June 29, 2011

aftersocks - Fundraising to support Canterbury

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A great idea - have ordered mine!!!

By purchasing a pair of aftersocks™ you are donating to the rebuild of our garden city - Christchurch, and supporting employment within the Canterbury region.
aftersocks™ are a dress style sock, featuring 56% merino wool for warmth and are manufactured by a family-owned, Canterbury sock manufacturer.

Currently there are two sizes available: 3-8 (Women’s), and 8-12 (Men’s or larger Women’s).

Show Canterbury you are behind them by wearing a pair.

All proceeds from aftersocks™ go to the Christchurch Mayoral Fund. Please help us help Christchurch

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June 28, 2011

Christchurch Zones

Christchurch has a new zoning system. As well as the current, cordoned, central red zone, the no go danger do not advance beyond this point part, we now get to live in a new red, orange, white or green zone.

As someone says, quakeopoly..... and as usual, there is some humour to be found in this Zone Guide.



And then there is the more serious side... as people in these zones try to fathom what on earth this is going to mean to their futures, here, or elsewhere.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/columnists/5195541/Dreamtime-fuels-old-timer-as-he-survives-life-in-the-the-freezer
Orange, red, white and green - in the good old days they were simply colours or Cluedo characters.
Now they have become statements about people's lives. When I hear people, myself included, ask others, "What colour are you?" it sounds impolite, discriminatory even.
Kermit the Frog sang a song about how it wasn't easy being green, and I find myself feeling guilty that I'm living in a rented green-zoned house, which means it's in the "go" zone. For the orange people in the "hold" zone their lives remain in limbo waiting like that unfortunate character Winnie in Samuel Beckett's play Happy Days, as she becomes buried in a mound of dirt.
Sick and tired of being given the mushroom treatment and left in the dark for months by Cera, at last those in the red zone have been offered a deal, but one doesn't envy them buying land off greedy developers, borrowing heavily from the banks to afford land in the west, and the battle with insurance companies over the ghastly fine print....... 
Later, I trawl back through sent and received messages on my cellphone going back for the past few months and see R U OK? writ large a million times over.
It's a wonder that this cut to the chase question, which says it all, hasn't wound up emblazoned across T-shirts.

In some ways life is fine. We are "green". We R OK. We will continue and find resilience and make the most of what we have and look for replacements for what we have lost. On other days, the enormity of the changes and the uncertainty about the future and the ongoing shakes and the impact the event is having on friends, students, strangers; the constant feeling of loss as I see another building gone, the view changed somehow, somewhere, and the uncertainty of what is open, working, moved, gone, all feels quite overwhelming.

It is hard to write about. But it is happening.... no one here can be unaffected but the best bit is we are all in that space... we find common ground with others instantly... asking where were you in the 7.4, 6.3's etc breaks down many barriers!

For a real map of the city and the zones, and their colour coded meaning, go to http://www.cera.govt.nz/
or here

There is a great interactive map too;
http://www.rebuildchristchurch.co.nz/blog/2011/6/the-land-map-zones

June 27, 2011

Emperor penguin comes through surgery | Stuff.co.nz

Three lots of surgery and he (she) is still going. Great to see the technology being used and the expertise. FIngers crossed for success and an eventual relocation to his real home.

I quite envy him.... I have to wait a month to see the orthopaedic surgeon .... so not even a scan in the meantime! and no, I can't go privately.
Getting pretty good on the crutches and working out the muscles. I start physio tomorrow so will do my best to recover without any interference.

We are having a massive cold snap and It is a struggle for many here to stay warm in their leaky, damaged homes. We are really appreciating the new heat pump! I guess one benefit for local skiers is that it means Mount Hutt finally opens this week as they can make snow - which is later than usual as Arch was killed the first week they opened last year, which was the week of the 14th June. I saw our doctor again today' the first time since the accident. He said some nice things... all small reminders of the accident and loss and the anniversary.

