Tuesday, February 22, 2011


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.