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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:

2015

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2013, 2012

2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007


7/7/2015: AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT - ENJOY SOME FLOWERS!

A cartload of flowers for you.

It might be cold and frosty today but the sight of colourful flowers raises everyone's spirits in Quake City.

The Baxter clan, John, Mike, Rick and 94-year-old Mrs Baxter, have been growing them in the Heathcote Valley for yonks, though the quakes destroyed their Port Hills Road bunching shed and damaged glasshouses, you can still visit their Aromunga property to select your own.

You can even order them on-line!

However, wot I like most......Is a piece of Mrs Baxter's fruit cake!

 

 

 

6/7/2015: WHY IS THIS SYDENHAM BUSINESSMAN AND PROPERTY OWNER SITTING ON A ROUND-ABOUT AND WAVING A SIGN IN BUCHAN PARK??

Hi, I am Rod and ......

 

This Sikh Temple is to be built here.

Did you know that and why??

You can find out more by contacting the Christchurch City Council here! .... go on ask Lianne and her Ladies wots going on ......

 

4/7/2015: ITS JULY THE FOURTH!!!

A major holiday in the United States celebrating its freedom from British rule.

Who dis?? He decorates a wall in the mall at New Brighton.

Will Quake City have such a celebration when it parts from Gerry and his Wastemakers in five years???

Read more about Gerry's Greater Christchurch Regeneration. in the nation's top women's magazine.

 

 

3/7/2015:WOT A STINK! NO, ITS NOT WOT THE PRIME MINISTER DUMPED ON QUAKE CITY YESTERDAY.

This chimney was legalised by Environment Canterbury over the wishes of many locals!

Smoke from a Sydenham crematorium wafts over the central city suburb on Wednesday.

It was accompanied by the stench of burning meat say locals!

See also the posting on 2/5/2012!...

Read HERE about EC and its Smoke Police and the huge fines that could be slapped on chilled home-owners and their wee fires.

No doubt the Smoke Police will be investigating!? It is said locals have already contacted THEM!!!!

 

2/7/2015: DUMPED?

Wots with the bureaucracy's fixation with dumping on Quake City's surviving parks?? Victoria Square for one.

The wee Buchan Park and playground in Sydenham. The cars are parked where the Mason's Hall once stood.

 

Wots with their fixation with multi-million-dollar kid's playgrounds?? The Margaret Mahey Playground for one.

 

Locals enjoy the winter sun in Sydenham's popular Buchan Park and playground.

 

Lianne and her Ladies plan to eradicate the playground, trees, seats and all, and have a temple built there!

 

 

30/6/2015: DOES THIS MEAN THE THREAT OF RAMPANT PAINTED PENISES HAS WORKED???

Repairs on Opawa Road yesterday.

Read about the pothole penises HERE! and see the post on 4/5/2015.

Or could it turn out to be too big a dick for Lianne and her Ladies and they only repair/reseal the bit by the new kerbing?

Watch this space!!

 

29/6/2015: DUMPED?

Years ago, back in the late 1960's when working as a rubbish collector and trying to save money for university study, the CCC's rubbish boss, Dutchy, turned up one morning, after we had started work, with the recently elected Mayor of Christchurch, Ron Guthrey.

He's coming with you this morning said Dutchy who then drove off in his Morris Minor ute.

Them were the days of galvanised rubbish bins and muncher trucks, which meant lots of running and lifting, and when we asked him WHY he had come while we were driving to the rubbish dump in Bexley, tween Pages Road and Bridge Street, to empty the truck, he told us he was working alongside all council slaves to see what could be improved.

So what's that got to do with Quake City nearly fifty-years-on??

This ....

Prime Minister John Key, right, Joanna Nicholls-Parker , Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and Roger Sutton, boss of the Orion power company meeting on top of the former Bexley rubbish dump after his helicopter landed there after February 2011's big earthquake.

And now he is coming to visit us again on Thursday - WILL QUAKE CITY GET DUMPED ON AGAIN???? Read more in the nation's top woman's magazine!

Oh, all sorts of folks slaved as rubbish collectors in those days, from thugby players, Anglican ministers to poor Uni students. If you were part of a good team (a driver and two or three runners) you could finish your round in less than four hours and get paid for eight!!

