Posts by Robyn Gallagher

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  • Hard News: A depressing day in court,

    So be it and while many an astute and gracious scholar, citizen and patriot may calmly present via clear articulation with credible citation, reference and otherwise; clever crafters seem ever continual in effort for cover by self-manufactured hallmarks as though of PC acceptable (not) practices.

    Dad4Justice, it's not that we don't care for what you say, but it's the way you say it.

    You have a verbose writing style. While it does have a somewhat pleasing poetic quality, it also takes longer to read, and when faced with a page of comments, it's easier to skip it than to work out exactly what you're trying to say.

    If you're trying to get new people on your side, come down to their level. Use concise, blunt language. Save the poetry for your friends.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1823 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: No Friends of Science,

    One of the Herald readers said:

    Of course there is Global Warming or if you want to be politically correct Climate Change

    Kapai. I'm really glad this has happened. I remember when the weather felt marginalised by being called "global warming".

    "It's not fair," the wind wailed. "Cos, like, sometimes there's cooler weather too!"

    So me and my lefty liberal mates at the Institute for Political Correctness Gone Mad petitioned the government and got arts council funding and a Treaty settlement and now everyone has to call it "Global Warming" (woteva that means!!!!! lolz!!!!)

    Kia kaha.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1823 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Civility Code,

    I have also discovered that most such people change their tone even after the fairly abstracted personal contact of an email reply

    I've found this too. Maybe a personal conversation starts to form a relationship, which in turn brings on civility.

    But I've also had the opposite happen. I once was shocked to see some fanmail I sent to a blogger somehow ended up horribly offending her, and all attempts to explain my intentions just seemed to anger her even more. Oh dear.

    And on the subject of anonymous comments, if anyone comments anonymously in my LJ, I'll read what they have to say, but I won't really absorb it. Even a pseudonym gives a bit of context and background that an IP address can't.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1823 posts Report Reply

  • Christchurch, party pills and NOS Pt2,

    but you can remember what you were pouring down your neck back in the day?

    Why, yes. I can remember - the perfectly named Purple Death, Velluto Rosso, Bernadino spumante, and this rubbish from Robbie Burns called Bully Hayes (that could not legally called rum, so was a "general alcoholic beverage" with a pirate on the bottle) mixed with Coke.

    All of which are probably worse choices than NOS, if not most party pills.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1823 posts Report Reply

  • Christchurch, party pills and NOS Pt2,

    I don't know about the youth of today. In my day, we didn't need pills to have parties.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1823 posts Report Reply

  • PA Radio: This is New Zealand,

    I could have easily listened to this for an hour. It was really interesting! It's left me wanting to see the film even more now.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1823 posts Report Reply

  • 180 Seconds with Craig Ranapia,

    I really enjoyed this!

    I think it should be noted, for anyone who is considering downloading it, that Craig talks about the survey done of New Zealanders' favourite movies, where Helen Clark said she like the Motorcycle Diary, and John Key confessed to being a fan of Johnny English.

    I'm looking forward to his next 180 seconds worth.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1823 posts Report Reply

  • Christchurch, party pills and NOS Pt2,

    I like that it's practically impossible to offer any depth or insight into the experience of doing NOS in a NOS lounge after you've just taken a lungful of the stuff. Unless giggling counts as insight.

    My favourite part was when the NOS lounge guy said there had been visits from "celebrities". I immediately thought "Christchurch celebrities = rugby players", and then he said rugby players had visited.

    Good old Christchurch.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1823 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: The Chinese envoy is here,

    Is it just me or has someone just munted your original blog entry?

    It's interesting you mention this. Viewing the Random Play blog entry looks OK for me, but if I go to the Public Address home page, the blog content is squeezed into a narrow column down the right-hand side of the page.

    I think it's been like this for the last couple of days.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1823 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Things we needed to hear,

    That Clark liked the Che hagiography certainly diminishes my respect for her.

    Oh, come on. You know she only picked that cos she's hot for Gael Garcia Bernal.

    As for John Key's choice, Johnny English, that sounds like the choice of a) a man who is too afraid to have an opinion, and b) a man who never goes out.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1823 posts Report Reply

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