NOT THE FRONT PAGE BUT THE GOSSIP PAGE
There is a brilliant definition of news, though I apologise in advance to forgetting whom to attribute it to. "News is something, that someone, somewhere, doesn't want known. Everything else is advertising." We could say the same for gossip, witness the rise of the gossip magazines and televised infortainment.
Whatever definition you give it news/gossip/information is widely sought and avidly devoured. Its dissemination is one of the pillars of democracy for those who hoard information, for whatever mistaken idea, should be rejected by all fencers who believe a bout is a free and frank conversation between two equals - a conversation of the blades!
So this site encourages the spreading of information/news/gossip as long as it can pass the basic tests for slander - truth or reasonable personal belief!
Since the Great Catastrophe of February 22, 2011, this site has also been recording the trials and tribulations of the citizens of Christchurch in the rebuilding of their earthquake flattened city.
(If you have something to say about anything to do with fencing and the promotion of this great sport, earthquakes, or what is posted on this site then this is the place to say it. You can engage blades by e-mail at: En guard)
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Archived Gossip and Photos:
6/5/2016: GOT YER LIFEJACKET HANDY????
Water, water everywhere ....read here wot residents have known for years.
Water in front of them, water behind them and to the sides.
Parts of New Brighton are susceptible to flooding ..... oh yes and did you know they set land speed records there too??
5/5/2016: HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY TED!!
Yes, a few tried but none succeeded in recognising Dunedin fencer, Professor Ted Nye, in action. However Fencing South know who he is and will celebrate the event in style:
Ted Nye Trophy - Entry form: https://goo.gl/hY7ldc
Each year Fencing South holds an Open called the Ted Nye Trophy in honour of South’s most long-standing member, Dr Ted Nye, & donates all entry fees to the Otago Community Hospice. This year is a special year, as Ted turns 90. We invite you to celebrate with us at the Ted Nye Trophy on 14/15 May.
4/5/2016: AND NOW FOR SOME FENCING GOSSIP ..... WELL EVENTUALLY WHEN THE CORRECT ANSWER ARRIVES.
Who is the fencer on the left?? He started fencing before the Second World War in Europe, served in Britain during the war and eventually moved to New Zealand. A giant chocolate fish for the first correct answer - you keep out of it Percy!!
3/5/2015: THEY DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY IN THE MANAWATU/ HOROWHENUA ....
Not only banning dogs but ....
Decorating tractors. After all Palmerston North is the site of a former agricultural college.
So there are no problems about using tractors as wedding transport.
Here the happy couple head off. For some ploughing????
The reason for the crane hovering over Cafe Cuba in the earlier posting was a jammed ceiling fan and not an art heist or removal of the clattering chattering poles!
1/5/2016: BAN ALL DOGS??
The Horowhenua District Council does ....
Click HERE to find out how many folks get bitten and where.
All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my right hand.
(Thanks to 'M' and Ronnie)
30/4/2016: A PIER TOO FAR????
A pic of the pier at New Brighton snapped thanks to the wee Air New Zealand twin prop's approach to Quakeville's airport on Thursday.
See posting of 21/5/2016! Who says tomorrow never comes????
29/4/2016: AN ART HEIST IN PALMERSTON NORTH??
Is someone stealing GIANTS AMONGST US? One of the popular sculptures that adorn the streets of the Manawatu city or, is it a new outdoor coffee delivery service for those frequenting Cafe Cuba on the right??
Nah, its just some repairs to the building at the rear!
21/4/2016: THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR SEVEN HONEYMOONING COUPLES IN KAIKOURA - BREAKFAST WAS SERVED THREE DAYS AGO!
New Brighton is in the NEWS again. Well, its pier is if you have a quick read of this article in the nation's top woman's mag. The owner of the Lighthouse Cafe on Shaw Avenue is worried that this pit outside his popular cafe will take as long as the pier to repair.
Or will this bridge being built over the Firth of Forth tween Edinburgh and Fife beat them both??
The original forth rail bridge is on the far left, the more modern, but chockka, road bridge is next and the new one and its flowers - pic taken from the Edinburgh side.
Thanks to Ronnie and Liz.