 

 

28/6/2015: SHHH, KEEP IT QUIET BUT ....

The nation's top newspaper, The Press, will cost more from temorra! Twenty cents more.

Waltham Road is due for a make-over, much to the worry of small businesses that line it having seen how turnover has dropped for those on Edgeware and Opawa Roads while they were under repair. Contractors working on adjacent roads and who need to cut into Waltham Road to complete their work, cables, sewers and sundry other excavations have just found this out thanks to a chance meeting with slaves of the company that has the contract!

The rumour is that Hutchinson/Ford have closed their workshop on St Asaph Street to allow buses to nest there.

 

Bah! Humbug you say ....

 

 

27/6/2015: WE ARE TOUGH IN QUAKE CITY AND USED TO PEOPLE PISSING ALL OVER US! FROM BOB AND TONY, GERRY AND HIS WASTEMAKERS TO LIANNE AND HER LADIES.

At least this fellow has a good reason ...

 

To keep the dust down ....

 

During the demolition, or should that be deconstruction, of Brougham Village - oh Lianne and her Ladies are still not sure wot they will replace it with, truly!

Read wot Jafa-centrics think about QUAKE CITY in the nation's top women's mag.

 

 

26/6/2015: TRAFFIC CHAOS IN QUAKE CITY!!

Now I've got your attention it was not really any worse than it usually is, just a bit more intense on some cross city routes cos of traffic light problems. But some media screeching and gabbling made it appear worse than it proved.

See here at the corner of Brougham Street and Opawa Road....

Before coffee at the wee Opawa Cafe .... jammed and crawling nowhere.

 

After coffee and one of Detlev's tasty cheese scones just out of the oven ..... an empty road to nowhere.

Today's lesson? Stop for a coffee and scone at the Opawa Cafe and all your travel worries will vanish! More here ....

 

 

23/6/2015: WOTS GOING ON IN THE GO-AHEAD CENTRAL CITY SUBURB OF SYDENHAM??

A winter clean up?

Window cleaning! Now how did he get up there??

 

For rent.

In the now repaired former WINZ building, right, on Colombo Street just across the road from Ian and Sandra's great coffee, left. Ask for a cream squishy!!

 

For sale!

Not the buildings which were badly damage in the Great Quake, but the sites where Ascot TV once operated. They are still in fabulous Sydenham, just a bit further up Colombo Street!

 

 

22/6/2015: DOES QUAKE CITY AND ITS INHABITANTS HAVE A SPLIT PERSONALITY???

Work underway on a kiddies playground by the river on Manchester Street, left, while road and bridge work on the right takes a rest! Which is more important for the survivors???

 

Read more gibberish from Lianne and her Ladies and their SKIRT here in the nation's top newspaper!

 

 

21/6/2015: IT IS THE SHORTIST DAY OF THE YEAR!

But Environment Canterbury may have its Smoke Police out in force looking for smoking chimneys.

But wot about smoke on the water?

Will EC take to the boats to find those smoking chimneys at sea?? Or will they just enjoy this misty (smokey?) view of eastern Christchurch and the estuary of the Avon and Heathcote Rivers like those living on the hillside suburbs do?

Nah, see wot they plan here ....

 

 

 

20/6/2015: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!

Gordon the Welder of Welles Street in Quake City repairs all sorts of blades including this Leon Paul fellow.

 

ABOUT YOUR EPEE BLADE!

Further clarification has been received regarding the FIE directive, (thats the international body that controls fencing), relating to  2013 - 2015 Leon Paul epee blades type SR-1 with the V-profile.

These blades are not to be used in any fencing activity, effective immediately, until further notice. FeNZ ,(thats the body that controls fencing in New Zealand), has been advised that the blades may split, creating a high injury risk. This follows an incident recently.

The CFF Technical Commission, (dunno wot that is), has decided, in the best interest and for the safety of all our competitors, to follow suit and also disallow their use at the forthcoming CFF Junior-Cadet Championships in Cape Town, South Africa (Kiwi fencers will be competing there). Therefore be advised that no weapon bearing these blades will be accepted at weapon check.

Australia has also advised that these blades cannot be used.

BF blades supplied by Leon Paul are not affected.

Bayonet body wires. The issue of concern relating to this type of body wire is a technical one relating to wireless system use and is a technical issue only, not a safety issue.

