Monday, January 30, 2012

Inquiry into collapse of Durham Street Methodist Church

The heritage church on Durham Street, Christchurch, wasn't the only building to collapse on February 22nd. Large earthquakes do that to buildings. And the three men working inside weren't the only ones to die in the city that day. But what hurts most for those of us in the organ world is that the men were working hard at their job as organ builders to try to extract the remains of the organ that had been earlier damaged by the 7.1 earthquake in September. The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the collapse and their deaths is being held today in Christchurch and our hearts go out to the South Island Organ Company and the families of Neil Stocker, Scott Lucy and Paul Dunlop.
Church deaths probe

Saturday, January 28, 2012

New newswaffle

In a flurry of fingers and sweating brows, I have finally released the latest NZOrgan.com newsletter  - the first for 2012. Having kicked my previous provider (YMLP) into touch after a horrible munched up version was released, I am trialling Mailchimp. So far, for the small relinquishing of a few bananas, it is looking good. See for yourself. This issue contains updates on the state of organs in our area, coming events, a competition (yay! - a lovely Zazzle "organist at your service" tote bag up for grabs), websites to womble through, and more. Let me know what you think - it's always - well, usually always - good to get feedback from the punters. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Viewing demolition work in the CBD from Re:start Cashell Mall

Thank you Lonely Planet - a welcome and timely chapter update on the state of Christchurch - and news for travellers! Lonely Planet Update on visiting Christchurch, New Zealand is a freely available chapter that was updated in December and has been released in advance of the next publication of the New Zealand Lonely Planet Guide in September.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rebuilding Shakeytown: 12 days of (Canterbury) Christmas

Rebuilding Shakeytown: 12 days of (Canterbury) Christmas:
A delightful blog and blogger - well worth following:

"Hat tip to the CSO , who performed their version during the Cantabrian Christmas concert. (I've altered a few things to suit the photos I've...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

London screening for earthquake film

Christchurch - a year on
On February 22nd, 2012, there will be a screening of the must-see feature length film "When A City Falls", at The Ritzy Cinema, Coldharbour Lane,  Brixton, London, SW2 1JG, United Kingdom  (More info) To quote from that site: "This feature length documentary presents personal stories that changed the lives of so many people and the face of their historic city. This is a chance for people to come together to remember those who lost their lives but also to look to the future of Christchurch. It will also give us chance to show the people of Christchurch that we still care about them a year after the quake."
Highly recommended for anyone but especially if you are trying to understand what the people of Canterbury have been through in the last 16 months. You can see a trailer of the film on YouTube

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Assorted Goodies: The Marryatt Monument - Never Again

Assorted Goodies: The Marryatt Monument - Never Again: City Council CEO Tony Marryatt returns from holiday to quake-rattled Christchurch and is forced by his desperate minders to face the media ...

Posted from the wonderful Blog "Assorted Goodies" - thank you!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Ultimate test of strength for pipe organs

Knox Church, Bealey Ave. The organ is still inside.
Not only humans and animals, but buildings, facilities, the land, and a subject close  to my heart, pipe organs,  have suffered in the last 16 months. Thanks to Rebuild Christchurch  I am told that it is 488 days from the start of the Canterbury Earthquake sequence at 4.35am on September 4th, 2010. And we're still counting.
All this translates to 
  • 1 year 4 months, (16 months) 
  • 42,163,200 seconds 
  • 702,720 minutes 
  • 11,712 hours 
In this time we have had 9342 earthquakes in our region
(And a 4.8 just this morning. ) We have lived through on average an earthquake every one hour and twenty minutes.Gosh.

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