New Zealand Earthquake

Jan Leeming

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Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 24th February 2011


I began my TV Career in Christchurch. I traveled there in the 60’s with Owen Leeming whose name I took by Deed Poll and have used from that day to this. Owen is probably my friend of longest standing and we’ve kept in touch over the years. He and his lovely wife Mireille live in Paris and I am going over to stay with them soon. Most of Owen’s relatives live in Christchurch so I phoned Paris this morning to ascertain that they were OK. Thank goodness they have survived. But I was horrified when Owen told me that the building in which I worked briefly in the 60’s – the NZBC in Christchurch – had collapsed killing a large number of people.

In this country, I don’t suppose we can get any idea of the horror of an Earthquake. Four years ago, we experienced a tremor down here in Kent registering 4.7 on the Richter Scale. Houses were damaged in Folkestone and I experienced my ceiling lights shaking and decanters clinking together. It probably only lasted a few seconds but that was frightening enough and it damaged my living room ceiling which had to be replaced. Property was damaged but no one was killed – Thank God.

The forces of nature are truly frightening and they are something over which we mere mortals have no control. Obviously with the speed of world news we are now aware of everything everywhere at all times but it does seem as though the natural disasters are coming thick and fast – tsunamis, volcanoes erupting, earthquakes etc.

With all the advances made by man, our hold on life is indeed a fragile thing.

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