On a happy note, Jaz finishes her radiotherapy this week.
You can follow her journey at http://treacytravels.blogspot.com
and Mark too - http://markdadtreacy.blogspot.com/

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June 26, 2011

Update on Happy Feet post op

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The x-ray of "Happy Feet" shows the san in his throat, all removed after his surgery.

They have given him a 50/50 chance...
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5191951/Happy-Feet-over-first-hurdle

The young emperor penguin rescued from a Kapiti Coast beach has survived the night, following a harrowing four-hour operation to clear sand from his airway yesterday.

Wellington Zoo spokeswoman Kate Baker said the penguin, dubbed Happy Feet, had been eating ice overnight and had "passed some sand" this morning.

He will now undergo a second procedure at 11am to remove some more sand from his stomach.

Last night Happy Feet was given only a 50 per cent chance of survival by his vets, who removed sand blocking his oesophagus. X-rays have revealed his stomach is full of it, and it remains a grave danger.

The operation was the first hurdle in the attempt to save the penguin, whose plight has captured local and international attention.

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June 25, 2011

Update on Happy Feet post op

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The x-ray of "Happy Feet" shows the san in his throat, all removed after his surgery.

They have given him a 50/50 chance...
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5191951/Happy-Feet-over-first-hurdle

The young emperor penguin rescued from a Kapiti Coast beach has survived the night, following a harrowing four-hour operation to clear sand from his airway yesterday.

Wellington Zoo spokeswoman Kate Baker said the penguin, dubbed Happy Feet, had been eating ice overnight and had "passed some sand" this morning.

He will now undergo a second procedure at 11am to remove some more sand from his stomach.

Last night Happy Feet was given only a 50 per cent chance of survival by his vets, who removed sand blocking his oesophagus. X-rays have revealed his stomach is full of it, and it remains a grave danger.

The operation was the first hurdle in the attempt to save the penguin, whose plight has captured local and international attention.

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June 24, 2011

Wellington-Emperor penguin treated at zoo

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"Happy Feet", the Emperor penguin has been in the news here a lot recently after being found on a New Zealand beach. After being assigned his own bodyguard, it was noticed he was eating sad and sticks and starting to act strangely, so he was taken to Wellington Zoo for treatment at "The Nest".
http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/5179997/Emperor-penguin-must-find-own-way-...

I always follow their activities as one of my past students and our animal technician at work, Angelina, is now a vet nurse there - she posted these photos of him being looked after there today. She is the nurse in red at left....
I feel for him - sick and injured and far from home...
Possibly even more so than usual because I tripped over a speaker stand while out to dinner at the conference in Hamilton on Wednesday night... not drunk or dancing on tables, despite the comments on facebook! One ambulance later, lots of deep breaths of gas, a few tablets, and some time at A and E, they were ready to discharge me. 1.30 am, strange city, falling over in pain on crutches, I was supposed to negotiate my way back to the hotel apartment, hop fearlessly for miles to the room and care for myself alone. This hotel has no food on site either - no room service! The nurses asked if I knew anyone in Hamilton I could stay with! Finally, one of the nurses had the sense to call in a second opinion and I got to lie in a side room all night. The morning nurse helped me arrange to hire a wheelchair from a nearby company, and they escorted me out into the cold and rain, in evening wear, barefoot, large brown bag of boots and splints, to wait for a taxi. Luckily I did have an eftpos card in my miniature handbag, and the taxi took me to the hire place, collected my wheelchair, and delivered me "home". Nice friends came from the conference and got me some food from a shop and the hotel owner got me a chair for my shower! I managed to pack and get organised, and even take a taxi to the brilliant gala dinner for the vet conference... I couldn't mingle or dance or drink, but was good to be there.

Today I did the return journey, dropping off the hire chair from the taxi, and, thanks to Air New Zealand, the flight went, despite the ash cloud from the Chile volcano. While waiting, they sat me in my wheelchair near the coffee shop as I really wanted some breakfast. Sitting with my crutches and briefcase and handbag, gradually realising there was no way I could get it all to the disabled toilets alone! No one to look after it either, so I decided not to eat or drink. I had the pleasure of a little hoist to get the chair onto the plane, and off ... before finally catching a taxi safely home as Scott had been called into work.