Bayonet body wires can be used at Cape Town as wireless systems will not be used at this event.

Bayonet body wires can continue to be used in New Zealand, but any fencer competing overseas should be aware of the ruling, particularly for FIE competitions.

 

 

19/6/2015: IS IT TRUE THAT ENVIRONMENT CANTERBURY WANTS TO REGULATE ALL ELECTRIC OVENS???

To stop them smoking?

More here!

 

 

18/5/2015: HARD WORKERS AND FLOATING CASH!

A City Care worker.

We might give Lianne and her Ladies a bit of stick for that is the prerogative of leaders - to receive a telling-off - but it is the poor slaves that have to do the work - who remembers the slaves that built the pyramids???

Well, here are some City Care workers clearing the leaves from Jackson's Creek where it runs through Risingholm Park yesterday in the cold and frost.

Another City Care worker.

 

And the fruits of their labours, so to speak, a heap of leaves that would block the wee creek and cause flooding.

They have discovered many things over the years from i-pads to beds and other furniture tossed into the wee streams to $20 and $50 notes!!

Yep floating cash ........ so quick, start cleaning your drains!

 

 

17/6/2015: THERE IS AN OLD SAYING: REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD.

The remains of the CTV building, in which 115 people died when is got flattened in February 2011's big quake.

Are Police still investigating why it fell and killed so many??

The site cleared after the quakes.

 

The site of the former CTV building yesterday.

Now read about the death toll weeks after the February 2011 quake in the nation's top newspaper.

Revenge or justice??

 

 

16/6/2015: COMING DOWN ON COLOMBO STREET TODAY!

This building on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo streets, but I'am buggered if I can remember what it was .... giant chocolate fish to the first person with the correct answer!!

View from Gloucester Street.

 

View from Colombo Street.

 

View from the Square/Worcester Street.

 

 

14/6/2015: ARE YOU FOCUSED???

About 65 school kids and a couple of hundred helpers and parents turned out for a bit of a duel yesterday at the Fencing Outreach Canterbury United Schools competition at Avonside Girls High School. It was the largest turnout at a Christchurch fencing competition for many years!

We want to fence please.

 

We are fencing thanks to all those volunteer helpers and officials.

 

Now we would like our results!

 

And here they are:

Open Cadet Mixed Epee. 1 James Liam, Burnside High School; Matthew Musson, Roncalli College; 3= Ashleigh Goh, Rangi Ruru Girls School, and Ethan Prout, Christchurch Boys High Schoo; 5 Tei Driver, Christchurch Girls High School; 6 Charlotte James, Fencing Institute; 7 Joshua Egan, Christchurch Boys High School; 8 Mackenzie Bremner, Christchurch Girls High School; 9 Zak Douglas, Christchurch Boys High School. DNF Peter Fish, Timaru Swords.

U14 Men’s Foil. 1 Lennie Parris, Christ's College. 2 Eden Pidgeon, Medbury; 3 Peter Fish, Home School Waimate. 4 Thomas Johnstone. 5 Theo Harniess, South New Brighton School. 6 Colyer Baxter, Chisnallwood Intermediate School; 7 Martin Newbound, Medbury School; 8 Aedyn Hitchcock, Heaton Normal Intermediate School.

U12 Mixed Foil. 1 Harriet Eglinton, Rangi Ruru Girls School; 2 Max Brown, Home School, 3 Bernadette Barrett, Home School, 4 William Cooper, Clarkville School, 5 Eve Thompson, Spreydon Primary School.

U10 Mixed Foil. 1 Te Koha Soryl, Heaton Normal Intermediate School. 2 Lucas Leighs, Heaton Normal Intermediate School. 3 William Cooper, Clarkville School, 4 Eve Thompson, Spreydon Primary School. 5 Rachel Luppens, Burnside Primary School.

U14 Womens Foil. 1 Isis Kenton Dan, 2 Morgan McCallum, 3 Dementer Kenton Dan, all Avonside Girls High School. 4 Sophie Bonis, Heaton Normal Intermediate School. DNF Rachel Luppens, Burnside Primary School.

