Posts by Robert Urquhart

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  • Hard News: A welcome return - and pirates!,

    I serendipitously caught the 1pm re-run, I thought the chap did credibly given he was just a little out of his depth in front of the camera :D And both topics were very relevant to my current interests.

    ("Scrubbed up will", is that at all similar to "fire at Will"?)

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 153 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Asking for a Contribution,

    Done. And would be perfectly happy for it to be an annual thing with the "what you can/will" clause dispersing any guilt if there were less to squeeze out of the budget in any given year than the year preceding :)

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 153 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Any excuse for a party,

    I'm ignoring the royal wedding except as a historical footnote, but some quirk of fate has me tonight working on an (unrelated) wedding-focused website site based in the UK :-/

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 153 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Where You From?, in reply to Emma Hart,

    __Is there anything we can do to help?__

    I’ve been pondering this, because the immediate practical answer is, “Well, no, not really.”

    As a mostly unaffected person in Christchurch, I’ve been pondering the same question - is there anything I can do to help - and come to the conclusion that the best I can do is still stay off the roads, continue working (from home), have my spare space available if my friends in the east need to get out of it for a while, and flush conservatively. That’s it.

    Maybe I’m looking in all the wrong places for ways to help. I don’t know.

    It’s … just depressing :(

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 153 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Japan moves,

    I'm told by one of my geology PhD acquaintances studying the area that there's also a trench off Kaikoura which could spark a similar no-warning tsunami on this coast.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 153 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Wall and the Paper, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The show is here on demand, for those of you who didn’t catch the broadcast.

    Thank you for the reminder about the Swiftpoint Russell, I've been looking for something local to retail-therapy on. Order placed.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 153 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 153 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 • 153 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 • 153 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 • 153 posts Report Reply

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