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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.

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


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2/9/2015: NEW BRIGHTON.

That's the sleepy, sea-side suburb, cut off, out east of Quakesville.....

We Love You .......

 

 

1/9/2015: THE JAFAIZATION OF THE (SUPPOSEDLY) NATIONAL MEDIA.

A jafa, to you overseas readers, is just shorthand for Just Another Friendly Aucklander!

Yes, a popular Kiwi lolly is also called a Jaffa, but it is spelt differently and tastes different!

Anyway, some Jafa's were in Quakesville for the fencing, over the weekend, and went to check out the former city centre. "it's bad, much worse than we realized," they said. "We had no idea. According to what we read and see everything is OK in Christchurch!"

Lunchtime in the former Cathedral Square yesterday - where are all the people?

That propped-up building in the centre is the former Anglican Cathedral.

 

Read more about what the residents of Quakesville think about the coming anniversary!

 

Is everything OK in central Quakesville?? Even the pay-for-parking signs are still trapped behind security fences, but everything is still OK according to Jafa media!

Oh, there is another definition of a Jafa - Just Another Fxxking Aucklander!!

 

 

31/8/2015: AH, THE GREAT COFFEE PAYBACK!

Enjoyed by spectators at the weekend's South Island Fencing Championships in Christchurch.

They then had to help push-start the visiting coffee van on Sunday when it would not start.

Now have a read here ... where fencers from Dunedin, Wellington, Auckland and even Quakesville all scored gold medals. ..........

 

RESULTS OF THE 2015 SOUTH ISLAND FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS

SABRE.
Mixed sabre: 1 Bryan Clark, Wellington; 2 James Harwood, Wellington; 3= Ross Shepherd, Christchurch and Adam Burrough, Dunedin. 5 Suzy Cheng, Dunedin; 6 Nigel Hanson, Dunedin; 7 Casper Howell, Christchurch; 8 Hannah Chamberlain, Christchurch.

FOIL.
Women: 1 Suzy Cheng, Dunedin; 2 Sophie Kelly, Christchurch; 3= Nicola Buisman, Auckland and Simone Marshall, Dunedin; 5 Moe Suzuki, Christchurch; 6 Abby Reynolds, Christchurch; 7 Angela Leanda, Christchurch; 8 Kate Newman, Christchurch.
Men: 1 Daniel Garelja, Auckland; 2 Andrew Kell, Christchurch; 3= Oliver Agnew, Auckland and Steve Martin, Wellington; 5 Gareth Foley, Christchurch; Issac Rushholme-Cobb, Wellington; 7 Connor Foley-Walker, Christchurch; 8 Jason Sim, Dunedin. 9 James Harwood, Wellington; 10 Bryan Clark, Wellington; 11 Mikhail Lopez, Christchurch; 12= Jacob Reeve, Dunedin and Xander Logan, Christchurch; 14 Adam Burrough, Dunedin; 15 George Sabonadiere, Dunedin; 16 Ryan Paterson, Christchurch; 17 Nigel Hanson, Dunedin; 18 Caleb Morrow Christchurch.

EPEE
Women: 1 Kate Brill, Christchurch; 2 Simone Marshall, Dunedin; 3= Fiona Seal, Queenstown and Felicity Boyd, Christchurch; 5 Alison Price, Dunedin; 6 Sophie Kelly, Christchurch.
Men: 1 Lucian Nightingale, Christchurch; 2 Oliver Agnew, Auckland; 3= Jonathan Brill, Christchurch and James Harwood, Wellington; 5 Isaac Rusholme-Cobb, Wellington; 6 Steve Martin, Wellington; Sylvain Letailleur. 8 Bryan Clark, Wellington; 9 Isaac Officer, Christchurch; 10 Andreas Sesun, Christchurch; 11 Jonathan Seal, Queenstown; 12 Jaco Fourie, Christchurch; 13 Louis Jennings, Dunedin; 14 Hichel Soares, Queenstown; 15 Ross Shepherd, Christchurch; 16 Ty Baen-Price, Christchurch; 17 David Jennings, Dunedin; 18 Xin Zhaou, Christchurch; 19 Mikhail Lopez, Christchurch; 20 Xander Logan, Christchurch; 21 Josh Gibson, Christchurch; 22 Caleb Morrow, Christchurch.
U23-mixed: 1 Oliver Agnew, Auckland; 2 Sylvain Letailleur; 3= Isaac Officer and Sheldon Ogilvie, both Christchurch; 5 Lucian Nightingale, Christchurch; 6 Louis Jennings, Dunedin; 7 Jonathan Brill, Christchurch; 8 Isaac Rusholme-Cobb, Wellington; 9 James Harwood, Wellington; 10 Ross Shepherd, Christchurch; 11 Wai Ling Chan, Christchurch; 12 Fiona Seal, Queenstown; 13 Brittany Wyatt, Christchurch; 14 Xin Zhou, Christchurch.

