I liked Finn's comments on the one-sided Australia vs New Zealand situation:
These are trivial matters but I mention them because some in New Zealand spend too much time worrying about Australia. If they take credit for some of our stuff it's not that big a deal. We should be calmly confident enough not to care. And anyway, they don't spend any time worrying about us.
In other words, it's just a pavlova.
LOLRUS PLZ MAYK SHURE TEH POLYTISHINZ DONT STEEL UR BUCKIT!!!!!!
I too have been hunting high and low for a true Souvlaki vendor in AK...no dice.
I'm sure this must be a reflection of immigration patterns. Could it be that Christchurch somehow ended up with a large Greek community, and hence the big souvlaki scene.
I guess it depends whether you consider deciding between plastic chicken, plastic turkey, and plastic cheese is "choice". It's certainly "choice", in an sarcastic 80s meaning of "choice" way.
If you want unlimited choice of what you can put on your sandwich, go to a supermarket.
If you're out and about and looking for something to eat that isn't deepfried and/or slathered in fatty sauces, then Subway can provide.
In fact, I'd rather get a Subway roll than one of those dodgy slimy filled rolled from the bakery nearby.
My belief is that too often artists here [...] don’t have their work critiqued at every step of the process: in the writing, the recording, production, even the running order on an album.
What I've noticed from my years hanging out at NZmusic.com, is that if a band is offered serious criticism, it is often dismissed as "tall poppy syndrome" or as being the words of a "jealous hater".
Everyone in a band should read this blog and think about.
I got an email from a friend once, urging me to see some band playing at the Kings Arms. "They're a really great local band," the email claimed, "so go and support local music!!!"
I didn't go because I realised that if they were from any other country, touring here, I wouldn't see them because I just didn't really enjoy their type of music.
By urging audiences to support local music, it sort of suggests that these bands aren't good enough to command audiences on their own, and I don't think that's helpful.
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Ha! I studied linguistics at university because I thought it would be all about grammar. (I didn't investigate more thoroughly because I was more concerned with leaving Hamilton) I soon discovered that it was essentially maths with words. I could never get my head around it and failed all the papers I did.
I don't know why people get so upset about the verbing of nouns. English is a mongrel; the rules are there are no rules. You can do funny things to words in English and they still make sense.
The one thing that never changes, though, is the syntax behind the sentences. Evn txtng teenz stick 2 da saym syntax dat we use n forml riting. Boring!
I actually interviewed MC Hammer while he was wearing lyrca cycle shorts. True story.
Yes! That's what the very late '80s and early '90s were all about - black lycra. While MC Hammer and the lads wore the genie pants in the video, all the girls wore black lycra.
Oh, you know what this thread needs?
Man, check out the dancing. It still is awesome.
All together now to the tune of What a Friend We have in Jesus:
You're assuming we know the tune of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"?!
Two differently worded questions, leading to very large majorities, respectively, for and against the amendment.
I'm against the controversial anti-smacking bill, but I support the anti-kid-hitting bill.