Busytown by Jolisa Gracewood

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Busytown: The shakes

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  • Jolisa,

    If they take Paypal, I will shout you all a choc bar.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1411 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Rocky Road Please.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1496 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    We have an ICE CREAM TRUCK in our street! Genius!

    Oh indeed!

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7367 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    crapping into a system that now leaks???

    Well, first, don't do it. Those with a garden, go and dig a small hole (a spade is a perfect measure for length width, depth). crap in that by squatting (Kids know how to squat if you don't, ask them) then use leaves to cover to help decompose matter.and try to wee elsewhere if in the garden or go in a bucket if there is no outdoors but still try wees in a separate container. An outdoor toilet like this will last years. Transfer from bucket to bigger bin outside. It will break down and become great compost at a later time.
    And then mixed with a bit of potting mix it will grow tomatoes straight from the container.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6206 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    In touch with NB family 3 hours ago - no evacuation. It was bruited as a possibility. People are being encouraged not flush loos (and Kim Hill's helpful advice is doubtless being followed) as it seems several (maybe many)sewerage pipes are broken. Water tankers(washed-out milk tankers) & the probability of water from the Avon (yech & ewww) are being organised. Supermarkets are promising to be back in operation by this evening. The CBD is going to be evacuated (who knew 'about 8000' people *live* there??) and 'Stay warm' is a very positive thought - a very windy & chill front is coming through tomorrow (helpful suggestions about 'how to stay warm when the electricity is off' (including a useful item on hypothermia) are to be found on the RNZ website, if the Civil Emergency site is still down.

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    O, and following/agreeing with all Sofie's advice - pour piss round your lemon bush/tree if you have same.

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    11am Radio NZ news said damage at Christchurch School of Medicine means people at a conference have to find other accommodation.

    Yikes - that's where I was working until a month ago. I'll have to email around and check on the state of things.

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • Phil Lyth,

    I think that was the conference Recordari and Sasha were to have been at - they've been on thread.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2009 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Fire in the central city now... and no water.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4366 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Bugger, just thinking about how JK and English have just spent all our "Hard Earned Money"™ Canterbury property investments...

    I'm more thinking "really hope everyone's got their insurance in order" -- remember quite a few people being left in the financial crapper back in '87 after the Edgecumbe quake because, hey, I don't need insurance because bad shit's never going to happen to me... until it does.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11997 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    Fire in the central city now... and no water.

    Looks like it's the massage parlour two doors down from where we buy our Indian takeaways.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 705 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    how to survive the next 3 or 4 days while crapping into a system that now leaks???

    Yes Sofie. As in DON"T! For the sofites, a bag in the bog works too. - as long as the bog hasn't been unflushed already!!!!

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1496 posts Report Reply

  • Pete Sime,

    And now there's been a plane crash killing nine people on the West Coast. It's a rough day for the south.

    I've made a mental note to put together a disaster preparedness kit this week. It's a bit of a wake-up call.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 144 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Fire in the central city now... and no water.

    Yes you do, use the river.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6206 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I have to say, Sofie, that if there were a civil emergency here, I would so be walking up the road to your place.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Keir Leslie,

    This side of town (Riccarton) seems to have got off quite lightly. Chimneys are about the worst of it. Eastern Christchurch seems a lot worse.

    Radio NZ was v. good.

    Since Jul 2008 • 1364 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Interesting to compare with 1888 Canterbury quake on almost the same day, same time, same magnitude.

    The scale of what's happened is taking time to register; we sometimes worry about floods and tsunamis down here, but hardy ever about earthquakes.

    I feel sad about all the Victorian buildings downtown that we've lost or will lose. Christchurch will look quite different without them.

    [aftershock: pause to huddle in doorway]

    However, no doubt the reconstruction will be good for the economy! Or good for those in engineering and construction, anyhow.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3447 posts Report Reply

  • paulalambert,

    Eew, another jerking aftershock. The chimney hasn't come down yet...

    But what about that stunning old Deans' homestead out at Homebush, their magnificent 100+yr old holly hedge is all good, but vid at
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/4094986/Big-aftershock-likely-after-destructive-7-1-Canterbury-quake

    chch • Since Dec 2006 • 107 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    I have to say, Sofie, that if there were a civil emergency here, I would so be walking up the road to your place.

    You would be most welcome too. If it was an earthquake, we would have a pre warning from Stella. She tells us when thunder is due very early into any bad weather. Last night, she was not a happy dog. Very frantic about venturing outside and I queried her behaviour because her bone was calling and she was prepared to forfeit. We suspected all was not well out there. Happily we also collect rainwater as we are on tank gas, so do always have 250L if the need arises.Also we got a 5.3kva (pure sinewave) generator so we would manage

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6206 posts Report Reply

  • Phil Lyth,

    Impressive. EQC are already advertising they can accept online claims: https://cms.eqc.co.nz/claimcenter/cms/public/fnol.form

    Wellington • Since Apr 2009 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    In regards to the massage palour fire, is it one Dave Henderson owns?

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    In thinking of sites of fires and flammable goods, my immediate thoughts turned to Whisky Galore.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 803 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    In thinking of sites of fires and flammable goods, my immediate thoughts turned to Whisky Galore.

    I'm quite worried about Whisky Galore, actually. A few buildings around that Kilmore/Colombo area seem to have suffered badly.

    I was in there two weeks ago -- I know what's on those shelves, and some of it won't be replaceable. And, quite seriously, Michael Fraser Milne has put so much heart and soul into that shop. So I really hope he hasn't fared too badly.

    I did ask on Twitter earlier today, but I think it's hard for people to get to that part of town now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18891 posts Report Reply

  • Rachel Prosser,

    I'm about 2 blocks from Whiskey Galore. Before the road was closed we walked down Kilmore St and didn't look specifically that way but didn't notice anything. Would have noticed a catastrophe I think.

    Cafe Metro looked fine - just closed, and it's about 4 doors down.

    That said, if the building is OK, the bottles may not me.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Saw Bob Parker on TV earlier, flanked by two high ranking police officers, he was lovin' it. With 80 extra police coming down from Auckland and the Army on call, to help "clean up" you can guarantee the the Dairy farmers will now get all the water they want. According to Geologists this fault line is a bit of a mystery causing some to speculate the possibility of human interference and probable complicity with recent financial movements in the area,
    "It's down to human interference and probable complicity with recent financial movements in the area" said Ivan Aluminiumhat, a spokesperson for Fear Without Frontiers who is opposing the 7pm-7am curfew, "It's all a plot to steal our water" he says "they bought off the wizard with a Queens medal in 2009 and it's been all downhill since". Ivan then scurried off into the remains of Whiskey Galore.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4861 posts Report Reply

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