Posts by Rob Stowell

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to fraser munro,

    the wider skill set and roles of TV/film production right from IP through to post. Funding shows that have a wider industry involvement will bear more fruit for eveyone IMO

    of course thats just a gut feeling so happy to be proven wrong

    I reckon you’re spot-on here. If one of these contrived competitions insisted all the songs be originals, I might be swayed. But IMO NZ on Air shouldn’t be ratings driven; it should fund on potential contribution to NZ culture – even if only half-a-dozen people see it.
    TV ‘ratings’ are a one-off randomised (what’s on the other channel?) metric anyway; they’re for advertisers and NZ on Air shouldn’t jump on board.
    On-line distribution is fast changing the ‘one-night only’ broadcaster-as-gatekeeper model. A classic that gets missed, that misses its time, can be re-discovered. Over time, a niche drama can find its niche audience.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1634 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The greening of the Red Zone,

    Love the idea of a native corridor. Some fruit and nut trees along edges -permaculture -could work too. Driving through today it's also striking how high the river level is (or the land has sunk.) Flooding will be an issue so a wide swathe of kahikatea and swampy flax might be a useful buffer.

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

    How would we get those stories?

    Beer maybe :) But yeah, not simple.
    It was grand to meet you and Greg and Russell. I felt strangely shy.
    Or maybe it’s not strange :) (Always been a bit shy). I’d love to have taken photos, but it wasn’t the right moment.
    There were a few old mates, but also a lot of people in the room I’ve known as faces and seen play music or in an audience or round Christchurch but have never bowled up and jumped into a good conversation with.
    I regret that. But maybe there was always an odd stand-offishness-cum-shyness that’s a part of the ‘scene that wasn’t’.

    I’d never thought the late 70s/early 80s music days in Chch were in any way noteworthy.

    Me too. I’m still not sure :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1634 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Christchurch,…,

    Good talk. Thanks Russell! And it brought people out – a room full of faces that told stories. Plenty of strange in that theatre – if someone could get people to cough them up, you’d have a decent sackful of Chch strange stories :)

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  • OnPoint: Leviathan,

    It seems we *are* being spied on. I’m angry. It’s not a contract any of us signed up for. We didn’t vote for it.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1634 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: To defame and deflect, in reply to Alfie,

    if you’re not pro-Key, you’re obviously pro-terrorism

    Hooten took that half-witted line on twitter, too. Remarkably dumb.

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

    What sort of hair gel were you using for that effect?

    Adrenaline and beer, I guess :)
    (And a big dollop of luck, it broke over the hard top of the skull. And because the skins lost confidence when that move had no effect :) It definitely wasn't down to any special fighting skills me and my flatmate had.)

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  • Hard News: To defame and deflect,

    Towards the end of this - https://soundcloud.com/knowyourproduct/john-key-on-nicky-hager-press-stand-up-040315
    Pretty close to
    "I guarantee you it'll be wrong, I guarantee it'll be extreme. If I was a good honest hard-working NZer, discount it massively and you'd be in the right space."
    But check and check again whenever quoting anyone!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Christchurch,…, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    No Tag came to the Star and Garter in 1983 ... the boots and skins in the lounge bar

    I remember this one cos some of the 'Auckland Skins' came to an after party at our flat and were shamelessly stealing anything not nailed down. In the ensuing fracas on the stairs, one of them broke a full beer-bottle over my skull.
    Didn't even hurt. Without a pause we continued til we'd pushed them out the door. Combed the glass out of my hair and kept going.
    A little hungover, but not even a headache next day :)

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war,

    It's looking like a total mess. NYT

    On Monday, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the Iranian spymaster who once directed the militias’ deadly campaign against American forces in Iraq, was on the ground near Tikrit, according to a prominent Iraqi militia leader and the Iranian Fars news agency.
    Among the nearly 30,000 fighters involved in the Tikrit operation were an estimated 700 to 1,000 Sunni tribal fighters, according to Iraqi officials.
    .... some Iraqi officials have referred to the new operation as revenge for the Shiite victims of a massacre last summer in Tikrit by the Islamic State, raising the likelihood of violent score-settling. In a gruesome tableau that was publicized in videos and photographs by the Islamic State, militants — possibly aided by local Sunni tribesmen — slaughtered more than 1,000 Shiite soldiers from a nearby military base, Camp Speicher.

    Who and where will NZers be 'training'?

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1634 posts Report Reply

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