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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.


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24/4/2015: HELP!

With Anzac/Gallipoli remembrances reaching their height this weekend perhaps some knowledgeable person can explain why this wee cross to Gallipoli survivor Serjeant AT Field, of the New Zealand (Maori) Pioneer Battalion, who died in France in 1916, was erected on the side of State Highway 1 at Palmerston?

 

The story, so far: 28/8/2009: Many years ago when studying at Canterbury University I used to hitch-hike to my home in Dunedin. One morning outside Palmerston, while waiting for a lift on the State Highway between Christchurch and Dunedin, I came across this overgrown cross on a roadside bank on the Christchurch side of the North Otago town.

The pictures were taken with a Pentax Spotmatic on TriX black- and-white film in 1970. I never thought much more about the lonely, unkempt cross until recently when I was sorting through a box of negs and decided to do a bit of research and this is what I found:

FIELD, ALFRED THORNLEY

Initials:

A T

Nationality:

New Zealand

Rank:

Serjeant

Regiment/Service:

New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Battalion

Age:

29

Date of Death:

15/09/1916

Service No:

9/1007

Additional information:

Son of John A. and A. Emilie Field, of Port Levy, Canterbury, New Zealand; husband of Tui F. D. S. Field, of Palmerston, Otago, New Zealand. Also served in Gallipoli and Egypt.

Casualty Type:

Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference:

XI. B. 5.

Cemetery:

CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL

Some years after making the posting in 2009 a distant relative of the Serjeant got in touch, but like me he had no answer to why the wee cross was erected in that particular spot. He did provide this pix of the Serjeant's grave though,

However the question still remains, why was the wee cross erected where it was??????

Anyone got an answer????

 

22/4/2015: ENOUGH OF WHAT'S GOING DOWN IN QUAKE CITY AND MORE ABOUT THE GREAT SPORT - FENCING!!

Once a fencer always a fencer even if you are retired and on holiday

Vivian Jenkins and Percy Temple duel with a couple of old and broken foils used as plant stakes during a stop in Quake City.

 

The pair, from KUAOTUNU on the Coromandel, are touring the South Island in their camper-van. Both long-time fencers and former national champions and New Zealand representatives of the 1970's, they stopped to visit with another partially retired former fencer, Keith Mann.

Originally from Christchurch, Percy, a former member of the now defunct Christchurch Swords Club and a founding member of the ever-growing United Fencing Club first won the CSC's President's Cup way back in 1952!

You can view their results and of other top fencers on the admirable FENCING CENTRAL website.

Full marks to those that noticed the pair are left-handed as are all great fencers and coaches!!

 

 

20/4/2015: STEP FORWARD QUAKE CITY . OOPS, I REALY MEAN STEP BACKWARDS .....

Read what our Prime Minister really means in the nation's top newspaper.

Then gaze on the parking chaos in the former city centre.

The Manchester Street parking building is coming down. If you look closely (top left) at the 1970's b/w pic, posted on the 14th of this month, you can see that it is one of the very few larger building still upright in the former city centre. Notice the cars clustered on its roof.

 

Now cars that once lived in the Manchester Street parking building on the left (above) live in this paddock on the right! And they want more cars to come back to the former city centre?

 

Manchester Street before the quakes was a centre of small shops and sole traders. All have gone, many shifted from Christchurch. Two that I know of have accepted the dosh for their wee two-storey brick buildings and moved to the West Coast leaving the sites of their former shops vacant - too expensive to rebuild they say, with foundations costing around a third to a half of what they were paid.

Other former business folks on Colombo Street and many other former city centre streets have done the same. Take a drive the length of Colombo or Manchester Streets and see the vacant sections - not all are the result of the best intentions of Sayrah, Ceedoo, EQC, Lianne and her Ladies and Gerry and his Wastemakers!

 

17/4/2015: MORE ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS IN QUAKE CITY.

FROM THIS ...

Workers on Wilson's Road by Waltham Park this morning hit an unexpected problem - a water pipe! Here they rush to tackle the torrent and phone for help.

While downstream, so to speak, by the Heathcote River on Fairfield Terrace a runner joyfully bounds over the raging floodwaters.

