Aug 27, 2007
First off I wasn't in it. I however do live only 3 blocks from it's location, but this space is occupied by the botanic garden which was locked up during the events in question.
Second though we did try to go see if we could see something we missed the first round of riots by an hour, and the second round won't happen till an hour after we all went to bed. When we went we headed up to a safe far away look out point.
I did manage to get some pics of a fraction of the aftermath, but the city was quick in cleaning the mess up. Due to homework tonight I'll have to wait to post these later.
My final comment on this is that what New Zealand calls a riot is not the same as a North American riot. The only difference between this and the celebrations of the Flames or Oilers making the Stanley cup is that riot police showed up here and escalated things.
There was next to no damage to buildings. It was just a LOT of broken bottles and burnt coaches (a Dunedin student trademark)
I assure you I didn't take this footage, just found it on youtube, but give you a far more accurate idea of the event then I could
Aug 26, 2007
I did manage to manage to get outside yesterday, and enjoy the weather. While in the park I managed to spot for the first time since April some of my fav inhabitants of the garden. Little New Zealand skinks.
Their very shy and even more fast! Yet I was able to snap these 2 along with 3 others of these typically elusive lizards.
It can't all be good and fun stuff I'm afraid. Mid week a bomb shell was dropped on us in the senior wing of the hall. One of our key note residents informed us only 2 days before hand of his impending disappearance.
As of Friday night Dr. Peter left the hall and New Zealand forever to seek his fortune in Hong Kong. He will be missed. Despite the last minuteness of our learning of his leaving (a secret of his own design it should be noted) we were able to throw him a going away dinner.
So that's the last little while of my life in brief.
Now back to "wonderful wonderful" planning and homework... Groan
Aug 18, 2007
At the same time I haven't posted on my blog in about a month. So I'm taking a bit of time here while buzzed on pain killers (I didn't realize the headache pills I bought had caffeine in them) to fix that situation.
Now the events in this post occurred 3 weeks ago. Oops, but here it is none the less.
Due to the otherwise none existence of a life this feels like it was JUST yesterday. I'm sadly not kidding.
So due to the fact that by the time X-Mas rolls around the corner everyone will be gone from the hall, the good people here at Salmond had a X-Mas in July event.
The dining hall was all done up to be festive and X-Masy. I certainly approved of the use of tube lights!
Santa even put in an appearance. I was told that had the hall not had something else in mind for me at this event I was the prime candidate to be Santa. Not a bad casting call I'd venture, but again they had something else in mind for me...
Since the Salmond Ball I've been going out with a girl here at the hall named Rhonwyn. She's an Aussie marketing student from Tasmania.
Why do I pick this entry to bring this up? Well a tradition here at Salmond for the X-Mas night is Santa to circulate with a missile toe and expose all the various relationships that are on about the Hall.
Me and Rhonwyn were the feature couple of this ritual out of 10.
Now for those of you on facebook the pick of our kiss may be up. So I thought I'd beat the rumours by going on the record.
So added to the planning and homework is hanging out with Rhonwyn I guess. So I have a bit more of a life then I admit I guess.
I'll try to post something sooner this next time around (but my track record hasn't been so good these last 2 months... Oops again)