U16 Mens Foil. 1 Aiden Arthur, 2 Max Sail, 3 Will Frogley, all Waimate Fencing Club. 4 Matt Robb. 5 Quinn Logan, Catholic Cathedral College. 6 Lucas Leighs, Heaton Normal Intermediate School. 7= Bede Williams and Anzac Gallate, both Cashmere High School. 9 Tomas Murphy, Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery. 10 Te Koha Soyrl, 11 Jayden Roche and Kelvin Milne (who did not finish) all Heaton Normal Intermediate School.

Open Cadet Womens Foil. 1 Angela Leanda, Avonside Girls High School. 2 Sophia Blake, 3 Charlotte James and Abby Reynolds all Fencing Institute. 5 Kate Newman and 6 Brooke Colyer both Avonside Girls High School. 7 Olivia Frogley, Graighead Diocesan School.

Open Cadet Mens Foil. 1 Liam James, Burnside High School. 2 Mikhail Lopez, Cashmere High School. 3= Ryan Peterson, Shirley Boys High School and Darren Jiang, Aidenfield Christian School. 5 Caleb Morrow, Cashmere High School. 6 Xander Logan, Fencing Institute.

U!6 Womens Foil. Lily Williams, Cashmere Htgh School.2 Olivia Frogley, Graighead Diocesan School. 3 Chenielle Clark. 4 Brooke Colyer, Avonside Girls High School. 5 Libby Colyer. 6 Natasha Gee Millar, all Avonside Girls High School. 7 Bonnie Taylor. 8 Simone Lang, Avonside Girls High School.

 

 

13/6/2015: ALL WRAPPED UP AND GOING NOWHERE?

 Brougham Village from Hastings Street. It runs from Waltham Road to Burlington Street along the very busy Brougham Street where people, who live nearby, find the roar and shakes of the heavy trucks passing very disconcerting.

 

It is being demolished.

 

Or should that be deconstructed?

 

Now what is going to replace the wee village???? Don't ask Lianne and her Ladies as they won't tell you!

 

 

 

12/6/2015: PISS OFF!

That's wot one reader of yesterday's Bridges Too Far rant said. Howdya find out about the great piss off, he asked?

Years ago when my dad heard I was heading for northern Italy he asked me to go and pee in the Po. When I asked him why he then told me the whole story.

So when visiting the Museo Dell'Automobile in Turin .... Step up to see the brmm brmms.

.... which is near the Po River (see map) I wandered down to the bank and, standing on a concrete thingie, prepared to carry out dad's wish - "No, no," cried an Italian friend, "Go downstream, that's a water intake for Turin!"

Turin is also home to the former Fiat factory with a race/test track on the roof - YEP, ON THE FACTORY'S ROOF!

 

11/6/2015:     BRIDGES TOO FAR?

In the Second World War My dad and a couple of uncles fought the length of Italy to liberate it from the Nazis and when they reached the Po Valley in northern Italy they all lined up along the banks of the River Po to pee in it – a bit of Edwardian bravado perhaps, but wot’s that got to do with Quake City?

Nearly finished????????? The bridge across the Heathcote River at FERRYMEAD!.

Reading a recent book about the battles in Italy it seems that captured German soldiers were amazed at how quickly the Allied troops, particularly the Kiwis, got across the many rivers, bisecting the country, after the Germans had demolished, or should that be deconstructed, the bridges. Bailey bridges and others were erected in only hours to continue chasing the retreating German troops they said.

In Quake Ravaged Christchurch it is not like that with most of the quake damaged bridges (see the numerous posting on this site) still being repaired nearly five years after the Great Shake. Nor can we call on the former soldiers and engineers who did such a great job in Italy – they are nearly all dead 70-odd years on. The question is, dear reader, will YOU be alive when all our bridges are repaired????????????????????

Or will you have caught the bus .... A bus struggles among the road cones and traffic to cross the mostly finished bridge at Ferrymead.

 

 

9/6/2015: POOR BENIGHTED QUEENIE!!

A monarch of nothing.

 

The survivors of Quake City spoke - leave Victoria Square alone! The rest of Quake City central might be gone but the Square survives.

"Overall, the message is clear that only small changes that retain the key tranquil qualities [of Victoria Square] will be supported," Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner said after she reviewed public submissions.

However, she adds: ".... feedback also suggests including more recognition of Maori culture and improving amenities."