 

TO THIS ........ read more here in the nation's top newspaper.

Now, will excavations on the site of the former King Edward Barracks, next to the great police monument, above, show that fencing, that ancient art and modern sport, took place there??? Or will it all get crushed and buried?

 

16/4/2015: ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS IN MANCHESTER STREET....

Count the number of pipes and drains in this pic - and you wonder why the re-build is taking so long?? Wot a job to repair or replace em.

 

 

 

15/4/2015: DOES A ZERO HOURS CONTRACT APPLY HERE???

What the fuck is 'Zero Hours' contracts?????? Does it apply to this quake-closed Starbucks cafe on Colombo Street in Quake City?

 

READ about the slave-labour contracts HERE!

 

14/4/3015: CATHEDRAL SQUARE EARLY 1970.

Taken from the top of the former Government Life Insurance building.

 

CATHEDRAL SQUARE YESTERDAY.......................

Roughly the same from ground level.

 

From up Colombo Street near Victoria Square.

 

 

12/4/2015: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY ...

When they fence-in diggers and loaders and surround 'em with goods and services taxed road cones to stop the children taking them for a drive - wonder if the fence had to pay GST too? And the digger owner too for using the park?

Read more in THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER!

 

10/4/2015: GOING UP IN QUAKE CITY!

A prison centre and bus stop, foreground.

 

BOARDED UP.

A house in the central city.

 

GIVING UP!

The site of a couple of popular, pre-earthquake, cafes in New Brighton flattened by the quakes.

 

UP AND DOWN.

 

A quake-damaged house in Sydenham makes way for three new ones.

 

 

 

8/4/2014: AVON RIVER VISTAS UP FOR GRAB!!!

 

Only a few minutes walk apart and ideal for city centre, well the former city centre, living. Which would you choose? Both with river views.

 

Looking across the Avon River towards Oxford Terrace and Colombo Street from Cambridge Terrace.

 

A few minutes walk away - looking across the Avon River again.

 

 

7/4/2015: A BRIDGE TOO FAR?

How much is the Government led by John Key and mate Gerry and his Wastemakers making from the re-build of quake-riven Christchurch?

Building consents for re-building the destroyed city have a value of $5.8 billion - that is $1.1 billion in 2012; $1.7 billion in 2013; $3 billion in 2014. What's the GST on that? Go on, get yer calculators out!!

The bridge over the Avon River at Dallington - that's the Port Hills in the background for you overseas viewers.

Wonder wot the GST is on it??

 

Another view - do the quacks have to pay GST to the Government too?

 

 

What about these road cones on Cloucester Street on the way to Dallington Bridge - do they pay GST to the Government too?

I suspect they did, around $5 each, so next time you get pissed off at the road cones just think of the dosh they have generated for the Government and not the pain they have caused you.

The question is dear reader, is how much is the Government putting back into Quake City??

 

Enough to fill the potholes in the roads you drive on??

 

6/4/3015: WOT DID YOU DO OVER EASTER???????

These University of Canterbury Fencing Club folks dueled in their local bar!

 

See ... SEE HERE!

 

The long-established swords club must be the only fencing club in the world to meet in a bar - no alcohol is served!! Just the clash of friendly rivalry. Blame it on the earthquakes that put paid to the former Students' Association building just over the way where the club once met in the ballroom.

 

Now for something completely different:

 

Want some free firewood for winter?? This heap in the go-ahead suburb of Sydenham is yours to take. Flick me an email (above) and I'll let you know the address and the contact person. quick, it might be a cold winter.

 

 

2/4/2015: WAS THIS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE??

Wot about hand washing and cleaning of teeth??

Is the above the reason so many workers are having problems??

Read more in the nation's top newspaper. Imagine if they were schoolboy rowers and rowing coaches at the Maadi Cup and not government controlled slaves.

 

 

 

1/4/2015: APRIL FOOLS' CHRISTCHURCH RATEPAYERS AND RESIDENTS!!

You have got to wonder if those involved in repair of sewage and water pipes such as skirt, ceedo, sarah and our very own seeseesee are giving us the fingers?

