Posts by John Farrell

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  • OnPoint: Two wallops of wonk, with a…,

    On National Radio this morning, there was an interview with a textile worker from Oamaru, who is working a 9 day fortnight. He says the provisions for this were already in his employment contract.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 321 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Absence of Malice,

    Oh no! Someone mentioned gestetners....

    (Dinah - I think you'll find the copier with the purple copies was a Banda).

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  • Hard News: Rethinking the EFA,

    Ahh....Dunedin. I must admit that after living near Auckland (in Helensville, of all places...) for 25 years that it's great to live less than 5 minutes from where I work......and I can park free 2 minutes walk away. The post election interviews with the local papers' voter panels only had one national supporter..against 2 green and 3 labour supporters! Mind you....I don't think the locals want aucklanders here in great numbers....but they are happy to hear that someone who grew up in the place is glad to return.

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  • Hard News: Prospects,

    If teachers don't want national testing, start organising now.....have 80% to 90% willing to refuse to carry it out, when it is introduced. Introduce National to a little civil disobedience.

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  • Island Life: What I saw at the product launch,

    My son lives in Auckland Central, and he voted for Nikki Kaye, because she was young, and a woman - a rare species among National candidates. His party vote didn't go to National, though.

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  • Hard News: Prospects,

    I'll be voting this evening, at a booth just round the corner from my house, on my way home from work. Then, after dinner, I'll put on a DVD - Pink Floyd's "Pulse" should be right.
    On Sunday morning, I'll turn on the radio, to hear the worst - I'm too old to stand the drawn out torture of the election results.

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  • Hard News: History is now,

    More.."he's a perfect representative of all that is not american....he's a third worlder." This guy appers to be some sort of blogger, and claims to be a "newsman".

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  • Hard News: History is now,

    An amazing interview just on National Radio, with a disappointed republican called "bad eagle", who was ranting about Obama not being a patriot, that he is a third world marxist, not a black american.

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  • Island Life: Difficult to swallow,

    "Meurant" sounds close to what the New Scientist calls nominative determinism...."Inspector Rant".

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  • Up Front: The Classics Are Rubbish Too,

    If you dislike Dickens, why not try "The Pickwick Papers". It's the only book of his I enjoyed.

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