Ask Dr Mark

In the early days after the earthquake I was pretty fed up with excited geologists all over our television and radio. They were having a ball with all the excitement of discovery. For the rest of us discovery meant finding something else that had been chipped, bent or broken. So baah humbug geologists.

Until today when I read this guy. Mark Quigley, from Canterbury University,  is easy to read and understand. Although there is a lot of stuff for farmers it is interesting and there is fascinating information about aftershocks and hot springs. Hot springs on Banks Peninsula! Is this a new tourism opportunity in the making?

The physics of poetry: Iggy McGovern visits Christchurch

CoverWe’ve heard a lot from excited geophysicists lately, so if you’d like to hear from someone who might move your world in a more poetic way, head to Al’s Bar tomorrow night (Wednesday 15 September) to see Iggy McGovern.

The Irish poet and physicist decided to continue with his visit to Christchurch despite the cancellation of the Christchurch Writers Festival and will launch Safe house – his new collection – tomorrow night at 6pm at Al’s Bar on Dundas Street.

We’ll all take time to get fully back to normal – perhaps some poetry would help! And spare a thought for the organisers of this major literary event – a lot of time, effort and energy was expended to make this a truly memorable festival. At the moment they don’t even have an office to work from.

Go along and lift your literary spirits!