Monday, November 21, 2011

Yoga & Blood, Christchurch Quakes

21.11.11. Leah did yoga classes for years at Bishopdale near home. Yoga relaxed her after teaching & kept her fit & supple.

Images, quake damaged Durham St Nth:


Post 2010-2011 quakes, Leah changed. She was teaching at her London St school, near Christchurch CBD & Avon River, when the deadly Feb 22 quake struck & when the June 13 quake struck.

Both quakes shook her school, threw furniture & items around in classrooms & offices & liquefactioned school grounds - grey mud flooding the playground & car park & oozing though concrete at the front door & back yard sandpit area.

Leah was thrown about & hurt in the June 13 quake. She had to keep her head in more ways than one, in both quakes, staying calm, pacifying kids & waiting hours in the mud oozing, school car park, during thumping aftershocks, for anxious parents to fetch their kids.


21.11.11. Quake trashed, fence cordoned Southern Community Laboratories for Blood Tests, Durham St Nth. The Blood Laboratories bldg was demolished


Post quakes Leah lost weight, quickly, got her slim, youthful figure again. She changed yoga classes (disliked a new teacher's exercises) & joined a new yoga class in a nun's bldg, next door to Southern Community Laboratories, a Blood Tests bldg, Durham St Nth, behind Southern Cross Hospital.

Post quakes my weight stayed the same as before - 80 kg+ but my blood pressure shot up & stayed high ever since the quakes. I bet there was lots of ongoing mental & physical damages to Cantabrians post quakes, due to lack of sports facilities. Examples: Port Hills recreational areas were banned post quakes, due to rock fall danger & several Council swimming pools were closed due to quake damages, like Centennial Pool. Never mind quake wreckage of sports facilities like AMI Stadium, QE11 athletics stadium, Porritt Park hockey stadium, Wilding Park tennis courts & Kerrs Reach rowing club houses.


21.11.11. Quake trashed, fence cordoned Southern Community Laboratories for Blood Tests, Durham St Nth. The Blood Laboratories bldg was demolished





What aggravated Leahs' quake anxiety (& kids' & other staffs' anxieties) was the pounding of CERA's post quake diggers, all day, while demolishing a section of Richmond Working Men's Club, opposite the school, corner London St / Stanmore Rd. That digger pounding went on for weeks, worse than quake aftershocks.

Two years later, in Nov 2013 the pounding continued, as the Club was demolished intermittently, section by section, with many months in between demolitions. By that stage Leah had the horrors & looked for teaching work elsewhere. 


21.11.11. Quake trashed, fence cordoned Southern Community Laboratories for Blood Tests, Durham St Nth. The Blood Laboratories bldg was demolished





On London St or Pavitt St, whenever heavy vehicles drove past the school, the school shook, like another quake. London St was a busy, connecting road, between busy Stanmore Rd & busy Bealey Ave.

For months post quakes, London St was in a rotten state of repair, lumpy & bumpy by the school, which aggravated daily school shakings. Only a year later, Oct 2012, did SCIRT replace sewage pipes in London St, causing traffic detours & more damage to London St.


21.11.11. Quake trashed Southern Community Laboratories, Durham St Nth. The Blood Laboratories bldg was demolished


Late Mon afternoon 21.11.11, after Leah finished teaching, I drove her to her yoga class. Next door, Southern Community Laboratories, old, brick & concrete bldg, was quake trashed & fence cordoned, for months. On a roof wall a sign read: BLOOD TESTS. Over the years, our family had blood tests done in the labs, so knew the 3 storey, fence cordoned bldg.


21.11.11. Quake trashed Southern Community Laboratories, Durham St Nth. The Blood Laboratories bldg was demolished





While Leah did yoga, I snapped 3 sides of the quake trashed, fence cordoned bldg. Quakes had peeled bricks off walls & corners, showing the cracked, concrete skeleton beneath. Main doorways were trashed. Two concrete columns, Durham St Nth side, were exposed. Looked like they'd moved sideways in the quakes. Windows were smashed & cracks were on brick cladding & concrete skeleton on 3 sides of the bldg. A death trap bldg.



21.11.11. Quake trashed Southern Community Laboratories, Durham St Nth. The Blood Laboratories bldg was demolished


Pity CERA left the death trap, Blood Tests bldg standing so long. Other nearby, quake trashed bldgs were demolished months ago: A double storey, old, brick dairy, corner Durham St Nth / Springfield Rd; a modern apartment block, Durham St Nth, where a car was crushed by the collapsed undercover car park, when the bldg collapsed in the Feb 22 quake.

Wed 23.11.11. Labour leader Goff in a recent TV debate said PM Key was a liar. Wed's TV debate: Goff whinged he had no time for dole bludgers. As Labour leader, Goff was the most well paid dole bludger in NZ. Funny how welfare states made dole bludgers then despised them.

Key laughed all the way to election day & Goff lost the election, after insulting dole bludgers. Pity Goff hadn't made jobs for those he despised. Goff was given the boot & David Shearer became Labour leader. Shearer didn't last long. By Oct 2013, David Cunliffe was the new Labour leader. Cunliffe also didn't last long & after squabbling by so-called Labour leaders was replaced in 2014 by Andrew Little.

06.01.12. Couple of weeks post 23.12.11 quake swarm, I looked at the Blood Tests bldg again. It was trashed by the quake swarm - bricks fallen off northern & western walls. That destruction sequence was repeated all over by Christchurch serial quakes - more & more damage quake after quake. The Southern Community Laboratories bldg was demolished.

Coda: By 2017 brand new Mary Potter Community houses were built on the demolished Southern Community Laboratories site. The hall where Leah did yoga during quake years was still used.


06.01.12. Bricks collapsed off northern wall, Southern Community Laboratories, Durham St Nth, post 23.12.11 quake swarm. The Blood Laboratories bldg was demolished



06.01.12. Bricks collapsed off western wall, Southern Community Laboratories, Durham St Nth, post 23.12.11 quake swarm. The Blood Laboratories bldg was demolished




Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

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