Posts by Russell Brown

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

    Not sure if they recorded in there, I always thought of it as a warehouse – Tandem had a studio upstairs in Colombo Street near St Asaph St

    Where Eric Johns of disco legends Heatwave was the engineer!

    Here's a story: my schoolfriends' band, who I was managing (Art Decade, they were called), recorded a whole album at Tandem for Music World. But the deal was cancelled after the bass player admitted in a Sunday Star interview that it was "a bit weird" being on the same label as Suzanne Prentice.

    Man, we coulda been contenders.

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

    unless of course they were ‘sound-alikes’ by local prog rockers!

    That would be amazing.

    PS: Had a really nice time today talking to Matt Goody, who I believe is coming to see you soon. Lovely man.

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

    I note an event (which entirely passed me by) at the Christchurch Polytech Great Hall in July 1981, the ‘Radio U Radio Arts Lobster’ benefit gig which introduced ‘six new bands’, five of which had never previously played live. They are unnamed. Russell, do you recall that one and who the bands were? You are cited as reviewing it in In Touch no. 11 (07/81).

    Well, blow me down. I've long thought of that as the first music review I ever wrote, but if it was July 1981, then perhaps I'd done something for the Christchurch Star by then (that was my first year there as a cadet reporter).

    I can only recall the name of one band: a group of Chinese students called The Phantoms, who I never saw again.

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to BenWilson,

    If the cucumber entered and left the zone in plastic wrap, I think you're probably okay. I left the zone yesterday with some cucumber wrapped in a little pancake, along with some duck meat. I figured that if by some strange chance there were fruit fly eggs in the strips of cucumber, they would be killed by my gastric acids.

    But seriously, yeah, looking to obey this one. Our vege shop in Pt Chev is going to do well for the next two weeks.

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  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes, in reply to steven crawford,

    I think that the point in promoting the acronym, is to emphasize well rounded education. It’s not such a long time ago, that if you didn’t show tidy hand writing, you didn’t go to university. Never mind the bullocks

    My father was forced to choose between French and Maths at high school, despite being good at both. I think that impoverished him.

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to DexterX,

    The passage of time, some four months, over the Cohen invoice is quite damming.

    From what I can make of it, for most of that time the block lay with the unpaid volunteer who had what was a pretty dumb idea in the first place., Chris Matthews.

    Cohen wrote to McCarten on December 22 and McCarten seems to have taken the view (correctly but unhelpfully) that he wasn’t the person to be pursuing such a thing with. He really should have just sorted it, as an obvious political risk. And they really should have sorted it as soon as Cohen's column was published last week.

    I do have sympathy with Cohen – I’ve been that guy chasing an invoice just before Christmas because I don’t know where the money’s coming from for the next couple of months. If I had done such work (and tbh, I wouldn’t) I’d want to be paid.

    On the other hand, this isn’t really a big story and the ludicrous bombast from from Patrick Gower yesterday was actually embarrassing.

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…,

    Cycle Action Auckland's post, including the statement they have prepared for tomorrow's Auckland Transport board meeting, where they were refused permission to present.

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…,

    Hmmm. Sounds like more bad faith from Auckland Transport around the St Lukes Road interchange. Cycle Action Auckland has just tweeted this, pending a full media statement:

    @cycleactionak CAA did not "agree" with AT plans to remove trees, nor on intersection. We DID discuss BRIDGE cycle facilities - with NZTA.

    They really need to stop this bullshit.

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to nzlemming,

    As to the main post, my experience was with the Kapiti Expressway BoI, which was pretty much a show trial, in hindsight.

    Thanks. And my sympathies. That sounds like a complete horrorshow.

    Even more than Josh, you’ve outlined the problem with the BOI process. Appointments.

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to nzlemming,

    You’re not the first to think of that…

    Who knew!?

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