 

29/8/2015: FARMING IS HUGE IN QUAKESVILLE.

 

See, look at these boxes growing on Waltham Road.

 

LITTLE BOXES by the dozen. Listen to what Pete has to say.

 

The rebuild is producing more trenches in Christchurch than the First and Second World Wars put together.

 

Talking of trenching have you heard the story about the two cabling teams working on streets and footpaths in the Leafy Suburb? One has a great reputation and cleans-up afterwards, the other is messy and aggressive, threatening locals who complain - one elderly fellow was told he would have his power cut off if he didn't shut up!

 

SNAP!

Oh, and don't forget that the South Island Fencing Championships are being held in Quakesville this weekend ..... You can capture "live" results HERE!

 

Foiled???? Or just colour co-ordinated??

 

You can come back and see the sabre and epee action termorra.

 

 

28/8/2015: WANNA GO FOR A BIKE RIDE IN CENTRAL QUAKESVILLE????

You can borrow one of these parked at the Arts Centre on Worcester Street.

They are a great way of touring the quake riven city roads, as the pix on this site show.

Since February's big shake a weekly tour of the city on two wheels has captured some amazing images!!

Dare you to .....

Now come fencing .... Just not this Saturday as it is the Uni Holidays.

All equipment provided!!! Just turn up.

 

27/8/2015: BOW WOWS!!

They were rescued by the Christchurch City Council after February's big quakes, but now the Queen's woofs have been back in town for a while.

Before quakes.

 

The other day.

Notice any difference?? Read more in the nation's top woman's mag THE PRESS!

Wow, the question the other day about ucfc's worst sword killer attracted a host of responses most, sad to say, correct. So the giant cfish go to FW (the first Kiwi responder) Rick (the first Aussie), Rob (the first UK) and and C (the first european).

Wrighty, the epee killer's nick-name, was a leftie!! Eh Cameron?

 

 

 

 

26/8/2015: AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!!

Coming down on Manchester Street!

 

The Manchester Street car parking building.

 

Read more in the nation's top woman's' mag THE PRESS!

QUESTION: Who was the famous Leftie sabreur who owned a business on Manchester Street pre-quake??

As usual the correct answer is worth a giant chocolate fish! That includes you too FW.

 

25/8/2015: OOOH RIGHT-HANDED FENCERS ARE A GRUMPY LOT!!

The picture of a Right-handed epeeist bashing a Left-hander in the President's Cup posting a few weeks ago had them moaning.

Here's another pic from that comp showing two Right-handers with one turning his back on the other .... How rude, but nobody complained, even the dashing sabreurs ignored them.

 

But see, when a Leftie confronts a Righty they wave at the spectators together.

 

Unless it's a grumpy Righty sabreur who then gets delt to by the skillful Leftie, like here, to the amusement of the spectators.

 

QUESTION: What hand was the fencer who has the reputation of breaking the most epee blades at the University of Canterbury Fencing Club???

Giant choc fish for the first correct answer!

And don't forget this weekend's South Island Fencing Champs here in Quake City - more here!

 

24/8/2015:TOWN SITE??

Wots that, some of you have asked?

Former University of Canterbury Fencing Club members Graeme and Dianne used the hallowed grounds of the former university for training before the uni moved to Ilam. Read more about the TOWN SITE AND ILAM ....

 

The University of Canterbury Fencing Club used to meet here ... Still the gym today.

 

But inside it looks like this.

 

Though it once looked like this.

 

 

18/8/2015:THEY'RE COMING BACK!!

Yep, students from the University of Canterbury are about to return to the central city - quick, march!

 

Read more about the return of some Ilamites to the TOWN SITE! by May next year!

