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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.
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Archived Gossip and Photos:
7/10/2015: A WOOLY RIOT IN PALMERSTON NORTH ....
There is no doubt they do things differently in the wee Manawatu village welcoming visitors with bundles of knitting!
Read more about the NIT WITS in the wee local rag!!
Talking about the local rag, the Manawatu Standard, it pissed off heaps of locals when it changed from being an afternoon paper to a morning one recently. Wonder if the circulation of the morning DomPost has increased or decreased in Palmy and same for the Standard???
6/10/2015: IT IS HANGING OUT TIME IN PALMERSTON NORTH THIS WEEK .....
Here Wolf , the window cleaner, prepares to clean the windows of the Palmerston North city council. The dering-do window cleaner also cleans the windows on Palmy's tallest building - all thirteen floors high.
A popular route tween the west and east coasts, Palmy and Woodville, the narrow-gutted gorge is well-known for slips and slides and avalanches - the last only last month.
28/9/2015: BE NICE TO THE RUMPLED ROAD WORKERS.
In Quakesville we moan and groan about the state of our rumpled roads and the slow and patchy return to there pre-quake status.
We whine about the road cones.
We whine about the road works.
But we should not whine about the road workers for they are only doing what Lianne and her Ladies, Gerry and his Wastemakers and Sarah tell 'em to do even in the recent wet and cold!.
So next time you drive, or cycle, past 'em give 'em a wave and heartfelt hullo for getting on with the job of rebuilding Christchurch's roads.....
The Manchester Street car parking building ......
Yep, nearly all gone yesterday afternoon.
25/9/2015: AND NOW FOR SOME FENCING NEWS ..... Hi, welcome to the inter-schools fencing comp.
(27/9/2015: Wai Ling Chan, above, has just won the Aussie Junior (u20) womens epee event in Melbourne!!)
Held at Christchurch Boys High School on Wednesday arvo.
Even parents turned out to watch the action.
Which included getting kited-out before....
... the thrust and parrying started and fencers from seven schools had some fun.
So make sure you come again next year. Taaaraaa til then.
The results you ask, well a lot of giant chocolate fish were consumed! Most heart-breaking of all was that the long-time grudge match 'tween Shirley Boys High School and Christchurch Boys High School did not take place owing to disrupted travel plans - maybe next year!????
24/9/2015: QUAKESVILLE ISN'T THE ONLY PLACE TO SUFFER FROM ART ATTACKS!!!
These red nickers have proved a big giggle in the Czech Republic flying high over the Presidential Palace in Prague - have a look at this BBC story...
Wanna go for a BURN-UP on the main street of Qakesville??
Try this new cycle lane on Colombo Street, the main drag of Christchurch - that's the new bus house on the right!
23/9/2015: HER REIGN CONTINUES.
Queenie, Queen Victoria, stands unperturbed in the former city centre of Quakesville after her citizens won a battle with the quake-bureaucrats over her retention of her wee empire - READ MORE HERE IN THE NATION'S TOP NEWSPAPER ....
22/9/2015: OUCH!! SHENANIGANS IN THE LEAFY SUBURB THIS MORNING.
Some mothers do 'ave em!!
Wot happens when you try to drive your trailer under the rail bridge over the Heathcote River in Opawa, which has a clearance of 2.4 metres, with load taller than that??
You need a tow truck to take it away.
The OUCH will be the cost of getting an engineers inspection to make sure the bridge is still safe for trains and the repair of the trailer.
21/9/2015: GONE BY FRIDAY!
Yep, so the road can be made wider.
The Manchester Street car parking building - artwork and all.
So get in and say goodbye to another Quake City totem.
Have you heard the story about the man who could piss over a car? Or remember the folks who used to piss in the car park's Manchester Street doorway? Or the girls of Manchester Street who once plied their profession there??
Bye bye memories.
20/9/2015: IS THERE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE EARTHQUAKE TUNNEL FOR THE RESIDENTS OF CHRISTCHURCH??
Mind the puddle.
" "People are tired" after years of fighting...." Read all about those many 'feel-good' projects in the nation's top newspaper, The Press, HERE!
And go east to see what changes, if any, have happened - to a damaged and abandoned landscape.
Some of those homes, adorning the Port Hills in the background of the above pic, are the most expensive in Quakesville!!
18/9/2015: YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN QUAKE CITY WHEN YOU SEE BITS OF FORMER BUILDINGS, THAT DID NOT SURVIVE THE QUAKES, HANGING OFF BUILDINGS THAT SURVIVED!
Concrete versus brick - which survived the quakes and which did not?
