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Thread: 3 weeks in at Shaky Town

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    Default 3 weeks in at Shaky Town

    So, lollie24 and I have been in Christchurch for 3 weeks now. We've got ourself a nice place to live in Merivale (at a reasonable price) and work is going really well. We have experienced a couple of quakes as well, and didn't disturb me as much as I expected. The first we felt was the 7.0 near Taranaki. The only thing we don't have is a car at the moment, but as I'm cycling to work and we live right by Merivale Mall that has been put on the back burner.

    The only miserable person we've met run a wool/bead shop in Papanui that done nothing but slag off New Zealand. What makes this worse is she is an ex-pom.

    We went for a walk around the red zone last weekend and was amazed at how much is missing. It really was an eye opener. But in all that destruction and demolition I still felt positive for the future of Christchurch. The vibrant nature of Re:Start was a good positive feel too.

    We're still to start socialising as we've just been trying to settle ourselves down first, and last night was the first time I really missed home as it was my birthday Friday and couldn't spend it with my family.

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    Good to hear from you and glad to hear it is going well. Hopefully we will manage to organize a meet up soon.

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    Well done you! That sounds like a really positive start.

    Happy belated birthday.

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    Hope things continue to improve. Best of luck to you.

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    Have the quakes stopped yet?

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    There's still very minor after shocks but nothing to worry about - I certainly don't. I've just noticed we've been here for 2 years now so will write something up about our experience as we arrived for the 2nd time (as residents) just after the September 2010 quake.

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    Thanks Twunky. I remember any time there was a quake you could feel, all the kids in schools would get under the desks. Are the quakes strong enough for this to be happening?

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    I'm not the best person to answer this question as I don't have kids or any knowledge of school policy on earthquake drills but in my opinion there has been nothing significant since 23rd December last year.

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    Belated Birthday wishes.. all the very best

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    I think mine said they have been under the desk once since Christmas...but mostly they do not get phased by them and just shout at them to go away Little John. The kids are really resilient.

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