20/4/2016: AFTER A SERIES OF CRIMES IN THE NEW BRIGHTON AREA, DETECTIVE INSPECTOR McTAVISH HAS ANNOUNCED HE IS LOOKING FOR A MAN WITH ONE EYE. IF HE DOESN'T FIND HIM, HE IS GOING TO USE BOTH EYES.
Is this turdy looking thing animal, vegetable, mineral or .............. first correct answer wins a giant chocolate fish!
Thanks to Ronnie and 'M'.
19/4/2016: WE WILL BE TALKING TO AN OUT-OF-WORK CONTRORTIONIST WHO SAYS HE CAN NO LONGER MAKE ENDS MEET!!
Now here's a view of the former Christchurch Anglican cathedral folks might not see again - the the arse-end of the unsightly building's rubble is behind the tree - Will the God Botherers ever make their ends meet?
18/4/2016: NOW FOR SOME FENCING NEWS!
Here's a book by Christchurch fencer Peter Campbell you should read ....
The Champion: How to be Mentally and Physically Fit to Win brings together all the information any sportsperson needs in order to train and perform at a high level in sport.
You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Champion-How-Mentally-Physically-ebook/dp/B01DLY5YPM
And you can come and meet and fence Peter at the University of Canterbury's Fencing Club, the nation's oldest fencing club and the largest epee only club, on Saturday mornings. Oh, and this tooooooooooooooo
It is time for the club's annual Eccleston one-hit epee competition. Alas Eckky will not be attending this year, but he has provided a fencing rant that will be published soon!!
16/4/2016: POLICE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THEY WISH TO INTERVIEW A MAN WEARING HIGH-HEELS AND FRILLY NICKERS, BUT THE CHIEF CONSTABLE SAID THEY MUST WEAR THEIR NORMAL UNIFORMS!!
A knock-it-down at work on Manchester Street a few days ago.
Does that mean the end of this Manchester Wall and the freedom of the road and footpath?
No, see HERE! They do plan to widen the street and turn it into a garden. Truly - have you seen how they have eviscerated Colombo Street in the former central city??
And they have demolished the former Excelsior Hotel and its facade, seen here propped up for rebuilding, just to widen a street.
Now here's a bit of Excelsior history - have you heard the story about Garry and his football mates being kicked out of the Excelsior?
Local dairy owner Garry and mates were celebrating in the once popular central city pub when asked to tone the noise down. They did, all crouching to the floor with no diminution of their drunken hilarity. They were all ejected by the pissed-off manager!!
Read about the demolition of another part of Quakesville's inner-city heritage HERE!!!
15/4/2016: SAYRAH HAS PACKED HER NICKERS AND GONE BUT GERRY AND THE WASTEMAKERS STAY.
Oh no, here we go again ......... remember this?????????
Read more in the nation's top women's MAGAZINE!
And will Leanne hang around to lead her lads and lassies??
13/4/2016: THERE WAS A FIRE IN THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT IN WELLINGTON TODAY, BUT IT WAS PUT OUT BEFORE ANY SERIOUS GOOD WAS DONE!
In Palmerston North ducks and other wading birds had to take to asphalt because of the heavy rain on Tuesday!
Thanks to Ronnie and "M".
12/4/2016: It was recently revealed in a Government survey that the Prime Minister is doing the work of two men - Laurel and Hardy!!!
Here two men - no Prime Minister in sight - clean the River Avon near Manchester Street.
Now read more here about the Prime Minister and his partner and their new Quakesville PORTFOLIO!
Wots a PORTFOLIO???
(Thanks to the former British comic Ronnie Corbett.)
11/4/2016: HOWZ THE REBUILD OF THE CATHEDRAL GOING??
Was one request from an overseas reader of this site.
Here's how its going .......
Looking towards the former Cathedral from over the Avon River by the former Edmonds band rotunda - lotsa cranes beavering away with the rebuild round High and Lichfield Streets and nothing but wrack and ruin round the former Anglican Cathedral !
Coffee talk is that six years ago after the Great Catastrophe the few central-city survivors desparate for a quaff broke into this building!?
Through here?? The side wall of the former Robert Harris Cafe, which is opposite the burgeoning Ballentynes' department store on Colombo Street, the other day.
