Island Life by David Slack

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Island Life: I'm Henry. Fly Me.

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  • Stewart,

    Paul Henry...incognito... Sorry, the concept is alien to me.

    More PR masquerading as 'current affairs'. <sigh>

    Te Ika A Maui - Waitakere… • Since Oct 2008 • 557 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    I don't suppose anyone has a copy of the recent promo for Close Up where Henry, in his angry voice, said "I'll demand answers"? (of the police about why a guy in a wheelchair was allowed guns). I really want that sound clip.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Just to stir the pot a bit, anyone else think the next sin-sational expose of Jet Star not being able to disperse fog with a mystic hand-wave should be lead by a disclosure of Air New Zealand's ad spend on TVNZ?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11783 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Them guys in wheelchairs is jest dangerous to common folk. </chews straw>

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16270 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Them guys in wheelchairs is jest dangerous to common folk.

    Or Dalek nudists as we geeks (OK, just me) call 'em.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11783 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Heh. Usually defeated by stairs, so the metaphor holds.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16270 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    And when it comes to weird things on television, what to make of Q&A's content-free Winston Peters-Guyon Espiner love in? There's an abnormal psych thesis to be written on the BDSM relationship between Peters and the media, but I was kind of hoping Election Night had been a useful intervention. Seems not.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11783 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Political slashfic in the offing?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16270 posts Report Reply

  • Jo S,

    @sacha

    OK now I need to scrub my brain with a wire brush ....

    is it autumn yet? • Since May 2007 • 80 posts Report Reply

  • Ian MacKay,

    About a week or so ago, Paul Henry had an interview with a prison expert and an on-screen one with Peta Sharples. Every time Henry asked a question of Sharples Henry cut him off by talking over the top of him. By my estimate Henry 75% of the words. Sharples 25%. Is this the best interviewing technique that we have????

    Bleheim • Since Nov 2006 • 498 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Is this the best interviewing technique that we have????

    As far as I'm concerned, Simon Dallow is wasted as a glorified autocue reader. When he was fronting the old Agenda, and to my great surprise, he was bloody good at knowing when to STFU and let the subject hang themselves. (And I'd still say Sean Plunket did us all a favour when he caught out David Benson-Pope -- only because he was paying attention to what DBP was saying, and had the lethally perfect follow-up question to hand. Paul Henry couldn't do that, because every interview subject is no more than a straight man to his endless monologue.)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11783 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Or Dalek nudists as wii geeks

    They might have conquered stairs, but they'll never do Wii. Well, that is how my mind works.


    JetStar initially only had two aeroplanes - lose one to a breakdown and there goes 50% of the fleet. I think they've got three now, but it still looks like they were "ambitious for New Zealand" with their assumptions about seviceability, weather, and sortie rate in our climate & airport mix. But still, I don't get what it is with people who book a cheap as chips seat on a notorious budget carrier who has every incentive to over book and bump you then think it the height of urban sophistication and cleverness to breezily sweep into the airport 5 minutes before the gates close.

    Turn up at least 90 minutes early, get checked in and enjoy the unfamiliar fun of having absolutely nothing to do by reading a *gasp* book or newspaper or having a proper, leisurely meal.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1739 posts Report Reply

  • Roger Lacey,

    Who actually wastes their time watching the odious little man? It must only to be to exercise their gag reflex.
    I'd prefer the title. "I'm Henry. Flay me."

    Whatakataka Bay Surf Club… • Since Apr 2008 • 110 posts Report Reply

  • Roger Lacey,

    ..by reading a *gasp* book or newspaper or having a proper, leisurely meal.

    Where can one get a leisurely meal at the airport that does not taste like shredded suitcase or cost at least as much as the fare you have paid?

    Whatakataka Bay Surf Club… • Since Apr 2008 • 110 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Turn up at least 90 minutes early, get checked in and enjoy the unfamiliar fun of having absolutely nothing to do by reading a *gasp* book or newspaper or having a proper, leisurely meal.

    Or at Wellington, using the free wi-fi. Man that's sweet.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • David Ritchie,

    Or at Wellington, using the free wi-fi. Man that's sweet.

    Auckland as well, IIRC.

    Wellingtron • Since Nov 2006 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I don't suppose anyone has a copy of the recent promo for Close Up where Henry, in his angry voice, said "I'll demand answers"? (of the police about why a guy in a wheelchair was allowed guns). I really want that sound clip.

    Don't have it, but saw it at girlfriend's. Talk about being inspired to change channels.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6147 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Auckland as well, IIRC.

    Pretty sure not, actually. There's wi-fi but it's pay.

    The other thing about the Welly airport wi-fi is that it's actually pretty bangin'.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18508 posts Report Reply

  • James Green,

    Another thought on Jetstar. I think it's less about the number of planes and more about the maths. Airlines jealously guard the formulas they use, but you'd think RULE NUMBER ONE would be to set your parameters a little less aggressively on entry into a new market. I'm not against overbooking per se, but if you don't understand the market and have a rough idea on no-shows, you'd think you'd start cautiously, precisely to avoid bad publicity.

    I know in Europe it's common for people to book 1 Euro flights THEN consider whether they actually want to fly, but I'm not sure New Zealanders have that mentality yet.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 681 posts Report Reply

  • David Ritchie,

    There's wi-fi but it's pay.

    I got free wi-fi there not long ago. It may have been accidental. They didn't seem to be advertising it.

    Wellingtron • Since Nov 2006 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    I'm not against overbooking per se, but if you don't understand the market and have a rough idea on no-shows, you'd think you'd start cautiously, precisely to avoid bad publicity.

    EXACTLY. I get the feeling they just applied the formula that had been working for them in Australia, and assumed she'd be sweet.

    Probably not the first or last time for that, sad to say.

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    David:

    You're probably right, but wasn't it Warren Buffett who said airlines were right up there with Broadway musicals on the list of things he'd never invest in? I don't see how anyone turns a profit in either without a lot of time spent marinading in red ink.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11783 posts Report Reply

  • Rachel Prosser,

    I had a few hours wait at Auckland Airport a couple of months back- Domestic and International. No free wifi that worked as I recall, although a few of the shops gave off a signal.

    The paid wifi service was also pretty slow, and signal strength came and went (possibly due to numbers using it)

    Christchurch airport has 15 minutes free (when the cables aren't cut).

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Rachel Prosser,

    ..by reading a *gasp* book or newspaper or having a proper, leisurely meal.

    For me the space through security, when checking onto an international flight, is one of the last peaceful sanctuaries. There's nothing left to do - you have to wait. It's allowed! It's like a bonus , a proper break, the kind we used to get when morning tea, lunch, and smoko in the days when such things were universally observed.

    Admittedly, I do tend to take my laptop with me. But still, I love the chance to relax that flying brings.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    </quote>Christchurch airport has 15 minutes free</quote>

    "Warholian Wi-Fi."

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7320 posts Report Reply

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