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Re: Australia and New Zealand - Human interest news
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2011, 06:40:39 AM »
'Wizard of New Zealand' leaving Christchurch after quake
 

By Ben Smith, For CNN

March 1, 2011 3:00 a.m. EST

IMAGE: 'The Wizard,' as he is known in Christchurch, holds the Queen's baton following a welcome ceremony as part of the Commonweath Games Queen's Baton Relay January 2006.

(CNN) -- Christchurch may come back now that the earth-rumbling monster that devoured the city's downtown is gone, but the pointy-hatted, black-robed man who preached almost daily outside the cathedral on his "theory of everything" will not.
 
The Wizard of New Zealand -- as he is known, and listed in telephone directories -- says he's calling it quits, now that his public stage has been destroyed.
 
So he is moving down island with his 91-year-old mother to the east coast town of Oamaru.
 
"Almost every building I really love is gone," he said. "My platform is gone. Without Cathedral Square I can't function. I am heart-broken."
 
The Wizard, who is otherwise known by his given name, Ian Brackenbury Channell, has been entertaining tourists and fans since 1974. Channell did so first as a wanted soapboxing miscreant evading arrest, and later as an honoraria-paid attraction registered by a local gallery as "living work of art."

Gallery: New Zealand quake

 
Channell was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in 2009 and, during a chance meeting, told Sir Ian McKellen, the actor who played Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings," how a "real" wizard does the job.
 
Channell travels with his own special passport that bears the name "The Wizard of New Zealand," according to his website.
 
Besides being a wizard, the London, England-born Channell is also a comic, teacher and politician with views that are not easily categorized. Soon after arriving in New Zealand, he founded the "Imperial British Conservative Party." Channell, a former sociology professor at the University of South Wales, had previously run three times for Parliament in Australia -- and lost.
 
At the university, Channell managed to persuade the vice chancellor to declare him wizard of the institution, his website states.
 
"People think I'm mad, but they can't prove it. They also think I'm evil, but they can't prove it," said the wizard. "So they're stuffed."
 
Channell said he was headed out the door to make his daily appearance at Cathedral Square when the earthquake struck around 12:50 p.m. Between November and Easter, the wizard makes his daily appearance in the square at 1 p.m.
 
"It felt like being in a cocktail machine," the wizard said.
 
Magically, perhaps, Channel's house was largely unharmed by the temblor. The wizard shrugged off the suggestion that had he left the house early, he might have been killed.
 
Thwarted from his daily wizarding duties downtown, Channell said he went knocking about his neighborhood to offer his help and managed to find a dog in distress.
 
The dog, a Brussels Griffon named Molly, was drowning in water that seeped up from the ground until the wizard stepped in with a rescue that made headlines.
 
While Channell may have the power to save a drowning dog, saving Christchurch is beyond his magical abilities. He predicted that the old Gothic buildings in the city center will be replaced by skyscrapers.
 
"Unless they have a change of heart, the heritage and the image of Christchurch will be gone," Channell said.
 
The wizard's part of that heritage is disappearing for a different reason, he says.
 
"Young and old are going to the internet," said Channell. "People don't go to the square to exchange ideas so much anymore."

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/01/new.zealand.wizard/index.html?npt=NP1 CNN World 

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Re: Australia and New Zealand - Human interest news
« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2011, 07:49:06 PM »
QUAKED - SKATING IN CHRISTCHURCH AFTER EARTHQUAKE   4:46

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CHRISTCHURCH FOR LIFE. NOTHING CAN STOP US.
With: Jack Woodrow, Kent Edgeworth, Kurt Green, Tom Clark, Shane Jones, James Kingstom, Zak Gray & Ben McConnell. Filmed and edited by STUNTS

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Re: Australia and New Zealand - Human interest news
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2011, 10:37:53 AM »
These aren't new videos... worthy of note... YB
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Man rescued from Toowoomba flash flooding  1:23
Uploaded by NewsOnABC on Jan 10, 2011

A man has been rescued from a tree after getting caught in flash flooding in Toowoomba.


VIDEO:  http://youtu.be/o7rD5soo-vg

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Residents reeling from Toowoomba 'inland tsunami'   2:03

Uploaded by NewsOnABC on Jan 11, 2011

The people of Toowoomba west of Brisbane are recovering from flash flooding that sped through the town leaving two dead and countless properties damaged.

VIDEO:    http://youtu.be/fgMjSvXYvBU

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Grantham devastated by flood waters  2:07

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Houses have been ripped from their foundations and carried away by raging floodwaters in the southern Queensland town of Grantham.

VIDEO:  http://youtu.be/y0SjPV_aRkw   

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Rescuers pick up pace in south-east Qld  2:39
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Helicopters are flying flood victims out of devastated Grantham in the state's south-east after the speed
of the floodwaters caught residents surprised.

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Re: Australia and New Zealand - Human interest news
« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2011, 07:12:25 PM »
http://www.spicenews.com.au/2011/04/19/article/Industry-farewells-Blair-Milan/BHKPIWIPQQ.html
 
Industry farewells Blair Milan
[Tue 19/04/2011 06:09:06]
Those who have frequented the Sydney event scene were certain to have been served by Blair Milan, an actor working as a waiter for Steadmans Hospitality
This week, the event industry was both shocked and saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of Blair Milan, son of Lyndey and Nigel Milan.
Last week, blood tests revealed he was suffering acute myeloid leukaemia. Within hours Blair was on life support at Royal Prince Alfred hospital, where he rapid passed attended by his family and friends on Sunday April 17.

Blair was the public face of GO! channel when it was launched by the Nine Network. and Late last year, he and his mother made a 13-part TV series Lyndey & Blair's Taste of Greece, which SBS is due to broadcast later this year.
In a statement from Stedman's Hospitality "It is with profound sadness that we have to pass on the news that the amazing Blair Milan suddenly passed away on Sunday morning 17th of April," read a statement released by employer Stedmans Hospitality.

"Words are simply inadequate to relate how we all feel. Blair was a close member of the Stedmans family having worked with us for many years and we are sure that his face and wonderful demeanour which quite rightly earned him a place in our hearts as a superstar were familiar to you all...He is and will be sorely missed."

Funeral details have not yet been announced.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blair_Milan

Blair Milan (January 1982 – 17 April 2011) was an Australian actor and television presenter. He appeared in programs such as Home and Away and  All Saints,[1]and was a presenter Nickelodeon's Coast to Coast and the Go! channel.[2] Milan had recently completed filming Lyndey & Blair's Taste of Greece with his mother, Lyndey Milan, when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.[3] He was 29 years old.
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Re: Australia and New Zealand - Human interest news
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2011, 07:52:47 AM »
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/telegraph/content/2011/s3355252.htm?site=newengland
ABC Rural

Rural Doctor of the Year Award for 2011

Whether it is birth, death or the myriad of problems in between, Dr Graham Deane is determined to be there for his patients in the rural community of Gunnedah in northern NSW. He just wants others medicos by his side or waiting in the wings.

Dr Deane has been fighting for his community, improved heallth services and the retention of doctors in rural medicine for just on thirty years as a committed rural family GP.

In recognition of his efforts, commitment and passion he has just been named Rural Doctor of the Year Award for 2011.

Michael Mackenzie speaks with Dr Graham Deane, Gunnedah GP and 2011 Rural Doctor of the Year
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/telegraph/content/2011/s3355252.htm?site=newengland

Audio Rural Doctor of the Year Award for 2011   this page:
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/telegraph/content/2011/s3355252.htm?site=newengland

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