Prof Warwick Elley, drawing on his experience during implementation of similar testing 20 years ago in England:
Greetings, Sacha. Yes, I did read this--particularly taken with his descriptions of the problems with testing encountered by 'Miss Latham, the principal of Dymchurch Country School'. There is so much evidence piling up against primary school testing but I doubt whether Anne Tolley is toiling away on her hols, taking account of it. She is such a damn idealogue.
But I am toiling away (the wind has come up and the sun has drifted away in the Waikato), writing an Intro on the current state of New Zealand film, for the Directory of World Cinema. Came across a rather extraordinary quote from Guillermo del Toro, who describe New Zealand cinema as Hollywood the way God intended it. He might be alluding to PJ as 'god'.
Thanks, Sofie. Sounds good--I will pop in and out, in between retrieving bricks from a demolished house, tending to my tomato plants, and playing some new music very, very loud (Them Crooked Vultures, in particular)
Irrespective of geographical location, things are rather too quiet around these parts. Facebook is not really an adequate substitute, for those times I am looking for the usual lively PA discussion (especially on these rainy summer days).
Best film for those intimately involved with Aspies, Max and Mary
I agree. It is lovely film, without flash or dash. Great touches of Australiana in the opening sequence, too.
Well, there you go...today's Sunday Star Times awards Media 7 "the current affairs talk show of the year"
Nice one! Some budding author, in search of a fortune, needs now to write an account of the dark side of Mr R. Hide (or is he too transparent)?
Just back from the Pirongia races (in their 137th year). Scorching heat and the cream of NZ youth in massed array but I like how the betting goes--you buy $1 tickets randomly, then they assign a horse to your number. Spent $6; came away with $18.
It was indeed a most lovely version of ApplePieBed and a privilege to see performed at that range.
Good to see you in the audience, too. Off to bed, I think, as I have to make a very large fruit salad before 10am.
Hope you all have an excellent day.
Give me the ineffably strange, philosophical, bracingly unsentimental Moomins any day.
Gordon Campbell has a very good piece on the Moomins, in his latest Werewolf http://werewolf.co.nz/2009/12/classics-tales-from-moominvalley-1962-by-tove-jansson/
Joe Wylie has already discovered it and posted comments. I also noted that the Moomins have never travelled widely, except for the Japanese, who focus on the 'cute' factor.
An interesting chart but the figures seem at odds with the figures I have from Euromonitor International (European Audiovisual Observatory/national statistics), which claim:
2003=6.4; 2004=6.8; 2005=7.4; 2006=8; 2007=8.6; 2008=9.4. An upward trend!
I like the comment re Iceland, suggesting there is nothing else to do. Until two years ago, Iceland had a thriving film industry. I wonder if it is still so.
These figures were sent to me by our helpful research librarian, so I don't have a handy link.
I do delight in the stone piles/sculptures along the Omarama straight
There are also the rock arrangements exposed at low tide alongside the motorway that crosses the Motueka estuary. There may be wit and wisdom there but you pass by too quickly to see it.
(yawn) up at 4.30am to send my family off to Japan for two weeks.