 

Now wot would former Prime Minister, Piggy Muldoon, think? After all those living in and using the centre of Christchurch (Quake City) declined when the university moved to Ilam in the late 1960's and early 1970's, and finally died when they built a hotel over Victoria Street, one of the most popular ways of accessing the Square and central city.

 

However, could an old problem rear its head again?

Wot about students who may have lectures at both Ilam and Town Site and have to rush tween em to make lectures on time?

It was a bastard in those days pre-quake, finishing one lecture at Town Site and then rushing to the next one at Illam. It could be sheer hell with road closures and the erratic invasion of road cones!

Perhaps the whole university could move back to the city centre - that would be real regeneration!

 

17/8/2015: WHAT CAME DOWN S' GOTTA GO UP!

New dungas (buildings in Gerry-talk) going up in the former central city of Christchurch aka Quake Central..

 

There are more putemuppers (cranes) than cars in the former city centre as this shot shows. At least nine of the buggers in this shot!

 

Read how Gerry is cracking down on COWBOY BUILDERS in Quake City!

And come back termorra for another central city revelation - is history repeating itself??????

 

16/8/2015: IT WAS TIME FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY FENCING CLUB'S MOCHI SHIELD YESTERDAY.

Trouble was that the rain kept many uni students away - wonder why.

 

Those that did turn up had a great time - that's the shield on the stand between the fencers on the right.

 

Including watching Brett do some unusual things - what the heck IS he doing??

 

He was trying to retrieve his whiteboard marker, used in keeping the score, that had fallen down the back of the board.

 

The Mochi Shield honours the contribution of Italian fencer Gianfranco Mochi to Canterbury fencing in the 1990s. UCFC holds a series of tournaments during club sessions throughout the year to decide who gets the honour of having their name on the hallowed trophy.

First awarded in 2012, the Mochi Shield is already adorned with the names of some fine épéeists. Be sure to check out their mug shots on the wall of fame. Will you be next?

 

15/8/2015: G'DAY!

I know, it is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but when he came skipping past yesterday on his way to the Square, the former city centre, I just had toooooo

The Wizard of Christchurch has done much to keep things going in the former city centre, but instant recovery/regeneration is too much even for his magic wand.

But good things are happening.

The bridge over the Avon River at Dallington has re-opened. It means easier traveling for locals heading to the Palms shopping centre and the many schools in the area.

 

There is a rumour that a new cafe/restaurant is opening later this year in New Regent Street just to cater for employees of the nation's top newspaper THE PRESS.

Did you get it?

Both the Wizard and The Press are central city institutions!! And the bit about the new cafe is true.

 

 

 

14/8/2015: TALKING ABOUT NEW BRIGHTON.....

Getting there is still a bit of a challenge - this is one-way on Pages Road.

 

And there are still some grumpy folks around the beach-side suburb.

 

But things are slowly looking up!!

 

 

13/8/2015: THANKS!

Was one recent response to the pix posted on this site. We can follow what is happening in Quake City especially New Brighton where we once lived until driven out in the aftermath of the quakes.

Here's a New Brighton beach scene for BB - Question; wots the fence for?

Like many survivors BB does not live in Quake City anymore but some up-market tourist resort in the mountains and, like many, takes a peek at this site on a regular basis!

 

 

11/8/2015: YER DON'T KNOW WOT YOUIS TALKING ABOUT!

That was one comment about the POW (prisoner of waiting) post made earlier this week.

Just go stand here for a few minutes while a mob of trucks like this go screaming past millimetres from you!!

The POW cages are spreading up Brougham Street, but do have a positive side say residents living near the corner of Selwyn Street and Brougham Street - they are proving a haven for users from two nearby schools who have to risk life and limb while crossing the busy super-highway.

Now, how are those escape tunnels under it coming on???

 

10/8/2015:OOH, POOR RADIO GABBLER RACHEL SMALLEY HAS HIT THE JOURNALIST ON THE HEAD SO TO SPEAK.

Hung out to dry???

Read wot her gabble has unleashed in the nation's top women's' MAGAZINE!!!!!

It all proves wot an old Sub-Editor told me 50-years ago, "Women will never rule the world, they don't read newspapers".

Now, before you all start ranting and throwing things at me, just go and visit your local dairy and ask which sex buys the newspapers.

