– Cheriton Bishop, Exeter, United Kingdom

It’s an event that has been planned for years, my parents getting their family back together to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary with friends in Devon for a 3 day party beginning on the 3rd of September 2010. Me and my family arrived from New Zealand, my brothers from Denmark and France and my sister and her family from Salisbury.

It was a beautiful late summer evening in England, the first event on the Friday went superbly and we retired to our accommodation in the early hours of Saturday morning. Happy.

I pretty much always wake early and regardless of the fine British beer and handful of hours sleep, this day is no different, I am awake just before six. I like to keep abreast of the news so switched on the early news on TV.
Life changes.

The news reader began.
“There’s been a massive earthquake in NZ….”
“Centered in the South Island…...”
”.....in the City of Christchurch.”
Life changes.

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