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Capture: Two Tales of a City

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  • Lilith __,

    There were at least 2 petitions being circulated at the street party. I don't think any of us can forget the complexity of the situation here, even for a moment. We're not all in the same circumstances, but we're aware we are a community, perhaps more than we've ever been.

    Which isn't to say there aren't massive divisions and inequalities. But absolutely nobody is unaffected.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    realisation that the small core of protest organisers weren't being entirely candid about their own agenda

    details?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16272 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Sacha,

    Sacha - not my intention to turn a Capture thread political, but the disconnect between the concerns of those attending and the apparent brave face put on events by the organisers in the face of the low turnout was palpable. Again, a very different side of the coin to the positive event covered by Lilith.

    In the interests of keeping things photocentric Ill move the rest of my comments to the EQNZ thread. Thanks.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3325 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    A study in Philadelphia found significant health and social benefits from greening vacant sections. I hope we can do a lot more of this here in Chch.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Was also fascinated today to read about this "printable" house. It's a quick-to-assemble kitset created of computer-cut sheets of plywood based on a computer model. The design can be modified but the cutting itself is fully automated, making the process speedy and minimising waste.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Lilith __,

    this “printable” house.

    here's another take on that idea...
    the Singularity University sounds interesting, too....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Sumner was always a close knit community....

    The place is full of knit wits.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1479 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    the Singularity University

    classic. I was just describing that to someone last night.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16272 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Sacha,

    I was just describing that to someone last night.

    Synchronicity?
    Morphic resonance?
    or merely coincidence?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Morphic resonance?

    Morphonic? Morphic is an interesting idea though

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2552 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    SCIRTing the issue...
    As this is the most recent thread about Chchch quakes I'll add this here - Chchch is possibly taking Mark Ford off Auckland's hands - he's to head the Supportive Horizontal Infrastructure Team - or something like that:

    Watercare Auckland boss Mark Ford will head the group in charge of repairing Christchurch's earthquake-damaged infrastructure.
    Brownlee said Ford would be put in charge of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team, which has been charged with bringing the city's damaged infrastructre back to pre-quake levels.
    ...Ford will be the independent chairman of the Client Governance Group (CGG), which will manage next year's $2.2b infrastructure and repair project in Christchurch and keep an eye on the rebuild.

    So how many semi autonomous quangos do we have on the go now? And has anyone heard anything from that panel, supposedly overseeing it all, that Jenny Shipley was on?

    Back to the future...
    If you watch the video at the top of that Stuff/Press article, it is alarming to see that John Key and his Speech writers don't even know what month it is (at 17 sec) he says "at the end of this month, 30th June, we will have spent..."
    - I guess Key's world is so dynamic he lives in the future (where things are much brighter!)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • merc, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Awe, that's the best 500k+ that we have ever spent, hopefully there are bonus and performance expectations defined, otherwise you know, we might not know exactly what this person is expected to do...oh right I see here, for 500+k, said person is to,

    ...keep an eye on the rebuild.

    How quaint, and how fortunate for the people of Christchurch.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Anyone who’d like to post a supportive message on this article, you might make a difference. This lady went public with her housing plight and she’s getting a torrent of shitty comments.

    She and her kids lived next door to a murderer who hid the bodies of his victims under her floor. Then the house was burnt down in an arson attack along with all the family’s possessions. They moved into another place, and that house was wrecked in the Feb earthquake. Now they’re being forced to leave their current home and have nowhere to go.

    How people can make nasty comments about this woman beggars belief, but they are, in great numbers.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Lilith __,

    How people can make nasty comments about this woman beggars belief, but they are, in great numbers.

    From the Press's Terms and Conditions for Comments:

    You will not post any material in the comments areas:
    which racially or religiously vilifies, incites violence or hatred, or is likely to offend, insult or humiliate others based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation or any physical or mental disability; or which you know or suspect (or ought reasonably to have known or suspected) to be false, misleading or deceptive.

    You could be forgiven for assuming that whoever monitors these things appears to be asleep at the keyboard some of the time. While it doesn't ameliorate the nastiness, most of it appears to come from those with very short attention spans. The day before the police made their humiliating backdown over the lightbulb looting nonsense the Press's comments were literally baying for a public lynching. Suddenly overnight it was a non-issue.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3325 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    the Press’s Terms and Conditions for Comments

    Has the moderator not read the terms and conditions??

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Lilith __,

    How people can make nasty comments about this woman beggars belief, but they are, in great numbers.

    In light of my previous posts on latent inferiority complexes, 'last place aversion syndrome' and bringing out the inner Social Darwinist in failed social climbers, I believe a word has been coined for all the above: Weimarisation.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4059 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Took a few snaps of the remaining City Centre.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    The Isaac Theatre Royal

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    New Regent Street towards Armagh Street.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    Took a few snaps of the remaining City Centre

    Good one Gudrun.

    This view is the old Press site looking from Gloucester across once-was-Press and Worcester st to the Provincial Government buildings.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2552 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    The Eastern Side of the Cathedral viewed from the empty Warner's Section.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    That first one, is it the Heritage Hotel? I've never seen it from that viewpoint before because of the Press building and others being in the way. I've only ever seen it from below, towering above me. I'm glad to see it still standing, though. :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Lilith __,

    Stone me for saying so, but I quite like the Government Life building that is going to come down (not in this shot, it's diagonally opposite in the Square from here).

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2552 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Hebe,

    Stone me for saying so, but I quite like the Government Life building . . .

    Me too. It had a clock with light-up numbers. Public clocks seem to have vanished, as if time's been privatised. I believe that clocks are a no-no in shopping malls because they discourage consumption by reminding us of our mortality. Or something.

    Anyway, I liked that building. It co-existed nicely with the now-vanished architectural armpit of Chancery Lane.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3325 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    It had a clock with light-up numbers

    Yeah, and the temperature, and it had a colour, not bloody wet tussock or some other modern beige substitute (real-estate agent grey?)

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2552 posts Report Reply

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