU mailed back your voting slurp yet??????
22/11/2015: WOT'S GOING ON BEHIND THIS COVERED-IN FENCE??
High Street by Cashel Street - wot's the digger removing??? Nuclear waste? Human waste or chemical waste dumped there during the deconstruction of the former city centre when it was all red zoned and controlled by Sarah and others.
Yesm the rebuild is underway as you can see but wot was once there behind the fence on the left and who/which company deconstructed it or filled it in?? Perhaps this may help your MEMORY?
Now, don't ask Gerry or his Wastemakers - you might be surprised.
21/11/2015: OOH, THEY ARE WORKING ON THE VICTORIA STREET BRIDGE.
Captain Cook is leading the titivation of the Victoria Street bridge? More on the Capt HERE!
Once the gateway to the central city and the former Cathedral Square from Papanui and Merivale and other suburbs north, until the council let a zigurat be built and redirected traffic to bypass the former Market Square, and after the central city had began to die when the university moved to Illam in the 1970's, work has started on primping it up. The Colombo Street bridge will be next.
The zigurat once blocking Victoria Steet was demolished after being damaged in the quakes.
The Victoria Street bridge's steel beams were stronger!!!
Could it be that Victoria Street may become the highway to the rebirth of the former central city - looking up Victoria Street to the dynamic northern suburbs.
Is the hard-earned cash of Quakesville ratepayers being used wisely??
Especially as heaps more folks use this rumpled bridge across the Avon River at New Brighton, which has no fix-it date in sight, then the Victoria Street bridge.
20/11/2015: LUNCHTIME ENTERTAINMENT.
A smash at the corner of Linwood Avenue and Dyers Road. There were no bodies or blood so we continured our way to a lamb and kumara pie with salad at the Lighthouse Cafe in New Brighton. By heading to New Brighton this way you can use the rebuilt Bridge Street bridge instead of the huckery, juddery broken bridge on Pages Road.
And the curtain has lifted at the former Christchurch Town Hall .....
See, workers stage- manage repairs to the quake-riven building on the banks of the River Avon.
19/11/2015: WASTE REMOVAL AT BROUGHAM VILLAGE IN SYDENHAM YESTERDAY.
They are wearing all the safety gear including re-breathers so it must be some sort of deadly waste.
Is it chemical waste? Mineral waste? Nuclear waste?
A load of crap?
After all there is a nice view of the surrounding area and Brougham Street.
18/11/2015: STILL COMING DOWN IN QUAKESVILLE.
A knock-it-downer attacks this wee building on Latimer Square.
WHILE .... Put-it-uppers dominate the skyline in another part of central Quakesville...
What Lianne and her Ladies and Laddies see from their central city hutch - that's the Avon River under the trees on the left.
17/11/2015:THE SURF'S UP AT NEW BRIGHTON!!!
BUT THE TIDE'S OUT!
AND WILL IT EVER COME BACK????????????? Have a look read of this ...
16/11/2015: GREAT NEWS, NO EARTHQUAKES FOR THREE DAYS!!!
Yep, have a look here at Christchurch's QUAKE MAP. That's gotta be one of the longest periods since the big fellow in September 2010!
Does that mean the curtain is coming down on quakes or,
Going up like this curtain at the former Town Hall of Quakesville which is now under repair??
15/11/2015: POOR JOSH.
Not only is he getting married, see post of 6/9/2015, in January in Jafaville (Auckland for overseas readers) The Press managed to get his name wrong in the caption of the great action pic of yesterday's Duel at Dawn in New Regent Street- they called him Chris Knowles instead of Joshua Gibson.
Chris, known as Mr Vice, is President of the old-established fencing club -the only one in the world based in a pub/bar - is cock-a-hoop over the mix-up. He says it makes him look taller than he is and it could be one of the reasons he was re-elected President at yesterday's Annual General Meeting?
Wonder who is going to win the next bout (fight) between the two?? Is height an advantage in fencing??
A tram and a double-decker bus on New Regent Street - wonder which one would win in a duel?
14/11/2015: WOT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES.
From Friday 13th delivery problems to becoming the nation's top dueling newspaper, all in a day - read more here!
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13/11/2015: IT IS FRIDAY THE 13TH!!
THE DAY OF MAJOR FUCK-UPS!! Click to read more.
And the nation's top women's magazine, The Press, has pissed-off dozens of readers/subscribers when its delivery system failed this morning and many locals did not receive their daily fix. Even some supermarkets were bereft of the once-popular publication.
Grumpy and angry readers of a once-great newspaper ....
One subscriber was gob-smacked when he rang the circulation department to ask what had happened and was asked to prove his identity!! Over the phone?? And when the writer rang the circulation department to check things out the poor girl, based in the Philippines, had no answer.
