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  • neighbourhood | Occasionalities
    of warmth and hospitality As we headed home I reflected on the experience Having spent much time living in country towns over the last three decades I was familiar with the pride and common interest that binds these small communities As an urban dweller I wondered about the distance that separates me from my neighbours Once upon a time we welcomed new neighbours with soup and scones taking shared responsibility for the burdensome chore of shifting house and welcoming new souls into our neighbourhood fabric Over the last 40 years that ethos has changed so substantially that bewilderment and shyness were the most common reactions as I made myself known to my new inner city neighbours a couple of years ago That great barometer of public attitudes advertising confirms the phenomenon of this growing distance from our neighbours It appears from a recent advertising campaign aimed at those of us who grew up in the seventies and before that there are two nostalgic memories that bind us knowing our neighbours and drinking coffee made from soluble powder In these days of the shrinking globe where we know our barista better than our neighbours where we Facebook our school friends in London more frequently than we greet a passerby at our gate what role is there for our physical neighbourhood I wonder if I have recently seen some clues to the answer to that question One night a few weeks ago a stolen car was set alight outside my house The next morning I inspected the damage for a few minutes stove top espresso in hand A young mum from a couple of doors down gave a wave and wandered over for a chat The grandmother from across the road detoured from her letterbox to say hello We shared the experience of a disrupted night and the mild shock of such anti social behaviour at our doorsteps More recently a next door neighbour phoned She had been burgled in the middle of the afternoon while she was at work Searching for clues and answers and assuaging her fears she was touching base with her neighbours We had a good old natter finding out who knew who and confirming that no one had seen the burglars in action Despite the negative triggers both experiences made me feel more grounded and at home in my neighbourhood I felt that others would be watching out for me and caring a little about how I was getting on A recent radio interview with Australian David Engwicht a proponent of fostering community to calm urban traffic gave more food for thought Engwicht claims that rather than narrowing streets and building speed bumps the solution to traffic danger is to reclaim our streets This is a view that has great resonance in the age of the boy racer Engwicht suggests that when we reject fear and treat our street as an extension of our home perhaps even having dinner publicly visible in our driveways that a welling

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  • US Navy to launch Great Green Fleet | Occasionalities
    biofuels The first group will be tested in 2012 and the navy plans for it to be operational by 2016 Article in The Guardian Like this Like Loading Related Categories Current Affairs St James Conservation Area Paul Krugman on the ratings agencies Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013 March 2013 August 2012 February 2012 October 2011 March 2011 October 2010 September

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  • Community | Occasionalities | Page 2
    a rugby test night and walking through the rows of utes and stepping past the line up of muddied gumboots it was clear the place was packed out Crikey rugby hasn t lost its appeal around here I thought We found a corner to nurse a jug of Monteiths and began the long wait for the kitchen to get to our order A baby was being passed around the crowd at one leaner kids sitting down to eat grandparents sharing anecdotes chums getting red faced and merry C4 was on the big screen and we were enjoying the laid back tango grooves of the Gotan Project when someone grabbed the remote and switched over to TV1 Clearly the weather forecast is the must watch in the hinterland I figured we d be switched over to the rugby build up when the weather finished but the true enormity of what was going on soon dawned As the opening chords of the Country Calendar theme sounded forth a focussed intensity settled over the crowd Oh my is this for real I wondered Sure enough I was in Springfield watching Country Calendar on the big screen with about a hundred transfixed viewers The reason soon became clear The Country Calendar subject was the Mt White Station muster featuring a family whose kids go to school in Springfield The laughter of recognition surged around the crowd as familiar faces came across the screen It was one of those community events that you only get in a country town Where a local s brief moment of fame is something to be shared and savoured My climbing mate and I felt awash in a sea of warmth and hospitality As we headed home I reflected on the experience Having spent much time living in country towns over the last three decades I was familiar with the pride and common interest that binds these small communities As an urban dweller I wondered about the distance that separates me from my neighbours Once upon a time we welcomed new neighbours with soup and scones taking shared responsibility for the burdensome chore of shifting house and welcoming new souls into our neighbourhood fabric Over the last 40 years that ethos has changed so substantially that bewilderment and shyness were the most common reactions as I made myself known to my new inner city neighbours a couple of years ago That great barometer of public attitudes advertising confirms the phenomenon of this growing distance from our neighbours It appears from a recent advertising campaign aimed at those of us who grew up in the seventies and before that there are two nostalgic memories that bind us knowing our neighbours and drinking coffee made from soluble powder In these days of the shrinking globe where we know our barista better than our neighbours where we Facebook our school friends in London more frequently than we greet a passerby at our gate what role is there for our physical neighbourhood I wonder

