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bluesfestadmin
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:31:18 AM
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We are so sad to hear of the Christchurch earthquake disaster.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this tragic time.
We will stand with you through this - and look forward to hearing of rescue miracles in the coming hours.
I'm sure I speak for the entire Bluesfest community here - artists, workers and patrons.

sincerely
Peter Noble
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izzy965
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 1:15:31 PM
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I second that
Dan...
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 1:23:16 PM
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as do i. really getting sick of these natural disasters.

The poster formerly known as Dan
gerardf
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 2:15:05 PM
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Agree Wholeheartedly Peter. I grew up in Christchurch and have family and friends there who, thankfully, are safe and well but always on edge due to the thousands of quakes they've had since September.




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johnnymac
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:39:42 PM
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I also spent a lot of my youth in Christchurch and have been operating in a daze today, I am just stunned at the devastation.
I still have many friends and family down there, and while I have estabished they are all alive, some have lost their houses and businesses.
This is the second time in six months and the constant after-shocks they have been enduring for this period are talking their toll mentally on Cantabrians., many of them now looking at quitting Christchurch permanently.

The constant news reports coming from Christchurch are gut wrenching...............between NZ and Australia we have had enough natural disasters to last us for a very long time...............but we are both made of solid stuff and will fight back.
On behalf of the people of Christchurch.....................thanks for your thoughts.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:57:14 PM
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bluesfestadmin wrote:
We are so sad to hear of the Christchurch earthquake disaster.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this tragic time.
We will stand with you through this - and look forward to hearing of rescue miracles in the coming hours.
I'm sure I speak for the entire Bluesfest community here - artists, workers and patrons.

sincerely
Peter Noble
Festival Director
Bluesfest



Amen
c0kebloke
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:16:35 PM
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johnnymac wrote:
between NZ and Australia we have had enough natural disasters to last us for a very long time...............but we are both made of solid stuff and will fight back.
.

My exact thoughts on hearing about this tragic event
We aussies & kiwis tend to take the piss with each other @ times but when it comes down to it we have always be there for one another, thats just what mates do.
Lets hope for some good news regarding those yet to be rescued.
repete
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:11:40 PM
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Agree wholeheartedely too. Best wishes to all our Kiwi friends.

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Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 5:35:45 AM

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Not much to add really, but best wishes to all friends and fellow music lovers who may be affected...

namaste
RR
eileenk9
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 9:37:43 AM

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I have never been to New Zealand and don't personally know anyone from there but this is so devastating to me. :(
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 9:41:57 AM
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Well eileenK9,I am sure Johnnymac will be at the rails with a whole tribe of Aucklanders for you to meet at the Posters Meeting Place.

"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbEHzqildp8
eileenk9
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 9:46:10 AM

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TheLoneRanger wrote:
Well eileenK9,I am sure Johnnymac will be at the rails with a whole tribe of Aucklanders for you to meet at the Posters Meeting Place.


I've only got tickets for the Tuesday. I would like to meet up with a few people on here though. :)
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 10:39:32 AM
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Unfortunately the posters will be meeting on Thursday at the Rails.

I note lots of tickets still floating around in various places.

And there are always people who do not attend for various reasons and are last minute sellers.

I always note the notices around Byron on poles or boards.



"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbEHzqildp8
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 4:01:15 PM
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Many thanks for your sentiments Peter.

Just looked at the NZ Herald website where they have 8 photos of victims and one of them is a guy who I was in my Uni classes and like me,also went to school in "Gumboot."

He shares a common surname with Johnnymac.

Alot of people from down there go to CHCH because it is similarly flat.

I was driving up the drive to a farmhouse when the Quake hit.The farmer had two siblings in CHCH who were just two of many to have their houses destroyed,but to make matters worse,his niece was working in the PGG building and hasn't been heard from.That was the same building where my contemporary died.

On the other hand,I was recently talking to a farming client whose wife is from Queensland.Her niece was drowned in the floods.She managed to put the children up on the roof of the house but then got swept away.

We seem to be going through a prolonged period of major earth changes.

My late Old Fashioned Catholic mother always said to us "You never know the time or the place when God will call you."

"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbEHzqildp8
johnnymac
Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 5:06:30 PM
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Just to endorse Patrick, thanks for your sentiments and kind thoughts........The news just gets crappier each day.................. but life has to go on.
And god willling I will be ensconced on a table with my raucous mob (no offence Reg!!) at the Rails on on Thursday 21st.

And Eileen...........it doesn't take too much for The Coke Bloke and I to visit the Rails any time, (outside of 12 - 12 each daily)..........particularly if Marshall is playing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 7:00:44 PM
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johnnymac wrote:
it doesn't take too much for The Coke Bloke and I to visit the Rails any time, (outside of 12 - 12 each daily)..........particularly if Marshall is playing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spot on! Year before last one of the rails staff asked how long i had lived in byron. Thats dedication for ya! He must have thaught i just went out for one huge bender each year???

as for marshall & the fro great pub band.

Note to self no more early starts the day before bf.
The hangover from that year still lingers in my mind .... ughh.
I must be getting old.
charliebear
Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 10:42:07 PM
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so where is this "sacred" bf society meetup held?

I eat veggies, i eat veggies, they taste good! =)
c0kebloke
Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 11:52:49 PM
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at the Rails on on Thursday 21st
But unless you know the secret handshake you may not be included : )
charliebear
Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2011 9:09:08 AM
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hahaha and whats the secret handshake?

I eat veggies, i eat veggies, they taste good! =)
c0kebloke
Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:43:48 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_handshake
Sorry charliebear but if i told you i may have to kill you.
Lets just say its a form of shibboleth.
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