Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Hard News: Another entry in the Public…,

    Just to divert the conversation away from medical matters, for a moment. I made tamarillo chutney yesterday, using your recipe Sofie. Very tasty. Used the very last of the fruit off our large tree, which I hope will survive the frost battering of the past couple of weeks.

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  • Island Life: Bye, bye, you peculiar guy.,

    Never went for the doodlings of Yes much but a dishevelled Rick Wakeman pops up in a slot on the Arts Channel on Sky quite regularly. I watched one ep last week, which was a long conversation with a British muso (Snowy White) I had never heard of, and it was really interesting.

    Any picks for the Film Festival? I have Afghan Star lined up and it looks like I will have to travel up SH1 for more, now that Bill Gosden has done the dirty on us.

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  • Hard News: Another entry in the Public…,

    I'm finally on allopurinol for uric acid

    Are those little yellow pills of an extract from the crocus bulb? They can be rather lethal--quite literally give you the shits. But anything that makes you better...

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  • Hard News: Another entry in the Public…,

    ...and our secretary has just popped into my office, to say that Michael Jackson has died! Is that so?

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  • Hard News: Footnotes,

    Re the debate about democracy and representation, the following quote from this week's Word Magazine newsletter:

    QUOTE: "It is enough that the people know
    there was an election. The people
    who cast the votes decide nothing.
    The people who count the votes
    decide everything."
    ~ Joseph Stalin

    Shades of Zimbabwe and Iran?

    A good Media 7 last night but John Tamahere was a right nong!

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  • Hard News: Footnotes,

    There is one good thing about winning such a heap of money--sitting down and thinking about how you could redistribute most of it. No individual nor family needs more than a million (or less), so it would be wonderful to be able to fund, with the other $34 million, all those good causes that normally just struggle along. We could fund, for example, the independent journalism venture we have talked about in the past.

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  • Hard News: Footnotes,

    Good to have you back, Russell. Things have been quiet around here whilst you have been away. But you look after yourself, you hear!!

    Who buys Investigate? Lazy journos in search of an inflammatory story?

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  • Up Front: A Kink in the Pants,

    There are legal ethics? Man, I've been doing this job all wrong

    There are, and like legal ethics,they are a species under continuous threat. So, we need to do our best to protect and propogate them*, starting with the young 'uns (students, that is).

    Apologies for the mixed metaphors.

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  • Up Front: A Kink in the Pants,

    There are legal ethics? Man, I've been doing this job all wrong

    I believe so, even though they are a threatened species. Indeed, they can be a very satisfying way of understanding the world. For the past few years, I have contributed to a second year uni course on Media Ethics, with teaching shared between Philosophy and my department (Screen & Media Studies). It is always interesting; the philosophers talk about general principles, we apply them to specific cases. I have also been trying to get the Law faculty involved in something similar, but so far without success.

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  • OnPoint: What gorilla?,

    Hope you are feeling better and back into action, Russell. These bright and sunny winter mornings are uplifting for us all.

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