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Hard News: Party on, dudes

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  • Sacha, in reply to BenWilson,

    exclude quoted sections

    but selecting them is part of the art, sir

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Nat,

    And I've learnt so much from Emma! She has helped to open up and refine my views on a whole lot of things.

    So much this with a side order of co-signature. I suspect my base code views on most things haven't changed a lot over the years, but they've become a lot more textured and nuanced. Which is not a bad thing.

    Also a value-adder in life when people are willing to politely (more or less) but firmly (on a strictly amateur basis) spank your arse when you're foolish enough to show it in public.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12073 posts Report Reply

  • SteveH,

    Happy Birthday Hard News and PAS! And a big thank you to you Russell!

    Since Sep 2009 • 399 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch, in reply to Che Tibby,

    there was a time when public address was my no.1 tether to a much-missed turangawaewae. that's something you don't forget.

    Last year was the only one in the last 6 in which I spent more than 4 weeks in Aotearoa, and during those six years I've felt closer to home whenever I've been here. I feel slightly foreign sometimes, but this always makes sense.

    It's also been a pleasure slowly meeting many of you. I had to wait until 2011 for many brief encounters, and there are others I'd love to meet properly for a first time. Every one of you has been good people. Thanks.

    The People's Republic of … • Since Nov 2006 • 2137 posts Report Reply

  • jeff constable,

    Congratulations Russell, Public Address, and the community here.

    I've been reading since the very beginning yet I rarely comment - the intelligence, wit and breadth of knowledge on display has often left me feeling any point I might add has been covered - and stated far better than I could. I'm an avid consumer though: as an ex-pat (even if only across the ditch) this has been an invaluable source of NZ insight and a kind of lifeline for me.

    Here's to at least 10 more years.

    Sydney, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    And I’ve learnt so much from Emma! She has helped to open up and refine my views on a whole lot of things.

    So much this with a side order of co-signature. I

    +1 very much

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Ross Mason,

    And I haven't been chucked for trolling!!!!!

    Same, I'm dumbfounded. capital T for tolerance round these parts, and to echo Che and Paul: PAS=turangawaewae. You are a champion Russell, sincerely...and everyone else champions too; best supporting champions, associate champions, para-champions, but most of all, just damn fine people.

    tas lov'

    your taxed dollar • Since Mar 2008 • 1706 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Aston,

    + to all
    Congrats to you to Russell - compared to other blogs I love the way you are fully in your blog, boots and all, mixing and mashing it up, occasional biffing it out but above all engaged. +10 to you Russel

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 507 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    Congrats PAS.
    I started reading because my t’other suggested it when I was sick and yelling at the TV when Tama Iti and co were hurled into the limelight. T’other had been on it since the beginning and before.
    I continued reading whilst recovering for a year on the couch.
    I still try to catch up daily but no way can I keep the pace of you net speedsters.
    I cant remember much ,kinda like Alzheimers I guess, but its always refreshing.
    I really like the pretty pictures, just wish I could get to the talents of some up on the capture thread. So thanks guys, all you guys and dolls that I have met along the way. It’s a pretty cool bunch huh? :)
    Great stuff RB,
    yours
    warts an’all (artwork by Felix Bowker)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6357 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Russell Brown,

    +1 very much

    Guys, seriously, I know nothing.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4378 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Guys, seriously, I know nothing.

    That's what they all say.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Guys, seriously, I know nothing.

    Knowledge need not be known.

    The People's Republic of … • Since Nov 2006 • 2137 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Richard Aston,

    Congrats to you to Russell – compared to other blogs I love the way you are fully in your blog, boots and all, mixing and mashing it up, occasional biffing it out but above all engaged.

    I honestly think that's the key to it. Actually being there in the discussions.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Manins,

    Another lurker signing up just to say "Congratulations!"

    Cambridge • Since Nov 2012 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to George Darroch,

    Knowledge need not be known.

    It's knowledge, bro.

    (I can't believe no one said that yet.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3665 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew, in reply to Danielle,

    I can't believe Knowledge Bro hasn't checked in yet!


    Late to the party, as usual, but I really want to add my congratulations to Russell and all the rest of the immediate and extended crew.
    I'm casting my mind back, trying to recall when I first read Hard News, it was probably on a newsgroup, and probably around '05 or '06, but the distant past is such a blur now...
    I've spent more time on PAS in the past than I do now, as my work does tend to suffer if I let myself open it during work hours... but even when I don't have the time to keep up with the comment-streams I always keep an eye on the columns, and and a virtual ear out on Twitter.
    The nicest thing about PA is you meet the nicest people here, and even though I haven't met many in person, due to not-quite pathological shyness, you're all sweeties, even (especially) the grumpy ones.

    Cheers! Any here's to many more...

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 848 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

    Count me among the expats for whom PAS fulfills a certain lifeline function. In my case it restores my faith in the good, creative, intelligent, inclusive NZ that doesn't often make it in the news.

    Thanks, Russell and everybody.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2190 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to BenWilson,

    but less than The Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

    How many words does 3 Kingdoms have? And translation or original? I've managed the first chapter in a student's edition of the original (nice little footnotes explaining odd or rare characters), but damn, that was hard work. Frustrating, cos I actually quite liked the story when I could get my mind around the old fashioned grammar.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2190 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to David Cormack,

    I got torn a new one by Emma, Danielle et al.

    Me too, I'm almost a total arsehole now :-)
    Nah, I love you all, really.
    Thank you Ruusell for giving us less than productive opinionators the opportunity to spread our vile propaganda against those that feel more entitled than the rest and give us space to bleed occasionally. ;-)
    Love your work.
    Happy birthday PAS.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4947 posts Report Reply

  • Knowledge Bro, in reply to Jeremy Andrew,

    Believe Bro,
    It has given me great pleasure, an I ain’t even lying, to have been such a great invention of the slice of life that is Public Address.
    Having been conceived on the back seat of a bus may not be the most auspicious of beginnings but, as Abraham Lincoln may once have said “Hi Russell, your place or mine?, let’s celebrate”

    Behind the fridge • Since Mar 2009 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Felicidades Russell!!

    Have to say, I wouldn’t exist without PAS and Capture!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2357 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    so true

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Although if you add up all the comments for the three Hobbit posts, hobbits win

    I suspect that, since the PAS version of Godwin's Law is "Any thread that achieves sufficient post volume eventually turns into a copyright debate", copyright still wins :P

    But yes, I am proud of my particular bit of PAS immortality.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3934 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    you've helped us be too scared to talk about copyright again :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    But yes, I am proud of my particular bit of PAS immortality.

    As someone who was right in the middle of that morass, (I think a hefty part of my count came from said-thread) I do like the way that the one person I was at loggerheads with therein (and who was excised from PAS and the end of the process) has become quite a good buddy.

    We talk almost daily at times.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

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