Posts by Andre

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  • Cracker: Of Racks and Ratings,

    JC is always happy to talk to anyone in the street... he's fairly chilled out off-screen. He used to frequent the same takeaways as me.
    Why the beat-up? We need his show to continue existing. It actually does more for us than The Simpsons. If you're interested in getting Sky you can get The Simpsons anyway - and we can't actually purchase another half hour attempt at real NZ journalism in prime time otherwise.
    Two years ago - even 12 months ago - 3News was winning hands-down and TVNZ was in a slump mainly because Carole Hirschfield and John Campbell came up trumps for TV3. They've lost one of the dynamic duo (Hirschfield to Maori TV). Think of Newsboy and Havoc. Where's Paul Casserly when you need him etc. Jeremy and Paul forged ahead in Mikey's absence. Who is looking after Mr Campbell?
    Has Close Up suffered since Janet Wilson left? Yes it has. The quality of both shows has dropped because of the loss of some bright sparks. But new people with new great ideas might arrive and currently the situation is a pressure cooker for anyone wanting the job(s).
    Most importantly we need to keep both shows rather than having one replaced by an (albeit fantastic) US cartoon.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 301 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: The Sad News Springboks,

    I was trying to think of Breaking Away's name when I scrolled down and you had it already. My addled memory recalled the team was "The Cutters" and I love the scene when they jump into the quarry off the cliffs. When it came out my friends all had 10-speeds and I had a one-speed but we'd ride 30 to 40km to the beach and back together - I was working my butt off to get up the hills in the same time as my friends though. We lived in Warkworth and went to the Old Wilson Cement Works to swim all through summer and jumping off the cliffs on the far side in the 90 metre deep quarry was the best fun. It's funny - I always thought I was almost the only person who had seen it. I watched it again a couple of years back and it's still fantastic.
    On a completely different topic, I think Ali Williams needs orthotics if he hasn't got them already. I did my achilles and hamstrings almost monthly until getting a pair - they work. It's not like he can't afford it - but then who knows now his furniture business went under and his prospects of earning lots playing rugby just took a plunge. When you think how much less the NZRU will make if we miss out on winning the RWC, then $500 on a podiatrist seems small change.
    I still go to type NZRFU - apparently it changed in 2006... that word football is almost a misnomer in NZ. I'm waiting for hacky-sackers to adopt it too for example.
    The fact that the '95 AB's were poisoned was almost as bad as Wayne Barnes blatant bias and cheating last time around. WTF are they going to do this time? Togo at the African Cup of Nations might have been a test run. You do get the feeling they'll stop at nothing to win and that's made me very negative towards rugby. Wayne Barnes (and the official reaction to his display) made following the AB's seem a bit stupid. Why bother at that point? Does Invictus show half our team vomiting in 1995? Jeff Wilson could hardly walk. Scum.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 301 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: Pauly Fuemana: How . . . sad,

    I loved OMCs album and didn't know Pauly. I vividly remember hearing "How Bizarre" for the first time on New Years Eve Day in Mapua Camground before attending N-Train. It was on high-rotate on the radio and I thought it was an amazing song. After three plays over 2 hours the DJ came on and said it was Otara Millionaires Club. I was stunned - and very proud to be a kiwi. I was 100% convinced that it was the latest sound from London or NY.
    I lived downtown in the late 80's and I thought the arrival in town of Karlos Quartez (fashion modelling at the time) and Darryl DLT Thompson changed the whole scene - suddenly it was very cool to be non-pakeha. OMC sealed the deal!

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 301 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Do Want?,

    I agrrrrrree in hindsight Paul.
    Ok not Auschwitz. Maybe more like an animal Aramoana then. It just sucks that Wellsford has gone feral. I'm almost waiting for one of them to say "squeal like a pig boy" on 3 News tonight. They just seem very backwards. The thought of the dogs running around trapped and screaming in anguish for a very long period of time makes me ill.
    It used to be a bit rough around the edges in Wellsford. The local gang were the Boot Boys and their leader was Gumboot - he drowned at Te Arai in the end. Apparently there are now 3 gangs in Wellsford. And the wierd thing is that the place also has lots of life-styling Aucklanders living there. And we want to put a 2 billion dollar road through? Bizarre. Why don't we spend the money on running a train line to Omaha Beach via Takapuna, Orewa and Warkworth instead?

    And Ben I agree that using a paper and pen can be liberating - especially in meetings. I find that not using a computer or disconnecting my internet connection when making phone calls allows me to make many more calls because there are no distractions as well.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 301 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Do Want?,

    Sorry to interrupt etc... but as a dog owner it's a bit like watching Auschwich with dogs screaming and I was truly appalled. And saddened.

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  • Hard News: Do Want?,

    Meteria Turei (I hope I spelt it wrongly), the heart-rending scenes from Wellsford, who gives a toss - the ipad is much the same apparently (according to the herald)... (normally I'd insert a smirk but as an ex-pupil of Wellsford Primary my heart sinks too low...

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 301 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We still died at each other's…,

    "FFS, Andre -- you didn't watch the television news last night, did you?"

    I caught the news on 3 and thought it would have been a dozen times more rabid 7 years ago (pardon the pun)...

    I'm surprised by the amount of violence that happens daily in the Hawkes Bay. The crime per capita rates down there must have been crazed last year.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 301 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We still died at each other's…,

    Remember way back when the National opposition branded the media as a bunch of left-wing liberals? Where did those bleeding heart journos all go?
    Probably overseas for twice the pay...
    Where are the headlines asking to ban all pitbulls including all cross-bred ones this summer? The press maybe aren't scrambling for legal changes now only because all dog owners are basically persecuted under the current laws anyway.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 301 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Architecture of Elsewhere,

    The Supreme Court looks awful outside but okay inside.

    I thought the Master Builders Federation House Of the Year Awards were a good idea so we launched the magazine for them and raised their initial sponsorship -Sacha designed it. The basis was that architects were getting credit when at times workmanship was ignored.

    If you have fellow builders judging your work and they say it's good ,then that is what counts. GJ Gardner were a small firm advertising in the first issue back in 1993. Early adopters - good on them!

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 301 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Table 6.2: 'Rich pricks' & Others,

    Also I find it difficult to believe that I am given no benefit from joining forces with my partner and forging a life together. She earned a benefit for being a widow with two kids and we forgo that benefit to live together with my 2 step-sons and their 9 month old brother. The government offers me Nothing. It costs me more than the average wage a week extra to what I was paid - before we met and I became a step-dad. I own my own firm and therefore receive no help. It seems unfair. I've saved everyone $30k last year and I'm in media and it wasn't a great year.
    Changes need to be made to our laws to reflect the fact that we no longer live in the 1920's.
    My partner previously lived in Australia where everything was paid for by the government (no matter what etc) if you had small children. I think it is all a bit heartless and I don't think the government policy reflects how New Zealanders would prefer it to be.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 301 posts Report Reply

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