We were going to Raratonga first thing last Monday. Just one problem - it started snowing during the night. By 5:30 am when the taxi picked us up there was about 75mm of snow on the ground. Twice the driver had to stop because a car in front had skidded and ended up facing the wrong way. Then there was the red light just before the over-bridge, but we just managed to get over it. Finally we arrived at the airport and the connecting flight to Auckland was cancelled. After waiting for 1hr on the phone to re-book we got bookings for the same time the next day. By mid-morning the snow was worse so we decided to stay at the Clearwater Resort nearby. It has a long drive in and (you guessed it) we got stuck. I don't think the driver had seen snow before. We had to push the car out, which took some time thanks to his driving. To be fair, the snow was now quite deep (about 20cm). Here is the lovely picture from the hotel dining room. Hard for us to enjoy, as we have missed our holiday in the tropics! And to cap it off in all the turmoil I lost my Aussie sunhat. We went back to the airport the next morning (at 5:30am again), only to be told that there were still no flights to Auckland. So...back home it is. Today we went to collect the dog and the cat and both were out of town. I took the tyre chains, expecting the snow to be deep (I had already got stuck just getting out our drive). The strange thing was the further we got out of town the less snow there was. Even at Oxford there was no snow even on the hills. This snowfall was a special present for Christchurch, with the coldest day for nearly 100 years (2º) and snow literally down to the sea.
Find that Satellite
Every wondered how many Communications satellites there are, and where abouts in the sky? Go to http://www.dishpointer.com/ and type in your address. There are hundreds of them so no matter which way you look there is a satellite or two right in front of you. I guess you could use this site to get your Sky dish pointing the right way if it fell off the roof.
I have been asked to set up a LPFM radio station. This will be an interesting exercise, so I am going to write about it as I go along (see the LPFM Radio page under Odds and Sods).
The closest pressing plant to NZ is the Vinyl Factory (EMI) in Sydney. http://www.vinylfactory.com.au/da/32544
After producing their first mic 65 years ago, Sennheiser have at last produced a large diaphragm condenser, the MK 4. Check it out here.
Post Earthquake Arts
Arts Voice Christchurch has been set up to lobby for the arts in the Christchurch rebuild. They now have a website here.