6/4/2016: MAGIC OR NOT .... ?????
Just hours after casting a spell in New Regent Street the other day came the breathless announcement the the central Christchurch street will re-open to trams and humans!!!
Read more HERE!
4/4/2016: THE CHANGING FACE OF MANCHESTER STREET, CHRISTCHURCH - aka QUAKESVILLE!
1970's A question for you know-it-alls - can you name the famous Kiwi artist whose son was abducted/kidnapped and hurled into a Christchurch City Council rubbish truck from the upstairs flat on the left??
2010.After the Great Catastrophe.
2012.Still no people but lots less buildings as Gerry and his Wastemakers got to work.
A FEW DAYS AGO. A few people but bugger-all buildings.
How did he get in?
The trams have been banned and there are fences and gates the length of the street but they cannot keep the Wizard at bay?
Did he undergo site induction?? Or did he cast the spell?
The Wizard of Christchurch, or should that be Quakesville? casts a spell in New Regent Street yesterday.
Read more HERE!
1/4/2016: TALKING OF LITERACY ...
Are these weed busters or artwork??
Got a letter from Taryn Hamilton the General Manager of Orcon about its ultra-fast fibre broadband. In the wee flyer she enclosed it burbled on about curbing its UFB; " Kick the 7pm slowdown to the curb. With Orcon Fibre ....." It says!!!
No, this is not an April Fools joke, do Orcon not really know the difference between curb1. something that restrains or holds back
and ?? kerb(especially American curb) an edging, usually of stone, round a raised area, especially a pavement.
Or is this an example of the new business ESPERANTO or the big business anti-Kiwi attitude?? If so, it should be kicked into touch!!!
31/3/2016: CAN DRIVING A CAR IMPROVE YOUR LITERACY??
Read more HERE about school kids getting a pass mark in literacy for learning to drive a car ....
Wonder wot happened to this stop sign on Brougham Street and Wilson's Road the other day? Did the driver take the sign literally??
Oh, the sign has already been re-erected!!
25/3/2016: THE KIWI NATION BARED ITS ARSE YESTERDAY!!
Figuratively speaking that is for it kept them covered with this .....
The New Zealand flag.
Read more HERE!
24/3/2016: IT IS FLAG DAY!!!
The Prime Minister is fleeing and much of the country is getting ready to celebrate Easter. Also in the mix is the will it go or will it stay referendum, the decision which will be released tonight.
A flag flies over the former offices of the nation's top newspaper, The Press, in the former Cathedral Square in 2009. Question; will it still be flying tonight or squished and flattened like The Press building in the Great Catastrophe?
This week is also the centenary of the Easter Rising but will you read about it in the nation's top newspaper???? So have a look above.
23/3/2016: HOMELESS AND HYNGRY NO MORE??
After weeks of living here.......
Gone - the two homeless and hungry girls that once camped here on Annex Road.
See earlier posting 8/3/2016 for more.
Also spotted on Annex Road ....
A road cone slave cowering in the shade in yesterday's 30Deg autumnal temperatures. Occasionally the road cones would get him to scurry out and move them a few centimetres in the hot sun. Can you make sense of the the arrows pointing one way then another???
21/3/2016: SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?????????????? Look closely, it was snapped on Waltham Road in the busy suburb of Sydenham at the height of Sunday's City To Surf walk and run - see any runners or walkers?? Plenty of cars though heading past the wee Waltham Park, on the left, down to the Heathcote River.
And more fencing ...... University of Canterbury Fencing Club members jump for joy after being forced to go grazing on Saturday cos the wee room they duel in at the Jack Mann Auditorium, on the Dovedale campus, was being "used" by DramaSoc and they had to fence outside. Oh dear those pesky earthquakes are still causing problems for the nation's oldest fencing club!!
20/3/2016: MORE FENCING PIX FOR YOU ...........
Mr Davie (see previous post) might be the oldest competitor in this year's Olga Jeykll foil comp but he was swamped by these younger fencers. That's the elderly former Christchurch fencer and national epee champion Graham Harris refereeing! It is said that seven-year-old Harriet was the youngest competitor. Oh, Paul Wilson won the giant chocolate fish for getting Mr Davie's age right!!!!