What that grizzled Sub Editor didn't say wos that newspapers would become women's' magazines once the dragons started insinuating themselves into journalism and editorial authority. Hence the fall in readership, the demise of newspapers and the dumbing down of journalism.

Once newspapers were factually written and skillfully laid out with sections for both sexes but the gynecological invasion has changed all that, with dribble and gabble all mixed in together in one big mess. It is called cost cutting.

Talk to any journalist under 35 and they will blame it all on the internet and computers. Bullshit, it is caused by incompetence and indifference - read the old saw printed at the head of this page "News is something, that someone, somewhere, doesn't want known. Everything else is advertising."

Not any more!

"introducing yet another white male broadcaster to prime time, at the expense of a strong, capable, experienced female interviewer".

Oh yeah?

 

9/8/2015: ARE YOU COMING BACK TOTHE FORMER CITY CENTRE?

Like these visitors snapped on Colombo Street by the great department store, Ballantynes, right, a couple of days ago.

Maybe not if you are over 35 and definitely so if you are over 50, but it is the pensioners, with all that disposable income, that are adamant about not coming back - they get lost!

All the well-loved buildings they once knew, are gone.

Now read another's propaganda about retail returning to the former city centre!

 

 

8/8/2015: HAVE PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS BECOME POW'S THANKS TO THOSE CONTROLLING OUR NATIONAL HIGHWAYS???

A pow (prisoner of waiting) cage in Sydenham on the intersection of Brougham Street and Waltham Road.

 

Once pedestrians and cyclists could cross the busy Brougham Street national highway bisecting the central city from those living on the hills, in one swoop, but now they have to do it in two.

It seems the few seconds extra it took scuttle across the wide street is just too much for motorists, rushing somewhere, to put up with.

So now the pedestrians and cyclists are imprisoned in the middle of the busy and smelly road.

Imprisoned in the middle of a stinky street and easy meat for considerate motorists like this.

 

There is even a huge dog-leg in the pow cage to slow the speedy pedestrians and cyclists down.

 

So the pedestrians and cyclists get intimidated by grumbling smelly trucks and other sundry traffic screaming past the steel fenced-in pow cage only millimeters away.

 

Wonder if those who designed, if that's the word, the pow cages experienced the trucks screaming past at 60Km? Or were they perched on a desk in a nice quiet office?

Perhaps the next development will be escape tunnels?

 

 

7/8/2015: IS GERRY AND HIS WASTEMAKERS ABOUT TO GO DAIRY FARMING IN THE RED ZONE OUT EAST?

Why are these evil beasties all lined-up?

 

Will they be used for ploughing up the abandoned Red Zone?

 

Oh, this wee bit of green space in industrial Sydenham might have been saved .... Read more about it here ... And be aware the General Rod is moving! Bet Lianne and her Ladies will be pleased??

 

 

5/8/3015:JUNE'S WEE RANT ABOUT THE POSIBLE ERRADICATION OF A POSSIBLE POT-HOLE PENIS IS, THANKFULLY, CONFIRMED.

FROM THIS ... Opawa Road near Ensors Road - a dicey situation for road users, especially cyclists crammed up against the left-hand side by motorists as the road narrows approaching the roundabout.

 

TO THIS.... Now cyclists can safely scuttle up the gutter to avoid getting squished much to the disappointment of motorists!

 

Unless they meet a random motorist like this fellow on Moorhouse Avenue the other day.

 

Don't forget to turn-up with your hooter and paper ribbons at Rod Stuart's meeting with Lianne and her Ladies (well perhaps some of em) tomorrow morning on the second floor of the Christchurch City Council building on Hereford Street!

 

4/8/3015: A CAGED WOMAN!

No, it is not Lianne or one of her Ladies - though both are equally well-known in the seaside suburb of New Brighton!!!

 

Read more about the caged woman HERE!

 

 

3/8/2015: SUPPORT ROD AND HIS MATES.

Rod faces off with Lianne and her Ladies first thing on Thursday morning over a possible land grab in the wee go-ahead suburb of Sydenham.

The face-off will happen at 8.30am on Thursday morning on the second floor of CCC building on Hereford Street (the former NZ Post building).

. Spectators are welcome, just be seated before 8.30am and hide your hooters and paper ribbons on entry

 

Prime real-estate - Buchan Park on the corner of Buchan Street and Wordsworth Street.

