Not so much as a dead elephant but a threatened kiwi! Some of you might not know that there is a Centre for New Zealand Studies at the University of London (Birkbeck College), which has been funded by a combination of NZ and the UK government. It was largely the inspiration of Ian Conrich (a great friend of New Zealand) and has been remarkably successful--showing NZ films, hosting talks by NZ film-makers and literary types (such as C.K. Stead), running international conferences on NZ Studies, building a huge resource of historic material, starting up PhDs etc etc.
Anyhow, for some inexplicable reason, Birkbeck are planning to close it down. You can sign a petition about this very foolish move, at www.lobbyingforum.com
Sacha: they surely did. Several have become regular viewers of Media 7, one is intending to write a story for Nexus, and one declared that she wasn't going to wash her hand for a week, after greeting Simon Dallow!
Were you there too?
I may well bring another van-load up but firstly I am off to the UK tomorrow, for 3 conferences in 10 days.
That's how it goes. I would recommend you go along to a Wednesday taping, to see how spontaneous the conversations are. It is just so great to have such a programme on TV.
From The Word 'Something for the Weekend':
Good Media 7 again this week. A bonus was a post-taping rugby chat with Spiros Z.
'7 Days' looked like a (very welcome) re-working of the BBC's / Hat Trick Production's 'Have I Got News For You'.
I had the same thought but local news makes for local wit (and as Steve Allen famously said "Imitation is the sincerest form of lelevision').
Love the Bunnythorpe painting..if I had a spare eight or ten thousand! Incidentally, the original place name for Bunnythorpe was "Mugby Junction", which is more daft by far. I lived there for a time, when I was doing a Dip. Hort at Massey--on Stoney Creek Road, where we gave our farm house the temporary name of "The Pebbles".
Anyone been to 'Inglorious Basterds' yet? It is indeed violent and amoral, but also a heap of fun. Sort of a revenge/fantasy for the thinking classes!
..it is Friday. after all;
A good Media 7 last night (and I second the comments about Marie McNicholas--we need more journos like her)--but the two radio guys were a waste of space. Don't they get more than enough time to stroke their egos on radio?
My 16 year old daughter Catherine Rose will doubtless love the Peaches clip.
Much like "suffer the little children to come unto me" doesn't mean what you might think.
Or, Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want"?
The talk itself went well: I enjoyed it, and the students seemed to as well.
Always good value, those students. But I did observe (and I am sounding like my own parents here), they all looked so damn young
I am off on my own jaunt in a week or two-, to do talks at three conferences (London, Liverpool and Cardiff) in 10 days! Conferences on 'Transforming Audiences', a 'Media Education Summit' and 'The Future of Journalism'. Such is the lot of the modern academic (and guilt-ridden about the carbon miles)!
I am open to taking requests to bring back supplies (light/cheap/legal) from the UK. I intend to hunt down a DVD copy of Afghan Star.
Did Close Up acknowledge where the story originated? It seemed to me that they were taking criedit for raising the issues, in a rather self-satisfied fashion.
If you get a chance, travel the Northern Pacific Highway--magnificent coastline and interesting corners of American history--including an old Russian trading fort at Fort Ross. My brother lives in Mendocino (which both Sir Douglas Quartet and The McGarrigle Sisters have sung about). Just up the coast is Fort Bragg, where you can find the Glass Beach--crescents of coloured glass particles which have been ground smooth by the tremendous surf. There are whales off-shore and wonderful wild flowers in spring and birds crowding the telephone wires in Bodega Bay (where The Birds was shot).