I can't get another wheelchair until Monday, so it will be a quiet weekend .. and then back to see doctor, physio, orthopods...
but it is great to be home.

I bet "Happy Feet" would feel the same if he could be fixed up and returned home to Antarctica.

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June 22, 2011

5.3 quake shakes Christchurch - national | Stuff.co.nz

The 5.3 magnitude quake rocked the region at 10.34pm and was folowed by a further 10 aftershocks overnight, with the biggest being a magnitude 4.4 shortly before 3.30am.

A Halswell New World staff member said "everything fell off every shelf". The store lost "an extensive amount of stock" with wine and juice bottles smashed in the aisles.

About a dozen staff came in to clean up the mess for four hours last night.

The main jolt was first thought to be centred 10km west of Akaroa, but GNS seismologist John Ristau said this morning that records now show it was centred just 10km south of Christchurch city, near Halswell.

The New World staffer, who did not want to be named, said she was not surprised to hear the earthquake centre was actually close to Halswell.

"It must have been centred near here because this is the most amount of damage we have sustained this year."

Following the midnight clean-up the supermarket opened on schedule at 7.30am today.

Mayor Bob Parker, on his Facebook page, said the city should expect a few more "tremblers".

GNS Science duty seismologist John Ristau said it appeared another small fault below Banks Peninsula had ruptured, causing the sharply felt magnitude 5.3 quake.

"You are sitting on hard volcanic rocks there and when it breaks, it tends to break very strongly, producing a lot of shaking and energy."

Another nerve sapping jolt followed by a shaky night of aftershocks and for the first time, I am not in Christchurch to feel any of them. I am away at a conference in Hamilton, up in the North Island, and although physically safer, have spent most of the night checking the news and facebook to see how they are getting on down south, and still jumping everytime the airconditioner kicks in and makes a noise. Habits that don't go away!

Thinking of everyone...
Hoping to get home on Friday, if the volcanic ash doesn't drop lower and disrupt the domestic flights more than it already is today...

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June 19, 2011

Mother Nature strikes again ...

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So true -
"We are tired and we are scared. We're sick of shovelling smelly silt, of picking up broken crockery, and diving under our desks.

We want our old, mundane lives back – the lives we had before we had any understanding of what liquefaction was and before hard hats and hi-viz jackets became mandatory in the city centre.

We want the ground to stop rocking and we want to feel safe and secure in our homes again.

For most of us, the ties that bind us to Christchurch are too strong for us to simply up sticks and leave, so we cling on to the belief that things will get better – and hope and pray it happens fast."

In another article today, the residents of nearby Liggins St, like many other sunken suburbs this side of town, want out. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-earthquake/5163427/Battered-resi...

This street is on the other side of the river from our house, across Horse Shoe Lake walk. I will try embedding this google map - if it doesn't work, I will go and take it out later!


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We survive on our side on the outer northern loop of the river offshoot in a small pocket of sandhills, in an original wooden farmhouse, raised above the swamp, with, so far anyway, no liquefaction. The original settlers built our house on the high, dry land.... the later developers drained the lower swamps. Two sides of a coin. More than anything else, reading and seeing this and the effect on these families, knowing the element of complete luck that led to us living here, in this house and not over the river, saddens me greatly. I hope they clear all the land and leave it to be swampy wetlands again.

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Quake Brain


Work was closed to students again for the week after the 5.7 and 6.3 double earthquakes last Monday.  Staff were back up there on Thurs and Friday to clean up again but the office was not as bad as after February - although another request has gone off to get the filing cabinets secured to the wall!   Classes return on Monday, but I am meant to be heading up to Hamilton for the Veterinary Conference. It was originally planned to be held here in Christchurch, but like many other things, this won't be possible for a couple of years at the earliest, assuming people feel safe to return then.  Sadly the busy Convention Centre and Town Hall are both badly damaged and 150 people have been made redundant as a result. My partner amongst them.  He has been getting some work until now, and has some other part time work, but like most people here, we are not planning any major expenses, holidays or purchases. 

