Archive for August, 2010

I Canna Do It

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Away up in the bloody tower, Wild Land paced back and forth in its tiny cell, pausing to shake the bars occasionally in total frustration. Fortunately, this was just a bloody tower and not The Bloody Tower.

Far below the axe man hefted his shiny ucks (he had an accent like Gimli) and turned to me, “When do you want it done?” He’s an ‘Ohh Arrrr’ type. Minus the eyepatch, of course. You need two good eyes to be any good at this head-lopping lark otherwise you don’t achieve your Key Performance Indicators and miss out on the end-of-year bonus and profit-share.

You have to be careful when nattering to these executioner types. To them, head-count is a performance measure not a staff census and they take the whole thing rather seriously. When he claimed to have coached Gimli with his “And my Ucks!” line at the Council of Elrond I gauged that I was within his swingline and decided that an expression of marvel was in order.

Anyway, I digress. Poor old Wild Land was pacing its cell.


It’s Been Fun

Monday, August 16th, 2010

After nearly five years of writing and 947 articles published, it is time to work on other things, so the Wild Land site has closed. It has been enjoyable work and the responses from readers have been appreciated.

The site set no specific aims at the outset except to entertain on the odd occasion, and inform the readers about natural hazards in the New Zealand area. I feel this has been achieved.

Wild Land was made possible by the generous support of the owdjim webmaster who has hosted and maintained the software environment and provided considerable guidance as issues arose.

Thankyou all for your support and interest.

Major Quake, Marianas

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

A shallow, major earthquake struck the Mariana Islands this morning.


Major Quake, Ecuador

Friday, August 13th, 2010

A deep, major earthquake struck onshore Ecuador just before midnight last night.


Strong Aftershock, Vanuatu

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

A strong earthquake has struck during the aftershock sequence following yesterday’s magnitude 7.3 earthquake in the New Hebrides region of Vanuatu.


Major Quake, Vanuatu

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

A major earthquake struck the New Hebrides region of Vanuatu this evening.


Major Quake, Papua New Guinea

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

A major earthquake struck the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea this morning.


Strong Quake, Kermadecs

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

A strong, shallow, undersea earthquake struck the northern Kermadec Islands yesterday afternoon.


Kermadec Quake

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

A light earthquake struck the southern Kermadec Islands this evening.