And they call themselves a newspaper.
12/11/2015: A GIANT KIWI JUST FOR YOU.
You can see this big fellow by turning left, when entering the wee North Island village of Levin, coming from Wellington. That's right, turn left up the Hokio Beach road and enjoy the rural landscape until you see this fellow on your left just before you reach the tiny beach-side hamlet.
A question for you, does this kiwi have any association or link to quakesville??
11/11/2015: WOTS GOING ON IN THE FORMER BOROUGH OF SYDENHAM?
Painting and decorating.
A hotel here, on the former Ascot TV site on the corner of Colombo and Wordsworth Streets, plus a backpackers just up the road.
An expanding Pumpkin.
Long-time green-grocer, Jimmy, among the rubble of a new shopping area at the rear of his popular Funky Pumpkin shop on Colombo Street.
At 86 and formerly from Hokitika, Jimmy shows no signs of retiring from the fruit and vege trade - to think that many years ago he once commuted regularly from his shop on the West Coast to the fruit and vege auctions in Christchurch.
10/11/2015: A DUEL IN THE CENTRAL CITY!!??
No it is not Lianne, her laddies and lasses, attacking Gerry and his wastemakers and other assorted types.
Nor is it screwed-over quakeville residents and their insurance companies facing off, but the University of Canterbury Fencing Club finishing for the year in a skillfull clash of steel!
So come and watch - you may even get a chance to stab something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
9/11/2015: CUMMON IN!!
And visit New Brighton.
Oooh, you are nice.
Is it art? You decide.
6/11/2015: A NEW MEANING TO TAKING A PUNT!!
Folks line the Avon River to welcome the victorious All Blacks yesterday, while a punt delivers even more worshipers.
See!! The punt's engine room is even waving a flag with his big stick! Read more HERE in the nation's top women's magazine.
Galloping worshipers follow the utes carrying the All Blacks to a huge group grope in Hagley Park.
5/11/2015: UP AND DOWN IN CHRISTCHURCH.
DOWN Begging in Quakesville on the main drag, Colombo Street, near the South City mall. No, the Police are not begging, yet, but the fellow on the right!
The central city looking up New Regent Street towards Gloucester and Worcester Streets.
Oh, if you really want to know, someone closed the boot lid of the abandoned car!!
3/11/2015: STRIPPED AND ABANDONED IN THE LEAFY SUBURB ON RUBBISH COLLECTION DAY.
Someone must have liked the mag wheels, even the one in the boot is gone as is the sound system. Abandoned in Cholmondeley Avenue in Opawa this morning.
Is it yours?
2/11/2015: MORE WALL ART/GRAFITI IN CENTRAL QUAKESVILE.
MORE nearby - a bit grumpy looking init???
Now, do you have a spare wall?? WALLS WANTED!
30/10/2015: THE OLD AND THE NEW IN QUAKESVILLE.
Looking up Madras Street towards Chester and Armagh Streets. That's the Edmonds' Clock tower on the left and the new stuff on it's right.
Down but not out - ruins and re-build - High Street is to the left and Cashel Street is to the top.
28/10/2015: IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHO YOU LISTEN TOOOOOOOOO....
Look what they have caught!
Whitebaiting, fishing or even playing in the wee Heathcote River that runs through the nicest parts of Quakesville, is dangerous and you could be infected from the contaminated water or eating the fish you have caught say some experts. Others, especially whitebaiters, just get on with it as do these City Care workers who clean the river three or four times each year.
A big heap of crap from the Heathcote River.
Have you heard about the dangers of eating bacon or sausages??? Read more about shonky science in THE PRESS here in the comments section.
Know of anyone infected or died from paddling in the river or from eating those pricey, but tasty, whitebait???
27/10/2015: UP AND DOWN IN QUAKESVILLE!
DOWN. The Brougham Village on Brougham Street, tween Burlington Street and Waltham Road.
Locals are not sure about what will replace the village. Some say it could become a truck stop for big fellows like this! It is all up to Lianne and her Ladies and Laddies they say.
UP.The leafy suburb of Opawa near the Heathcote River. A proposed development is planned for the empty lot, above right, on Opawa Road.
Locals are skeptical about the food and retail options suggested given there are already two dairys opposite each other, plus a wee mall with cafe, chippy, take-away, butcher, hair-dresser, bike shop, doctor's surgery, physiotherapist and chemist just over Hawford Road on the right.
Besides, where would the customers, let alone those operating the businesses park? Perhaps low-cost housing such as Brougham Village might be more suitable?