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  • Current Affairs | Occasionalities | Page 2
    visited Avonside homes impacted by the quake Real bad Spectacular craters in the road continue to grow with tremors Drains and pump stations squeezed out of the earth Cracks coarse along verges and across roads Water and silt everywhere Still no water supply on in some streets It is portaloos and water containers for residents of those streets Continue reading Tags avonside christchurch earthquake Categories Earthquake Victorian Floods 6 Sep While we cope with our Christchurch earthquake aftermath let s not forget what is going down in Victoria with flooding right now This just in from a friend in northern Victoria Continue reading Categories Community Current Affairs Calling All Angels 5 Sep Someone must have called in the angels on Saturday morning Our massive earthquake caused monumental amounts of damage to Christchurch and surrounding Canterbury but not one life was lost The Haiti earthquake exactly the same force at 7 1 on the Richter scale killed 300 000 people Thank goodness for our First World building standards and the incredibly fortuitous timing If the earthquake had occurred just five hours earlier Manchester St the site of large building collapses would have been busy with Friday night revellers My own property escaped damage The big worry for me was my Mum stuck out in Kaiapoi with no way of communicating to the outside world After waiting for news that the Waimakariri bridges were safe I headed out Numerous detours later I arrived to find Kaiapoi really messed up But Mum was fine her street suffering just minor damage She evacuated out to Christchurch but was able to return to Kaiapoi today When I got back I visited all the neighbours here in Armagh St In a sense it was like Christmas Day Everyone was in a very community focussed mood eager

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  • christchurch earthquake | Occasionalities | Page 2
    the angels on Saturday morning Our massive earthquake caused monumental amounts of damage to Christchurch and surrounding Canterbury but not one life was lost The Haiti earthquake exactly the same force at 7 1 on the Richter scale killed 300 000 people Thank goodness for our First World building standards and the incredibly fortuitous timing If the earthquake had occurred just five hours earlier Manchester St the site of large building collapses would have been busy with Friday night revellers My own property escaped damage The big worry for me was my Mum stuck out in Kaiapoi with no way of communicating to the outside world After waiting for news that the Waimakariri bridges were safe I headed out Numerous detours later I arrived to find Kaiapoi really messed up But Mum was fine her street suffering just minor damage She evacuated out to Christchurch but was able to return to Kaiapoi today When I got back I visited all the neighbours here in Armagh St In a sense it was like Christmas Day Everyone was in a very community focussed mood eager to share their stories and check that neighbours were okay Our block seemed less bothered by aftershocks than most other areas and everyone was pretty relaxed I was really impressed by the efforts of People s Choice candidates in the Burwood Pegasus ward who got out to elderly folk delivering water from a local aquifer Well done Tim Baker and Glenn Livingstone In our own Hagley Ferrymead ward I know Councillor Yani Johanson has been very busy with post earthquake duties Today was more like Boxing Day Folk got out on the streets by car bicycle and foot and explored the damage Keen to avoid adding to road congestion I grabbed the bike and cycled through Avonside