In particular does SKIRT and her boyfriend McConnell Dowell have anything under their skirts?? Oops, I mean hats.

For months they have been working on Opawa Road. Blocking it off and even reducing it to one lane and making the poor cyclists dismount - yep skirt and her boyfriend MD have stopped grumpy drivers and forced poor bewildered cyclists to dismount before mounting their road so to speak.

Read more about the Opawa Road works.

That's an accepted part of living in Quake City with its rumpled roads and on-going road-works, but what isn't is the apparent rip-off by Skirt and her boyfriends.

Wot's that you say, a financial rip-off in cash depleted Quake City. Here's the evidence?See how skirt and her boyfriend McConnell Dowell have ripped up the centre of Opawa Road and then resealed it at great expense but left the close-by potholes unfilled!

 

Another example of poor planning, fruitloopery, indifference or making sure of future work?? Plus a bumpy ride for ratepayers?

The point is dear reader is why they did not fill the potholes when they resealed the road? After all they had the slaves and expensive machinery right there so why not fill the close-by potholes with a few dollars of asphalt?? It wouldn't take much time or effort.

Does Skirt wear anything under her dress??

 

TERMORRA: How much does it cost to fill a wee pothole???

 

 

 

30/3/2015: QUAKE CITY GROUND TO A HALT LAST NIGHT AND IT WAS NOT BECAUSE OF AN EARTHQUAKE.!

More than 9000 quakes have struck since February 2011, you can work out how many a day that is yourself, including 14 in the last week but it was the cricket that stopped the city.

Colombo Street in Beckenham around 7pm last night. Normally the take-away's and dairy on the right are bustling with hungry customers. While only one exercise fanatic graced the gym on the left where normally a wall of tortured faces, of those using the treadmills, peer through the glass to the amusement of pedestrians and those driving past.

 

Colombo Street looking towards the, former, central city. Even the chicken hutch on the right was a bit quiet with no customers exiting the drive-through and threatening cyclists and pedestrians.

 

Even the nation's top newspaper went missing in action, so to speak, with nothing about the cricket in this morning's online edition. However, that other great newspaper, the ODIOUS DAILY TWADDLE has, even a pix or two!!

Now that is the response of a real newspaper..... it is just not cricket!!!!!!

 

STOP PRESS!

It is now lunchtime, and as one avid newspaper reader has ranted, "the hardcopy edition of The Press is headlined as a special souvenir edition"!

However that fact does not concern the bridge playing residents of WANGANUI and Palmerston North who rushed away from a big bridge competion in the competition to follow the cricket. Not stopping even for cakes and refreshments.

 

 

27/3-2015: GORDON IS A MASTER WELDER!!.

From this broken epee blade.

 

To this nice springy sword blade.

 

Epee blades can cost upwards of a couple-of-hundred dollars but can last for years. However this folded maraging steel fellow did not and it was Gordon, The Welder, to the rescue. The repaired rapier will now be used for training.

 

 

26/3/2015: THIS WELLES STREET WASTELAND HAS LOCAL BUSINESS AND PROPERTY OWNERS ESTATIC!!

Looking towards Dundas Street and Atlas Lane from Welles Street.

 

Once they've smashed the vast concrete pad with that iron thingie, on the right above, they plan to build two five-storey apartment buildings here, plus retail buildings on Welles Street with two-storey units above.

 

Looking towards Manchester Street.

 

The plan is for lots of car parking and green space too on the former Atlas Appliances site.

 

And looking towards Colombo Street.

 

 

 

 

24/3/2015: BEFORE WE GET TO THE RESULTS OF SUNDAY'S OLGA JEYKLL MIXED TEAMS COMPETITION HERE'S A FIRST FOR A PAIR OF KEEN MOTORCYCLISTS IN OPAWA!

A close inspection of Christchurch's newest piece of Police kit - Read more in the nation's top newspaper!!

 

RESULTS OF THE OLGA JEKYLL MIXED TEAMS

NOVICES : who were 7 to 14yrs of age and started fencing in the last few weeks or were very young. 1. THE WORLD TEAM: Morgan McCallum, Nathan Cranstone, Bonnie McGinlay and Simone Lang.  2. UMM: Alisha Bedggood, Natasha Gee-Miller, Ethan Yao and Kate Gourley.