My journey on Monday will be at the whim of the airlines. Luckily I am booked with Air New Zealand who seem more inclined than the others to alter flight plans and to fly below the ash cloud from the Chilean Volcano, so we might actually take off. The irony of not being able to leave the earthquake zone because of a volcano erupting is not lost on us... and I can't say I am looking forward to flying in volcanic ash either!  Hmm fly in the ash, or return to work on fourth floor .... It also took me an hour to search through the computer for the flight booking confirmation.  For a while I thought the email request had gone astray in the February earthquake and I was going to be staying home because no one had actually booked me a flight! 

I decided to start packing at lunchtime today as we have a busy day of visitors and birthday parties here tomorrow.  Making a mental checklist in the morning, I realised a lot of my winter clothes were still in storage in a suitcase, so packing immediately became an exercise in exploring all these "new" clothes and tidying the wardrobe as well. The bed disappeared in a mound of riotous, black winter clothes while I sorted out a range of suitable attire for meetings and traveling and gala dinners. As most women know this also means checking it all fits....  is clean, coordinated and accessorised. Scott looked bewildered as he tried to keep track of the options; which heels, boots, scarf, skirt, trousers, jacket? ...... all so different from his packing which would involve one outfit for a week if he had his own way.  Finally, it was all contained into one case, and although I have not met the goal of one small carry on piece of luggage so recommended, I have at least whittled it all down to a manageable amount. By late afternoon we were  headed off to get the food for tomorrows party at the shops. 

So far so good.  Finally relaxing late this evening I decided to check out the hotel online... what is the room like; and does it have a hairdryer! A quick look at the confirmation booking letter to see what it was called and I realised I am only booked in for three nights, not four and of course the reception area is now closed and the booking online form shows there are only two-bedroom suites left for the final night.  Have left them a message, and sent them an email and imagine they might manage one of these rooms, at a cost... and if not, I will be casting around for an alternative hotel. I might need one anyway if the ash cloud returns as sleeping at Hamilton airport while waiting for a plane home doesn't appeal much either. 

As we cope with continued quakes, (7350 and counting) many of them quite sudden and unpleasant, but mainly the mid to high 4's, the thing I notice the most is that it takes us all a bit longer to do things and ift is really hard to stay focused. We get there, eventually. Just got to allow for this current quake brain and accept that mistakes happen, and things won't happen overnight, but they will happen.







June 16, 2011

Christchurch Earthquake Dyers Road ITM

Strange to think people pay to get these adrenaline rushes! Who needs rollercoasters - you can come here for a while :)

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Guy rescues baby hummingbird after it was attacked. [VIDEO]

I had to check out the original you tube version, but it won't let me post on here... but I was curious what he used to feed it and I can happily quote from him...
Rescued Baby Hummingbird

This is a baby hummingbird I rescued after it was attacked.
The song is "Better Together" by Jack Johnson.
UPDATE!!! when she thought she was ready to leave (and she was) she flew off to her favorite patch of the back yard, and her instincts instantly kicked in, and now she's just like all the other hummingbirds. for those that are concerned that she has imprinted on humans and wouldn't survive in the wild, don't worry, she is thriving. she has even successfully migrated and returned back to my yard. and for those who think i didn't know what i was doing, i did NOT feed her plain sugar water. i went outside 3 times a day and caught flies from my compost bin in big bags, crushed them, and mixed them in as well. I also helped her learn to catch flies while flying (not in the video because you obviously wouldn't be able to see the flies). in the end, i don't think it could have worked out any better

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June 15, 2011

Aftershock risk increases

The news just keeps on getting better and better.... not sure how much of this the city can take ....

