Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Listening Lounge 2016: Drugs…, in reply to Dastardly Bounder,

    The Listening Lounge is a great addition to the Splore quiver. I'm looking forward to the discourse...

    Part of me is really looking forward to 3pm Saturday, when I can relax and get my Splore on.

    And I must say, while it's sad that the Brand New Heavies have had to pull out, the fact that it means a bonus Leftfield DJ set on Saturday night is not unwelcome.

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  • Hard News: Listening Lounge 2016: Drugs…,

    And wouldn't you know it, Nick Dwyer has had to pull out owing to a commitment in Dubai.

    Dick Johnson will be subbing in. I'll amend the post accordingly soon.

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  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Actually the universal response of visitors we take up there is
    “it’s so green”
    “the air is so clear”

    Rich was specifically addressing Pippa Coom's photo, in which the carpark looks like ... a very crowded carpark.

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  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Agreed. But Mt Eden gives better views of the city (we can usually pick out their hotel) and Rangitoto.

    Mt Eden is also the highest point on the isthmus.

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  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…, in reply to BenWilson,

    Of all the places that we can and already do have pohutukawa stands, it’s basically the worst possible choice.

    You're absolutely right. But, um, good luck with that ...

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  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…, in reply to BenWilson,

    Yes, that would be the one that probably needs no more protection than it has – in that the last stretch is already some steps to be walked up. There's a football ground right near the top anyway.

    It's also a thoroughly unenjoyable ride up.

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  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    The scenic drive is great too, also where else in the world do you have a major city 30-40 minutes from dinosaur trees!!! AND if you have time Piha/Murawai blows away most visitors and you can stop in at some wineries on the way back. But you need the time.

    A couple of times in the past we took friends arriving back directly to Muriwai to stand and face the wind. It was a great thing to do.

    So yes there are alternatives, but Mt Eden was the best choice and I’m still disappointed there was no halfway ground that could be made to work.

    Yeah, it's difficult. But the atmosphere yesterday was amazing. Not having to worry about cars has really changed things.

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  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    An electric bike/rickshaw service?

    You wouldn’t need many to cover those who aren’t disabled but still can’t do that climb.

    There was a shuttle service for a while after buses were banned. Not sure what happened to it. But yes, some kind of e-bike rickshaw service would be great.

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  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    Fair call. (In mitigation, I did this only once 15 or so years’ ago whilst visiting Auckland).

    Of course – and back then there was no such prohibition. I went down into the crater with my kids, like everyone else.

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  • Speaker: Blinded by the white, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Good old whakapapa. Something you’re happy to invoke when it suits, yet how utterly wicked of me to entertain, even for a moment, that your self-made spot on the gravy train might have anything to do with your being the son of a unreconstructed Rogernome.

    Whoa Joe. I’m really not keen on personal attacks, especially after last week’s stows. James is due a right of reply.

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