26/10/2015: THEY'VE NOT POSTED ANY OFFICIAL RESULTS FROM THE NATIONAL FENCING CHAMPS IN WELLINGTON YET SO LET'S GO AND VISIT A SEA-SIDE SUBURB IN CHRISTCHURCH TRYING TO RECOVER FROM THE GREAT DISASTER.
This attractive Dragon lurks behind Daisy's LIGHTHOUSE CAFE in Shaw Avenue, New Brighton.
This rumpled, ruined bridge over the Avon River greets those arriving or departing the wee sea-side suburb.
As do sights like this wee house patiently awaiting its fate!
25/10/2015: THE 72ND NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS STARTED IN WELLINGTON YESTERDAY.
Why are they all smiling?? What are they doing? They must be having fun.!!
23/10/2015: PETROL PUMPERS IN QUAKESVILLE ARE BRACING THEMSELVES FOR A THIEVING SUMMER.
With the approach of another dry and dusty summer in Christchurch many petrol stations are taking precautions over the plundering of their windscreen washing brushes. At around $30 each the theft of four or five a week by young children can rack-up quickly.
Read wot Lianne and her Lasses and Laddies and the Police ARE TRYING TO DO .. in the nation's top women's mag, The Press.
Here's wot a Christchurch Petrol Pumper would like to do to the thieving children.
Oh, do take care on the roads this holiday Labour Day weekend and clean your own windscreen!!
22/10/2015: SOMEONE ELSE DOES NOT LIKE AUSTRALIANS??
With the recent incarceration of Kiwis in Australian concentration camps one could forgive a wisp of Anti Ockerism here, but in Europe where this shot was snapped??
What does it really mean? Have peek here! You can look-up the meaning of ocker yerself.
21/10/2015: A PURPLE MONEY EATER!!??
Or value for money??
$25,000 for the Purple People Greeter versus $200 for the two wee blue street blades (signs) above.You decide.
Could the money have been better spent helping these folks?? Read wot the nation's top women's magazine says about the suffering of ratepayers still going on in Quakesville... The $100,000 could, maybe, give em a road back to the Green Zone from that pesky Red Zone and make them feel a part of Quakesville again.
It even has a wee room for those tourists and others, that get lost, to doss down in!
The Former Railway Worker, now retired, will love these new signs as he got lost when he visited the former central city a couple of years back.
20/10/2015: SNAPPED IN EUROPE.
Does it apply to Kiwi tourists too Di?
19/10/2015: WE SALUTE YOU!
CHIVALRY IS NOT DEAD! Read more about it .... click on the preceding!
Even today in the Ancient Art and Modern Sport of fencing, the salute is important. Fencers must salute each other, the officials and spectators before they fight. They do it again at the end of the fight plus shake hands we each other to show there were no hard feelings.
Who are we saluting was one grumpy query after the above was posted earlier today. Why the All Blacks of course you Womble.
18/10/2015: FENCING MEMORIBILIA.
While checking out the cafes and bars while on holiday in Heidelberg, Germany, top Christchurch fencing coach, Diane Swain, came across a wee pub/bar stacked full of fencing and dueling memorabilia.
En-guard! With the 72nd National Fencing Championships starting in Wellington next Saturday this snap by Di seems most appropriate .... READ MORE ABOUT the Kiwi NATIONAL'S HERE!!!!!!!!!!
And read more about dueling in Heidelberg HERE!! Watch out though, some images could be scary....
Spectators welcomed, just turn up at the Wellington High School Gyms, Taranaki Street, Wellington City, to watch the action dueling!!!!
17/10/2015: WITH WORLD CUP THUGBY BEING SERVED UP THIS WEEKEND HERE'S A MEMORIAL TO AN EARLIER TIME.
It was spotted on Cuba Street in Palmerston North, near the ground where the Turbos play and reads "stop the tour".
Locals knew nothing about it but one fellow had a vague memory of street works going on at the time in 1981 and what happened then have read here about the Halt All Racist Tour protests ....
And here is another incision in the concrete.
Imagine the hair-pulling, gnashing of teeth and depression that would sweep the country if the All Blacks lost!
Perhaps we could undertake a membership drive for our Ancient Art and Modern Sport?
Go the All Blacks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
16/10/2015: WHY ARE THEY DIGGING UP THE NEW BUS EXCHANGE ONLY A FEW MONTHS AFTER IT'S GRAND OPENING???
When is a $53,000,000 new building opened ? When the bureaucrats say it is? When they stop working on it? Or, when they start digging-up the work completed? Or, all three!
Construction paraphernalia litters the footpath outside the newly opened bus house on Colombo Street. You have to give em, (barracudas such as Lianne and her lasses and laddies, Gerry and his Wastemakers, Skirt and Sarah.) a green light for the new cycleway up the former main drag of Quakesville! It is great, now if they can get rid of those pesky cars and buses!