And that is Diane Swain, standing left, the organiser of the day's dueling. Sitting on the right is Mark Rance the President of Fencing Mid-South, the local fencing organisation helping clubs, coaches and Fencing New Zealand, the national body controlling fencing, promote the ancient art and modern sport in Quakesville.
It is said that this fellow, with his back to you, was the oldest person attending the annual event - wots his name?? A giant cfish for the first correct answer.
Open Age group, names in alphabetical order:
1st C .Froggart, M. Robb, M.Suzuki, E.Wilson-Suttie
2nd P. Fish, T. Johnstone, A. Leanda
3rd A. Bedggood, C.James, Q.Logan.
4th E.Davey, J. Davies, S.Lang, X. Logan
Results of the Younger age- group teams:
1st ‘The Cenas’ Connor, Jonathan F, William and Lucas
2nd ‘The Wolves’ Sera, Jonathan L, Finn and Alex
3rd ‘Blades’ Daniel, Sophie, Max and Nathan
4th ‘The People’ Finley, Hugh, Paesli and Theo
Results of the Primary Age Beginner pool:
1st Harriet Panckhurst, 2nd Gabriel Austin, 3rd Ryan Lee, 4th Luke Uprichard, 5th Flynn Southgate.
The event celebrates the more than half-a-century of volunteer work for our great sport under-taken by the Matriarch of Christchurch fencing, Olga Jeykll, and is organised by the United Fencing Club, the club she started!
19/3/2016: LISTEN HERE YOU LOT ... I am Olga and thanks for turning up at the annual Olga Jeykll foil competition.
Around fifty fencers aged from seven to seventy plus turned out at Avonside Girls High School today (Saturday) for the annual event.
This is Mr Davies, he's an older fencer and over his right shoulder are some of the younger fencers - a giant chocolate fish to the first person to tell me Jonathan's age!
MTC (MORE TO COME) More pix and results from the Olga Jeykll event tomorrow!!!
EVEN MORE FENCING GOSSIP .............................. Why are these University of Canterbury Fencing Club members grazing on the Dovedale campus????
Answer termorra ....
17/3/2016: WOW HANDS-UP FOR A SKIRT!!!
After dozens of postings about skirt: "SCIRT (Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team) is rebuilding the city's earthquake damaged roads, fresh water, wastewater and storm water networks." I got this reply after the rant about buggered gutters (see post of 7/3/2016.) ....
" Good afternoon Mr Manuge You sent a photo and a link to your website, which also has the photo with a link to a SCIRT Fulton Hogan work notice. I have asked the SCIRT Fulton Hogan team to look into this so we can get back to you with some information about your enquiry. Regards"
Then this arrived the other day .......................
Thank you for your patience while we looked into this for you.
Unfortunately, repairing broken gutter in the attached picture on Hargest Crescent was not in SCIRT’s scope. Our scope was only to repair the patch on the road.
I have copied the Council into this message so they can consider repairing this area as a part of their maintenance programme.
ATTN CCC: Can you please refer this query and the attached image to your maintenance team?
SCIRT is rebuilding the city’s earthquake damaged
roads, fresh water, wastewater and storm water pipes "
And here's the buggered gutters ..
Your thoughts please on an A4 page double spaced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No, just joking,
15/3/2016: STRESS RELEASE FOR THE RESIDENTS OF QUAKESVILLE!
Many have left, some take drugs while the more hardy just get on with life and a few decorate their cars.
Like these fellows .......
See, even Lianne and her Lads and Lassies are decorating cars to release their stress!
Oh, the black car has been removed so no ideas about plundering it!!
4/3/2016: HOUSE PRICES SOARING IN EAST QUAKESVILLE!!
That's the breathless story in the nation's top woman's magazine - read more HERE!!!
Here's the reason - roads to nowhere - it's cos so many houses got flattened in the Great Catastrophe!
That's The Palms shopping centre in the suburb of Shirley on the right and HERE'S A MAP to help you find your way round this part of East Quakesville!!
For those wanting a few facts with their lunch; We had five quakes yesterday and there have been 14,400 odd since September 2010 - that's 2400 a year!!! Or six a day.
