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PostSubject: Fires in Christchurch   Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:07 pm

Sadly, during the fire fighting in the Port Hills in Christchurch, a helicopter crash resulted in the death of an ex member of our SAS , who had been rewarded for bravery in Afghanistan. The conditions were very severe with smoke and strong turbulent winds. Very difficult conditions for flying helicopters carrying a big monsoon bucket of water. It is encouraging that a friend set up a "Give a Little" page that has so far raised over $260,000 dollars for his family. His funeral is today.

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PostSubject: Re: Fires in Christchurch   Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:30 pm

we think of you CM as we fight our own fires here! may he rest in peace
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PostSubject: Re: Fires in Christchurch   Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:37 pm

Yes Davo, we've got our mutual problems at the same time. Usually we send firefighters to Oz and you send teams when we have a quake. There's a lot to be said for the ANZAC spirit. (As long as it's not in rugby, league or cricket!   yes)

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PostSubject: Re: Fires in Christchurch   Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:22 pm

yes and we've just lost a great retired wallabies player Vickerman - died at home aged 36 - no further details at present
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PostSubject: Re: Fires in Christchurch   Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:32 pm

Yes I saw that! Quite a few have keeled over lately. Springbok, All Black and now Vickerman. All  Too young!

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PostSubject: Re: Fires in Christchurch   Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:28 am

All this extreme weather in the world...  Very disturbing. 

...Stay safe you two, (and yours).  yes

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PostSubject: Re: Fires in Christchurch   Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:03 am

thanks Irene - come over here and we'll take you for a ride in the bush!! hat
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PostSubject: Re: Fires in Christchurch   Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:15 am

If it was a little nearer, I might just do that.  Wink

One of my ambitions before 'the end' was to visit both Australia and New Zealand.  I have travelled well throughout my life, but not managed this particular venture.  The journey puts me off now - I'm not sure my old body and system would survive!  giggle

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PostSubject: Re: Fires in Christchurch   Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:39 am

just take some tranquilizers and get into the spirits and you'll be find - just watch for terrorists though! shy
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