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Friday Music: Bowie, Original Hipster

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There is, of course, already a discussion thread here devoted to David Bowie and his passing – and I had intended to lead with something different for the regular Friday Music post. But then I noticed this post on Dangerous Minds.…

Footpaths, not manifest destiny

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Simon Wilson is most of the way through his fascinating Metro magazine feature on the Auckland National Party and its designs on Auckland local government by the time he identifies the thing that unites the party's "braided river": the belief…

Kia kaha, Helen Kelly

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"Helen Kelly is fighting for the rights of others to the very end," reads a comment under Life and Death and Cannabis, the trade union leader's new post at The Standard. And yes, she really is. Kelly is taking cannabis…

Friday Music: The Wizards of Oz Rock

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When I was young, we scorned Australian pub rock as everything our music wasn't. The deafening, unwavering four-on-the-floor of the bass guitar and drums, the guitars without finesse or shimmer, the squalling singer, the bogan tone. While Hello Sailor blended…

Treatment for itching and shyness

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Access by Hilary Stace
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I was born with skin which was often too tight, too brittle, too burning and too itchy. My mother spent a great deal of time trying to alleviate the effects of my eczema including regular bedtime rituals of which I…

New Zealand's most racist law

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Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler
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Earlier this year, Ted Dawe’s teen novel Into the River was temporarily banned. It was a ridiculous decision, but this was in part attributable to a flaw (one of many) in New Zealand’s censorship law. The only two options that…

Music: Lemmy

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Eleven thousand four hundred and eighty days have passed since the night I met Lemmy in Napier. I think I'm on safe ground in supposing that I've had more sleeps since than he did. Motorhead were on a 1984 regional…

Incoming: Summer

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Things will be a little quieter on Public Address over the next month or so. I'll still be around (if I don't answer the door I'll be out on the deck) but I thought it would be a good idea…

Cheers

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Mum arrives tomorrow to spend Christmas with us, as she has done since my sister died, and as she will do for as long as she's able. Things were a bit touch-and-go this year, but she swears her recently-repaired knee…

Jim's Five Weird Movies to Watch for Christmas

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Speaker by James Rae Brown
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Movie geekery knows no season – because when you really love movies, it's always popcorn time. But some times of the year are special and, for film nerds, Christmas is most definitely one of those times. Jimmy has rounded up his…

PAWOTY: We are all quaxing now

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The Public Address Word of the Year for 2015 is "quaxing", a neologism that has not only lasted the whole year, but has gone global, popping up as far afield as Germany, Britain, Canada, the US and even Christchurch. The…

Friday Music: Making a list ...

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Every year it's the same. I'm just not very good at lists. I was momentarily indisposed when they were handing out nerdy, systematising brains. But here we are and every music website in the world is publishing best-ofs full of…

Victoria Crone and what politics is

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Victoria Crone's announcement that she will contest the Auckland mayoralty in a year's time certainly makes the race more interesting. But its manner also underlines how much she has to do and learn. Although she has the ostensible backing of…

Reimagining the Media: a call for contributions

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Speaker by Barnaby Bennett
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I’m one of the directors of a little publishing cooperative called Freerange Press. We publish books about the city, design, politics, and pirates. We’ve been doing this since 2007 (as a formal cooperative since 2012). We are making a book…

The Spirit Level

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Speaker by Che Tibby
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So it's 1982 and I'm standing on the porch watching Mum move a sack of spuds out of the shed and towards the car. I can see it like it's yesterday, her with her shoulders slanted, a fag hanging out…

Art with a job to do

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The two Kyle Lockwood-designed flags have topped the first round of the national flag referendum. No, that's not strong enough. Between the pair of them – and they they are really just slightly different versions of the same idea – they have…

The Chills - Rolling On

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Capture by Jackson Perry
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Friday night The Chills played Galatos, on the back of their first full studio album in... ages. Like last century ages. Much has been said about the new album Silver Bullets, most of it good. I'm certainly in the camp…

Friday Music: Gobshite vs Adele

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As everyone knows, journalism is in crisis. What's less well known is that this is because journalists are now too busy talking bollocks to each other on the internet to produce any actual work or make any money. So yesterday,…

Public Address Word of the Year 2015

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It's that time again: the time to find the Public Address Word of the Year. Can 2015 deliver a winner as highly charged as 2014's champ #dirtypolitics, the first hashtag to top the poll? Or a word as heavy with…

Feast

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Feed by Gareth Renowden
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For dinner we had turkey and blazing pudding, and after dinner the Uncles sat in front of the fire, loosened all buttons, put their large moist hands over their watch chains, groaned a little and slept. Dylan Thomas, A Child's…

Reading Murder Books

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Up Front by Emma Hart
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One of the great things – possibly the only great thing – about having a post-grad degree in English Literature is that I can now read whatever the fuck I want. I have earned my Book Cred. I will never read anything…

Judith Collins and the hand-grenade handover

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Speaker by John Palethorpe
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The strange sense that we’ve been here before is well justified, given Judith Collins’ reappointment to the role where she gained her ‘Crusher’ moniker (despite never actually crushing a car). Her re-appointment and Sam Lotu-Iiga’s demotion is being framed to…

Change for the Better

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I came in to Karangahape Road on Thursday evening via the northwestern cycleway so I could coast down the new Canada Street shared path and ride straight onto the LightPath Te Ara I Whiti cycleway as its designers intended. I…