Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    Also where is Hides contempt for the men who wanted to ruin his marriage . I would be furious about that, anyone would be.

    That is quite odd, isn't it? Surely the natural response would be to be angry at the people talking about blackmailing you and wrecking your marriage.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    Agreed. But while Slater is odious, Hell Pizza aren’t exactly, er, saints, either. A couple of years’ ago on Campbell Live (iirc) there was a story on a couple that’d bought into the franchise and somehow ended up in dispute with it.

    The franchise responded with some pretty heavy legal threats, etc. It was real “using a sledge-hammer to kill an ant” stuff. Hell Pizza came across as rude, inconsiderate bullies. The couple were very, very pressured and stressed to a completely unnecessary extent.

    Bear in mind that Slater’s vendetta on Blomfield was apparently at the behest of Blomfield’s former Hell Pizza partners, who were still running the business. It’s a very tainted brand, in my opinion. But taking it out on the poor bloody local franchise-holder seems harsh too. I just don’t like the product.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cilla!, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    nah man…I hadn’t seen that list. but there is a Cilla canon swapped among certain types.

    Oh, I certainly wasn't suggesting you'd cribbed!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cilla!,

    Dammit.I knew I forgot something.

    Gary Steel's highly readable memoir of Wellington's In Touch and TOM magazines, for Audioculture.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cilla!,

    Okay, so it turns out there's quite a bit of Cilla, although much of it fits more comfortably under "novelty".

    I'd been thinking "if only she'd worked with Scott Walker" -- and she did! Kinda. This muffled recording of a duet is all that remains of Walker's appearance on one of her Christmas specials.

    It's from a Guardian roundup of unusual Cilla moments, which crosses over notably with Alan's :-)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cilla!, in reply to Ken Double,

    Bless. I remember her Blind Date period well. She was a bit (a lot) of a Thatcherite was our Cilla.

    You see, if she'd just kept hanging out with the Beatles and done loads of acid with them, this would never have happened.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cilla!, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Remember the Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is By My Side that played at the film festival this year? In a weird way, the Hendrix Estate did an interesting if flawed film and lead Andre 3000 a solid by refusing to let them use any of Hendrix’s music. It was quite refreshing to see a movie about a musician where you’re not assessing a ventriloquist act that’s never quite going to come off.

    Yes. In that sense, it obliged the film to make its own way.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cilla!, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    I had a feeling it'd be you who'd bring the knowledge on this one!

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    The bizarre and confusing timeline of Cameron Slater's feelings about Hell Pizza ...

    In 2009, Hell's stunt with a billboard outside Mark Hotchin's house is "superb timely marketing". And more of the same.

    By 2011, Slater says Hell has been "persecuting" and "vilifying" Hotchin and founder Warren Powell is "scum".

    In May 2012, he complains that the makers of a Sunday report "pursued a story irrespective of the facts with the pre-supposed idea that Hell and in particular Warren Powell and the other directors were bad bastards. They did no research into the backgrounds of those they featured and ignored evidence when it was offered to them by independent third parties."

    So they're the good guys now. Curiously, May 2012 is also when Slater began his crazy, abusive vendetta against former Hell Pizza marketing manager Matt Blomfield, using a hard drive of Blomfield's emails apparently provided to him by Powell and others.

    Does Carrick Graham fit in anywhere here?

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  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative, in reply to 81stcolumn,

    A problem which is not helped at all by various Western discourses* that actually limit the scope of the Saudi government, which may be imperilled when seen to be giving in to Infidels. Indeed the current witch hunting does seem to look like that similarly political vehicle of Catholicism The Inquisition.

    Which took place in the 12 and 13th centuries.

    The current surge in executions in Saudi Arabia -- for such crimes as sorcery, apostasy and adultery -- seems like a grotesque throwback. As the UN pointed out:

    “The trials are by all accounts grossly unfair. Defendants are often not allowed a lawyer and death sentences were imposed following confessions obtained under torture. The method of execution then aggravates a situation that is already totally unacceptable."

    A month ago we learned that the Saudis have been snatching apostates off the streets of New Zealand and forcibly repatriating them. And our government responds thus:

    Labour's Phil Goff has written to Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse and Police Minister Anne Tolley asking what follow-up action officials had taken to get to the bottom of what happened.

    Woodhouse and then-Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins refused to comment, saying it was a matter for police. Tolley said police "have not raised any concerns about issues such as these".

    And John Key is looking forward to going to Saudi Arabia next year to negotiate a free trade agreement.

    I mean, can we get even a little condemnation up in here?

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