"Christchurch is at greater risk of another large aftershock following Monday’s quakes, according to GNS Science.
GNS Science seismologist Gill Jolly told Radio New Zealand there was a 30 per cent chance of an earthquake in Canterbury similar to the magnitude 6.3 one which struck on Monday, or the one on February 22, within the next year.

Last month the agency said there was a one in four chance of the region experiencing an earthquake between magnitude 6 and 6.9 in the next 12 months."

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Aerial footage and a quick update


All so sad.
Many smaller shocks overnight, but a break for nearly six hours to let us sleep a little more peacfully. Generally we sleep through the smaller ones, but most people woke to the larger 5.0 at dawn. Not that we do much - takes more than those to make us rush for doorways now, but it does put you on alert .
We cleaned up Monday night - and yesterday managed to buy some brackets for the bookshelves. Not sure they will help as my friends brackets just tore the wall out... personally I think we should just pack it all into boxes and leave the shelving empty... and today I started taking more pictures down. Feels a bit like giving up.
We lost a huge fish tank at work and although able to save the fish, it created a mess. It has been cleared tpday - tomorrow we start again on the offices and classrooms, but the students will not return until Monday, so I am retimetabling, again. I know it is hugely stressful for them, and the staff, but there is not a lot we can do but adapt. There is still time to complete all of it.
We are one of the lucky ones. We have power and water and a home. They are putting in a heat pump today to replace our broken chimney which will be a step forward. Mainly we are just tired, more than a little stressed, not sure what the ground has in store for us, what impact it will continue to have on the city, let alone individuals and their homes.
Lots of positive thoughts and community support... but a lot mroe needed to ensure the well being of those most badly affected in the flooding and cold.
Overall I still feel better today than I did last on this day last year .

June 14, 2011

Live footage of aftershocks following mag 6.3 earthquake + damage in christchurch 13 June 2011

Even as he films there are a number of aftershocks....

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How was your last 24 hours? Even your last year?


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This screenshot is taken from http://quake.crowe.co.nz/ on 14th June.

We have had 57 earthquakes in Christchurch in the last 24 hours.....

Last shake #6812 was Magnitude 3.8 (III) at 8.78 km at 8:52am, about 1 hr 6 mins ago
Yes you read that right - Six thousand eight hundred and twelve quakes.

Apparently the total energy released to date is 3.36773 petajoules. The Sept quake was 2.7645 petajoules, and contributed 82% of the energy - hard to imagine.  (1petajoule is equivalent to 238 kilotonnes of TNT.)
You can look at that at http://quake.crowe.co.nz/QuakeEnergy/

Good video can be seen on the NZ Herald site

Having a quiet day and in some ways I am very glad to have the day off.  I wasn't going to ask for it off,  but this does allow me to spend the day at home with some of the family. Today, this afternoon, it is the anniversary of Arch's death on the Mt Hutt Rd.  We didn't hear about it until the following morning, when the police arrived.  Between the impact of earthquakes and the inquest in the middle, the year has been one we will never forget. I can't believe he never even got to feel the first earthquake, even though he lived near the epicentre. In some ways I probably haven't accepted he isn't out there still, just doing his own thing and hanging out with the kids.  We have three of their birthdays to celebrate this week - the first last weekend and two this weekend.   

He may have gone, but he certainly lives on in them.

First birthday last Sunday- laughing at old pictures of them all.

You can read back at these links.
Four Paws and Whiskers: The seatbelt issue.... http://t.co/J5r6VYL


June 13, 2011

Deja Vu...

Today I stopped on the way to work, despite running late, to fill up my car... I hate it being on empty and have made an effort not to run it down that far since the last quake... and felt strongly enough about it to do something! So, the "been here before" feeling today when the 5.5 quake hit us at work was just another part of the routine.  I remember being glad I had petrol to get home.... It hit when I was back in the office after class; the same place as the last Feb quake... same full bladder! This time we managed to lurch across the room, hold down the filing cabinets that they still have not secured for us, and surf the rolling floor near the doorway - not even time to think about the risk of collapsing buildings. As soon as it stopped, like a well oiled machine we grabbed handbags, unclipped Poppy, and this time, I grabbed the laptop, cords and bag, heading downstairs with them all under the arm, not stopping to put them in the bag until well clear of the building.