Is that a opening for major changes or not???

Keep an eye on the future of Queenie's Queendom of Victoria Square and a possible peasant revolt.

Queenie Forever!!!

 

 

8/6/2015: IT WAS BUILT BEFORE THE FIRST WORLD WAR! But got badly damaged in the 2011 earthquakes.

 

Unlike the Anglican Godbotherers with their smashed cathedral in the Square, these Methodist Godbotherers in the east like the Catholic Godbotherers in the former central city, are just getting on with it!

 

See.

 

Now they have submitted their re-build programme to Lianne and her Ladies will the spire rise again?? Ah, don't hold yer breath.

 

More about the Union Church at New Brighton!

 

Have you heard about the recent tough talk between Anglican godbotherers in Lyttleton and their bishop?

 

6/6/2915: IS IT D-DAY FOR NEW BRIGHTON?

Is it??

 

READ wot Lianne and her Ladies are promising the sea-side suburb in the nation's top newspaper!

 

Or will this fellow be unleashed on the 'dunga' seaside suburb?

 

 

5/6/3015: SHE IS STILL THE MONARCH OF ALL SHE SURVEYS - WELL AT LEAST THAT WOT IS STILL STANDING.

Queen Victoria in her square the other day.

 

Has Gerry and his Wastemakers, especially Seedoo, given up on removing her??

See the earlier posting of 10th March to find out wot we are talking about, and read MIKE YARDLY'S thoughts about Gerry's consulting with the people of Quake City.

 

 

 

4/6/2015: HAS ANYTHING CHANGED??

That was the request from a former flatmate of the 1970's, now living in the UK, asking about our old Manchester Street flat and had it survived the quakes - all gone!

To give Frank an idea of the re-build or renewal, as some call it, of Quake Central, the former city centre of Christchurch, here are a series of pix of Manchester Street ......

Looking up Manchester Street towards the Port Hill from the bridge over the River Avon in the early 1970's.

 

After the big quakes in 2011.

 

In 2014.

 

A few days ago.

 

See many changes? Any sign of the rebuild? Do we need a city centre? DO WE EVEN NEED ROADS?

 

 

 

1/6/2015: ACTION FROM THE NORTH ISLAND FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD IN WELLINGTON THIS WEEKEND!

Who started where ....

And who got where ...

Sorry there are no other results! Perhaps comp organizers should increase their thankless workload by posting the day's results on the Fenz website each night????

 

Now for a bit of "how's your father" .... Some foil action from North Islands. That's Baz on the right, but have no idea who the "toe topper" is though Lucien has promised to tell us! It's Daniel Kelegan says a grumbly Lucian!

 

 

30/5/2015: DID THESE BARE BUMS WORK FOR NEW BRIGHTON RESIDENTS?

Pissed off about the lack of quake recovery in the sea-side suburb they bared all to those in the west ignoring them.

 

Read more about beach-side happenings IN THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER!

 

The Bridge Street bridge earlier this week. It got smacked in the quakes and is still under repair nearly five years later.

 

Leaning poles, rumpled road and homes all gone - Pages Road near the bridge over the Avon, the main access to the beach-side suburb

 

Pages Road closer to the west, central Christchurch for you visitors.

East v West?????

 

29/5/2015: FENCING ACTION!

With the North Island fencing championships on in Wellington this weekend here is a pic of some fencers from the past ....

Thanks for the heads-up Mik.

 

The face-off was in Nelson in the 1970s and included national and international ranked Kiwi fencers - read and see more at: THE NELSON PHOTO NEWS.

 

Check FENCING CENTRAL for results of North Island champs.

 

 

24/5/2015: A COUPLE OF VIEWS OF QUAKE CITY CENTRAL.

NOTICE ANY CHANGES??

Compare this with previous shots posted - there is action on the right with Lianne and her Ladies starting work on a sex pad, oops children's playground, for the Ladies of Manchester Street.

 

Plus some empty buildings still standing on Hereford Street in Quake City Central that Gerry and his Wastemakers have not got their hands on. Tramway Lane is to the right.

 

22/5/3015: IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE OPENED LAST MONDAY AND IS NOW DOWN TO OPEN THIS COMING MONDAY!

Will it?? Slaves hard at work yesterday fixing the software problems of the new bus interchange.