JUNIOR TEAMS : 9 to 14yrs with more than 6 months experience. 1. APPLES: Len Parris, Harriet Eglinton and Dexter Parris. 2 ORANGES: Theo Harnies, Eden Pidgeon and Abby Reynolds. 3 PEARS: Kate Newman, Thomas Johnstone and Max Brown.
                   
EXPERIENCED FENCERS: 13 to 47 yrs. 1. TARGET PRACTICE:  Gareth Foley, Angus Foley- Walker and  Charlotte James. 2. PHOENIX: Hugh Reynolds, Hayden Abbott and Sophia Blake. 3. WE BUILD FENCERS: Mikhail Lopaz, Caleb Morrow and Xander Logan. 4. GRIFFINDOR: Connor Foley-Walker, Cameron Abbott and Francesca Logan.

       
SPOT PRIZE WINNERS : Body-wires, donated by Daniel Chan of Mainland Fencing, went to Nathan Yao and Cameron Abbott. Electric Foils, donated by United Fencing Club, went to Morgan McCallum and Francesca Logan

 

Competitors get ready to duel.

 

23/3/2015: THE SIGNS WERE OUT!

For this year's Olga Jeykll competition.

 

And the fencers and spectators turned up.

 

See, more than thirty fencers plus dozens of volunteers, coaches and parents.

MORE pix along with the the results as soon as Dianne has colleted em, the results that is, and the winners of the new electric foils and bodywires.

 

INSURANCE COMPANIES AND OTHERS OVER THEIR DEALINGS WITH PEOPLE SINCE THE QUAKES???

Like this former gangling tree on the banks of the Heathcote River by the St Martins Road and Waltham Road bridge.

 

It had been slowly slipping into the river since the quakes.

 

Until this fellow and his City Care mates got stuck into it - he's in the river to catch the loose bits that fall in!

 

After this Czech lumberjack has done his work.

 

Wonder why Gerry and the Wastemakers and their boss John Key didn't call it an "Old Dunga"? Perhaps they were afraid of a save the tree protest? Now, can Lianne and her Ladies sell the timber to China?

 

 

20/3/2015: SOME FENCING PIX.

 

Most fencing clubs are run by volunteers, here are some at work ...

 

Here Rob, left and Rob, right, check and repair gear for this week's Olga Jeykll mixed foil teams event at Avonside High School. Both belong to Olga's old club, the United Fencing Club.

 

While ...

 

Keith, right, gives a sabre lesson.

 

They even do it in Spain.

 

Alvaro, left, gives a lesson in central Madrid. More about the Madrid club here .....

 

 

19/3/2015: THANKS TO ALL YOU NICE PEOPLE!!

About your positive comments on the old pix of the Square posted yesterday. Now here is another for BB in Queenstown and Vicki in Christchurch......

A vista that'll never be seen again. Cathedral Square looking towards the Port Hill with the former Anglican cathedral behind the trees on the left. It is rumoured that the Former Railway Worker, now retired, once worked in the take-away in the right foreground while BB was working on the 10th floor of the BNZ building, on the left, when February's quake struck.

 

Oh, here's a pic taken yesterday to highlight the changes.

Looking up Colombo Street towards Victoria Square (you can see her trees in the far background on the left) with the remains of the former Anglican cathedral on the right - a few solitary buildings, huckery painted fences and cars parked where buildings once stood.

Will it change? Read more in the nation's top newspaper!

 

 

18/3/2015: A CENTRAL CITY VISTA FROM THE PAST!

Looking across the Square, the former heart of Christchurch city before the earthquakes, up Colombo Street towards Victoria Square. That's the former Christchurch Anglican cathedral on the right.

 

Read more about the shenanigans around the cathedral in the nation's top newspaper.

 

Here is another view of the Square pre-quake - no troublesome traffic lights that don't give a damn about pedestrians! Just another sentient human-being to look after them.

 

 

 

16/3/2015: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY WHEN CONTRACTORS CAN PARK THEIR HEAVY MACHINERY ON A PARK AND NOT GET A PARKING TICKET UNLIKE THE REST OF US.

