Attenion everyone…

February 28, 2011

Who went to Harcourt Park and took photos of my catapults?

I know someone did because every time I turned around people were taking pictures and asking leading questions like “where can get the washers made?” No one wanted to buy plans but everyone wanted to measure things if you get my drift.

Anyway I was too busy to get any pictures so if anyone has any please let me know.

Lesbians… now causing earthquakes.

February 28, 2011

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

February 27, 2011

Actually it didn’t seem like a good idea, it seemed like a crap idea. Right up with “the area is secure Ripley!”

We knew they screwed right then.

… as is the custom of our tribe.

February 23, 2011

The earthquke in Christchurch is clearly our worst since the Napier quake of 1931 when the town would have been entirely cut off from communication with the rest of the country if not for the presence of HMS Veronica. the crew was also able to give immediate assistance.

On this occasion a logisitics exercise had several hundred soldiers alongside in Lyttelton, Christchurchs port, and they were employed without delay to assist resuce efforts.

New Zealand has accepted help from Australia (whose SAR team seems to have been in the air before the ground stopped moving), Britain and the United States. Other offers have been made.

My cousin Fiona reports: There was a bloody big earthquake and it scared the shit out of me!” Why to give that $30,000 university education a work out Fi.

My former lead scout and all round odd chap, Bernie Shapiro has a couple of which demonstrate something of the kiwi character. For those that can access them he was filming the damage to his home when an aftershock hit. (There is some bad language but if you’re at this site thats not really new now is it.) And his more long term reaction was to set up a tea station and barbie for the neighbours, some of whom were obviously shaken on several levels.

Thats how we roll in the Shire.

UPDATE: Accomadation is being offered for those that need  it.

For Tauraunga the contact is Simon Bridges:

For Taupo/Cambridge/Tokoroa the contact is Louise Upston at her office on 07 3765563 or

Up to 1000 people – mainly foreign tourists – are likely to be flown into Wgtn by the RNZAF If people in the Wgtn are interested in providing a temporary roof over the heads of these people then please ring 04 801 4205 or email with details.

Christchurch gets hammered again.

February 22, 2011

Chrsitchurch has been hist by a 6.3.

The central city is being evacuated and multiple casualties have been reported. the hospital is still in operation.

Emergency triage centres have been established at;

Latimer Square, Central City
Spotlight Mall, (Colombo and elgin streets) Sydenham
Sanitarium, Papanui

If you have been evacuated from your home or place of work you should report to you nearest Civil defence centre. These are uasually schools or local halls. Frequently it will be where your polling station is during elections. If not stay home, check your neighbours are alright and don’t go sight seeing. If you require help seek it from those around you, emergency services are being tested.

Listen to your radio for instructions.

Good luck.

If you happen to be one of my cousins call me when you can.


UPDATE: Please do not attempt to call your relatives in Christchurch. The phone capactity is reduced and Civil Defence co-ordination is being impaired. I can wait, so can you.

In the latest update…

February 11, 2011

Vespasain goes into the air…

The prefeered view is from here. Less 100mph 1kg stones coming at you.

Team 22AD (Ancient Division) assembled and nearly ready to boad the bus for Harcourt Park.

New and improved trigger block for Philip.

New and improved winch for Philip with anti-wobbles washers and ratchet gear without broken teeth.

Harcourt Park preparation continues

February 4, 2011

Vespasian has had new washers the correct size fitted. For those interested Vespasian is a 2 mina calibre (0.9kg) which was one of the stock standard artillery pieces of the Roman legions. You can see the comparative small size of the stones in the picture.

If you’re wondering what possible use that would be at Gamla during the Jewish revolt in 68AD Vespasian attempted an assult with a ramp and failed to take the town. He then breeched the wall with the 2 and 4 mina calibre ballistae of the 10th Legion. We know that by the several hundred stones found there of that size the damn near laser perfect breech in the wall.

That means that these small stones did not use mass to break stuff, they used kinetic energy. They were going really freaken fast k. The 2 mina ballista, the 105 howitzer of the ancient world. See it an a few others at Harcourt Park 19th 20th Feb. There’s guys and girls on horses as well doing something with sticks… whatever.