 

Read more here about the problems of the Quake City central bus interchange.

 

Does this look like a software problem to you?? Or, is it more bullshit from Lianne and her Ladies??

 

And they want folks to return to the former city centre?? Is The Press leaving???

 

 

20/5/2015: AND THE TALK GOES ON AND ON AND ON .....

Read some of the talk here ... in the nation's top talking paper!

 

Four or five more years to replace this??????????????????????????? About the only thing in this pic still standing is the roof of the Edmonds band rotunda, centre, and the popular trees along the Avon River on the right!

And read HERE wot some think about the future!

 

19/5/2015: MORE FENCING ACTION FROM THE WEEKEND'S ECCLESTON EPEE.

On guard!

 

Fence!

 

 

18/5/2015: THE FLAG IS FLYING.

But there is a Shitehawk crapping all over it!

Yes, you might know it as a Seagull or a Donkey (John Key), but to former casual wharfies of the 1960's and 70's a “Seagull” was the term by which the full-time wharfies called them.

Dozens of hopefull slaves would line up each morning outside the wharf office where the boss would come out and select some slaves for a day's work. Naturally they got the most unsavoury and dangerous work - ever tried walking an eight-inch beam with only a long drop into the hold on either side so that a crane's hook could be used to remove it? Yes, you had to walk out stick the cranes thingie into a thingie in the centre. Scary. but it was fun hanging on to the crane's cable and riding the beam to the deck - bet that don't happen now.

Anyway back to the Shitehawks, the flying lavatories would bomb those working on the wharf, on deck and even in the hold, hence the the application of the old sailors name - shitehawk. Even today a former sailor I know has his car bombed regularly by 'em.

So what do Shitehawks have to do with our flag apart from crapping on it?

They want to change it. Trouble is the majority of Kiwis want it left alone READ MORE ...HERE in the nation's top newspaper.

 

Can you tell which flag is Kiwi and which is Ocker??

 

17/5/2015: WOULD YOU BELIEVE ANY ORGANISATION THAT RELIES ON SHONKY STATISTICS??

READ MORE here in the nation's top newspaper.

Puffing on a pipe, cigarillo or a cigar is not counted as smoking??? And you wonder why the numbers of those smoking have not dropped after this census (the last one - 2014)???? Scientific bullshit or just lies, damned lies and statistics?

And they want to ban drugging in public and to get rid of smoking by 2020, why they cannot even control alcohol let alone other drugs. Now, if they paid smokers, other druggies, or, fat people to give up and become healthy??

They might even leave Victoria Square alone......

 

16/5/2015:ACTION AND THE RESULTS OF THE 2015 ECCLESTON ONE-HIT EPEE COMPETION HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY TODAY.

A bout finishes, left, and one continues, right, in the nation's and perhaps the world's only one-hit epee competition, run by the University of Canterbury Fencing Club in honour of former fencer and coach David Eccleston, of Nelson.

 

That's my dad over there playing the piano says Lexy while in the background competitors check their results with her mum, Nursey.

 

Former top epeeist Rangi de Abaffy waits his turn. Rangi is the only male to have won our national epee championship four times in a row and is a life-time member of UCFC.

 

NOW HERE'S WOT YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR .........

Til next time!

 

 

 

15/5/2015: HAVE A SEAT!

But be quick for the former ODEON THEATRE on Tuam Street in Quake City is emptying out.

 

See - just one poor fellow left pissing all over the crumbling brickwork.

 

The facade is still standing on Tuam Street though.

 

14/5/2015: A PRINCE VISITS QUAKE CITY AND SHOWS THAT THE FORMER CITY CENTRE IS DEAD!

Here the crowd lines up in Cathedral Square to welcome Prince Harry. Don't be silly, that is not a crown! I mean a crowd.

 

 

While the tram carrying him, along with some other hangers-on, scuttles round the back of the former Christchurch Anglican Cathedral heading for the former square. Nor is this a crowd, and, why did they corral the other trams in the tram house while this one rumbled free? The crowd could have used em to follow the fellow.

 

In your quest to discover Captain Wales and the demise of the Square as a meeting point for Quake City read and see more here: IN THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER.

