Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Hard News: The Web, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    My university email is more than 24 years old and still works well--except for the irritating requirement to change my password every 90 days.

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  • Hard News: Diverse Auckland: are we…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Thanks, Russell. Even the two local beat policewomen came along to offer their condolences.

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  • Hard News: Diverse Auckland: are we…,

    We had a remarkable experience of the people richness of Auckland, when Josephine and I held a remembrance in Grey Lynn this morning, for my sister Diana Golding who died in Auckland Hospital on Friday morning, We were expecting a small gathering but over 70 people were there--social workers, local store owners, street people, the staff of Grey Lynn Library, a Buddhist monk, friends from all over Auckland. I learnt a great deal about the years when my sister's and my life diverged, through people just standing and sharing their memories of her. I didn't know, for example, that she was known as The Queen of Grey Lynn. There was ukeleles, electric guitars and singing and laughter. I was very, very impressed by the community tightness of this corner of old Auckland.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Both sides of…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Thanks, Ian. It was fun to write and I even got paid a modest sum. Hope it might winkle out another lovely old lady or two. I did a talk in Wellington last week and someone who was there told me about her father winning a contest in Rotorua as a four year old, curly-haired boy. It could make for another interesting twist on the story--the first Shirley Temple cross-dresser?

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Both sides of…,

    Graham Reid over at elsewhere has had some interesting Springsteen playing this week, including a bootleg of a 1978 concert in LA. This was recorded one year before I saw him in concert in Cleveland, Ohio where he seemed to set the pattern for 3 hour+ long performances. Won a ticket in a contest run by a Toledo OH radio station after being in the country for 3 days--which was kind of fitting, seeing part of the reason why I journeyed to the US to start a doctorate was a desire to encounter the mythic America Springsteen was singing about.
    I like how he draws on his extensive back catalogue, but not exclusively--unlike bands like the Stones who haven't done anything new for yonks. And he does seem genuine in his politics (can't imagine Jagger donating to the City Mission).

    No disgrace in leaving before the encore. Did so for Neil Young, after three hours of standing in a crammed space on sticky plastic.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Mayor of…,

    Went to the Taioreore performance by Turtle Lake on the final night of the excellent Hamilton Gardens Festival. Initially it seemed rather daft, blending traditional Japanese song and percussion with Maori waiata , haka and poi. But it worked, largely due to the most tremendous and strenuous drumming by three very handsome Japanese male drummers. Great gut-sturring thumps and clatters echoing across the lake in the moonlight.
    Incidentally, I was commenting to someone about how lively summers in New Zealand have become, with every weekend crowded with competing events,

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cinema 'Tron,

    ...but she's never been to me...

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  • Hard News: Let's do some commerce,

    Russell: Does this mean that the media show on MTS won't begin for a while?

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  • Field Theory: Drinking & Insomnia & the…,

    I concur with the Chiefs comment. We were travelling over the Desert Road at night and trying to listen to the commentary on old steam radio--which faded away at the most exciting bits. An excellent victory--but so many injuries!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cinema 'Tron,

    Charles Bradley was great, in a sold-out concert at the James Cabaret in Wellington last night (the venue is a well-kept secret!). All the right tropes of great soul music and another demonstration that you don't have to be conventionally beautiful to be sexy and sensual.

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