And Capture: thank you for Capture Jackson in this year where I didn't contribute much or even comment but appreciated it all mightily.
Likewise, it has been good getting our writing out there where others can add to it. I have always appreciated this community’s supportive yet challenging nature. Tribute to its curator.
Thanks Sacha to you for Access, help, support, and for your patience.
You and Public Address and its peoples make this world more interesting, intelligent and fun. What a great thing!
Many, many thanks to you for providing a platform for the Christchurch quake rants of so many of us. It has made a difference, in tangible ways. Your 1am Twitter invitation for Greg to write about watching the floodwaters rise in the muntlands in March kickstarted a chain of events.
Many requests were made for republication in major metro papers and small newsletters. Endless Christchurch people (the latest just this week) stopped Greg in the street, the park, the supermarket, saying that the piece lessened their feeling of overwhelmed isolation.
TV news and newspapers like the New Zealand Herald picked up on the problems the floodites were and are facing, meaning the national attention put pressure on the government and the city council to come up with help for the worst-affected, especially when we had three flood events in three months. Things like accommodation subsidy were gained (those flooded and unable to live in their houses were not eligible for the earthquake subsidy until mid-year and had to pay both mortgage and rent. Many were in severe financial difficulty.)
Council consultation with the community about what had happened, and possible area-wide solutions, was fast-tracked and extended to cover not only the Flockton Basin but areas like the Heathcote River catchment through Woolston, St Martins, Opawa and Beckenham where hundreds of houses were flooded or affected by sewage-infested river water.
Solutions are still some way off, but they are being worked upon – and some measures are working. Flockton has an interim pumping station. A working flood warning system is in place. Better systems all round for dealing with this huge effect of the earthquakes: the loss of height of land and uplift of riverbeds.
In practical terms, Russell, and the Public Address community’s support has helped make all our lives easier. Isn’t that what a true community is about?
Thank you all. Wishing you a fine and fab summer.
While a turducken is delightful in theory, I suspect it would just be my grandfather’s insistence on buying a Christmas ham the size of a small dog all over again.
Lol. My sons were obsessed with turducken for years: one that works down in size from a swan, goose, turkey to a seagull or somesuch. Eight or ten birds inside each other. A Very Creosote Christmas.
Suddenly I see a massive flaw in the doctrine.
Dangle a tinned duck in front of a comrade and they always cross over.
Cool. Party at Gio's, him being a Marxist and wanting to redistribute everything. Cunning, Brown, cunning.
I reckon the # embeds the contender in 2014: winner should be whoever hashed it first.
Boring: I'd have to mute them both for a month.
I think it just has to be a big word or concept for 2014. Ebola’s a good example – it’s been around in the 70s but took off
Ebola hasn't touched New Zealanders in an immediate sense: it's still a story about "overseas" on the foreign segment of the news. Horror reactions for sure, especially in certain sectors, but not much more than horror, sympathy and move on for most.