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June 30, 2009

Poker, posters & porpoise.

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 12:26 pm

Hi All – We’ve decided to slow the rate of blog entries down a bit as the phase Chris is now in means a slower rate of progress hence there is less to write about. That said, Chris IS making really good progress & we see daily improvements. He’s active & working hard on his recovery. He seems to acknowledge where he is at in life with amazing acceptance & a sense of (albeit understandably dark) humour which are traits I’ve always liked in Chris.

He’s enjoying soundly thrashing all-comers at poker but sucks at Connect Four. We’ve  decorated his room with all the art & posters & bits & pieces that have rolled in from around the world. Thanks to everyone from Chris & family for all the generosity, warmth and goodwill – it’s quite something for a mere mortal like myself to behold. Whodda thunk 30 odd years of obscurity and obknoxiousness would reap such rewards!


  1.   martin henry — June 30, 2009 @ 9:41 pm    

    Hi Chris, You’ve been on our mind down here in the winter fuelled blasts of wellington. hope the cards is not too dire. luka’s addiction to texs holdem is his kindest to date. we’re off to la and manchester to see me mum on sat who is also a bit poorly, but fighting through it. say hello to mark and dineke for us. hope the family’s well. we’re all enjoying the city if not the wind. keep trucking. martin

  2.   Ki — July 1, 2009 @ 12:37 am    

    It would be awesome to see a photo of all the stuff people have sent in. If it isn’t to personal of course.

  3.   Wilkie — July 1, 2009 @ 11:07 am    

    You can send stuff in?
    To what address?
    This is so very good to hear that Chris is making a fairly rapid recovery.

    Wishing you the best,

  4.   craig thrussell — July 1, 2009 @ 12:49 pm    

    please add my voice [written word] to the support for Chris through his recovery and beyond. his work across most media has been inspirational and thought provoking and I look forward very much to it continuing in a similar vein. appreciate the updates, be well.


  5.   Sophie — July 1, 2009 @ 2:19 pm    

    It’s difficult to imagine the ever cheery ‘hello’s’ around Grey Lynn are born of an obscure or obnoxious person. A million smiles to you, CK.

  6.   Grace Maxwell — July 1, 2009 @ 4:04 pm    

    Hello. I’m Grace, Edwyn Collins’ wife and manager. I met with Mike Holdsworth today in London who told me about Chris. Edwyn had a left side haemorrhagic stroke in 2005, to devastating effect, including severe and complex aphasia. I wanted to send Barbara and the family a few words of encouragement and to tell you how strangely wonderful our life is now, and how, incredibly, four years later, there is continuous improvement. I know how hard the place you’re in right now is, but wanted to send you strength and, above all, hope. And if I can help, anytime.

  7.   Ngaire Evans — July 1, 2009 @ 7:14 pm    

    Hi Chris Barbara, liesha and John, Sorry to hear about the s-word. Given Barbara’s dedication and Chris’s determination it won’t be so long before all is well again. My good friend from college had a stroke at 21(blow to the head) and was good as new within a year – and then won lotto!
    I love the new artland programs – yay for freeview – and look forward to the next series.
    All the best Ngaire and Jim

  8.   Jonathan — July 1, 2009 @ 8:05 pm    

    I just found out about Chris’ stroke, and wanted to add my wishes for the best – I’ve often found inspiration in his music, and hope that he can find some in the love that is so obviously pouring in. I’ve been a fan since Toy Love days, shared a smoke in Melbourne, and can’t imagine a world where he is not making music.

    Get better Chris,


  9.   Rachael King — July 2, 2009 @ 3:11 am    

    Just want to say how great it is to be able to read these updates for an easy way to find out Chris’s progress. Chris, I dreamed about you last night, gave you a hug and prodded you with my huge pregnant belly. When I got up I logged on to Facebook and there was a “friend suggestion” – and it was you. Thinking of you often. Rachael x

  10.   karena — July 2, 2009 @ 11:20 am    

    this morning the sea was exactly the same colour as the sky.
    the palest ever of blue.
    mr. breeze puffed, and painted it with zephyrs.
    small bright and dark rhythmical glistenings
    more warm thoughts to you

  11.   Neville Lynch — July 2, 2009 @ 3:28 pm    

    Hello again Chris – I’ll be updating the squillion listeners at FleetFM tomorrow morning as to the progress above. And dedicating the show to You and the Family. However, as it was also me daughter Sophie’s 25th birthday on Wensdee, and as she’ll be listening from London, I’m afraid you’ll have to share that (dubious) honour with her. There won’t be a whole heap of your own missives, mate – most of that sold long ago! – nothing I can do about that. There’ll be stuff you probably won’t be not that excited about either, although I’ll keep lookin’ for as much Punk/Noise as can be assembled. Otherwise it’ll be the usual two hours of randomly-chosen, though all original!, singles from all over (and some album tracks by likes of Tony & The Initials, Rebels, Fourmyula). Between 7am and 9am, I’ll be awaiting your call…

  12.   Alistair Connor — July 3, 2009 @ 7:48 am    

    Gidday Chris, here’s a part-time member of the Grey Lynn mafia signing in from France. My sister Ruth told me of your vascular accident, here’m my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  13.   Jeff Tartakov — July 3, 2009 @ 9:16 am    

    Keep punchin’ Chris and don’t let the sun go down on your grievances. Much love.

  14.   Jillian Sullivan — July 3, 2009 @ 10:37 am    

    Hi and much love to Chris, Barbara, John and Leisha for the next part of the journey. Chris, to me you’re the best lyric writer in the country. I only had to listen to a few lines of the second song from Beat, heard that great voice and bought the album straight away. To play support to you in Nelson was an honour. May the songs keep on coming!
    Jillian (drummer from RedDress)

  15.   joy — July 3, 2009 @ 12:52 pm    

    Hello – hope you are keeping your spirits up. When Chris is bored with snakes and ladders, painting by numbers, etc he could try knitting as a skill to get the fingers dexterous! Just knit one purl one endlessly from here to Dunedin. He could supply scarves to starving students. (It can be very meditative)-Arohanui Joy

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