Posts by Robert Urquhart

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

    God, rescue teams withdrawn from the CTV building apparently.

    Just reassigning rescue personnel to other sites temporarily while they use heavy machinery to clear away the next section of rubble according to the national fire commander on TV1.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?,

    Having decided I'm not going to get back to sleep I just took a walk around the block. Whereas when I stepped outside about 3am it was uncannily quiet, Xmas/NY morning quiet, now it's back to what I'd expect in background traffic, slightly more in the way of sirens.

    The aftershocks still seem very regular, some sort of rumble or shake every 10 minutes or so.

    Trying not to feel "survivor guilt", but planning a cycle tour of flats I know spread over a few suburbs tomorrow (today) to physically touch base with people. If noting else planning the route gives my mind something to occupy itself.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?,

    I have a friend who works on a 7th floor in city that I'm worried about. Just heard from another friend who works in the danger zone - OK, but others nearby injured.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?,

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?,

    @Megan yes the airport is closed.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?,

    Checking in - passing cop car told us to store water, serios damage in city.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/4688231/Large-quake-strikes-Christchurch
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10707996

    # Reference Number: 3468575
    # NZDT: Tue, Feb 22 2011 12:51 pm
    # Magnitude: 6.3
    # Depth: 5 km
    # Details: 10 km south-east of Christchurch

    and that was just the first one...

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Welfare: Back to the Future?,

    I'm still reading, but I notice a trend to try and move people to .. anther massive shake just hit Chch .. "move out of the welfare system and undertake tertiary study through the student support system" .. back later....

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Giving Me Grief,

    If this is becoming the general dealing-with death-via-the-internet thread (and thank you Emma, for writing it) … firstly my sympathies to previous posters, especially Rex, I do so know that mood.

    My brother-in-law committed suicide a few days ago. Pretty much out of the blue, he was in a bad way (since learnt) but had never shown any indication of taking that way out…

    I only saw him a couple of times a year at family gatherings and we didn’t have much in common so it’s not having huge effect on me (yet) (effect felt nevertheless…), but my parents had taken him into the family and into their hearts and were down there trying to help him sort himself out … they’re devastated and there’s little I can do except keep in touch and be prepared to travel where/when/if I’m needed to support them.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Where nature may win,

    I'm not sure if this link has made it into this thread yet - a bit of science
    http://blogs.plos.org/speakeasyscience/2010/11/24/afterdamp-in-new-zealand/

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: That's Inappropriate!, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Tour de First Year is a KAOS award – part of the jokey End of Year Awards. I’ve no idea if it’s still given, but I do know its origin.

    Nope, it's one of those occasional historical mentions now. The gender mix is rather more even as well. (And thanks for the tip on its ultimate origin [adds to collection of lore].)

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 136 posts Report Reply

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