I grew up just after Disco & round my streets there were Skinz or Bootboys. Essentially a class divide. Many of the Bootboys are now Executives of large public companies. The skinz, not so much.
I'm sure you are right. I was at one end of the continum of intolerance and am probably still on that side as opposed to tolerance of deadly idiots (whoops).
Another bonus of the quakes are all the lowered boy racer cars have moved out of town. You can't ride low when the manholes have popped up and rip the arse out of their cars underside.
@ Tussock - Which nutters do you want ot of the Greens?
I voted Green for their Social Policy & like the cross-dressing secretary for their party meetings in Christchurch. A grey beard and womans kilt is quite a striking ensamble.
It has been in the past my habit to slap the bonnett of the car in such situations to say "hey I'm here".
I don't recommend this course of action, just state my past habit.
I now offer open hands an questioning eyebrows as a more diplomatic move.
Since the quakes though, I haven't had much cause to do either.
Contractors still drive the wrong way on our horrid oneway streets.
Few rules apply, but a little patience helps.
I recommend BoneyM as an anti-rage solution. No Riots ever happened to Disco.
The one-way system has to go. There was no need for it when we had a City Centre and there's no need for it now.
Two way traffic and no parking on the side, (sounds like cycle lanes to me). This will lead to slower travel across town, allowing for more cycling and walking.
Planning for good public transport as a carrot will have the stick of less street carparks.
Traffic Engineers as a profession are a deadly joke - see Manners Mall.
As for Athfield, most of what he says is accepted as logical. The way he says it comes from his love of wine & is the main problem.
All comments on Heritage accepted as he has no interest in it other than its destruction. Which is what happened to all of his stairswells in every building he designed in Christchurch. How do you like that 1980s buildings now?
Had a good experience with EQC today. I think I scared them a little with telling them the year the street first appeared on a map (1914), location of waterways (drains) & boreholes and then the progressive development of the street pre-WWII. Their supervisor came around to have a chat too.
Who said excessive local historcal knowledge won't be of any practicle use?
Cheers Islander, that's it. There was a sense it was all of us doing what we could for each other and ourselves.
The elderly neighbours cupa can't be understated when you don't have water or power.
Keeping it to the Humane Medal for Christchurch is all that was needed.
Really loved the personal tributes, like playing rock music in Manchester St near where the Tattooist/Barista died.
Good works done, but Sam is not an Army. He deserves the rewards he has received, but wider consideration is also needed for our wounderful youth and their actions.
The question of hero awards was uncomfortable for me, I along with most of the crowd left. This is because (random %) 95% of rescues were by people who were just there.
The big rescues are measured by their failures, the deaths and not success.
I'ld really like some insight here cause that's all I've got.
I'm a little pissed off at the hero worship of uniforms, from those who weren't there and just don't know.
I've got two friends in Bromley Cemetry. Their ceremonies were very similar, sing-a-longs as we fill the grave in, working on a peasant heritage.
I thought maybe one day it would be underwater, never thought of this:
Cr Keown has had quite an interesting past, that in another person, would add insight to the darker side of life.
Where do I place a bet on future Prison time of current Crs?
Hang on, we're in Christchurch and he's white, and in a position of power.
OK, I'll place a bet on a conviction and HomeD?