Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: There have been…, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    With all due respect to Nick A and co I find them an odd choice, but I imagine the intent was to introduce something less wrinkled than usual

    I know there was quite a bit of discomfort with the way Shona Laing was treated by the crowd last year -- she deserved her time for a speech, but by that time at the Music Awards, people are getting boisterous, and there's not a lot you can do about that. There's some feeling that the legacy part deserves its own time and space.

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  • Capture: The Colour Of Spring,

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    I was enjoying a ride in Wednesday's splendid Spring weather when I happened to pass a shoot for Westside Story, the prequel to Outrageous Fortune.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: There have been…, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    No, something different. I’ll blog about it soon.

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    From a Whaleoil post to Claire Trevitt publishing it in the Herald took about 4-5 hours.

    Arrggh. We’ve been here before and it’s a non-story – unless, of course, we’re going to start scrutinising the travel of government ministers (and their entourages) to National Party fundraisers. Which we’re not.

    This is actually quite depressing.

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  • Capture: The Colour Of Spring,

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    A tree in Westmere.

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues,

    Back on topic, Matt Blomfield now hasa letter from Judge John Carruthers, the chair of the IPCA apologising that a letter to Slater could be taken as indicating it believes Slater's allegation that Blomfield was guilty of perjury, which is "not a finding made by Police or us after investigation."

    The judge also confirms that the police are now reviewing their original finding that Blomfield's hard drive had not been stolen.

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  • Speaker: “Foreign forces”, hope and Hong…,

    Police officers beating a handcuffed protester, later idenitified as Civic Party member Ken Tsang Kin-chiu. Story here.

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  • Speaker: “Foreign forces”, hope and Hong…, in reply to Nickkita Lau,

    Thanks for joining the discussion Nickkita.

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  • Speaker: “Foreign forces”, hope and Hong…, in reply to Steve Curtis,

    The Chinese government isnt tear gassing anyone. The Hong Kong SAR has its own police force.

    Yes, sorry, that was sloppy of me.

    If you remember the Occupy Auckland protest was broken up by the police. Some would say, its what they do.

    The Auckland occupiers were evicted after four months and a formal court process. Three cops behaved unacceptably in failing to display their badges, but there was no tear gas or batoning and there were no mysterious masked thugs attacking protesters.

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  • Speaker: “Foreign forces”, hope and Hong…, in reply to Joshua Grainger,

    You say that because of the influx of mainlanders and thus the dilution of the Hong Konger identity that many Hong Kongers are moving overseas. Surely that’s a little bit hypocritical: aren’t Hong Kongers moving, to say, Auckalnd, the same as mainlanders moving to Hong Kong?

    Let me answer this: no. The Chinese government doesn’t run New Zealand let alone tear-gas Aucklanders in the street, the language (written and spoken) is in no danger of disappearing, retail still serves the needs of residents, the scale of migration and tourism is in no way comparable. It’s just not a comparison.

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