Following safety instructions, we all gathered in the front area car park, until the site was cleared for re-entry...  a quick vote from the class, who had not been up there for the last big quake and were just as keen to escape, and we decided to leave for the day.  My partner arrived after being at the top of the CBS arena when it hit. After a restorative coffee and toilet stop across the road, we all went our separate ways. Life seemed to be returning to normal. I was sitting at the cordon fence of the red zone in St Asaph St, at the Colombo St corner where the buses were crushed last time, when the 6.0 hit.  A Mercalli 8... rubble started falling round me from the already collapsed buildings on the corner and the car moved all over the road.  Eventually, I drove on slowly along the road, people pouring out of the offices.  Always been my own nightmare to be trapped in the road when it happens with buildings falling beside me (along with lifts, collapsed staircases, collapsed buildings.....). I managed to get up Montreal St,  with Cranmer Square closed off, winding round Park Avenue and up to St Albans, where the liquefaction was back. Hello rutted, flooded roads full of holes and piles of glistening sand volcanoes.  After checking on my friend, my partner arrived again; we headed home.

We lost some fish... no one was home to rescue them.... for some reason they jumped out of the tank! along with many gallons of water.  Amazingly the lamp still works, back on top of the tank...


The books went again....  and most of the pantry, shelves and lots of pictures and plants. We have sorted what we can.

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So, work is closed tomorrow. My family are all safe... and the house, although messy, and initially without power, is returning to normal and we are at least warm, unlike 50,000 households tonight in freezing weather. We have the generator still ready to go, as we ran it, but turned it off when the power returned. We have the main gas fire on, and the portable one ready to go if the power goes off. 

Jessie, our older dog, was fine - home alone and scared and trapped in a bedroom but not injured. Poppy seems fine after her adventures.
I don't know what it all means for the city or the future.
Everyone is frustrated after 10 months of this.
Another setback to our home. Thank you for all the messages and concern.  The land continues to shake with repeated aftershocks, but they are smaller. Thankfully.... probably another wakeful night.

Keep up with the news at these sites... there are pictures and videos there too.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/5136644/Powerful-earthquakes-rock-Christchurch

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/shaken-christchurch-facing-long-night-without-power-4223992

Stay Strong.

June 10, 2011

'Bucket list' wishes granted, via Twitter | Stuff.co.nz

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Sometimes there are just things I want to pass on to others
and this is one of them....
I hope you go and read this article and help Alice, or just follow her journey.
We take so much for granted.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5127830/Bucket-list-wishes-g...

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June 8, 2011

Australian Labor News - Let's move Australia forward

Genetically modified cows produce 'human' milk - Telegraph

Genetically modified cows produce 'human' milk

Scientists have created genetically modified cattle that produce "human" milk in a bid to make cows' milk more nutritious.

Scientists have created genetically modified cattle that produce human milk in a bid to make cows' milk more nutritious.
Researchers say they are able to create cows that produce milk containing a human protein called lysozyme Photo: PA

Can't make up my mind about this!!!
In some ways it makes sense as a way of feeding infants and in others it is tampering in ways I can only find unsettling.

" The scientists have successfully introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows to produce milk with the same properties as human breast milk.
Human milk contains high quantities of key nutrients that can help to boost the immune system of babies and reduce the risk of infections.
The scientists behind the research believe milk from herds of genetically modified cows could provide an alternative to human breast milk and formula milk for babies, which is often criticised as being an inferior substitute.
They hope genetically modified dairy products from herds of similar cows could be sold in supermarkets. The research has the backing of a major biotechnology company.
The work is likely to inflame opposition to GM foods. Critics of the technology and animal welfare groups reacted angrily to the research, questioning the safety of milk from genetically modified animals and its effect on the cattle's health."

