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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 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)

Like Letters to the Editor, submissions should be concise, pertinent and may be subject to editing.


Archived Gossip and Photos:

 

2016,

2015,

2014

2013, 2012

2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

 

31/5/2016: PUFF, PUFF, HERE'S A BIT OF PUFFERY!

It is the world-wide no tobacco day today and here is the nation's most popular puff at least in Svelte Sydenham .....

Yes, go and check it out at your nearest dairy/puffery and see if it is any different to Svelte Sydenham.

 

Personally cigarette smoking is ugh. I have heard of lads caught smoking at a now defunct reform school in the 1050's given a packet of roll-your-own tobacco and made to roll a cigarette and take a gulp of water with each inhalation. Not many managed to smoke more than a couple of fags before spewing Ugh! Naturally they gave up smoking.

Perhaps that could that make folks give up cigarettes rather than the limp-wristed anti-smoking methods used today?

Now I do love the occasional puff of a good cigar!

 

 

30/5/2016:THE OLD AND THE NEW ON TUAM STREET.

That's St Michael's Church School on the left and the forbidding and glassy-eyed Justice Precinct on the right while traffic hootles up the one-way Tuam Street over Durham Street.

So what you say? See that glinting glass facade?? In the late afternoon it shoots the sun into the eyes of the hootling traffic!!

Wonder how long afore dazzled drivers and cyclists get squished by the traffic from the left? Or cannot see the traffic lights in time?

Oh, the gamma of the image, taken about 4.30pm the other day, was adjusted to dim the glinting glazing so you can see what could become a major problem.

 

 

28/5/2016: WHY NOT MOVE HAGLEY PARK OR BUILD THE (maybe) CONVENTION CENTRE HERE??????????

All that empty space.

Even Germon's wall would fit .....

Aranui, Bexley, Wainoni and the beaches ... close to the former city centre which is now a wasteland, too.

More here ...

 

 

27/5/2016: GLUB! GLUG! FIZZ!

Can you translate that?? If you can you should be attending the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters's annual conference

The conference will be an opportunity for translators and interpreters from around the country to exchange notes, brush up on skills and hear tales of some of the adventures that happen when living two cultures simultaneously.

The conference will be held at Rydges Hotel, Latimer Square, Christchurch on 28-29 May, 9.30 am - 3.30 pm.

Contact University of Canterbury Fencing Club member Peter Campbell, 022 0429 169, peter@intrepid-adventure.com

Wonder how they will translate this?

 

More about Foxton fizz HERE! You can try it at Van Dam's Cafe at 355 Riccarton Road.

 

 

22/5/2016: MORE FROM THE ECCLESTON ONE-HIT EPEE!

UCFC's oldest fencer and he got second - all the way from the former United States of America.

 

Now for a boring action shot - a Righty, left,versus a Leftie, right.

 

The third place-getter gallops off with his prize.

MTC

21/5/2016: RESULTS OF THIS YEAR'S ONE-HIT ECCLESTON EPEE COMPETITION.

The winner Andreas Sesun - he is looking a bit grumpy after the spectators called for him to make a speech during the prize-giving ceremony. A long-time member of the University of Canterbury Fencing Club Andreas has won the event the mostest!

 

The entries.

 

The winners.

 

MTC ---------- MORE TO COME!

 

20/5/2016: REMEDIATION OF THE REMEDIATION?

We've had repairs of the repairs, orders followed by counter-orders, could it now be remediation followed by re-remediation?

Ground work at Christchurch Girls High School on the banks of the River Avon.

 

But hadn't the area already been remediated? Wonder how deep the bore hole goes??

 

18/5/2016: A QUESTION?

Was this wall on Palmerston North's George Street painted before the gas meter was installed or after?

And another one ......

Did this hi-vis jacket dangling from the back of this truck seen scuttling up Waltham Road in Quakesville once have a human in it??

 

 

15/5/2016: ANOTHER FOOT SHOT!!

Why stab their feet was one response to the previous posting. In epee the whole body, head to toe, is the target and around 50% of hits in a bout are scored below the waist.

Here's another foot shot! It was taken at the 2001 North Island Championships. From memory the left-hander on the right was Graham Payne, can't remember the other fellow.... Christchurch fencer Willie Upritchard won the event.

 

14/5/2016: WHY ARE THEY TRYING TO STAB THEIR FEET???

They are warming up for next weekend's Eccleston One Hit Epee event! The annual duel run by the Canterbury University Fencing Club will see twenty or more fencers each having to fence all the others for the first hit. Spectator seating available, see more HERE!

 

 

13/5/2016: IT IS FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH.

AN ORDER FOLLOWED BY A COUNTER-ORDER EQUALS DIS-ORDER!!

This military maxim is strikingly evident in the repairs to the roads and footpaths of Quakesville. See previous postings of the 7/3/2016 and 17/3/2016.

Remember this ....

The revamped Hargest Crescent where it joins Waltham Road.

 

It is now this ....

The revamp of the revamp.

 

We should now tweek that maxim about order, the saying not the machine gun, to read ...

A repair followed by a counter-repair followed by a repair of the repair equals dis-repair.

As these pix taken on Hargest Crescent by Waltham Road over some weeks show.

What's next? Another Friday the thirteenth? As Jerry and his Wastemakers have found, it is easier to demolish (oops deconstruct is wot I meant) things than repair or re-build em.

 

12/5/2016: HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES IT TAKE TO DIG A WEE HOLE IN A GRASS VERGE?????

Five! One with a shovel, three watching, all wearing orange, and one dressed in green.

 

But wait, there is more ..................................

 

A tracked digger!

 

Read more about road repairs in QUAKESVILLE!

 

11/5/2016: MORE RUCTIONS IN CENTRAL QUAKESVILLE!

A recent shot of central Christchurch. Victoria Street is the diagonal one on the left heading towards the former Town Hall, top centre, and the tree covered Victoria Square.

Now read wot the Christchurch City Council wants to DO!!!!!

Three things killed the former city centre; earthquakes, the University of Canterbury moving out to Illam and the stopping of Victoria Street with a hotel, to the right of the town hall, now gone.

How would you bring life back to the car park ravaged area?? Close all the roads?

 

7/5/2016: HAVE YOU EVER SOLD A MILLION OF ANYTHING??

Bruce McKenzie has.

The Palmerston North bookshop owner of more than 20 years tops that and reckons the count is leaning towards two million books! Here's his website!

He says the next big thing in booky issues will be the re-printing of Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret list by Penguin Books driven by the imminent broadcasting of the remake of the popular former Inspector Maigret telly series.

Anyone remember the wee Armagh Street bookshop run by the Kalim's??

 

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!

Ta 'M'.

 

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 right, 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!!!

Thanks Ronnie.

 

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.

 

 

2/4/2016: ABRACADABRA!!!!!!!!

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!!!

Really??????????

No, this is not an April Fools joke, do Orcon not really know the difference between curb

1. 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!!!

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

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

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!

Archived Gossip and Photos: 2013, 2012

2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007