Thank you All. Our cousin J is safe and busy working at the hospital. Her husband A was not even in Chirstchurch at the time of the earthquake but has returned now. ( the phones were down earlier )They have very little damage in their home in the suburb of St. Albans.
Meg I knew you would be sad to see your old home city so trashed - glad your ones are safe too.
It has been a long stretch now since anyone was rescued alive in the quake zone. Offically 103 identified dead. ( more unidentified ) 230 still missing.
Watching and reading we are moved by the acts of kindness, help and frienship - brings out the best in most people (but not all ). The smell is getting bad , understandably. We realise that those outside Christchurch area knew far more about what was going on than those living there without TV or communications.
We are all trying to carry on as normal , remembering what things in life are the important ones.
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