Hello lovely people
Firstly, let me apologise for being a slack blogger. Actually, I never like reading the apologies from blogland, as I tend to be impatient to read real content, being a..."get to the good stuff why don't you?" .. type of gal. However, I know I have been more quiet than I would like to be so I do apologise for long silences.
This time of year is particularly tiring as we come to the end of a long string of events. Goodwood Revival last weekend was the last outdoor show and for that I am glad, as it is getting just a bit nippy for camping. I am however, proficient at wriggling into two sleeping bags. Ha ha! It is like Houdini in reverse.
pic from here
But that is not all that is taking up valuable energy as Mr Wolf's family and one of my manufacturers is based in Christchuch, New Zealand, where they have been shaking it all about for a bit too long now. I do have to say, NZ'ers are kind of used to earthquakes, a bit like Londoners are used to slow tubes, and Australians are used to...um...living with scarey spiders/crocodiles/jellyfish/snakes that could KILL you. Never-the-less, it has been earthquakes on a big, frightening scale, and a lot more than something to chit chat about over your morning cuppa
Thankfully, as far as I am aware, no one has been killed by the large earthquakes they have had and that is due to the exceptionally clever NZ Building code. Well done building code!
I thought you might be interested in the fact that the NZ Building code is very good because it was developed after the Napier earthquake of 1931. Napier was a gorgeous, sunny coastal resort in the North Island, and in 1931 it was pretty much flattened by a massive quake.
images sourced here
256 people did loose their lives and families were homeless. From the wreckage, architects and engineers could work out why some buildings (or parts of buildings) remained, and why some fell instantly. Hence our strict building code. Our dwellings are now designed to wiggle and twist, and, if they need to fail, they will do so in a way not to crush the inhabitants.
Chubby wiggling and twisting, source here
Just like London after the blitz, the little town re-built itself in the fashion of the time, and Napier is now Art deco central.
Spirit of Napier fountain, source: here
Masonic Hotel, source here
Rothmans Building, source here
Ellison and Duncan building, source here.
If you ever fancy a visit, Napier now has two Art Deco weekends a year, run by the Art Deco Trust.
Napier had a happy ending after a ghastly 10 days of shakes. Poor Christchurch is now going through something akin to working the hula hoop after knocking back a bottle of bubbles while on a boat, without the hoop or the boat or the fizz. Not too much fun. Just keep going guys. All fingers crossed it will be over soon.