Just across the empty section from the above un-expected quake art on Manchester Street, snapped a couple of days ago, is this interesting painting ...... Is it homage to the road cones on the left ? The demolition going on in the background? Or, the food once served from the building it adorns?
It looks like "a rotting american hotdog and a decomposing tongue with a mushroom growing in it." Was one suggestion. Wot thinks you??
17/9/2015: SOME HONEY FOR YOU!
Pander to your sweet tooth and help a couple of budding sabreurs get some new electric fencing gear.
Yummy honey for you!
Christchurch twins Azaria and Casper are selling jars of the tasty stuff to help pay for their new gear.
The large jars, left, are $15, the medium, right, are $10 and the wee ones of beech honey, foreground, are $4 each or three for $10.
Place y0ur orders with the twins' mum: HERE!
16/9/2015: BUILT IN 1864 AND NOW ALL BOARDED UP.
To protect it from the looters, midnight party goers, graffiti criminals (all that bare plywood that went up recently looks interesting?} and other nosey people - the Risingholm mansion in the leafy suburb of Opawa.
15/9/2015: SPOT THE DIFFERNCE ........
Manchester Street from the bridge over the Avon River the day of the earthquke of September 2010.
Manchester Street on Sunday, five years on.
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE?????????????????????
14/9/2015: AND NOW FOR SOMETHING FENCING ....
Will Esme become a left-handed fencer??
Esme Margaret Robertson, the recently arrived daughter of Luke and Shona, is keeping the household of the current national sabre champion - sleep deprived!
Or, will she be ambidextrous like this fellow - see more HERE!!
13/9/2015: SPRING IS HERE!!
The river Avon, right, flows quietly past the intersection of Linwood Avenue, left, and Avonside Drive, centre and right for you non-Quakesville readers.
All quaked out so to speak by the Christchurch earthquakes. And to think twenty-odd people once admired the tranquil river view from here?.
But not any more - now abandoned and forgotten.
The steps to nowhere but an abandoned apartment building in Avonside - bet the memories are good.
10/9/2015: A ROAD TO NO-WHERE IN QUAKESVILLE!
Rumpled, rippled and overgrown with weeds one would not know that this road leads to where world records where once set.
World records set where???? Have a read!
Recognize it now???
Five years on the grass still grows, skateboarders use it, but nobody else does - Lianne and her Ladies are still fighting with the Insurance Company!
9/9/2015:THE S L O W REJUVINATION OF OXFORD TERRACE.
Oxford Terrace out east tween Barbadoes Street and Fitzgerald Avenue - where have all the houses gone?
Oxford Terrace and the wasteland of the former city centre tween Armagh and Cloucester Street - where are all the businesses gone?
Oxford Terrace tween Hereford and Cashel Streets - look out there is a tram coming and, maybe, some new buildings.
Only two of the ten wee businesses, within the four avenues, I once dealt with have returned and the huge rents they have to pay have stopped the rest of the sole traders returning. Many have moved from Christchurch to as far apart as Napier, Dunedin and even Australia!
8/9/2015: GOOD MORNING!
You know you are in Quakesville when you come across signs like this - an example of clear and precise signage.
While taking this pic three cars, like the one captured, thought that the road closed was the one on the left and they went straight ahead to find that road closed instead.
Wot would you do??
6/9/2015: REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF SEPTEMBER!
For it was then that right-handed epeeist Josh proposed to his Dragon, Kathryn, during their dueling session at the University of Canterbury Fencing Club's weekly meeting, much to the surprise of the club's fencers who made him do it again for photographic evidence and then saluted the pair with their epees.
The great event will take place in Auckland in January!
5/9/3015: HI AGAIN!
Gerry hasn't got this one yet - central city art work in Quakesville five years on.
Remember the good times at this place on Manchester Street?
Uncovered five years ago, a brick dunny on Colombo Street.
Today is the fifth anniversary of the first big earthquake to rock the Mainland's (The South Island for overseas readers!) largest city, Christchurch. Nobody died, but much of the city was damaged though the irrepressible humour of Kiwi's was untouched:
"Heard the latest earthquake joke: How do you make a milk-shake in Christchurch? Leave a partially used container of milk on the bench overnight! "
And who could forget cafe owner Dave dishing up free coffee to New Brighton residents - no power and no water but he managed!!
3/9/2015: COMING DOWN IN QUAKESVILLE!
The Manchester Street car parking building makes way for a wider street!
Read more HERE in the nation's top women's mag.
GOING UP IN QUAKESVILLE!
Battleship gray steel rises tween Lichfield and Tuam Streets - the new criminal centre designed to incarcerate, lawyers, judges, police and criminals together!!
But not CAR PARKS read more in the nation's top newspaper!!
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.
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!!
SEE THE ARCHIVES SECTION 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!