Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Hard News: Swine flu, terror and Susan Boyle,

    You cannot seriously be putting skinheads and nazis in the same boat as pro life groups, can you?

    Yes, in numerous cases, I would.

    Why don't you bugger off and annoy some other blog, Grant.

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  • Hard News: Swine flu, terror and Susan Boyle,

    But there isn't any point to my rant, because everyone who watches 'reality television' is stupid, and all the shows are crap. I keep being told this, over and over, so it must be true.

    May I reassure you Danielle, that you certainly aren't! "Reality TV" is one of those lazy descriptions used to dismiss a huge range of television sub-genres--from Pioneer House to NZ's Next Top Model.


    As far as Susan Boyle is concerned, I think it is much less to do with television than the venial and vile red-top British press, (The Sun in particular) who once again are displaying their finely-honed hypocrisy.

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  • Field Theory: Kicking the underdog,

    Yes, it was a rough Sunday morning. We gathered, with friends, for a cooked breakfast and a delayed broadcast of the Super 14 final. Unfortunately, I had already heard the result on the 8am NatRadio news (where it appeared as an after-thought), so it was a bit difficult to feign excitement. General agreement on switching off at around the 60 minute mark.

    I wonder if it would have different if Sitivatu and Leonard had been playing, and de Malmache hadn't gone off. Maybe not much difference!

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  • Hard News: Not many, if any ...,

    Managing to initially mishear the lyrics of Annie's Song as let me drown in your bathtub has gifted me with a lifelong resistance to John Denver

    My favourite story is Tom Waits recalling how his long-time partner Kathleen Brennan used to mis-hear "There's a bad moon a-rising" as "There's a bathroom on the right".

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  • Hard News: Not many, if any ...,

    Completely off topic but I have started writing a paper today, for the Future of Journalism conference at the Cardiff School of Journalism (Wales) in September. The title is "Will Media Studies be the salvation of journalism?".

    Pithy comments, startling insights and old-timey wisdom welcomed--either here or via my email address <Lealand@waikato.ac.nz>

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  • Hard News: Not many, if any ...,

    I am so annoyed with EC

    What's he done now? I can pretty much excuse him anything, if I get a dose of "Alibi" (off 'When I Was Cruel") first.

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  • Hard News: Not many, if any ...,

    It may be off-beam, but for your geeks debate...

    "I can't understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I am frightened by old ones" (John Cage, 1912-1992). Discuss.

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  • Hard News: Not many, if any ...,

    I have to get in early with this one: Go The Chiefs!!!!!!

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  • Field Theory: How I Roll (pt1),

    Geoff: I spent most of my childhood and adolescence in Hamilton,

    Fair enough, Simon. I didn't go to school here (my children have), so my experience has been different. It may be a bit trite but I have always endeavored to find the best in any place I haved lived in (I was raised in Hawera, after all).
    One thing that does disappoint me about Hamilton, though, is the toothless local zoning laws, which allow bastard developers to knock down all kinds of things--most recently, destroying the graceful old brick wall that curved around the intersection of Clyde Road, alongside the old convent, in order to build more tacky shops. But, like other Hamilton East locals, I have voiced my displeasure.

    Still, parts of Wellington inner city were looking pretty rundown and sad when I was there last week.

    Maybe, you could add the Hamilton gully system, which threads through the city? I have friends who have a 100+ year old stand of kahikatea in the bottom of the gully (a ravine, really) that borders their property.

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  • Field Theory: How I Roll (pt1),

    Geoff: I spent most of my childhood and adolescence in Hamilton,

    Fair enough, Simon. I didn't go to school here (my children have), so my experience has been different. It may be a bit trite but I have always endeavored to find the best in any place I haved lived in (I was raised in Hawera, after all).
    One thing that does disappoint me about Hamilton, though, is the toothless local zoning laws, which allow bastard developers to knock down all kinds of things--most recently, destroying the graceful old brick wall that curved around the intersection of Clyde Road, alongside the old convent, in order to build more tacky shops. But, like other Hamilton East locals, I have voiced my displeasure.

    Still, parts of Wellington inner city were looking pretty rundown and sad when I was there last week.

    Maybe, you could add the Hamilton gully system, which threads through the city? I have friends who have a 100+ year old stand of kahikatea in the bottom of the gully (a ravine, really) that borders their property.

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