Be careful of who you tell for Quakesville is supposed to be in a positive, vibrant, regeneration and not Shakin All Ova!
8/3/2016: HOMELESS AND HUNGRY IN QUAKESVILLE!
That's wot the wee cardboard sign says by these tents on Annex Road by the Marylands cycleway where it dips under the southern motorway.
Trouble is the evidence of take-aways by one of these tents in Middleton says different. Homeless maybe, but hungry?? Go and see how well-fed they look!
Is it freedom camping by another name??
7/3/2016: ROAD WORKS AND ROAD CONES - TWO THINGS TO PISS-OFF THE RESIDENTS OF QUAKE CITY! BUT WOT ABOUT BUGGERED GUTTERS??
A buggered gutter for you .... they've been repairing and patching roads, water mains and the sewerage systems in the bustling suburb of Sydenham for some years now but only in patches with much left undone or ignored even avoided.
Here's some just finished road works on Hargest Crescent by Waltham Road.
Do the buggered gutters look repaired or finished?? And see the white markings on the centre left, does that mean more to come?? Will they fix the buggered gutters then??
Is it poor planning by bureaucrats? Money-making by companies? Job making for immigrants? Corruption? Or what? Will the buggered gutters last thirty years??????
5/3/2016: AND NOW A NICE BEACH SCENE FOR YOU . ... BUT WILL IT LAST THIRTY YEARS??
This one at the forgotten sea-side eastern suburb of Quakesville is a delight to the eye.
There are even tasty-looking fish to view or play with like this fellow.
Or this tasty example.
The problem is negotiating the quake damaged roads and bridges like this exit from the still popular sea-side suburb of New Brighton!
Now then, is SCIRT waving her fanny in farewell at the residents of Quakesville??
Read more about how she plans to shag us in that former great afternoon newspaper - now a bi-weekly give-away - THE STAR!
4/3/2016: FARMING IN THE HEATHCOTE RIVER ...
Our former railway worker, now retired, got excited when told about the great heap of crap piled on the bank of the filthy river near Ensors Road by hardy workers - it happens on a regular basis he garumped!
Like our local cops, they have blocked the river to check and interrogate every passing crumb!
Even so it is a bloddy big job to extract and remove the crap as these slaves and the pyramid they have built show.
Free compost anyone????
3/3/2016: THE BUSTLING SUBURB OF SYDENHAM GETS A SWIMMING POOL ...
The new pool alongside Brougham Street, right, tween Colombo Street, left, and Buchan Street.
Read more HERE!
1/3/2016: DID THIS HOUSE FIRE IN SYDENHAM ON SUNDAY EVENING TRIGGER THE VIOLENT WEE QUAKE THAT SHOOK THE CITY ON MONDAY MORNING?
One of the two fire engines that responded to the house fire on the corner of Humbold Street and Hargest Crescent.
Firemen attack the blaze.
Locals believe the fire started in a garage when a clothes dryer exploded. The woman and two children sleeping in the house escaped unharmed but some residents had a smoky time.
Now read about the nearby quake, that shook Christchurch a few hours later, in the nation's top news site!
SEE THE ARCHIVES SECTION FOR STORIES AND PIX PUBLISHED PRIOR TO THIS!)
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Not the Front page but the Gossip Page shows the Front Page of The Press, Christchurch and the South Island's largest newspaper, going to bed in the good old days of hot metal type;
Montage at the bottom of this page, Australian foilist Franki Bartolilo; Three-times world veteran foil champion Maurizio Galvan fronts up for New Zealand television; Epee action from Challenge Australia; More epee action from the 02 Commonwealth Fencing Championships; A famous French fencer captured in Seoul; Attendees at a training camp in Christchurch run by Maitre Galvan in 2007.
