Forecasting a quake in Christchurch is like picking the Melbourne Cup will be won by a horse

June 20, 2011

Christchurch rocks, as they say.

At least one tremor every day, it seems. Must have a chat with Gerry Brownlee to check if this is correct, although Gerry has become somewhat prone to keeping some bits of information strictly confidential these days.

Anyway, a shake every day or so makes it a bit of a doddle to predict on which day the city will be shaken.

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If an iceberg can calve, will the genetic engineers become involved in future calvings?

February 24, 2011

So what does the picture above have in common with the picture below?

We live and learn, as they say.

Alf has just learned that calving can happen in places other than dairy farms.

He did know it can happen at research centres, where genetic engineers do their thing, and it can happen in the ocean, when whales give birth.

But that’s not all…

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