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  • July | 2010 | Occasionalities
    nyti ms bNQC7P Categories Current Affairs 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 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 April 2010 Categories Adventures Community Current Affairs Earthquake Environment Film Finance Music Seminars Seminars You Missed Uncategorized Meta Register Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress com Blog at

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  • June | 2010 | 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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  • April | 2010 | Occasionalities
    that this has not always the case with ratings agencies Krugman points to the fact that of AAA rated subprime mortgage backed securities issued in 2006 93 percent 93 percent have now been downgraded to junk status His column cites rating agency emails uncovered in the US Senate s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations These show clear conflicts of interest in ratings agency work Wall Street firms would direct their business to whichever agency was most likely to give a favorable verdict and threaten to pull business from an agency that tried too hard to do its job Krugman briefly considers what can be done to avoid the same scenario developing again though without coming up with a firm recommendation Read his column on the New York Times site here Tags financial crisis Paul Krugman ratings agencies Categories Current Affairs Finance US Navy to launch Great Green Fleet 21 Apr The US navy is set to be both green and mean with the dawning of an new eco friendly assault force that will mind its carbon footprint as it destroys its enemy It is to launch the Great Green Fleet a fighting force of ships submarines and planes powered entirely by biofuels The first group will be tested in 2012 and the navy plans for it to be operational by 2016 Article in The Guardian Categories Current Affairs St James Conservation Area 16 Apr The St James Station was purchased by the Crown in October 2008 as part of the tenure review process on high country pastoral lease land It has subsequently been transferred into Department of Conservation management This hit the news at the time as a great gain for recreationalists NZ Herald article I just did not get it The farmed section of the St James Walkway had always

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  • Community | Occasionalities
    their apologies Based at the Sumner Museum on the corner of Wakefield and Nayland St the Society has done sterling work in preserving the history of the Sumner community Right now we are hoping the their building will get the all clear following the 4 September earthquake Here is a quick look around the museum and a chat with long serving Society Treasurer the delightful Kitty Fenton Tags Christchurch Sumner Categories Community Earthquake thank you in Richmond 3 Oct A resident of Avalon St in the Christchurch suburb of Richmond was so overwhelmed with neighbourhood support after the quake that he mounted this sign on his fence One whole side of Jonathan s house was covered with tarpaulins It looked like most of the brick wall had collapsed in the earthquake Fortunately into an empty section I wrote earlier about Flesher Ave a few blocks away They got hit very hard But most of the rest of Richmond seemed to fare okay Sadly many streets have isolated examples of damage greater than the loss of a chimney Jonathan is one example Over in Forth St a delightful brick house was also badly shaken up Much of the outer layer of bricks are on the ground a large crack runs through the wall and a window frame is wildly askew It will be a shame if we lose more of the quaint remains of old Richmond The suburb has been intensively developed with small units I delivered twice as many fliers to letterboxes in this area than I would to a similar sized area elsewhere Tags canterbury earthquake christchurch earthquake Categories Community Earthquake Memphis Belle values first 24 Sep Update 3 March 2011 The Memphis Belle is a total write off following the 22 Feb 2011 earthquake The pharmacist from next

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  • Current Affairs | Occasionalities
    the big Canterbury eart 6 Oct Four weeks after the big Canterbury earthquake the people of Sumner got together to celebrate the efforts of their volunteer fire brigade and raise funds A selection of photos from the fair on Saturday 2 October Continue reading Tags canterbury earthquake christchurch earthquake Categories Community Earthquake A big hand for Avonside 6 Oct The silt shovelling team taking a lunchbreak on Avonside Drive a couple of weekends ago A huge team of volunteers initially university students combed Christchurch after the 4 Sept earthquake helping out where they could Continue reading Tags canterbury earthquake christchurch earthquake Categories Community Earthquake Earthquake thank you in Richmond 3 Oct A resident of Avalon St in the Christchurch suburb of Richmond was so overwhelmed with neighbourhood support after the quake that he mounted this sign on his fence One whole side of Jonathan s house was covered with tarpaulins It looked like most of the brick wall had collapsed in the earthquake Fortunately into an empty section I wrote earlier about Flesher Ave a few blocks away They got hit very hard But most of the rest of Richmond seemed to fare okay Sadly many streets have isolated examples of damage greater than the loss of a chimney Jonathan is one example Over in Forth St a delightful brick house was also badly shaken up Much of the outer layer of bricks are on the ground a large crack runs through the wall and a window frame is wildly askew It will be a shame if we lose more of the quaint remains of old Richmond The suburb has been intensively developed with small units I delivered twice as many fliers to letterboxes in this area than I would to a similar sized area elsewhere Tags canterbury earthquake christchurch