 

 

13/5/2015: LIANNE AND HER LADIES ARESPENDING MILLIONS ON ONE CENTRAL CITY PLAYGROUND AND GETTING RID OF ANOTHER!

The Buchan Street park and playground in the go-ahead central city suburb of Sydenham.

Yep this wee PLAYGROUND AND PARK is being sold off while around $7,000,000 is being spent on this PLAYGROUND in the former city centre, now a wasteland.

Wow, some local property owners are up-in-arms about the proposed revamp for the site, rather like that which happened when another contentious structure moved in, while others reckon the more people coming back to the former residential suburb of Sydenham the better.

A crematorium in Sydenham near the Buchan Street playground and park.

Here is one property owner's view: ......

Keep Buchan Park the same size.

By Rod Stuart - Local property owner


1. Parks are for all to enjoy: Inner city public parks are available for all locals and visitors to enjoy. They
are NOT for sale! They should be preserved and enhanced for future generations. Green spaces are
the jewels of our beautiful garden city.
The CCC is effectively selling precious green land we all own, share and enjoy together.
If the CCC feels it needs to sell land then sell off some you purchased from Henderson.

2. Buchan Park is used: We disagree that Buchan Park is underutilised. We disagree that the swings
and merry go round are infrequently used. In an age where kids have become addicted to electronic
devices playgrounds are exactly what we should be encouraging.
We want more playground equipment and we want more inner city green space to enjoy.

3. The Sikhs should not be favoured: They were happy to buy the old Masons hall and use it as their
Christchurch version of the Golden Temple. Of course they are happy to more than double their land area and build a new temple. Who wouldn’t be keen on buying 625m² of inner city land beside a
park? It is not fair that a minority religious group has been given this opportunity without first
offering the land on the open market.
The only fair option is to swap an equal size land area with the Sikhs and make that work.
Better still lets swap with CCC land elsewhere and make the park larger.

4. What has happened to the Sydenham Plan? The idea of making central Sydenham a cool inner city
residential zone is a good one. New buildings backing onto Buchan Park have set the ball rolling
incorporating awesome new inner city apartments. They are now tenanted and set the standard for
more to come. It may surprise some in this room that many of the local property owners are keen on
the idea of allowing residential back into central Sydenham. We support some rezoning in the new
district plan. It will take decades to change and rezoning now is an important start.
I own an early settler’s cottage in the same block as Buchan Park - a cool reminder that central
Sydenham as once was a well-established inner city residential zone.
The proposed Buchan Playground Plan almost completely excludes the option of having residential
apartments facing onto a park. We see this as a gross planning oversight!

5. Inner City Green Space is Precious: Inner city green space makes people feel better. Spending a little time in a park is calming – it brings a person closer to nature and uplifts the spirit. Buchan Park is a little oasis in the Sydenham area. It is literally a breath of fresh air in a growing concrete jungle. Even
driving or walking past the park is uplifting.
Once inner city green space is sold off it becomes very difficult to get it back.
A better idea is to preserve and enhance the public green space we have already established.

6. Old trees are special: The proposed Buchan Playground Plan will mean many old well established
trees will be cut down. Valuable shade and homes for many birds will be lost. Please try to keep the
trees in the new design – they are very precious to all of us.

7. An irregular design is more inviting: Contrary to what the CCC planners state the more intimate areas
deep in the current park are the most preferred. People currently enjoy sitting surrounded in trees
away from the traffic and hustle of city life. We want more curves and more interesting zones.

Please consider these points when voting on the Buchan Playground Plan.
The ideas are there for creating a better plan and keeping the Park at its current size.

 

Wot do you think????

 

12/5/2015: THE COFFEE ZONE IN THE GO-AHEAD SUBURB OF SYDENHAM HAS CHANGED ITS HOURS...

Owners Sandra and Ian are mow working Monday to Friday and taking off Saturday and Sunday for a weekend break.

Opened on Colombo Street by Wordsworth Street in 2011 after the Big Quake the zone is a popular place for a quickie many enjoying the outdoor setting with cover for dodging grumbly weather.

