Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day, in reply to Mark Cubey,

    Cian is a good mate of Jason so that’s probably why the Smiley stash is at Conch. Certainly eclectic.

    I don't have much cash at the moment, but I think I'm going to have to get over there on Saturday morning.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    while the day is fun and all I’m getting a bit leary on the whole RSD thing. if you haven’t read the letter posted on the Kudos site, I recommend it…

    Interesting. It does bear noting that RG is acting in the spirit of the day by limiting the specials to 500 copies.

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  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should…, in reply to Sacha,

    Thank you Jonathan. Our lack of a place in important conversations has long frustrated me. Like you I have freely offered the expertise I have built to media editors and producers who simply don’t bother engaging.

    And I've seen you do so politely and in an appropriate context, and get nothing.

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  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should…,

    Indeed I initiated some dialogue with the Editor of the New Zealand Herald, or at least attempted to, last year. My offer to write some pieces on disability issues apparently didn’t even warrant a reply, despite similar pieces being published in other countries.

    Well, I'm delighted to have you here.

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  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…, in reply to debunk,

    Well that’s interesting. And what happened then ..ie what service/feedback/action does the National Poisons Centre offer in response to such enquiries ?

    Good question. I'm going to include that in some follow-up questions.

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  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…,

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    Here's a graph showing that calls to the National Poisons Centre about synthetic cannabis spiked massively -- to about two a day -- after the Psychoactive Substances Act became law in July last year.

    Why? Because the Act immediately required that a contact number for the National Poisons Centre be listed in product packaging.

    Some calls were from people simply seeking information, others reporting acute effects, mostly vomiting. Significantly, callers were able to cite the exact product and active substance, because that had to be on the packaging as well.

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    After my little spin at Real Groovy on saturday, I will be heading along to see Hypnic Jerk play at this gig.

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  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…,

    Oh look – my OIA data from the Ministry of Health has arrived. Or some of it, anyway.

    Stay tuned.

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  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I’m sorry, but put that way,
    it looks like Russian Roulette….

    It’s a much quicker and more robust process than what happened before the Act and when the Act comes fully into force, they’ll all be banned, with the onus resting on the vendors to prove their products are low-risk. I know all the media reports are depicting this as a loosening of regulation, but the truth is it’s the opposite.

    The details are here:

    Following the passage of the Psychoactive Substances Regulations, the interim licensing scheme will be revoked and existing licence holders will be required to reapply for full product licences. The Regulations will require manufacturers of products to submit further data about the safety and quality of their product to demonstrate their product poses no more than a low risk of harm to a consumer. In addition to making a comprehensive review of safety data, the Regulations will also allow the Authority to place further conditions on the product licence including a requirement for on-going safety monitoring of products after they are on the market.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day,

    And this just in ...

    The Music Month 2014 shows have been announced:

    Lawrence Arabia
    Thursday 1st May, Takutai Square/Britomart, Auckland (free lunch time show)

    She’s So Rad, Delete Delete and Paquin
    Thursday 1st May, Tyler St Garage, Auckland (free evening show)

    Doprah
    Friday 2nd May, Matterhorn, Wellington

    Janine & The Mixtape with Guests
    Thursday 15th May, DuxLive, Christchurch

    Native Tongue showcase featuring Phoenix Foundation, The Bads, Mulholland
    Saturday 17th May, Kings Arms, Auckland

    David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights, Death & The Maiden + Brown
    Saturday 24th May, Chicks Hotel, Dunedin

    Arch Hill Recordings 15th Birthday: Don McGlashan, Ghost Wave, Street Chant, The Transistors, Surf City, Doprah + special guests.
    Friday 30th May, Kings Arms, Auckland

    More details and tickets from Under the Radar.

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