Posts by Robert Urquhart

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  • Hard News: The Thread, It Is Open,

    TVNZ7 and TV3 are streaming live coverage here.

    Edit: and now TV1 also, and apparently at Civil Defence request. So we can see what we might be in for if something let go off out coast?

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 147 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Thread, It Is Open, in reply to 3410,

    I would like to discuss frogs.

    Mine ears have heard the croaking of the Giant Barded Frogs.
    They are swimming through the marshes, they are leaping over logs.
    They are eagerly devouring people, vampire bats, and dogs,
    As they go hopping on!

    Glory, glory, ribbit ribbit!
    Glory, glory, ribbit ribbit!
    Glory, glory, ribbit ribbit!
    As they go hopping on!

    http://www.frogsonice.com/froggy/songs/rana.shtml

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 147 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What Now?, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    If the buildings were that unstable as to be “unsafe” for limited access how come a 4.8 aftershock only brought down one chimney

    I’d also note that the article doesn’t say where most of these reports of damage came from. Not from inside the cordon I’d wager.

    So it might have something to do with all the aftershocks we’ve already had at the rate of several a day, mostly 3- 4.3’s but ranging up to 4.6.

    They’ve reached the point where “everything likely to fall down, has. We can let people in now”.

    ~~~

    I’m just as pissed off about the lack of physical inspection of the eastern suburbs though.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 147 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What Now?,

    From the 2006 census - by census unit rather than suburb, but you can get an idea.

    http://apps.nowwhere.com.au/StatsNZ/Maps/default.aspx

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 147 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?,

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 147 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?, in reply to Lilith __,

    Lilith - several people I know, myself included, hit that point yesterday. Thank goodness for sunshine today.

    I hope you can enjoy and recuperate during your get-away :)

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 147 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Giving Me Grief,

    Thanks Jack & Jackie. Support is stretched thin in Chch at the moment (and thinner in my family who are distributed around the island at this point), but we'll get through it.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 147 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?, in reply to webweaver,

    I’ve been wondering whether it would be better to run out from under them or run towards the building in the belief that they would come down at an angle

    Run away. If the building doesn’t actually come down the most dangerous place to be is right next to it (falling bits) and if you do get caught you want to be as close to the outer edge of the rubble where the rescue teams will be working from as you can be.

    ~~~
    As a Chch resident I’m relatively unaffected by the quake so far – house secure in the mostly untouched sector of the city (the rest of the locals may hate me now :) ), don’t personally know anyone dead or missing (but of course know people who do).

    But my family is currently dealing with another tragedy, the second this month, so that leaves me in much the same place emotionally as those who have lost people to the quake.

    Thank you everyone for your thoughts and donations and prayers for Christchurch.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 147 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Welfare: Back to the Future?, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Christchurch -wasn't- particularly seismically active when they put it in.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 147 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Giving Me Grief,

    Just to add to what was already a bad month for my family (see previous comment), I've just learnt that my Uncle was killed in a car accident Tuesday night. This was unrelated to the quake (up Blenheim way)

    My aunt survived, no major injuries apparently, but was trapped until the car was found about 3pm yesterday.

    This is all getting a bit much.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 147 posts Report Reply

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