 

Results of the Mid-South Under 20 Fencing Championships held on Saturday.
Mixed Sabre: 1 Ross Shepherd; 2 James Liam; 3= Casper Howell and Moe Suzuki; 5 Francesca Logan. Mixed Foil: 1 Daniel Keleghan; 2 Ross Shepherd; 3= Gen Porter and Sophie Kelly; 5 Charlotte James; 6 Cameron Abbott; 7 Moe Suzuki; 8 Sophia Ryan-Pearce; 9 Caleb Morrow; 10 Xander Logan; 11 Mirie Kim; 12 Francesca Logan. Mixed Epee:1 Lucian Nightingale; 2 Jonathan Brill; 3= Sheldon Ogilvie and Liam James; 5 Mathew Musson; 6 Ashleigh Goh; 7 Ross Shepherd; 8 Brittany Wyatt; 9 Mackenzie Bremner. (All Christchurch fencers.)

 

11/5/2015: WILL THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER MOVE TO AUCKLAND???

Have read of Jane Bowron's AUCKLAND CENTRIC RANT in this morning's edition of the nation's top newspaper.

Of the three stories on this morning's front page only one was about Quake City. Of the four on Page Two only one is about Christchurch while on Page Three it is a bit better with seven out of nine thingies related to Quake City or Canterbury.

Jafa-centricity has also alarmed local dairy's who stock The Press, with many fuming about dealing with the Jafa-based circulation department. Some are muttering about dropping The Press completely which would be real bad for its circulation and readership especially us more mature types who like to read a hard copy.

The local dairy sells most copies between 5.30am, when it opens, and 8am - the morning rush as the owner calls it - but the papers were not delivered til 7.30 am this morning and ringing the circulations department????

Hung out to dry????????????????????

This once hung in the Composing Room of the old The Press building in Cathedral Square in the former city centre. From it were slung bars of tin and antimony which were melted down at each linotype machine to produce the slugs of type from which The Press was printed before the Electronic Era.

 

 

8/5/2015: IT WAS ALL GO AT THE MID-SOUTH UNDER 20'S IN QUAKE CITY YESTERDAY...

Here are some contrasting styles in the epee ....

 

Sheldon drops down ....

 

While Mackenzie goes up - on her toes!

Oh, the Stop/Go man was working on Pages Road on Wednesday!

Results to come.

 

 

5/5/2015: OUCH!!

It seems that rumpled roads and potholes are not the sole preserve of Quake City as readers overseas were quick to report .....

Apologies to Lianne and her Ladies, they are only following wot other council's are doing ....

 

4/5/2015: ARE LIANNE AND HER LADIES (THAT'S THE CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL FOR YOU FOREIGNERS) ABOUT TO BE ATTACKED BY RAMPANT PENISES??

Read about pothole penises here!

Can you imagine how big a dick this Opawa Road pothole could be??

 

With winter on the way Quake City's potholed roads are going to become a hot topic so to speak.

Postings here highlighting the inability of roading contractors to fill in potholes next to their road workings have attracted comments about incompetence, poor planning and just plain laziness but the most interesting one was that it was just revenue generating as the contractors would eventually have to go back and fill them in.

Like the road-cones the repairs would generate more dosh in the form of taxation (GST being an obvious one) for John Key and Gerry.

Talking of dosh Another neat solution could be to charge the Christchurch City Council for suspension repairs to your car as they do in Scotland! Yep, read it, it is true!

Failing action, sexual or otherwise, you can do what this Opawa Road property owner did - fill the potholes yourself! Only metres away from those pictured on the 30/4/2015!

Good on ya mate!! It is amazing wot you can do with a $40 bag of asphalt.

 

1/5/2015: A BEACON SHINES IN QUAKE RAVAGED NEW BRIGHTON!

Thanks to Daisy at the Lighthouse Cafe.

The popular suburb is separated from the rest of Quake City by the RED ZONE! This and the seemingly lack of interest by those living in the other, WEST, zone to the plight of the quake ravaged sea-side suburb has encouraged those living there to keep going.

Read about these bottoms HERE!

Hence cafe owner Daisy spending two weeks constructing the lighthouse - it even lights up!! So navigate out her way soon you Westies - she serves up top nosh.

Now, when is the clock tower to be cleaned-up and repaired??

Don't hold your breath. One volunteer organisation was going to help clean up the area but gave up after finding out about a third of the money kindly donated to assist them with materials was going to be eaten-up in traffic control plans. They sadly handed the donated cash back.

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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