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COURTLY: The winter season is about to
open at the Court Theatre in Addington.
THE COURT Theatre winter season is
bound to be a success this year with the
Mid-Winter Readings starting the season in
The first cab off the rank was That
Bloody Woman on Sunday.
The raucous performance was full of
catchy songs, bearded women and dancing
The successful first show is followed this
weekend by Ache, a comedy about unre-
The story follows two city professionals
dealing with the changing world around
them. Described as achingly funny and
heart-breakingly sad , the play is a modern
love story centred around timing.
Playwright Pip Hall said she was inspi-
red by a conversation with a friend who was
suffering a bad case of unrequited love.
She loved him desperately and he didn t
even know she existed.
I was fascinated by the notion of fate
and timing and how we influence and cre-
ate our own futures or not, she said.
The play is a series of short scenes which
mimics the stop motion flick books of early
Director Melanie Camp said the unusual
structure was easier for the actors than it
seemed, allowing them to connect more
immediately with their characters.
I look forward to seeing how audiences
react to this incredibly vibrant and contem-
porary way of staging a universal love
story, she said.
Pip Hall is the daughter of well-known
playwright Rodger Hall (Glide Time,
Middle Aged Spread).
She has carved her own career as a
theatre, film, and television writer.
She has won the prestigious Bruce Mason
Ache will be on at the Court Theatre
Sunday, June 2, 4pm.
Tickets are $10.
The plays are all being screened as a
work in progress, so audience members will
be invited to provide constructive feedback.
Check out courttheatre.org.nz for more info.
Residential red-zone residents
who meet specific criteria will
now be able to request an
extension to the settlement date
of their Crown offer by up to six
months. This criteria has been
developed after the Canterbury
Earthquake Recovery Authority
hosted four red-zone workshops
for flat-land property owners last
week. At these sessions more
than 400 residents, concerned
about their ability to move out,
were able to further discuss their
specific circumstances with
CERA staff. CERA chief executive
Roger Sutton says hearing more
from the affected residents at
the workshops has been helpful
One police car was written off
and another had heat damage in
a Monday night arson at
Lyttelton police station.
Fire crews were alerted by a
neighbour to an explosion and
flames at the station in Sumner
Rd at 2.10am. Sergeant Gary
Manch said a woman was
spotted close to the scene
shortly after the incident and has
been spoken to, but no arrests
had yet been made.
Two small garbage bin fires in
London St appeared to have
been lit shortly before the police
Police staff were having to climb
in to work by ladder while the
area was being treated as a
crime scene. Anyone with
information should phone the
police on 363 7400.
More than half the 3741
submissions on design options
for Christ Church Cathedral
favour a contemporary
Voting on the three design
options were: restore 1088
(29.1 per cent), new traditional
504 (13.5 per cent),
contemporary 1915 (51.2 per
cent), no preference 234 (6.2
per cent). More than 19,000
visits to the website were
logged. Bishop Victoria
Matthews said the high level of
interest was ''greatly
appreciated''. A total 2917
submissions were from
Canterbury, 253 (Auckland), 85
(United States) 62 from the
Former University of Canterbury
student, Cambridge University
astronomy professor Gerry
Gilmore has become a Fellow of
the Royal Society.
Professor Gilmore, who was the
first University of Canterbury
student to receive an astronomy
doctorate in 1979, is leading
work at Cambridge to
understand the structure and
origin of the galaxy.
He pioneered the use of spectral
surveys to unravel the galaxy's
A number of University of
Canterbury students have gone
on to become Fellows of the
Society, starting with Ernest,
Terrorism study aims to
refine attack forecasting
UNIVERSITY OF Canterbury (UC)
research is identifying patterns in
terrorist attacks which could be
valuable in stopping them.
Psychology lecturer Dr Andy Mar-
tens said terrorist incidents which
killed a lot of people were often
preceded by a number of small-scale
attacks which escalated.
Before any big attacks, the leth-
ality of a group s attacks tended to
first decrease and then increase --
the number of people killed
increased most steeply just prior to a
big attack. Groups tend to attack fre-
quently just prior to a big attack.
Dr Martens said future studies
could build on the research to
improve forecasting of terrorist
attacks, and steer intervention .
The attacks which led to heavy
loss of life were important to under-
stand, because the vast majority of
attacks kill one person or no one at
all, he said.
The small number of more deadly
attacks accounts for a disproportion-
ate number of the total fatalities
resulting from terrorist attacks.
Our research using the Global
Terrorism Database produced by the
National Consortium for the Study
of Terrorism and Responses to Ter-
rorism shows that of the 132,041
people killed in attacks between
1970 and 2008, a total of 42,703 peo-
ple died in one percent of the
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