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> Christchurch 2014, Uplifting photograph taken 3 July 2014
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post 3rd Jul 2014, 11:35am
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I thought GG members would like to see this photo, taken by my son from the hillside suburb of Scarborough this morning. Although there is little of the city left to see, this view reminds of us of the beauty surrounding Christchurch.

Kia Ora,

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post 20th Aug 2014, 07:27pm
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Stunning picture SKL,the Southern Alps look amazing...cannot image how life is in CHCH....before I met my wife I went out with a really nice girl from New Brighton.....we met in Edinburgh and I met her family,often wonder what happened to them.....brilliant people!


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post 20th Aug 2014, 08:46pm
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Good to hear from you, Ross. Yes, it is a beautiful view and gives us all hope. You will notice on the lower left of the photo, a smallish rock formation on the beach. It was formerly called "Shag Rock" but after it collapsed during the February earthquake, it was unofficially renamed "Shag Pile" - fairly typical Kiwi humour!

When I arrived in Christchurch in 1963, New Brighton was a thriving, popular seaside suburb. At that time there was no Saturday shopping in the city, so every weekend thousands of locals descended on New Brighton, where there were special shopping concessions. Over the years, as progress was eventually made and weekend shopping was extended to the city and suburbs, New Brighton declined rapidly.

Despite the amazing efforts of locals to revive the area, it has become very run-down and neglected. Add to this the severe damage caused to New Brighton in the earthquakes, it is a very sad place now and is being avoided by weekend visitors, along with most of the other seaside suburbs.

Christchurch has a beautiful, sunny day today and I am looking forward to the start of Spring in a few weeks time.

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post 14th Feb 2016, 02:41am
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Unfortunately we have had another unwelcome 5.7 earthquake at 1.13 pm today in Christchurch. It was situated 15 km east of the city and 15 km deep. There has been further damage to the Christchurch Cathedral and some liquefaction in the eastern suburbs but there does not seem to be any serious damage.

Not sure long it lasted but it shook the whole house and was very noisy. The attached photo was taken at Sumner, where more of the cliffs have collapsed.

There were several smaller aftershocks and I am hoping it will settle down now - we have had enough!

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post 14th Feb 2016, 10:03am
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Thoughts, again, are with you and yours, SKL, together with warm thoughts for the residents of Christchurch ! Let's hope all is not as serious as before.

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post 14th Feb 2016, 10:32am
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Although we always knew there was a chance of another strong quake, it didn't help that new modelling completed by GNS Science after Sunday's 5.7 magnitude earthquake shows there is a 63 per cent chance of another 5 to 5.9 magnitude earthquake hitting Christchurch within the next 12 months.

That figure was 49 per cent before Sunday's quake.

At least this has forced us to review and re-stock our emergency supplies!


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post 14th Feb 2016, 10:43am
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Thanks for your concern and kind thoughts Tombro - much appreciated. Let's hope there are no more shakes when the Aussie cricket team is playing the second test in Christchurch next week.


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post 14th Feb 2016, 02:10pm
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Stay safe Scots Kiwi Lass, fingers crossed that that's the end of it.
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post 14th Feb 2016, 04:59pm
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Thanks Melody. Yesterday's shake has brought it all up again, just when we were starting to relax. My 12 year old granddaughter is taking it hard and was very upset. We have had at least 30 aftershocks but most of them are only minor, thank goodness.

I am off to Wellington today with my sister and brother-in-law. We are meeting up with extended family members going to the Edinburgh Tattoo. It's hard to believe it is 16 years since it was last in Wellington, the first time the Tattoo was held outside of Scotland. If it is as good as last time, we are in for a great night's entertainment.

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post 14th Feb 2016, 08:00pm
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my thoughts are with you keep safe and hope everything settles down soon
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post 15th Feb 2016, 09:38am
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SKL, have a great time in Wellington and enjoy the tattoo ! Just hope the Aussie Cricketers don't pike out on Christchurch ! They're well known for not facing up to real challenges (eg Pakistan and Bangladesh)! tongue.gif tongue.gif


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post 19th Feb 2016, 10:59am
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QUOTE (tottie ann @ 14th Feb 2016, 09:08pm) *
my thoughts are with you keep safe and hope everything settles down soon

Thank you Tottie Ann, your kind message is much appreciated.


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post 19th Feb 2016, 11:09am
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QUOTE (tombro @ 15th Feb 2016, 10:46am) *
SKL, have a great time in Wellington and enjoy the tattoo ! Just hope the Aussie Cricketers don't pike out on Christchurch ! They're well known for not facing up to real challenges (eg Pakistan and Bangladesh)! tongue.gif tongue.gif

Hi Tombro,

The Tattoo was quite spectacular and very uplifting. There were only a few empty seats in the stadium and there was a vicious wind blowing but it didn't spoil the evening.

The only problem was that owing to the majority of the audience being in the older age group, many with disabilities, leaving the venue at the finish was a bit of a shambles. I travelled with friends by train from Whitby which was easy enough but getting back home was something else, with many people unable to get transport till aftger midnight. The organisers have promised better handling of the situation tonight and at the remaining performances. It very a well produced and polished performance by all the bands and other groups and I am so pleased to have been part of it.

Back to the cricket - looking forward to tomorrow's test in Christchurch, though I will not have much time to watch it on TV. The weather is expected to be very hot - here's hoping for more sportsmanship from the Aussies, AND a win for the Kiwis!


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post 20th Feb 2016, 08:58am
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SKL, I see that McCullum set about creating his own effort to rock Christchurch again ! Great effort in the opening innings of his last test. I'm sure that innings would have given you and your fellow residents of Christchurch a little uplift !

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post 20th Feb 2016, 11:18am
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QUOTE (tombro @ 20th Feb 2016, 10:06am) *
SKL, I see that McCullum set about creating his own effort to rock Christchurch again ! Great effort in the opening innings of his last test. I'm sure that innings would have given you and your fellow residents of Christchurch a little uplift !

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Yes, Tombro, it was a very special innings from Brendan and quite emotional being his last game for New Zealand. His batting has left many wondering why Brendan is retiring! He successfully turned the game in NZ's favour. Australia has made a good start but I was very pleased when Warner was removed by Trent Boult.

The after shocks continue - there have been 12 since I got back from Wellington, though I didn't feel any of them - I must be getting tougher! I hope my sister copes with the shakes when she arrives in Christchurch tomorrow.


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