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  • Environment | Occasionalities
    satisfied with this binding Tags telemark Categories Adventures Building Biodiversity Building New Zealand 7 Oct Al Morrison Director General Department of Conservation speaking at Lincoln University 7 October 2010 Here s a question What connects Elvis Presley Roy Rogers Billie Graham Sir Howard Morrison and probably you They all added to their popularity well perhaps not you with a rendition of the popular hymn How Great Thou Art Elvis even won a Grammy Award for it in 1967 My guess is you remember the first verse about the awesome wonder of the stars and the rolling thunder Do you remember the second Continue reading Tags conservation DOC economics sustainability Categories Environment Green Drinks 26 August 23 Aug Green Drinks presents Solid Energy Yes folks you read right we have Solid Energy presenting at this Thursday s Green Drinks Andy Matheson General Manager Renewable Energy at Solid Energy will talk about the company s renewable energy initiatives particularly biofuels 5 30pm Thursday 26 August in the No 8 Dining Room at The Twisted Hop in Poplar Lane Andy will speak from 6pm This is a great opportunity for intelligent and discerning folk to make up their own minds about Solid Energy s biofuels programme What are their motivations Are biofuels a legitimate answer to our energy woes What are they actually achieving at the moment Andy is a down to earth approachable guy He is keen to tell his story so this is a great chance to have a dialogue Come along and ask your questions I personally will be fascinated to hear what the questions and answers are on these widely debated issues Green Drinks is your chance to mix and mingle with the keen environmental doers and thinkers of Christchurch Come along it will be great to see you Tags biofuel Solid Energy Categories Environment Seminars Seminars You Missed Skinny skis leather boots 17 Aug UPDATE 2014 The video referred to in this article is no longer available due to the demise of telemarktips com Ever found skiing hard Oh no you haven t For those who have never telemarked this video might seem a little anti climactic We skiers have all seen videos of cool dudes shredding slopes ad infinitum The appeal here is in the restrictions that these particular cool dudes faced when this video was filmed The guys at Telemarktips com have recently posted a video of telemark skiing from what I m guessing is the early 1980s the age of the renaissance of telemark skiing This was back when telemark skiing meant hurtling downhill in soft leather boots attached to ludicrously skinny skis by a little metal clamp at the toe It was in those days that I was first introduced to telemark skiing I was working in Antarctica in 1984 washing dishes at McMurdo Base for a horde of Filipino US Navy cooks this is another story that I will come back to someday We were all down there washing dishes and scrubbing floors

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  • Seminars | Occasionalities
    energy initiatives particularly biofuels 5 30pm Thursday 26 August in the No 8 Dining Room at The Twisted Hop in Poplar Lane Andy will speak from 6pm This is a great opportunity for intelligent and discerning folk to make up their own minds about Solid Energy s biofuels programme What are their motivations Are biofuels a legitimate answer to our energy woes What are they actually achieving at the moment Andy is a down to earth approachable guy He is keen to tell his story so this is a great chance to have a dialogue Come along and ask your questions I personally will be fascinated to hear what the questions and answers are on these widely debated issues Green Drinks is your chance to mix and mingle with the keen environmental doers and thinkers of Christchurch Come along it will be great to see you Tags biofuel Solid Energy Categories Environment Seminars Seminars You Missed 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 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 April 2010 Categories Adventures Community Current Affairs Earthquake Environment

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  • Seminars You Missed | Occasionalities
    renewable energy initiatives particularly biofuels 5 30pm Thursday 26 August in the No 8 Dining Room at The Twisted Hop in Poplar Lane Andy will speak from 6pm This is a great opportunity for intelligent and discerning folk to make up their own minds about Solid Energy s biofuels programme What are their motivations Are biofuels a legitimate answer to our energy woes What are they actually achieving at the moment Andy is a down to earth approachable guy He is keen to tell his story so this is a great chance to have a dialogue Come along and ask your questions I personally will be fascinated to hear what the questions and answers are on these widely debated issues Green Drinks is your chance to mix and mingle with the keen environmental doers and thinkers of Christchurch Come along it will be great to see you Tags biofuel Solid Energy Categories Environment Seminars Seminars You Missed 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 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 April 2010 Categories Adventures Community Current Affairs Earthquake

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