Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Don Paul,

    Craig, yes but to be fair, having travelled on the night buses many times over the years, they were as often as not, a fairly positively spirited party and quite a London institution.

    Oh hell, yes. I had some great laughs upstairs on the night buses.

    But for all that, there was nothing less pleasant than a bunch of cider swilling skinheads on the tube after an away game.

    It did improve a lot in the late 80s, whether it was acid house or whatever, but yeah, the best approach if a Tube train full of football supporters in their colours pulled in to the platform was generally to wait for the next one.

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  • Hard News: Friday Fun,

    "This is the greatest political upset maybe in the history of American politics."


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  • Hard News: Friday Fun,

    The flood has begun.

    The supers are declaring and Obama is 10 delegates away from the magic number and counting.

    I couldn't even begin to guess what the Clinton camp will do next.

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  • Speaker: A Trip to the Bird's Nest,

    I didn’t catch New Zealand Paralympic representative Jessica Hamill winning the shot putting on Sunday, but hopefully that wasn’t the last time the NZ flag flutter will triumphantly in the artificial breeze.

    How odd. That doesn't seem to have been reported at all here.

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  • Hard News: Too Good to Be True,

    Interesting column by Simon Jenkins on the British government's re-classication (upwards) of cannabis in the face of official advice. Reason doesn't have a lot to do with it.

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  • Island Life: Once is never enough,

    And then, as long as we maintain multiple copies of ourselves to protect against a system crash, we won't die.

    Oh man, the (UK time) most recent episode of Doctor Who examines one dimension of this idea in a really heart-rending way. The "ghost" of a person, left imprinted on a comms device after life has gone from the body; blind, confused, fading to black ...

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  • PA Radio: Remembering Sydney Pollack,

    Craig Ranapia farewells the late director, and contends that Pollack "did something even more valuable than being a genius". He made films that treated his audience as if they had both a brain and a heart.

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  • Hard News: Friday Fun,

    That was a pretty amazing set of articles I linked to previously. Iraq going well, the Taliban getting whipped and Al Qaeda on the ropes. That is all just amazing, and amazingly good, no other words for it.

    James, I do appreciate you bringing an alternative viewpoint here, and your even temper in doing so, but there's generational damage been done on all sides here.

    There are millions of Iraqis still displaced, many with no homes to go to now that their homes have been seized in ethnic cleansing. 500 of them died in violence last month, a "good" month. The government's attempt to take on Sadr was a debacle, and for all the US fulminating, Iran is the dominant foreign power in Iraq. There are mass protests this week against plans for permanent US bases in Iraq, and the related security accord has been denounced by members of Maliki's own goverment. They're selling more oil, but it seems likely they'll do so in the long term as a friend of Iran.

    For the US, there's a trillion-dollar bill, an international loss of credibility, an over-committed military and the highest army suicide rates since records began.

    Iz not so grate.

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  • Hard News: Friday Fun,

    looks like she's all over, at least according to the Huffington Post headlines

    Yes. It's funny how people on the campaign are calling it a "victory party" though.

    Surely they're not going to pull that "popular vote" bullshit -- the line where she wins if you only count some of the states and ignore differences in state-by-state rules that make a nonsense of a popular vote count ...

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  • OnPoint: Bandwagon Hobos,

    Which, I assume, means that she wants New Zealand farming to diversify -- away from the areas where it's strongest, and into areas where it's not.

    Sue Kedgley mentioned garlic, which is one product where local producers have pushed back against cheap imports.

    Chinese garlic is dirt cheap and usually of poor quality, as least for ordinary culinary use. NZ garlic is much more expensive ($10-$18 kg) but also fresher and much nicer. It has made a welcome return to the shelves since it dawned on retailers that people would actually pay for something edible.

    I guess the irony here is that if you go to, say Harvest Wholefoods, the shelves are crammed with expensive, imported (usually from the US) products. The not-very-good organic garlic from America can be as much as $25kg.

    Sayin'.

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