Posts by Isabel Hitchings

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  • Up Front: Floodland,

    Thanks for your offers of help. It is unbelievably reassuring to know that I have troops I can call in if need be.

    We don't really need a great deal at the moment. We have a warm, dry place to stay for the next few weeks and we've gotten a goodly amount of clothes and personal items out of the house. We're letting things lie for a bit while insurance assesses the damage ( which, according to today's initial inspection is major) and we gather information and assess our options.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Floodland, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    With the proposed electoral boundary changes, pretty much all of the Flockton Basin is set to become part of the Christchurch East electorate. I don't know what, if any, practical effect that might have but we really can't wait until after the election to have our issues addressed.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Floodland,

    Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts. Even when there isn't a lot that can be done it helps to know that people are coming to understand the complexity of the situations we, and many other Christchurch residents, are facing.

    Steven Raising houses is definitely something which has been discussed. I'm not sure how feasible it is as replacing piles on TC3 land, such as ours, means using special, extra deep foundations so is an even costlier undertaking than it might be. Raising houses also doesn't address the damage and contamination that flood waters cause to gardens, garages and fences.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Making it up on smacking,

    Don't most laws (with the exception of things like murder which is challenging to do just a little of) have an end where it's not worth prosecuting and discretion is required? Why should this law be any different than the laws around speeding, or theft, or other forms of assault?

    How would we go about quantifying in law how much hitting is too much? Should we go by how hard or how often or by the tool used or bruises left?

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Karen, and being kind,

    Arohanui to you and your family, Russell.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…,

    Beersies

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Travels Without a Map,

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    In 2011 we went to Hawaii. It was intended as a getaway from the quakes so things like first world plumbing were a large factor in our choice of destination. It turned out to be an utterly perfect family holiday – the kids were both of an age to be easy travelling companions and to be delighted by everything.

    These photos show the wreck of the USS Arizona (Pearl Harbour), Steam Vents in Volcanoes National Park and Bananas in our hotel garden (Hilo).

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: To the Letter,

    Oh, the dignity and courage in that letter!

    I recently uncovered a stash of letters written to me, by assorted friends, when I'd gone home from university one summer. It was quite hilarious to read four different accounts of the same scandals.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How do you sleep?,

    I’ve been a piss poor sleeper for as long as I can remember. Add children, chronic neck pain and a world that doesn’t fit my natural rhythms very well and I am, basically, screwed.

    I find that the right bedtime helps. Anytime before elevenish and, even if I drop off ok, I am done for the night after the first sleep cycle.

    Reading is almost essential. Sex is hit-or-miss as to whether it makes me drowsy or bouncy. An evening snack (yoghurt and banana is good) helps quite a bit.

    If I have a lot of things to do the next day, writing a list before bed helps me not stay awake going over and over everything I need to remember. Conversely, if I do find myself lying awake, planning a detailed, fantasy event (like a swanky party) can still my mind.

    Yesterday, at 5am I was awoken from a dream that my partner was cheating on me by the cat spewing on the bed. I may never recover.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Rape and unreason, in reply to Helen Marie,

    I'm so sorry this happened to you, Helen. Thank you so much for sharing your perspective.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 703 posts Report Reply

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