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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

2014

2013, 2012

2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007


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.

 

 

30/4/2015: POTTED? OR SHOULD THAT BE POTHOLED??

At the begriming of this month this pix was posted along with this: "You have got to wonder if those involved in repair of sewage and water pipes such as skirt, ceedo, sarah and our very own seeseesee are giving us the fingers? In particular does SKIRT and her boyfriend McConnell Dowell have anything under their skirts?? Oops, I mean hats."

Last week this appeared:

An orange box surrounded it and these other nearby potholes.

Does that mean repair/filling is about to happen?? Or will a nearby resident with a $40 bag of asphalt get there first. Now how many potholes can be filled for forty bucks - answers on a single page please.

Oh, and how much GST will the Government collect from these earthquake repairs?

 

29/4/2015: CONFLICTING VIEWS!

Yep, that's what you get when reading about the the restoration of Quake City in the nation's top newspaper.

Everyone is blaming someone as you can read here, but the truth is more prosaic as these pix show ...

The bedraggled and rusty clock tower outside the New Brighton library - not working.

 

This side is working!

 

There appears that not much is being done!

Surely the spin doctors, PR ladies or whatever of Sarah, Ceedoo, Jerry and the Wastemakers, John Keys and his National Government or Lianne and her Ladies can come up with a good story now and then??

But who will fix the clock in this popular sea-side suburb????

 

(Coming soon the continuing story of the SCIRT and her boyfriend.)

 

24/4/2015: HELP!

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

 

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

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

FIELD, ALFRED THORNLEY

Initials:

A T

Nationality:

New Zealand

Rank:

Serjeant

Regiment/Service:

New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Battalion

Age:

29

Date of Death:

15/09/1916

Service No:

9/1007

Additional information:

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

Casualty Type:

Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference:

XI. B. 5.

Cemetery:

CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL

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

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

Anyone got an answer????

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

FROM THIS ...

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

READ about the slave-labour contracts HERE!

 

14/4/3015: CATHEDRAL SQUARE EARLY 1970.

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

 

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

Roughly the same from ground level.

 

From up Colombo Street near Victoria Square.

 

 

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

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

Read more in THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER!

 

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

A prison centre and bus stop, foreground.

 

BOARDED UP.

A house in the central city.

 

GIVING UP!

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

 

UP AND DOWN.

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

7/4/2015: A BRIDGE TOO FAR?

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

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

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

Wonder wot the GST is on it??

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

See ... SEE HERE!

 

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

 

Now for something completely different:

 

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

 

 

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

Wot about hand washing and cleaning of teeth??

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Read more about the Opawa Road works.

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

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

 

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

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

Does Skirt wear anything under her dress??

 

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

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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