When a huge tree falls down somebody comes along and cuts it up and moves it away. Except, somebody beat that person to this tree, and turned the tree into a high-back bench, exactly where it was, along side a river flowing through the city. This is one of thousands of examples I witnessed in Christchurch, New Zealand when I was there recently. Doesn't this look like something out of the Hobbit (which just opened there today)? Royalty deserves to sit in that chair, but it's there for all. Perhaps the the wizard I met on the street will use it...he's a local icon and showed up on the news a few days later. The human spirit never ceases to amaze me. A 7.1 earthquake in September 2010, followed by one of 6.1 magnitude in February 2011(weaker in strength but stronger because it was half the distance below the ground), plus thousands of shakes later, has both brought people together, and made them vocal about how to handle the damage throughout their city.