 

Read all about it in the Nation's top women's magazine. Though didn't this morning's front page make it look like a real newspaper!?

 

31/7/2015:WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wos the exclamation from a former central city wage-slave, who had not seen the raddled former city centre since well before the earthquakes (25-years), as I gently guided him on a tour within the four avenues.

It is all gone!

But the memories remain.

Manchester Street from the bridge over the Avon River - any changes? See previous pix. Who remembers the kidnapping of the son of a famous Kiwi artist from his girl-friend's flat that once stood on the right??

 

Left on High Street. Who remembers wot once stood here?

 

Right on High Street. Who remembers who inhabited this building??

 

 

 

29/7/2015: Results of the 2015 President’s Cup, the 2015 u23 Sabre Championships and a Veterans Foil Challenge held at the Fencing Institute, Christchurch, July 25/26.

Open Women’s Sabre: 1 Luyan Cao, Dunedin; 2 Suzy Cheng, Dunedin; 3= Kate Brill, Christchurch, and Anna Chalton, Dunedin; 5 Vanda Symon, Dunedin; 6 Hannah Chamberlain, Christchurch.
U23 Mixed Sabre: 1 Hamish Chan, Auckland; 2 Ross Shepherd, Christchurch; 3= Adam Burrough, Dunedin, and Johan Ryu, Auckland. 5 Andre Chou, Auckland; 6 Casper Howell, Christchurch; 7 Hannah Chamberlain, Christchurch.
Veterans Foil: 1 Steve Martin, Wellington; 2 Gareth Foley, Christchurch. 3= Graham Payne, Timaru, and John Calcott, New Plymouth; 5 Simon Murfin, Christchurch.
Open Women’s Epee; 1 Kate Brill, Christchurch; 2 Anna Chalton, Auckland; 3= Felicity Boyd, Christchurch, and Simone Marshall, Dunedin; 5 Mary Black, Auckland; 6 Ashleigh Goh, Christchurch.
Open Women’s Foil: 1 Suzy Cheng, Dunedin; 2 Simone Marshall, Dunedin; 3= Vanda Symon, Dunedin, and Nicola Buisman, Auckland; 5 Gen Porter, Auckland; 6 Sophie Kelly, Christchurch; 7 Moe Suzuki, Christchurch.
Open Men’s Sabre: 1 Bryan Clark, Wellington; 2 John Calcott, New Plymouth; 3= Ross Shepherd, Christchurch, and Hamish Bulmer, Auckland; 5 Johann Ryu, Auckland; 6 Adam Burrough, Dunedin; 7 Andre Chou, Auckland; 8 Casper Howell, Christchurch.
Open Men’s Foil: 1 Hamish Chan, Auckland; 2 Chris Bell. Auckland; 3= Steve Martin and Bryan Clark, both Wellington; 5 Alastair Keleghan, Christchurch; 6 James Tweddle, Wellington; 7 Daniel Keleghan, Christchurch; 8 Andrew Kell, Christchurch; 9 Gareth Foley, Christchurch; 10 Louis Jennings, Dunedin; 11 Jason Sim, Dunedin; 12 Grant Tweddle, Wellington; 13 Jacob Reeve, Dunedin; 14 Connor Foley-Walker, Christchurch; 15 Corey Symon, Dunedin; 16 Caleb Morrow, Christchurch; 17 Adam Burrough, Dunedin; 18 Riley Symon, Dunedin; 19 John Calcott, New Plymouth; 20 Andre Chou, Auckland; 21 Xander Logan, Christchurch; 22 Andi Liu, Auckland.
Open Men’s Epee: 1 Lucian Nightingale, Christchurch; 2 Andreas Sesun, Christchurch; 3= Louis Jennings, Dunedin, and Steve Martin, Wellington; 5Graham Payne, Timaru; 6 Quin Downs, Christchurch; 7 Johann Ryu, Auckland; 9 Issac Officer, Christchurch; 10 Christopher Knowles, Christchurch; 11 Bryan Clark, Wellington; 12 Hichel Soares, Queenstown; 13 Jaco Fourie, Christchurch; 14 David Jennings, Dunedin; 15 Andi Liu, Auckland; 16 John Calcott, New Plymouth; 17 Joshua Gibson, Christchurch; 18 Riley Symon, Dunedin; 19 Xin Zhou, Christchurch.

