Archive for the ‘Not so happy things’ Category

Floods in Australia

January 5, 2011

The numbers are mind boggling. Water levels 9 metres above normal, and area 3x the size of New Zealand under water.  I have been in floods, in fact Cyclone Bola swept through my residence (and then we had another less than 6 months later), but the water rose and was gone.  It didn’t hang around for weeks, it was a short sharp slap, we endured the pain of watching water come and go overnight, and then got on with the recovery.

My heart goes out to those affected, farmers have lost their year’s income (in actual fact it is worse than that because they have invested the money into that crop that was just about to be harvested), families will have lost homes and their lives will never be the same. Australians, like New Zealanders, are a stoic lot and they will get through this. It will take years for some towns to recover but just like I can now roll Cyclone Bola off my tongue, like a badge of farming honour, they will get through and the desperation and despair will turn.


Christchurch Earthquake

September 5, 2010

With most catastrophic event there is generally one photo that really stands out. For me it is this one

The sense of loss portrayed here is immense.  It’s not only because it is a historic homestead, it’s because it’s a home and has been for generations.  You can see their treasures that they cannot get to and will not be able to save. You can see their stuff stored ‘safely’ in the attic, and you can see them just wandering around, looking. A solid, established, much loved, triple layer brick building, shattered, irreparable, gone.

Of course the tale of survival that goes with this photo adds to the drama, the young boy who was catapaulted from his bed on the second story to land on the ground and have his home landing on top on him; we all try to imagine what that would be like but quite frankly we can’t.

I live in an earthquake zone, but have never experienced anything like this and nor do I want to. The terror on peoples faces, and the tears that well up in their eyes as they recount their stories, is enough to tell me that those little rumblings that have scared me in the past are nothing compared to what happened in Christchurch.

Good luck to the people in Christchurch, you have a tough road ahead, it may take a year or more to have everyone back in permanent homes but I think it will take a lot longer to get over the terror of that night.

Such a lovely family

August 31, 2010

Cruel to cats, shot a police dog dead and last, but by no means least, shot two of  our police officers. I’m speechless but I do have visions of a nice windswept and freezing cold offshore island on which to put such people…

In fact it’s the perfect place for this bastard too Frederick Peter Bailey

Red Checkers lose a pilot

January 13, 2010

A small photo tribute.  I have enjoyed the Red Checkers’ performances many times over the years. These photos were taken at Maadi Cup March 09.

My condolences go out to the pilot’s family, that includes the Red Checker family.  The Air Force are a close knit bunch and this will be felt across New Zealand

An air force pilot believed to be a member of the Red Checkers team has been killed this morning after their aircraft crashed.

The crashed plane, thought to be a CT4 Airtrainer, flew out of Ohakea Air Base.

Chief of Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Graham Lintott, confirmed the death.

“It is with deep regret that I must confirm that the Royal New Zealand Air Force has lost a pilot following a fatal crash in the Manawatu this morning.”

He said the aircraft was conducting a practice routine. They had lost contact with it around 8am.

It crashed near the Raumai weapons range at Santoft, west of Bulls.

Only one aircraft was involved, Air Vice Marshal Lintott said.

Ambulance services confirmed a person, believed to be the pilot and only person on board, was killed.

The Fire Service was alerted at 8.15am and sent eight fire engines.

Ambulance services were alerted at 8.18am and found one person dead on arrival.

The cockpit was well alight when they arrived and the blaze was hard to contain, Newstalk ZB reported.

An air force Iroquois helicopter flew to the crash site.

The air force said next of kin were being informed.

The death is the second for the Defence Force in less than three months.

Flight Sergeant Andrew Forster was killed in November when an old artillery shell exploded, as he and another soldier from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron marked it for later disposal.