The Goon Show

September 8, 2010

Sir Harry Secombe would have been 89  and Peter Sellers would have been 85 today.

Word of the day

September 8, 2010

Accismus: a type of coyness when someone feigns disinterest in something/someone in who s/her actually desires.

Lines from Larkin and Nabokov

September 8, 2010

This week’s Tuesday’s Poem post is: The Poet as absent-minded neuroscientist: The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin & Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov.

The commentary by Auckland-based novelist, poet and playwright Zireaux,  who chose the excerpts for this week’s post, is illuminating.

As always there are other poems to be found by following the links in the side bar.

Among them:

I was moved by Story Teller Vine, Rega by Melissa Shook.

Helen Lowe’s Outback expressed what we saw on a recent visit to Australia’s Top End.

Ode to Tomatoes by Pablo Neruda (translated by Margaret Sayers Peden) is a mouth watering offering from Belinda Hollyer. You can read it in Spanish here.

Sarah at The Red Room chose another of Neruda’s poems – September 8th (in Spanish here).

My Grandmother’s Love Letters by Hart Crane was Elizabeth Welsh’s choice.

Clare Beynon celebrates Eggs.

Mary McCallum manages to mix and make sense of a breast scan, a mouse trap and an earthquake in Victory.

Harvey McQueen sings  A Song Of Spring.

 Tim Jones walks Down George Street In The Rain.

While on poetry – Beattie’s Book Blog has September Quake by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman.

And still they come

September 8, 2010

The aftershocks to Saturday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake are still reaching North Otago. But what we’re feeling is very minor when compared with what’s happening in Canterbury. 

Chris McDowall   and Paul Nicholls have animations of the Canterbury earthquakes.

GeoNet’s list of the 30 most recent earthquakes starts at 10:03 yesterday morning:

Map of New Zealand showing earthquake location.

Quake makes point in neurosurgery debate

September 8, 2010

The debate on the future of South Island neurosurgery services has been overshadowed by the Canterbury earthquakes.

But a correspondent to the print edition of the ODT seized the opportunity to make a point:

Another 7.1 reasons why there should be neurosurgeons in both Dunedin and Christchurch. – F Hughes, Dalmore.


September 8, 2010

13/15 in the Dominion Post’s weekly political trivia quiz.

The movie star and cost of trials were the ones I got wrong.

Normal isn’t normal anymore

September 8, 2010

Anyone can get through a crisis, it’s the day to day life which gets you down.

I don’t know to whom I should credit that aphorism, but it has more than a grain of truth in it.

When a crisis strikes, adrenalin kicks in, you put aside your feelings and do what has to be done.

But when the worst is over, you have to deal with the aftermath and cope with the realisation that normal isn’t normal anymore.

Amy Adams’ describes the terror of Saturday morning’s earthquake which destroyed her family’s home and says:

Now as the days wear on the euphoria of being alive is waning and the scale of the disaster is weighing on us heavily. No-one is sleeping much as aftershocks rattle our frayed nerves and exhausted, hollowed eyed faces are everywhere.  It will be some time yet before we know the full extent of what this has cost us financially & emotionally.

Tens of thousands of people are going through something similar as they come to terms with the knowledge that they have lost their treasures, their homes and their workplaces.

The financial and emotional cost of that is immense and that’s why John Key made the right decision to cancel his trip to Britain and Europe.

Mr Speaker, the thoughts and sympathy of the New Zealand Government are with the people of Canterbury in the aftermath of this earthquake.

As the frightening aftershocks continue, we stand alongside them, committed to helping them rebuild their lives.

It would have been difficult to do that from the other side of the world.

Cancelling the trip means giving up a rare opportunity to be the guest of the Queen at Balmoral. 

It may be a symbolic gesture but it shows Canterbury, and the rest of the country,  that he really is prepared to do all he can to help not only in the heat of the crisis but in the return to every day life when normal isn’t normal anymore..

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