Quin gives the Kiwi flag a bit of help after it drooped a bit in the excitement of fencers enjoying themselves!!

 

 

28/7/2015:TASTY DISHES SERVED AT THE PRESIDEN'S CUP!!

Gold, silver and bronze medals.

 

Sleepy times for fencers.

 

Bashings for those pesky left-handers.

 

More To Come.

 

27/7/2015: NOW IT IS AFTERNOON!

Protestors line Colombo Street in Sydenham at noon.

 

The lunch-time protest about a proposed dump in the inner-city suburb of Sydeham, a few blocks away from the Cathedral Square, proved a tad noisey as cars, vans, trucks and the odd articulated heavy truck tooted their horns in support.

 

IT IS HIGH NOON TODAY!

For the protest agin Ecan's dumping of a smelly, dusty and unsightly rubbish tip in the middle of the central city on the corner of Cass and Colombo Streets just behind the big Harvey Norman store on Moorehouse Avenue. Over a 100 large trucks a day are expected to swamp the wee go-ahead suburb of Sydenham. Protest starts an noon today!

 

NOW SOME FURTHER GREAT DUELING ACTION FROM THIS YEAR'S PRESIDENT'S CUP FENCING COMPETITION HELD IN QUAKE CITY OVER THE WEEKEND.

Women's foil action - yes you may hit my foot - the target for foil fencers is that metal jacket covering the trunk, hitting anywhere else does not count!

 

Unlike these epeeists ... Where the target is the whole body, head to toe so no metal jacket is needed! It is a carry over from the old dueling days where the idea was to draw blood first!!!!! Heard the term 'first blood'?

 

Sabreurs are different again - their target is from the hips upwards including the head, just as it was in the old days of horse-back duels of the Knights of the Round Table! The idea being to get the man not the poor bloody horse.

 

While another rule in sabre is .... No crossing the feet during the attack! Peruse this pic and the one above - one of the rules in sabre is that anyone crossing their feet is naughty, that is, the back foot going in front of the front foot from the en-guard position.

 

MTC - MORE TO COME!

 

 

 

26/7/2015: WOOF!

One of the spectators at the President's Cup on Saturday.

 

Now we have your attention here are some pix and results from the first day of the President's Cup fencing comp being held in Quake City this weekend!

 

Fencing Mid-South President Mark Rance was in charge of the lollies - he'll take to the piste today in the epee. He is awarding them to the top fencers in all three weapons, foil, epee and sabre plus those daring spectators who go and ask him for one.

 

Auckland fencer Chris Bell turns his back on his opponent in the mens' foil event.

 

Fencers can be a colourful lot as these two sabreurs' socks show - Casper, left, was the youngest competitor at the comp while Brian is looking forward to competing in the veterans events!

Results from yesterday, except for the sabre events - perhaps the organisers need bribing with Mark's lollies? - are available HERE!

There is also a map to show you how to get to the competition venue so you can come and cheer!

MTC, which in old journalese talk means, more to come.

 

 

 

 

 

25/7/2015: REGENERATION!?

Nearly five years after the quakes started the former city centre, once known as Cathedral Square, demonstrates the advanced regeneration of the ravaged city.

On the left a heap of propped-up crappy rubble and on the right new buildings reach for the sky.

 

24/7/2015: HIGH NOON IN QUAKE CITY YESTERDAY.

See any changes?? Compare it with previous shots.

 

This is coming down - it is the former Bank of New Zealand building in the former Cathedral Square.

See wot the nation's top womens mag says ...

 

And seagulls outnumbered people in New Regent Street yesterday.

Now come back and see how the regeneration is going termorra!

 

 

23/7/2015: REMEMBER THIS???

The former University of Canterbury Students' Association building damaged by the quakes. Now Red-Stickered, it still sits on the banks of the Avon River awaiting its fate.

Back in the late 1960's current students attending the university at the old Town Site (now the Arts Centre being repaired) in the central city, had to fork out a vast amount of cash each to pay for it!!

More AT! Oh, the nation's top fencing club was once based in the building's ballroom!

 

21/7/2015: MORE THUGGERY AND BUGGERY IN WEE GO-AHEAD SYDENHAM...