Perhaps the Parking Folks are worried the big roller, parked off-shot to the right, might roll over them??

 

Quake City's main drag, Colombo Street is starting to show its metal, so to speak.

 

Like here in the former city centre.

 

Or here in Sydenham.

As one City Councilor suggested, the metal construction allows the building to flex - no he is not a fencer and has no knowledge of flexible blades!!

 

 

 

15/3/2015: OH DEAR HAVE I PISSED SOME READERS OFF??

You judge. A handful of readers are annoyed at the use of the sobriquet, "The Nation's Top Newspaper" for 'The Press'.

The former The Press buildings on Gloucester Street before the Big Quake flattened em.

It is full of crap and is a women's mag says one, while another, the local dairy owner, is equally scathing about the contents but even more so about its circulation department and the trouble he has trying to get extra copies when he sells out of an edition.

Here's an avid reader of The Press.

There is no doubt newspapers have changed over the years particularly as the owners, like Fairfax, strive to save money and cover both the hardcopy and electronic readership.

As for content, in olden times newspapers trained their own staff rather than the mediocre bodies exuding from the media or journalist schools of today.

Can you imagine this The Press linotype operator being trained at a school or university?

Starting first as a copyboy, then copyholder or reader graduating to reporter (who just reported the facts!) then to journalist, who injected a bit of comment into a story, then as a columnist, newspapers turned out hard-drinking, hard-nosed and skilled writers, subeditors and editors from people with all sorts of backgrounds.

Not like now, where if you asked graduates about the pyramid system (where a writer/reporter puts the important information such as who, what, where and when first, then fills the story up with bullshit last so the poor sub-editor can squeeze it into a restricted space if necessary without having to re-write it, in a panic, to make it fit!) they think you are talking about Egypt!

Now stories are all over the place with some having to be re-read to make sense. Don't ask about captions - we read from left to right in this part of the world but it is common to see captions starting from right to left and, even more stupid, only naming one person in a picture of two or three - you are left to guess who the others are!

Did you know that long-time story-teller and columnist Mike Crean, a former primary school teacher, is retiring?

Did you know that eight Australian newspapers, among them the Melbourne Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, are edited out of the fifth floor of The Press building on Gloucester Street?

Now what do YOU tv- viewers, radio-listeners and hardcopy newspaper-readers think about the increasing Jaffaisation of Kiwi Media?? That's Auckland-centric for you Jaffas!!!

 

 

13/3/2015: PLANS ARE AFOOT TO FILL A BIG HOLE IN QUAKE CITY'S FORMER CITY CENTRE.

No, not this one, read more here in the nation's top newspaper. In the background on the right is the air-bridge tween the Crossing and Ballantynes. Perhaps the big hole in the foreground could be filled by motorcars?? Drunken revelers?? People actually living in the former city centre?? Waste products from Lianne and her Ladies?? Or other bureaucrapic fruitloopery??

 

For example, contractors working on the horizontal thingies in a suburban street nicely tar-sealed over the big holes they dug, but left the numerous potholes in the street unfilled!!??

 

 

12/3/2015: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY WHEN ....

.... seats are provided in the former central city so the tired and exhausted citizens can watch the re-build.....

Yawn! And they say we are dying younger cos of it ..... the earthquakes that is not the re-build!!

 

11/3/2015: THE COMPLETE FENCER!

A mask, an epee, a sweating brow and a bottle of the cooling stuff!! University of Canterbury Fencing Club members take a well-earned break after helping out at this year's opening meeting. More than 30 uni students turned out to scoff pizza, the cooling stuff and learn about fencing - wonder how many will return?????????

 

Rapt!

See!

Anna , left, enthralls newbies with her fencing stories and suggestions about the ancient art and modern sport.

More about the nation's oldest fencing club HERE! And non-uni types welcomed too!

 

10/3/2015: THEY ARE STILL HARASSING QUEENIE AND THE CAPTAIN!!!

That's Queenie on the left and the Captain on the right in an empty Victoria Square at lunchtime today.

 

Read wot Mike Yardley says about Seedoo's antics over Victoria Square in the nation's top NEWSPAPER!

