Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Christchurch

My heart goes out to the people of Christchurch in my homeland of New Zealand. For the second time in six months they have been struck by a devastating earthquake – the one yesterday closer to the surface, right in the center of the city, deadly and massively destructive. There are many shades to Christchurch – more quintessentially English than England; a gritty working class underlay; an innovative university and business city; the best provincial rugby team in the world; gateway to the wonderful South Island. Hold fast to those memories; shock and sadness prevail. There is nothing to do today except bow our heads and hope and pray and send our love.