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Thursday January 25 2018 FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

AS MUCH as many of us don’t want chlorination of the water supply, unfortunately commonsense must prevail (see page 1). Our water is delicious; pure untreated water from natural reservoirs. It has been like this since the formation of the Southern Alps millions of years ago when the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates collided. When the rain clouds coming off the Tasman Sea dropped their liquid load onto the mountains and into the Canterbury foothills, it found its way east across and under the fertile plains and into the natural reservoirs we draw from today. It’s called artesian water and it is amongst the best in the world. I hope the chlorination is temporary and the repair programme is successful. But the world’s weather patterns are changing, as they have throughout the ages, and we humans must simply adjust and adapt, which we are very good at. But I will taste the difference with chlorine in my glass. – Barry Clarke

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At a Glance THIS WEEK IN CANTERBURY’S PAST

This week in history saw the Christchurch Tramway Board hold its first meeting on January 22, 1929. On January 24, 1865, New Zealand first steam fire engine arrived and is named Extinguisher. On January 24, 1974, the 10th Commonwealth Games opened at Queen Elizabeth II Park, one of the greatest sporting events in New Zealand’s history. Visitors included the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne. A highlight of the

opening ceremony was the New Zealand Army Band’s spectacular novelty marching routine. Seen on international live TV, the idea was soon copied by bandsmen throughout the Commonwealth. On January 25, 1892, African explorer H M Stanley visited the city. On January 25, 1974, Cantabrian Richard Tayler won the 10,000m in record time (right). Tayler was honoured as 1974 Sportsman of the Year. On January 26, 1883, the New Zealand Shipping Company

began a direct steam service to the United Kingdom. On January 26, 1974, Christchurch students Mark Treffers and Janie Parkhouse won gold medals in Commonwealth Games swimming events. On January 27, 1860, writer Samuel Butler arrived at Lyttelton on Roman Emperor. He is best remembered for the novel Erewhon, published after his return to England several years later. On January 28, 1851, fire destroyed a large part of Riccarton (Deans) Bush.

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