Oh by barracudas was meant bureaucrats - a wee problem with the Spell Check! Really!
15/10/2015: HOWZ YER EYES??
Sharpen them up with these two images ... ....
Manchester Street, looking towards the Port Hills, from the Avon River bridge on Monday.
Manchester Street in 2012.
Spot the difference????????????????????
14.10.2015: HERE ARE SOME ROAD CONES FOR OUR FORMER RAILWAY WORKER NOW RETIRED!
Yep, the old fellow, who knows everything about railways and choo choos, just loves em yet castigates this site as fixed on roadcones to the detriment of real news and pix.
In Palmerston North midnight revelers adorn their local works of art, in this case George and his Dragon, with road cones and knitting!
Got a question about New Zealand railways you want answered?
E-mail it and we will put it to the Former Railway Worker, now retired, at the regular kaffe klatsch!
13/10/2015: WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO GO BEGGING IN CHRISTCHURCH??
Why, outside a bank of course! In this case the ANZ bank on Colombo Street in Sydenham.
Wouldn't you? Especially if you can earn around $80 to $150 a session tax free. Multiply that by six or seven and it is more than most working-slaves earn in a week!
12/10/2015: MORE FENCING NEWS...
With Nationals only weeks away AND today is the last day for on-time entries - QUICK SEE HERE!! - Here's some pix of a fencing promotion Italian style ....
A display of stabby and choppy things at this year's Venice Biennale.
How they promote the ancient art and modern sport in Venice. Notice he is a lefty!
A duel in the centre of Venice.
The pix were snapped last month by former Christchurch fencer Rachael Swain.
11/10/2015: EVEN THE THREAT OF IMPENDING UNIVERSITY EXAMS COULD NOT STOP 'EM, WELL SOME OF THEM.
Members of the University of Canterbury Fencing Club held the final of their annual Mochi Shield event yesterday.
There was as much action off-the-piste as was on it as competitors fought to produce a mathematically correct ranking from the two competitions (one held earlier in the year). UCFC Secretary Slaw was wise, she stayed at home to study for her law exams. Now, who was the winnerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....
Here, you work it out!!
Meanwhile, UCFC President Mr Vice, hid out in the gear cupboard.
More about the Uni club HERE
and HERE!!! Who knows, you might come and fence with us?
10/10/2015: A VIEW OF CHRISTCHURCH FIVE YEARS ON FROM THE BIG QUAKE!
That's New Brighton and the Pacific Ocean at the top left then the estuary of the Avon and Heathcote Rivers and the shite ponds then there is the abandoned and demolished eastern suburbs of Aranui, Bexley and Wainoni.
Read more HERE!
Thanks to Air New Zealand for the senic views last Monday.
9/10/2015: AT LEAST THE PEOPLE OF PALMY HAVE A SQUARE.
A green pleasant one with a clock that dongs and heaps of shops and cafes, and parking, surrounding it.
Unlike this one. Now a wasteland inhabited by a few tall buildings, a rumpled former Anglican cathedral and no people - the dead heart of Christchurch!
Now, doesn't Victoria Square look good? Wonder wot it would have looked like if Sarah's royal rape had gone ahead?
8/10/2015: 80,000 RESIDENTS OF PALMERSTON NORTH DON'T KNOW THE NAME OF ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS DRAW-CARDS TO THEIR WEE MANAWATU CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is George, the Tuatara and his Worshipfulness, on show on one of the main drags of Palmy.
Yes, ask 10 or even 80,000 residents, next time you visit the place, if they know who George is and they will answer NO!
Then ask them if they know where the Tuatara is and they will all respond positively! Strange??
Affectionately named George by it's sculptor there is no plaque or sign at the Broadway site recording such personal information.
Hence it is a great way to make residents appear dim and dumb - just ask em do they know who George is and watch the reaction!!
7/10/2015: A WOOLY RIOT IN PALMERSTON NORTH ....
There is no doubt they do things differently in the wee Manawatu village welcoming visitors with bundles of knitting!
Read more about the NIT WITS in the wee local rag!!
Talking about the local rag, the Manawatu Standard, it pissed off heaps of locals when it changed from being an afternoon paper to a morning one recently. Wonder if the circulation of the morning DomPost has increased or decreased in Palmy and same for the Standard???
6/10/2015: IT IS HANGING OUT TIME IN PALMERSTON NORTH THIS WEEK .....
Here Wolf , the window cleaner, prepares to clean the windows of the Palmerston North city council. The dering-do window cleaner also cleans the windows on Palmy's tallest building - all thirteen floors high.
A popular route tween the west and east coasts, Palmy and Woodville, the narrow-gutted gorge is well-known for slips and slides and avalanches - the last only last month.
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!