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Hard News: Nobody wanted #EQNZ for Christmas

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  • merc,

    I hope to see Bouncer gone by lunchtime, I really do. He will of course have a few others to sacrifice before him.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Looking on the bright side, Christchurch's monstrous Holiday Inn is to be put out of its misery. Along with the doomed Westpac Tower and the Hotel Grand Chancellor, the three biggest architectural boils on the bum of Chchch.

    Crusaders supporters may still dress like Freddie Krueger, but the city skyline will no longer be dominated by hideous knockoffs of the mansion from Psycho.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Here's our man unconcerned, Nat leader style,

    But Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says he is not concerned about what he expects will turn out to be only a short-term movement, and insists the Government is on track to keep the country moving.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10785604
    I really wonder why Christchurch hasn't a dedicated recovery minister working with the council. CERA appear to be an expensive impediment, hasn't the Ship been quiet.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    hang on old Beano...

    Crusaders supporters may still dress like Freddie Krueger...

    and there was me thinking they looked like Dennis the Menace (UK)
    even if he was toned down... by the BBC

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5169 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    and there was me thinking they looked like Dennis the Menace (UK)

    Me too, until this unfortunate association.

    even if he was toned down... by the BBC

    The heady days of cartoon violence. I once worked on an animated kids' series that had been given The Word about such stuff when the scripts were half-written. It was a major pest to eliminate stray shovels and suchlike that had been strategically placed for a bit of 'harmless' biff - "One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it."

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    welcome to the Wild East...

    “One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage
    if no one is thinking of firing it.”

    More excessive actions by unthinking Chch police have seen charges withdrawn...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5169 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    More excessive actions by unthinking Chch police have seen charges withdrawn...

    It would seem that they've done so only because their legal advice was that they didn't have a case. District Commander Knowles's insistence that everything was done by the book is disturbingly reminiscent of the looters & lightbulbs fiasco:
    Knowles was unable to comment on the fact the officers did not identify themselves when challenged by Bennett, as it was "an operational issue" he was not familiar with.
    The fact Bennett was taken to the police station wearing only a t-shirt and underpants was "quite unusual", but "sometimes when you're arrested there is no niceties".

    Elsewhere, Nick Smith appears to slip naturally into the good cop role when responding to the concerned Cantabrians.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    The office's workload had also been increased by about 270 complaints stemming from quake victims' dealings with the Earthquake Commission and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10785726
    Not a good look.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    One for time-wasters : Watch live demolition of the CrownePlaza from the top of the casino
    http://www.chchcasino.co.nz/webcam

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Hebe,

    Watch live demolition of the CrownePlaza

    I do hope some of these demolitions have had fixed timelapse records that may surface someday as a video...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5169 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I do hope some of these demolitions have had fixed timelapse records

    What a good idea (and then we could play them backwards too).

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Dotting the tees and crossing the eyes...
    I see the City CEO, Tony Marryatt, decided to take a half day off to play golf at some council sponsored event - shame he had to miss a public excluded meeting about "additional governance arrangements for earthquake recovery planning". Which is one I would have thought he should have been at...
    But hey, I'm sure one of the other well remunerated senior managers will fill him in...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5169 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I do hope some of these demolitions have had fixed timelapse records that may surface someday as a video...

    Ask and ye shall receive: the Grand Chancellor time-lapse video

    http://www.shf.co.nz/video.html

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    At Thursday's Council meeting Aaaron Keown, the Council's very own village idiot on stilts, asked in all seriousness "Do we know if there are any spare sections in Christchurch?"
    As someone commented on Facebook ". . . and yet, ask him where to find a hooker and he will give you gps coordinates."

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    In case we hadn't noticed the earthquakes are all about the PM, but don't affect him as badly as Pike River does.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2157 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    In case we hadn't noticed the earthquakes are all about the PM . . .

    Human sacrifice, cynically harvested in the quest for political capital. As the Australian poet Les Murray once said, even a crappy old idea like Britannia can look pretty good if you pile up enough dead bodies around it.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    In case we hadn’t noticed the earthquakes are all about the PM, but don’t affect him as badly as Pike River does.

    Meanwhile, reports of his poll ratings in decline are tucked away in a page 2 sidebar in the Dom.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4431 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Cr Keown has had quite an interesting past, that in another person, would add insight to the darker side of life.
    Where do I place a bet on future Prison time of current Crs?
    Hang on, we're in Christchurch and he's white, and in a position of power.
    OK, I'll place a bet on a conviction and HomeD?

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    I've got two friends in Bromley Cemetry. Their ceremonies were very similar, sing-a-longs as we fill the grave in, working on a peasant heritage.
    I thought maybe one day it would be underwater, never thought of this:
    http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIStory_768413.html

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1147 posts Report Reply

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