A kind worker from Harmon Motors consoles the wee Fiat 500 motorcar on the corner of Brougham and Colombo Streets after it was brutally attacked by vandals.

 

Remember this eyesore ...... The Cass Street recycling centre in 2012 - it could be back regardless of wot the Vodafone sign says.

 

Don't forget to bring your wheelbarrow and banner for next Monday's "High Noon" protest agin its return!

 

20/7/2015: HAS VODAFONE REALLY GOT THIS CASS STREET, ABOUT TO BE DUMP, COVERED???

It thought so last week as this sign shows.

 

A peek inside in 2012 demonstrates modern recycling methods at the former railway goods shed on the Colombo and Cass Street corner.

Do we really want a recycling dump in the regenerating city centre??? Perhaps they could move it to the former Cathedral Square,now a wasteland, instead of the go-ahead central city suburb of Sydenham.

Next Monday, July 27, at noon locals will be protesting so bring yer wheelbarrows and banners along!!

 

 

19/7/2017: COMING SOON TO A SUBURB NEAR YOU!!

A recycling centre, watch out for thugs though .... Read more about recycling thuggery in Sydenham here!!

 

18/7/2015: A LINE-UP OF PEOPLE IN HARD-HATS AND HI-VIS JACKETS - IN QUAKE CITY THAT CAN ONLY MEAN .... BEAURAUCRATS!!!

Or they could be lining up for a pee??

Nah, they were gathered on Hastings Street in Sydenham to celebrate the construction of a, wait for it, lawn!

Lianne and her Ladies are demolishing the wee quake-damaged houses and flats of Brougham Village to replace em with this ........

Did you know that before you can get a job with Lianne and her Ladies (that's the Christchurch City Council to you outsiders) you have to demonstrate that you can squat!!

Yep, during your initial HR interrogation you are asked to do so.

Anybody remember the Gardening In The Red Zone fiasco??

 

17/7/2015: COMING AND GOING IN NEW BRIGHTON THIS WEEK.

See.

 

Empty spaces and seagulls.

But like Victoria Square the seaside suburb is still a jewel in our battered crown!!!

Read about Queen Vic's stay of execution here!!!! In the nation's top women's magazine, ah, newspaper......

 

16/7/2015: A JOB FOR ECAN'S SMOKE POLICE??

Wonder if this poor bugger got a visit from Environment Canterbury's smoke police?

Smoke wafts over Opawa from a shed fire in Hillsborough on Sunday morning.

Now, about those polluted rivers and streams??????????/???

 

 

15/7/3015: NOW FOR SOME FENCING GOS.

Be careful when buying fencing gear overseas and having it mailed back to Nzed.

A Christchurch epeeist is replacing his FIE (that's the world body that controls fencing for you non-fencers - see HERE! blades that have been banned cos of splitting (See post of 26th June of his split blade being expertly repaired by Gordon the Welder.

The american company won't ship direct so he got them to send it to the New Zealand Post centre in the States, which they did. Sorry said NZPost, we cannot ship it as it has "epee weapon" on the package's label. And New Zealand Customs prohibit its import.

But it is sports equipment said our epeeist who also quoted the custom regulation that allows there import. Result expected soon!

 

Now here's a blast from the past for you mature fencers - who are the three ladies facing Percy???? First correct answer wins a giant chocolate fish!

 

 

11/7/3015: WOT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES!!

Waltham Road by Hargest Crescent on a week day late last week - the cones going in.

 

Waltham Road by Hargest Crescent today, a day later - the cones gone!

 

See the difference? Why the difference in so short a time? Is it true that the growth industry in Quake City is not in the rebuild of the flattened city but traffic management?

Some voluntary organisations have given up trying to help some of the squished suburbs recover due to the thousands of dollars they have to spend in traffic management!! One even returned a grant when it found out that much of the grant had to be spent on a traffic management plan.

Weird. And those bloody road cones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

 

9/7/3015: WOT WOULD YOU DO??

With this ruined former cathedral in the centre of Quake City.

Rebuild it or replace it?

With this stirring New Brighton scene or something else?

Are Gerry and his Wastemakers too frightened to do something about the unsightly rubbish??? Regeneration??????

Or ....

Is the rebuild of the earthquake flattened city comming along nicely as this sign in New Brighton suggests???

 

 

 

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 96-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!

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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