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Hard News: An excellent evening in Newtown

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  • giovanni tiso,

    Thank you all for a thoroughly enjoyable evening. We should do it again all the time.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7386 posts Report Reply

  • David Cormack,

    I concur, if you could not leave it another four years please, that'd be grand.

    Suburbia, Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 216 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    We should do it again all the time.

    Reckon.

    I would like to apologise to anyone I gabbled at incoherently. In a bid to reconnect with my Hamiltonian roots, I was drinking by the jug. (The Standard commentariat would approve.) Also, in 41 years, I had never ever won a prize at a function before. This was very exciting to me.

    One reason we should do it more is that while I was pleased to put faces to many names (not least Keir), the night just wasn’t long enough to get around the crowd properly. I’d enjoy attending something every couple of months, say.

    It was good to have the first decent laughs I've had in three weeks, anyway.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2968 posts Report Reply

  • Jacqui Dunn,

    I'm jealous.

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Russell, it reminded me what a very kind and generous person you are.
    It doesn't matter if we have all have our little disagreements from time to time.

    And Jackie C, if you are reading, there was a magnificent Crown Lynn swan there, which was a bit like you being there in spirit.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2098 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    It doesn't matter if we have all have our little disagreements from time to time.

    Spill :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Littlewood,

    Keir Leslie does not look at all like you think he does.

    I can vouch for that. I can also vouch he is brilliant company. Such a shame I couldn't make this...work commitments proved too difficult to get out of. Maybe next time.

    Today, Tomorrow, Timaru • Since Jan 2007 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Hannah, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Boys toilets were a lot less appealing. Decoration was pared back, almost minimalist. Two blocks of soap and a waste paper basket made for a very functional experience.

    Or a few experiences, beer was by the jug, after all.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 224 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Oh Hilary! That's so sweet, and what a lovely sentiment. Thank you.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Sounds great. Is there a podcast available?

    In a bid to reconnect with my Hamiltonian roots, I was drinking by the jug.

    Stephen: From my observations, it seems more like bulk RTDs these day. Except for rugby days at the Waikato Stadium (go The Chiefs tomorrow night)

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2317 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    wee maybe we should all have a lawn bowls afternoon every couple of months, or something equally designed around good company good location and good prices.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 493 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    In other news ... Keir Leslie does not look at all like you think he does.

    And, apparently, neither do I. I get that quite a bit...

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3009 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd, in reply to Sue,

    we should all have a lawn bowls afternoon every couple of months

    That sounds like a great idea, except for one thing -- would I have to actually be able to play? I think I've rolled a real full size lawn bowl maybe once in my life... as long as I can do this without the scorn of the competent, or perhaps merely sip my beer and murmur "well played" from the sidelines, I'm in.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2968 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Oh, and in other happy news, we’ll be able to give $1000+ to the Christchurch City Mission, thanks to the raffle, donations and Toby Manhire very generously chucking in his fee.

    And I’m back in Auckland, tired but happy at the end of a long month of talking and organising and looking forward to a quiet and restful weekend.

    What’s that? Oh … I appear to have invited a whole lot of people around for a barbecue tomorrow. How did that happen?

    I must marinate a large piece of lamb and soak some chickpeas.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18968 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    And Craig was just as eccentric as I expected him to be.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2098 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Matthew Littlewood,

    Keir Leslie does not look at all like you think he does.

    I can vouch for that. I can also vouch he is brilliant company.

    Indeed. I had a great rave with him and Steve Parks. Very nice to put faces to the names.

    Also nice to meet Ross Mason, who actually looked like I imagined he would.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18968 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    But isn't he gorgeous?

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Quiet and restful weekend? Good on ya, love. I don't think so!

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Steven Price,

    Some personal highlights, for those who missed them:
    -- Toby's emails from the good folks of Clark County Ohio, expressing some disagreement with the Guardian's campaign to get liberal Brits to encourage them to vote Bush.
    -- Emma's well-made point that, yes, it was terrible that people died in the quake, and fair enough for the media to cover that, and no offence or anything, but the most pressing issue for many people in Christchurch quickly become access to a loo
    -- David's suggestion that Craig's attire (the promised bow-tie and braces) had been copyrighted
    -- Craig's retort that he'd be stupid to take fashion advice from an engineer
    -- Emma's newfound repudiation of the "top down" approach
    -- Craig's agreement that a "bottom up" approach was preferable.
    Guess you had to be there. I'm glad I was.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 22 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    And Jackie C, if you are reading, there was a magnificent Crown Lynn swan there, which was a bit like you being there in spirit.

    I so wanted to steal that.

    What’s that? Oh … I appear to have invited a whole lot of people around for a barbecue tomorrow. How did that happen?

    Can we all come? Or not. I think I should stop partying with PAS people, it's the third time Emma has come to Wellington, and the third time in a row we've been thrown out of a bar because the staff want to go home.

    (Though, Gio, Jack, and Stephen, there's a GREAT story involving the city to sea bridge, a police woman and a duck....)

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Steven Price,

    – Emma’s newfound repudiation of the “top down” approach

    Hah! I had forgotten that. Hehehehehe.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    as long as I can do this without the scorn of the competent,

    All you have to remember is which is the weighted side, and never roll up with the weighted side out, unless you are betting on the game next to you and want to spoil an end.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1230 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd, in reply to Steven Price,

    You were there? Damnit. Love your work.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2968 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    It doesn't matter if we have all have our little disagreements from time to time.

    Yes it does!!

    ............Hitler.....Islam......911.....

    Now lets see how long THIS post will run!!!

    You are right though. Faces to the names was the winner.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1497 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Emma’s newfound repudiation of the “top down” approach

    Hah! I had forgotten that. Hehehehehe.

    She just can't help herself.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18968 posts Report Reply

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