Posts by Grant McDougall

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: It's good to…,

    Technically Shayne did two gigs at Taste Merchants, a 6pm and an 8pm (I was at the latter).

    Graeme Downes opened both, just him and an electric guitar; it was excellent. He did about eight songs, most from the forth-coming Verlaines' double album (!).It was neat to hear just his voice and guitar. Everyone knows he can do the ornate, orchestrated pop / rock very, very well, but it'd be neat to have him do an album of just voiced and guitar songs, as they came across superbly.

    This was the first time I've ever seen Shayne play an acoustic guitar, again, was really good. He did about 14 songs, mostly new stuff, plus two Dimmer, two SJF and finishing with 'Randolph'.
    The only blight was some schmuck up front periodically clapping and stamping loudly and badly out of time. Thankfully Shayne called him out and the bar owner gave him the death-stare for a while.
    That aside, was a lot of fun. As a ex-Gisborne boy, I was especially happy that Shayne did a song about Mahia, 'What's A Few Tears To The Ocean' off There, My Dear.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Rugby has a problem,

    For those of us south of the Bombay Hills, there is considerable schadenfraude at the Blues' form in recent years. However, as Highlanders fan, I know all too well the pain of supporting a struggling team. But Blues' fans also know what it's like to support a good team, so should at least appreciate that the Highlanders are having a decent spell since Jamie Joseph became coach.

    The Blues' problems can be summed up in two words: John Kirwan. He is clearly a very dedicated coach and means well. However he is the epitome of someone who was an outstanding player, but a poor coach, as per Graeme Mourie, David Kirk and John Mitchell as basic examples. (This happens in all sports, not just rugby, too).
    He is there on reputation and not form.

    As for Steve Hansen's whining, all I can say is "pot, kettle, black" given he happily coached the Crusaders to bore opposition to death and slowing down the ball before becoming Graeme Henry's deputy.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Christchurch,…, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Andrew Schmidt’s ‘mysterex’ blog was the go-to for Chch 80s music scene writing, but it seems to have disappeared :(

    All of Andrew's NZ music articles for Mysterex have been absorbed into the excellent audioculture.co.nz website.

    Russell's friend Blair Parkes also has a blog with several very good, highly-detailed features on the many Chch bands he's been in since the early '80s. If you just google his name it should come up.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Despite Key’s intemperate blurt at Little’s lack of enthusiasm for the coming offal-toss, he’s showing no sign of making the kind of impulsive captain’s call that Muldoon apparently did off his own bat during the Falklands War, when he offered a frigate to relieve a Royal Navy vessel for combat duties.

    Well, not yet, anyway. Speaking of Muldoon, Thea Muldoon's just passed away, too.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: CWC 2015: Contains graphic horror, in reply to Josh Petyt,

    What’s the deal with Danny Morrison?

    How many days do you have ?

    But seriously, he's usually a commentator on Sky coverage - unfortunately he is also utterly tedious in doing so. Which is a pity, as he was a superb bowler and always came across as an ok bloke in interviews.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I’m not sure that one was installed ahead of the others actually. The work at a whole is still being installed. It’ll look quite different when the lights go on.

    Ok. I'm just a bit confused, because the media pics so far are just of "that" one, yet the other pics includes a few others, so I'd assumed they'd all be together. But are they being installed around different locations ?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story,

    I think the main "problem" as it were, is that if one of the other pieces in the sculpture had been installed first, there wouldn't even be a story. However, the above piece was, so there was opportunity for the NZ Herald to make up the nonsense it has about the piece.

    If the other pieces were installed first, or all the pieces at once there'd be no story. Silly, silly Herald.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: CWC 2015: Contains graphic horror,

    That just looks appalling. My immediate reaction - other than how inept and garish it is - is that having the batting and bowling figures prominently displayed is a clunky attempt to match the excellent ball-by-ball stats / commentary on cricinfo - and failing miserably.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Review: Citizenfour, in reply to DexterX,

    Looking at the vast numbers that do not vote - are they smarter than me having reached the conclusion earlier than I - that the appearance of democracy - an election every three to four years - just doesn't matter - the machinery and intentions of government chug on regardless of the worth of a person's vote.

    As The Veneer Of Democracy Starts To Fade...

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Sex with the office lights on:…, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    from memory the dance floor in the Provincial (the basement) was about the size of my flat kitchen at the time …. it was likely a small crowd

    No, it was actually the reasonably large upstairs bar, which could fit about 300 or so in it, IIRC.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 667 posts Report Reply

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