There was one house in my street that had 2 concrete chimneys, thick and solid all the way from the hearth to the chimney-pot. They were in no danger of disintegration! But post-quake the land under the house had subsided slightly and the chimneys were leaning dangerously and threatening the remainder of the house as well as the occupants. The chimneys had to be cut free of their surroundings and lifted entire through the roof with a very large crane.
Quite a spectacle for the neighbourhood!
Stainless steel flues are definitely the way to go.
Building a house on Pitt Island – where the cement FROZE before it set? Yep.
Siblings are the best. Can't imagine what it'd be like being an only child. -except for a lot quieter and with a lot less bossing around! :-)
Make Me a City In a Week, or something.
Some people claim to have done a whole planet in that time, one city should be a doddle!
I would just love to wake up one morning and find it was all a bad dream. Or some secret conspiracy to mess with our minds*. :-)
*it worked! You can stop now!
I will keep an ear open
Thanks Hebe and Islander. :-)
Google is still showing the city as was – St Asaph on a sunny Sunday morning. I cried. It’s still a shock to directly compare the place: I go down there every day, have lived here large chunks of my life, and the old pictures look “righter” than the reality. I must be waiting, in my subconscious, for it all to return to “normal”.
Me too! Do you think we'll have to wait long? Perhaps someone can let us know when Chch comes right again! :-/
Now to stop idly planning other people’s city and maybe try and do something productive.
Rather you than Gerry, Chris! :-)
Sigh. My landlord's circumstances have changed. Anyone wants a flatmate or tenant, drop me an email.
Great post, Emma. And imagine how we will all look back on this, incredulous that there could even have been a debate.
I’d like to propose that the investors so keen to buy our port, power company and airport invest in the stadium and convention centre instead. What- too risky, no return, too expensive? Yet we are supposed to sell assets to pay for them?
the new CBD has no place for the little people like we ratepayers. It will be all Louis Vuitton franchises, McDonalds, and shiny multinational bullshit.
...who will all go broke and close down their stores unless locals shop there. Why would we go to town for the same old crap we can get in the suburbs? The CBD needs to be a destination, and it will only be that if the unique local businesses and niche shops get supported into the new city.