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  • Calling All Angels | Occasionalities
    When I got back I visited all the neighbours here in Armagh St In a sense it was like Christmas Day Everyone was in a very community focussed mood eager to share their stories and check that neighbours were okay Our block seemed less bothered by aftershocks than most other areas and everyone was pretty relaxed I was really impressed by the efforts of People s Choice candidates in the Burwood Pegasus ward who got out to elderly folk delivering water from a local aquifer Well done Tim Baker and Glenn Livingstone In our own Hagley Ferrymead ward I know Councillor Yani Johanson has been very busy with post earthquake duties Today was more like Boxing Day Folk got out on the streets by car bicycle and foot and explored the damage Keen to avoid adding to road congestion I grabbed the bike and cycled through Avonside Linwood Central City and St Albans getting errands done and checking on friends I am thinking now of people out in Heathcote Mt Pleasant Redcliffs and Sumner From what I have picked up from supporters and friends in those suburbs apart from many toppled chimneys folk seem to be doing all right out there This three minute video is a summary of my explorations today Like this Like Loading Related Tags avonside canterbury earthquake christchurch earthquake Linwood st albans Comments 4 Comments Categories Earthquake Heathcote 150 years Victorian Floods 4 Responses to Calling All Angels Sharon Lee 6 September 2010 at 11 02 am What a great video Nicky Taylor 6 September 2010 at 5 41 pm Peter what a stunning video Beautifully put together we have indeed been touched by a miracle Lois 11 September 2010 at 8 18 pm Peter thanks for making this touching account of the earthquake Christchurch was

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  • avonside | Occasionalities
    300 000 people Thank goodness for our First World building standards and the incredibly fortuitous timing If the earthquake had occurred just five hours earlier Manchester St the site of large building collapses would have been busy with Friday night revellers My own property escaped damage The big worry for me was my Mum stuck out in Kaiapoi with no way of communicating to the outside world After waiting for news that the Waimakariri bridges were safe I headed out Numerous detours later I arrived to find Kaiapoi really messed up But Mum was fine her street suffering just minor damage She evacuated out to Christchurch but was able to return to Kaiapoi today When I got back I visited all the neighbours here in Armagh St In a sense it was like Christmas Day Everyone was in a very community focussed mood eager to share their stories and check that neighbours were okay Our block seemed less bothered by aftershocks than most other areas and everyone was pretty relaxed I was really impressed by the efforts of People s Choice candidates in the Burwood Pegasus ward who got out to elderly folk delivering water from a local aquifer Well done Tim Baker and Glenn Livingstone In our own Hagley Ferrymead ward I know Councillor Yani Johanson has been very busy with post earthquake duties Today was more like Boxing Day Folk got out on the streets by car bicycle and foot and explored the damage Keen to avoid adding to road congestion I grabbed the bike and cycled through Avonside Linwood Central City and St Albans getting errands done and checking on friends I am thinking now of people out in Heathcote Mt Pleasant Redcliffs and Sumner From what I have picked up from supporters and friends in those

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  • st albans | Occasionalities
    really messed up But Mum was fine her street suffering just minor damage She evacuated out to Christchurch but was able to return to Kaiapoi today When I got back I visited all the neighbours here in Armagh St In a sense it was like Christmas Day Everyone was in a very community focussed mood eager to share their stories and check that neighbours were okay Our block seemed less bothered by aftershocks than most other areas and everyone was pretty relaxed I was really impressed by the efforts of People s Choice candidates in the Burwood Pegasus ward who got out to elderly folk delivering water from a local aquifer Well done Tim Baker and Glenn Livingstone In our own Hagley Ferrymead ward I know Councillor Yani Johanson has been very busy with post earthquake duties Today was more like Boxing Day Folk got out on the streets by car bicycle and foot and explored the damage Keen to avoid adding to road congestion I grabbed the bike and cycled through Avonside Linwood Central City and St Albans getting errands done and checking on friends I am thinking now of people out in Heathcote Mt Pleasant Redcliffs and Sumner

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