Home' Northern Outlook : October 24th 2012 Contents 3
NORTHERN OUTLOOK, OCTOBER 24, 2012
Have our Van
call on you
for a free
Locally owned and operated. Workroom on site.
*Special conditions apply
DIAL 4 DRAPES
TOTAL DECOR SPECIALISTS
320 HIGH ST, RANGIORA • PH 03 313 5518
Mon-Fri 9-5 & Sat 10-3
More than just shoes...
Ph 03 327 0576
Ranfurly St, Kaiapo
style ...... Enrika
73 Ivory Street, Rangiora. Ph 03 313 5553 Fax 03 313 5580
OPEN 7 DAYS
FRUIT, VEGES, MEAT, FISH, BREAD, MILK, EGGS
From Tuesday, 23rd to Monday, 29th October (Subject to availability) Locally Owned & Operated
MUSICAL SURVIVAL: Rangiora musician David Thorpe has established a flourishing career in
the music business post quakes.
By CATE BROUGHTON
HAVE GUITAR, will travel''.
That was the sentiment that brought
Manchester-born Rangiora musician
David Thorpe to Christchurch -- but
nearly a decade and a few quakes on it's
the one that continues to shape his
approach to life and music.
Before the Christchurch quake the
guitarist and singer was well established
in the city's music scene, playing five
nights a week with the iconic Christ-
church group The Black Velvet Band and
regular solo gigs.
After answering a wanted ad in a
music shop the young musician fell in
with a crowd of like-minded musos.
That just created lots of good musical
One of those was Adam Gallagher with
whom Thorpe created The Swarm -- a
vehicle for a collection of songs the pair
wrote about Christchurch after the
Prior to the quakes Thorpe said he had
been inspired to write an anthem for the
Rugby World Cup, Back the Blacks.
We were in the middle of that when
the February earthquake happened.''
Thorpe had been out with his newborn
daughter, Delia, and came back to his
Manchester Street home to find it demol-
It was extensively damaged, it had
internally collapsed. We managed to get
a few bits and pieces out.''
Thorpe and his family were invited to
stay with friends in Rangiora, and in
May this year moved into their own home
in the town.
Thorpe and Gallagher worked hard to
finish a set of five songs, which they per-
formed at the opening of the city's Rugby
World Cup (RWC) FanZone in Hagley
The Swarm project'', as Thorpe
describes it, has been pivotal in seeing
the musician through the collapse and re-
build of the Christchurch music scene.
He and Gallagher took the set on tour
to Christchurch schools after the world
cup and then went to the studio to record
it.The CD will come out in November,
and Thorpe is spending some of his time
promoting it through various online
music sites including The Audience -- a
social media music website that supports
up-and-coming New Zealand artists''.
A year and half after the city's music
scene was taken to with a seismic mallet,
Thorpe says it has re-invented itself,
helped largely by a range of new venues
outside the city centre.
The have guitar, will travel'' mentality
has helped Thorpe to survive -- and thrive
-- post quakes, he says.
It's about being versatile and adapt-
able. People love music, especially in
Now there is the same amount of work
post quake, but it is more irregular as
new venues establish themselves.
Thorpe also teaches guitar and har-
monica, does school workshops and plays
at more private functions and events.
He draws on a wide range of musical
inspiration, including rock, folk, blues
and roots -- and continues to learn.
I've learnt more in the last 10 years
than at any time. There's so much out
there. Technically I've got better too, just
through practice, because you don't get
the good moments without putting in the
The new Cantabrian clearly has no
thought of returning to Britain.
No, not at all, this place has been good
HAVE YOUR SAY
We welcome your letters. They should be no
longer than 200 words. The editor reserves the
right to abridge letters and also decide whether
letters are suitable for publication. Letters must
include a full name, address and phone number.
Pseudonyms will not be accepted with letters.
Email to Geoff.Mein@northernoutlook
.co.nz, or post to: Editor, Northern Outlook,
Private Bag 4722, Christchurch 8140.
Cherrypicking the Bible
Once again, Mr Donnelly seems determined to
prove his stupidity by linking homosexuality and
Apart from minor problems like there is no god
and the Bible has been translated and messed
about with for around 1500 years, there is the
problem of cherrypicking'' the bits that fit your
So, let me try a few: I have a neighbour who
works on the Sabbath. Exodus 35.2 states he shall
be put to death. Do I have to stone him, or can I
just run him over with my tractor? Exodus 21 says
I can sell my daughter into slavery, that's great
but what is a fair price for a slave in 2012?
Leviticus 25. 39-46 says I can have a slave, so long
as it's from other nations. It's sounds like
Australians would be okay but a mate reckons the
Anzac partnership prevents that. Can you clarify
this for me?
Library book defaced
I borrowed a book from the library. Whoever read
it before me had deleted nearly every f'' word --
and there were quite a lot of them. Now I don't like
it either, and can't see the necessity for it at all.
Even he or she had deleted the blaspheming
words with ugly crossings out with a ballpoint
If the person didn't like what they were reading,
why didn't they just put it down and return it
I felt it was completely defacing public property,
and they should not be allowed to borrow any
Even on TV this word is used as an every-day
expression -- I just turn it off.
This book was given a good review and it was
quite a good read. Sadly the more I read, the more
I found this choice of words.
Hoping this person does not get to deface any
M A Breach
Links Archive October 20th 2012 October 27th 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page