Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Cracker: Of Racks and Ratings,

    Ratings are a myth we all believe in: The only really useful thing that has ever been said about them, by Bettina Hollings (former TV3 scheduler, now programme maker).
    Of course, you also have to interrogate whom the "we' might be. In the main, it is media buyers, TV sales & marketing, schedulers and programme makers too lazy to conceive of any other version of the television audience.

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  • Random Play: He bangs the drum,

    @ Kyle. Apologies. I didn''t read your message in time, and didn't stay for the the entire concert. Next time, maybe.

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  • Random Play: He bangs the drum,

    If not, Delgirl and Rosie Flores are playing that night:
    St Martins Hall, Northumberland Street, NEV

    Thanks, Kyle. I think I will give that a go as I hadn't realised quite what a journey it is to Pt. Chalmers.

    As a Dunedinite, I recommend you catch "I'm Not Harry Jenson"; a slow-building but effective Kiwi flic on at the Rialto. Has had zilch publicity (except on-line) and I fear it could sink without trace--I was the sole audience member at a screening today.

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  • Random Play: He bangs the drum,

    Just as an aside--I am in Dunedin Wed-Friday and I notice that Marianne Dissard (with Flip Grater & Delany Favidson) are playing there on Thursday night. Worth going to, do you reckon?

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  • Cracker: Bare Breasts Key for Important…,

    A pretty inoffensive Campbell Live clip, in the main. There was a legitimate story there and the topless woman had a cause to promote (sort of half-way to becoming a naturalist). The only disturbing element was from the woman from Family Fist, who loomed like some ugly black cloud. Where did she appear from--from under a rock? Popped out of sewer pipe?? Perhaps also the nongs who wittered 'what about the children??"

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  • Random Play: He bangs the drum,

    I watched an old Band documentary recently and decided that I would like to be adopted by Levon Helm.

    I saw that one too--along with one on Janis Joplin (dipsy) and another on Buddy Holly (especially interesting on the events leading up to the plane crash). All on the Documentary Channel?

    What was particularly interesting about The Band was how 'organic' their music was, in that they did not appear to listen to other music, nor actively search for references. The doco was a little coy about Richard Manuel's suicide (have you ever heard "Richard Manuel" by Drive By Truckers?)

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  • Random Play: He bangs the drum,

    Ey up. It'd be kippers rather than coffee in the quarter..

    ...and exotic pork pies and tantalising toad-in-the-hole. Incidentally, I caught a portion of a programme the other night, about improving the fare at Little Chef roadside 'restaurants' in the UK. That would be an uphill battle. I had possibly the worst meal in my life at one near Nottingham a couple of years back.

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  • Random Play: He bangs the drum,

    Drumming. Hmm! There is good (Gene Krupa, Ginger Baker) and bad (bongos and those tedious drum solos we had to suffer through in the 1970s--and in some live concerts today, when every member of the backing band has to have their 5 minutes of audience attention*). In the Waikato, we have the Waitako Drummers, who are influenced by Japanese traditions and something quite special. So are Pacific Island hollow trunk drums.

    * in respect of the Al Green concert last Thursday, such attention was deserved, with such a tremendous backing band.

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  • Radiation: Big bang theory,

    Welcome back, Fiona. It has been too long.

    Am I the only person who sees massive parallels between Glee and Ryan Murphy's earlier attempt at high school satire in Popular?

    Freaks and Geeks, too? Interesting that parents I have talked to tend to like Glee more than their offspring (such is the case in our family). Maybe it is how adults would like teens to be--articulate, talented, forgiving and fun?

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  • Hard News: Space for Ol Dat I See,

    Back home, with my ears still ringing from the absolutely-bloody-fantastic Al Green concert at The Civic last night.

    Apologies for the distraction. I have found the Al Green thread!

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