Posts by Grant McDougall

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  • Field Theory: It has started,

    That win flattered Italy, I reckon. England were competitive and unlucky not to win, but Italy looked stodgy and one-dimensional. Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands or Germany would've beaten them easily, I reckon.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 581 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Sportsball Special!,

    I'm going to the test here in Dunedin on Saturday. If the ABs don't drastically improve, I suspect it'll be nasty viewing.

    If they'd played the Boks last Saturday, they'd have been hammered.

    The fitba World Cup should be great viewing. I'd love to see the Dutch win it, they've been so near yet so far, so often.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 581 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The People's Poet is dead!,

    I was in my mid-teens when The Young Ones first screened in NZ in '85. It became a weekly ritual for my friends and I to go into town on Friday evenings, get someone to buy us under-agers a flagon of beer, then go around to someone's place to watch The Young Ones, which screened at 11 or 11.30pm.

    Then on Saturday we'd go around to someone else's place watch a video-recording of it, because, well, just by chance someone's parents actually had such a pricey commodity.

    Come school on Monday we'd end up talking our way through it, picking the best pieces out, etc.

    It really, really was perfect for people our age.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 581 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: PhotoForum at 40,

    That Muldoon photo is a classic. Say what you will about his politics and personality, but he had immense presence in front of both the TV and still camera.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 581 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Lighting the Dark, in reply to Nat D,

    I didn't intend to derail it - certainly not deliberately, ok ? This might surprise you, but I'm on actually on your side. Sorry for upsetting anyone, but I just thought the gun aspect was worth commenting on.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 581 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Lighting the Dark, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    Fair call, but I think you're getting the wrong end of the stick. But let's be realistic about this: would he have murdered all those people if guns weren't so easily available ? I doubt it.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 581 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Lighting the Dark, in reply to Moz,

    Oops, thanks for that.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 581 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Lighting the Dark,

    His attitude to women was certainly a contributing factor, but America's crazy gun access, laws and culture also played a major part. Good summary by Michael Moore on it.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 581 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Digital Natives,

    It'll be interesting to see how many MPs IM get and what effect it'll have. If it costs National being in gov't, they'll have no one else to blame, considering they decided to reject the Law Commission's recommendation to scrap the coat-tails rule.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 581 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Bringing the…,

    Regarding Vehicle, us Dunedinites were pretty lucky when it came out in 1990, David Kilogur's actual original artwork was put in the window of Echo Records on George St and very nice it looked, too.

    Nice to see Craig MacDonald given a pat on the back for his Able Tasmans' artwork. I crossed paths with him last year through mutual friends and he's a top bloke.

    As for the almighty Sun Ra, I highly recommend John Swzed's magisterial biography Space Is The Place, a truly cracking read whether you like Ra's music or not.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 581 posts Report Reply

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