Now read Seedoo's VIEW! Care full now, you might need vaccinated by Gowers' COMPLETE WORDS to avoid infection!

 

Perhaps the Captain needs a rum or two to assist recovery and show his face again?

 

 

 

 

9/3/2015: HAS TIME STOOD STILL IN QUAKE CITY? At least it has been partially fixed up since the quakes - the Edmonds clock tower that is.

 

WOT A KETTLE OF FISH - POOR OLD EQC IS ON THE FIRING LINE AGAIN.

It seems that the Prime Minister John Key and his mate Gerry and his wastemakers are keeping a low profile over their baby the Earthquake Commission and its shenanigans - read more in the nation's top newspaper!

Now read the view from EQC here!

Wots a KETTLE OF FISH?

Have you heard about the EQC building engineer who turned up at one of Christchurch's old buildings built from cob and asked what is cob???

Wot a bunch of cob! Read more here.

He too was banned from the property as was the fellow in the paper's story above.

 

 

 

 

8/3/2015: THERE IS A SUGGESTION OF TURNING THIS ABANDONED DOME INTO AN EARTHQUAKE MEMORIAL!

Yep, read Neil Roberts' letter To The Editor in yesterday's The Weekend Press

Parked on the side of the River Avon near the Manchester Street bridge - the fenced-off and tumbledowned Edmonds rotunda.

 

Could this become Christchurch Earthquake Memorial Wall with the names of the dead engraved upon it?

 

Re-using this gift to the people of Christchurch ...

 

 

6/3/2015: LIFE IN QUAKE CITY.....

LAST YEAR

YESTERDAY....

See any difference???

 

 

4/4/2015: WILL THESE NEW HOMES FAIL??

The talk in Quake City is all about shoddy repairs to damaged homes and the failure of newly-built homes to meet building standards - READ MORE HERE in the nation's top newspaper.

 

This brick fellow failed in Sydenham ...

And is still awaiting repairs or "deconstruction", that after-quake coined bullshit word meaning "demolition"! But then what Publick Relations terrorist or media reporter have read the COMPLETE PLAIN WORDS?

 

Now,

Did this wooden fellow pass??

 

What about this steel fellow??

 

Both are in Sydenham.

 

3/3/2015: MORE FENCING PIX! AND A STORY ABOUT QUAKE COMMUNICATION!

Last week's opening night of the combined United Fencing Club and the Christchurch Fencing Academy - coaches, from left, Rob, James and Keith in action.

 

Another left-handed coach in action at Christchurch Boys High School and Christchurch Girls High School combined fencing club - Tom Kent, alias Man Mountain!

 

 

Multiple national champion Alex Chan puts his epee and sabre skills to work preparing food for Franz Josef residents. Who, what and where is FRANZ JOSEF???

 

For those looking for their Quake Fuck-up fix, have you heard about the home-owner who was rung by his insurace company last week to find out how the repairs to his house were going?

Oh, he said, when were they supposed to start?

Oh, said the insurance company we passed your job on to the builder months ago. First I've heard about it says he!!!

Clunk! went the phone.

Will he have to wait THIRTY YEARS??? Read more here!

 

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

About the copyright - contact me if you would like to use one - photographs on this website.

GOSSIP PAGE: The Front Page of The Press, Christchurch and the South Island's largest newspaper, goes to bed in the good old days of hot metal type; Montage at the bottom of this page, Australian foilist Franki Bartolilo; Three-times world veteran foil champion Maurizio Galvan fronts up for New Zealand television; Epee action from Challenge Australia; More epee action from the 02 Commonwealth Fencing Championships; A famous French fencer captured in Seoul; Attendees at a training camp in Christchurch run by Maitre Galvan in 2007.