ABOUT ME PAGE: Two top epee coaches at the Giardino Club in Milan. Oleg Putzanov, left, and Gianni Muzio, right. Montage; Kiwi fencer, Andrew Kell, demonstrates the new sabre mask - 2004 A Space Oddity - in Madrid; Top Kiwi womens' sabreur Katherine Taylor; Australian Olympian, Bill Ronald, relaxes on Lygon Street, Melbourne; Hot Man - an interesting portrait from the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Shah Alam; Christchurch fencing physiotherapist Scott Suen bounds in for a hit against a luckless Australian fencer; Kiwi sabreur, Robert Snoep watches the action at the CFC in Shah Alam; A polite discussion takes place among University fencers at the Uni Games circa 1969. Last but not least, a tidy black Morris Minor photographed in Melbourne. A famous Italian Fencing Master and three-times world vets foil champion used my Morris Minor van for his afternoon siestas while running a training camp in Christchurch in 2007. The fact that he went on to win his third title on the trot is no indication of the efficacy, or otherwise, of sleeping in the back of a Morris Minor van named Corrie the Morrie!
LEARN TO FENCE PAGE: Youngsters, barely taller than the epees they wield, duel it out in the fencing club at Toledo, Spain; Hitting actions - from beginner to Olympic champion - some example of how to hit your opponent; Kiwi epeeist Natalie Fraser fights into fifth place at a national womens epee competition in Vallalodid, Spain. What every competititve fencer needs - an FIE international fencing license - this one from 1973. A promising young sabreur is given a lesson by one of Spain's top coaches, Luis Jiminez, at the Royal Spanish Fencing Federation's national training centre in Madrid. Aussie coach Mathieu at work; A fencing tournament underway in Adelaide, South Australia.
BOOKS TO READ PAGE: Olympic epee champion Marcel Fischer (Switzerland), Rangi de Abaffy and Willie Upritchard (New Zealand) pose against the ivy after a training session in my backyard in Christchurch. The Montage: Aussie Fencer Sarah Osvath recovers from a tumble; The teams line-up at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Malaysia; Top Kiwi women fencers Jess and Les fight it out at the New Zealand National Fencing Championships; Remember when? Kiwi sabreur Keith Mann shows how to fleche during a sabre bout in the 60's! Mann, twice President of New Zealand Fencing and who still competes in local tournaments, received an award for his services to the sport in 2007. Bottom, Hamish McCracken limbers up while some tired Spaniards watch Challenge Australia action and Waimaria and Karita think about what book to read!
FENCING BUSINESSES PAGE : Top. A New Brighton resident enjoys the nation's top newspaper (The Press) in a local cafe; University Students march through Cathedral Square as part of Capping Day celebrations in the 1960's; A view of the Tagus River near Toledo in Spain; Another shot of University of Canterbury students celebrating Capping Day with a float highlighting Government funding cuts to universities; Chris, the head Reader at The Press, scans reporters copy for mistakes before it is sent for setting in the days before computerisation of the newspaper. Bottom: A Kiwi fencer begs for mercy after being disarmed; Top epeeist and coach David Eccleston at a training camp in Wellington; The last page for the next day's paper is sent to the platers; Ioan Pop, The FIE's Technical Director, captured at the World Champs in Seoul; A photographer from the Otago Daily Times captures the action at the 2006 nationals.
LINKS PAGE: Corps a corps or head to head - you decide. The power of acting - Christchurch actor and fencer, Simon Young, attracts the attention of a young admirer during a production in the Botanic Gardens. You need a good sense of balance for inline skating as Christchurch sabreur William Cowper found out. They might look like two grumpy old men, but three-times world foil champion Maurizio Galvan and local coach Rob Sheard were focusing on the actions of fencers at a training camp at the Fencing Institute. Kiwi fencers love beating up their big brothers in Australia and this shot shows Christchurch epeeist Hassan Kamel with the medal he won in Sydney; Gruff young Kiwi fencers ham it up at the Fencing Institute in Christchurch. Action in the mens epee at the 2007 New Zealand Nationals in Wellington where 14-year-old sabreur Alex Chan stole a seven-hit lead on former National champion Chris Nokes. Nokes came back to win 14-7 proving that a good Old Un can beat an uppity Young Un. Aussie and Kiwi coaches who took part in a training camp taken by Ioan Pop, the FIE's Technical Director. Action in the womens epee event at the World Champs in Seoul. Two members of the University of Canterbury Fencing Club fight off in the Duel at Dawn which marks the end of the fencing season. The duel is held at different venues each year, in this case it was the Christchurch Botanic Gardens!