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Golden girl returns
WITH THE curtain coming down on the
London Paralympics this week, former Lin-
coln High School student Sophie Pascoe will
be packing six medals in her luggage for the
flight home, surpassing her golden haul
from Beijing four years ago.
The 19-year-old swimmer, who returns to
Christchurch this week, took centre stage in
the closing ceremony as flag bearer.
Ms Pascoe was the standout of the New
Zealand team, with three golds and three
silvers from six events.
She set two world records and one Para-
At the 2008 Beijing Paralympics she won
three gold and a silver, a result which shot
her into the public spotlight while still a
The 24-strong Kiwi contingent won 17
medals at the Games, up from 12 medals in
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Furniture business trading well
after shift due to earthquakes
By GARY MOODY
NEW START: Judd Black outside his new shop.
EVEN THOUGH his post-quake resurrected busi-
ness is more than 30 kilometres from his old one,
Judd Black is used to seeing a few familiar faces
Mr Black and his wife Tereasa lost their six-
year-old Avondale furniture and gift shop Y-Not's,
and their house behind it, in the September
They also lost their stock, as the building was
too dangerous to enter and reclaim before rain and
liquefaction took it.
They have resurrected the business on Main
South Rd just south of the Burnham Military
It seems many of their old customers from the
Red Zone have also chosen to make Selwyn their
home, and still come in for a look around, though
they may not find much familiar.
Its a new start,'' he said.
Skyrocketing leases meant they could not afford
to be in the city, so they chose the rural building,
after driving past it on a trip from Temuka to get
away from the February earthquake.
I just stopped and asked if it was available.''
After months spent wrangling over insurance
issues, some ongoing, the Blacks are starting from
It has taken months to rebuild the stock.
The past two years have gone a lot faster than
Mr Black thought they would.
The couple took time to reflect last week as the
anniversary rolled around, and like many won-
dered where the time had gone.
They have fitted out the shop together, an
enjoyable challenge'', as is getting the business
known again after doing well in Christchurch.
They had expansion plans, which were
scuppered by the fateful September day.
Both work six-and-a-half days a week.
I like to be busy,'' Mr Black said.
He has tried to spot differences in customer
trends, and is even stocking seconds to cater for
the more transient army market of Burnham.
Stock rolls over quickly and he looks for one-offs
to differentiate the business from the larger
He sees benefits in the location, with traffic
flashing past south.
We just need one out of 10 to stop.''
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