ABOUT ME PAGE: Two top epee coaches at the Giardino Club in Milan. Oleg Putzanov, left, and Gianni Muzio, right. Montage; Kiwi fencer, Andrew Kell, demonstrates the new sabre mask - 2004 A Space Oddity - in Madrid; Top Kiwi womens' sabreur Katherine Taylor; Australian Olympian, Bill Ronald, relaxes on Lygon Street, Melbourne; Hot Man - an interesting portrait from the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Shah Alam; Christchurch fencing physiotherapist Scott Suen bounds in for a hit against a luckless Australian fencer; Kiwi sabreur, Robert Snoep watches the action at the CFC in Shah Alam; A polite discussion takes place among University fencers at the Uni Games circa 1969. Last but not least, a tidy black Morris Minor photographed in Melbourne. A famous Italian Fencing Master and three-times world vets foil champion used my Morris Minor van for his afternoon siestas while running a training camp in Christchurch in 2007. The fact that he went on to win his third title on the trot is no indication of the efficacy, or otherwise, of sleeping in the back of a Morris Minor van named Corrie the Morrie!

LEARN TO FENCE PAGE: Youngsters, barely taller than the epees they wield, duel it out in the fencing club at Toledo, Spain; Hitting actions - from beginner to Olympic champion - some example of how to hit your opponent; Kiwi epeeist Natalie Fraser fights into fifth place at a national womens epee competition in Vallalodid, Spain. What every competititve fencer needs - an FIE international fencing license - this one from 1973. A promising young sabreur is given a lesson by one of Spain's top coaches, Luis Jiminez, at the Royal Spanish Fencing Federation's national training centre in Madrid. Aussie coach Mathieu at work; A fencing tournament underway in Adelaide, South Australia.

BOOKS TO READ PAGE: Olympic epee champion Marcel Fischer (Switzerland), Rangi de Abaffy and Willie Upritchard (New Zealand) pose against the ivy after a training session in my backyard in Christchurch. The Montage: Aussie Fencer Sarah Osvath recovers from a tumble; The teams line-up at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Malaysia; Top Kiwi women fencers Jess and Les fight it out at the New Zealand National Fencing Championships; Remember when? Kiwi sabreur Keith Mann shows how to fleche during a sabre bout in the 60's! Mann, twice President of New Zealand Fencing and who still competes in local tournaments, received an award for his services to the sport in 2007. Bottom, Hamish McCracken limbers up while some tired Spaniards watch Challenge Australia action and Waimaria and Karita think about what book to read!

FENCING BUSINESSES PAGE : Top. A New Brighton resident enjoys the nation's top newspaper (The Press) in a local cafe; University Students march through Cathedral Square as part of Capping Day celebrations in the 1960's; A view of the Tagus River near Toledo in Spain; Another shot of University of Canterbury students celebrating Capping Day with a float highlighting Government funding cuts to universities; Chris, the head Reader at The Press, scans reporters copy for mistakes before it is sent for setting in the days before computerisation of the newspaper. Bottom: A Kiwi fencer begs for mercy after being disarmed; Top epeeist and coach David Eccleston at a training camp in Wellington; The last page for the next day's paper is sent to the platers; Ioan Pop, The FIE's Technical Director, captured at the World Champs in Seoul; A photographer from the Otago Daily Times captures the action at the 2006 nationals.

LINKS PAGE: Corps a corps or head to head - you decide. The power of acting - Christchurch actor and fencer, Simon Young, attracts the attention of a young admirer during a production in the Botanic Gardens. You need a good sense of balance for inline skating as Christchurch sabreur William Cowper found out. They might look like two grumpy old men, but three-times world foil champion Maurizio Galvan and local coach Rob Sheard were focusing on the actions of fencers at a training camp at the Fencing Institute. Kiwi fencers love beating up their big brothers in Australia and this shot shows Christchurch epeeist Hassan Kamel with the medal he won in Sydney; Gruff young Kiwi fencers ham it up at the Fencing Institute in Christchurch. Action in the mens epee at the 2007 New Zealand Nationals in Wellington where 14-year-old sabreur Alex Chan stole a seven-hit lead on former National champion Chris Nokes. Nokes came back to win 14-7 proving that a good Old Un can beat an uppity Young Un. Aussie and Kiwi coaches who took part in a training camp taken by Ioan Pop, the FIE's Technical Director. Action in the womens epee event at the World Champs in Seoul. Two members of the University of Canterbury Fencing Club fight off in the Duel at Dawn which marks the end of the fencing season. The duel is held at different venues each year, in this case it was the Christchurch Botanic Gardens!

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