There is a video available at this link: http://t.co/AaN6MoN

What do you think?

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June 6, 2011

A 5.5 start to the day and a beautiful tribute to pre-earthquake Christchurch


A rattly start to the day with a 5.5, apparently the sixth biggest since September. This time I just huddled in bed and was glad I wan;t up the tower teaching.
A fellow blogger from Christchurch put me onto this video. http://dutchcorner.blogspot.com/2011/06/55-aftershock.html

It was beautiful... and as we drive around the empty sections in town I have been craving some pictures of what it should look like - scared to forget it all. So as a change from the destruction, and for those who have never had the chance to see Christchurch in her real glory, just take a few minutes to enjoy it.

June 4, 2011

Christchurch-Timelapse on Vimeo

The way we were.
Beautiful Christchurch
Time lapse movie made from thousands of photos, of the way it used to be when it was thriving and normal...

Tonight we stood in the rain and dark and looked at the eerie desolation of Kilmore St across from the Town Hall and convention centre. A place that should have been humming with people and hotels full of visitors.

Seeing this feels surreal. A reminder of what we have lost, and many happy memories of what we took for granted.

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Fault structures revealed in Christchurch

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So we have a few areas with fault lines.... not unexpected but interesting... and there is another good picture of the area and the aftershocks on that site too. http://www.gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Media-Releases/Fault-structures-revealed

The real question for us is whether the two current active faults will join up - seen in the dark blue aftershock dots on this faults map - with the red fault lines either end. I don't know enough about it to comment, but we will all be interested in the opinions of the experts.

We were told last night that testing below a building near the river had showed they would have to go down to 30m to find solid rock for new foundations - wondering if a rebuild will be possible, or advisable?

Apparently, this is not dampening our optimism? Yeah right..
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5099592/New-faults-fail-to-dull-optimism
You can read more here.... and this is an extract...

Three confirmed new faults and two other areas of likely active faults have been identified near Christchurch by scientists examining seismic hazards around the city.

Extensive surveying over the past two months has uncovered a 25-kilometre-long fault under the sea off Kaiapoi. Two faults run almost directly below central Christchurch and two patches containing possible small faults – one off the Brighton coast and the second just north of Port Levy and Pigeon Bay.

But the outlook may not be as grim as it sounds. Scientists delivered a largely optimistic message for the people of Canterbury at a briefing yesterday. Despite their findings they say: The tsunami risk from the large offshore fault is believed to be very low because it is unlikely to generate a quake higher than magnitude 7.0. Also, its past movement has been mostly horizontal rather than vertical.

There is no sign that aftershocks are spreading offshore onto, or close to, it or other already recognised Pegasus Bay faults.

The offshore faults are very slow moving, among the slowest moving in the country.

The faults underneath Christchurch are not particularly large and appear to have very long intervals between rupturing.

However, they also say the findings released yesterday are preliminary and that more research is needed.

The most important missing piece of the puzzle are results from the underground surveying of what has become known as "the gap".

Survey lines in the aftershock-rich area between the eastern end of the Greendale Fault and the western tip of the Port Hills fault were completed only last Saturday.

Canterbury University geological sciences Professor Jarg Pettinga , who has directed the seismic surveying work, said the analysis was under way but it would take another four weeks or so before those findings could be released.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said the media briefing was a chance to update the public on everything scientists had been able to deduce so far about the Canterbury quakes.

Findings from the intensive research programme would inform future building codes.

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June 2, 2011

Ban Live Export - RSPCA Australia / Animals Australia - official site

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I have finally managed to watch this video about the mistreatment of the animals exported live to Indonesia and Sumatra.
To be fair, I had to look elsewhere for much of it, and my partner left the room.
I have however written to formally complain about the treatment of these live animal exports.

If you can't bear to watch it but would be happy to help go straight to the end to take action.
http://BanLiveExport.com/#takeAction

and please spread the word to help Australia or any other country stop this treatment to the live animals imported to Indonesia.
Lets use facebook and blogging to help.

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