Many folk with noise-induced hearing loss are left both deaf and with tinnitus
About 6 months after my tinnitus started, I thought, well, maybe it would be better if I just lost the hearing in that ear, and then it would go away - five minutes with Dr. Google convinced me that somehow deliberately making myself deaf wouldn't be a good option.
Christopher- that's an intriguing technique, I shall try it.
Benka Borodovsky Bordello Band
are no longer, having imploded...
@Lyndon: yes, I kept feeling like I was missing something in Eleven and Twelve, and that I would all become clear on a second viewing. Hmm. The only other festival show I got to see was The Tragic Life of Cheeseboy, which was properly magical and I may have even clapped my hands with glee at one stage - if only theatre made for adults could elicit the same response more often.
Also, Philip - I went to Colm Toibin's talk today at the Writers Festival, where he spoke about Brooklyn - it could have been great as he is clearly articulate and engaging but I don't think that a fellow writer necessarily makes a great interviewer. The interviewer also spent the first ten minutes or so making a big deal of Toibin's sexuality which was completely bizarre and enraging (for me, although Toibin was very gracious about it).
Apart from Wilco and the Pixies - two of the best gigs I've been to within months of each other - I had a great personal cultural highlight right at the start of the year when I played a gig in Karamea, got to meet all the locals, watched a local young lad's crotch get wrapped in glad-wrap (guess why?), and then pretended to be a DJ until 3am on a Monday morning. Those coasters can wipe the floor when it comes to partying, seriously impressive. The next day I had a great couple of hours with Barry at the Hector Country Music Museum.
I always become a bit despondent when someone suggests going to Monsoon Poon, because I am certain that:
a) the food will be ok, but I could probably get something better for less elsewhere
b) given that that person has chosen it, I suspect they aren't very exciting and hence conversation may not be that exciting either
c) I'll have to spend a lot of the night trying not to rant about all the racist, sorry "ironic", sayings all over the place.
A friend and I tried out the new TVNZ on demand service on the PS3 the other night - not knowing what to watch, we basically just clicked the first thing on the first list we got to, which was The Apprentice. We couldn't get over how unintentionally hilarous it was. (It possibly helped that we had a strong injection of wine at the time).
Also, they call him "Sir"? For real? This, along with the crushingly mundane tasks make it seem more like the world's strangest boarding school rather than a way to find a hot shot business talent.
Ha, I'm glad I accidentally deleted my first post and saw Russell's much more extensive list.
I'd also add Kim Choe, now at TV3, and Paul Deady, the current bfm news and editorial director - he's a great interviewer.
Cutting The Wire in half is a terrible, terrible move
That is REALLY bad news. Apart from the being one of the few radio shows that can interview people for up to 20mins at a time without ads, it's been a really rich training ground for journalists and broadcasters.
I think we've found a new bfm host everyone! someone who can spin some tunes and really ask the hard questions of politicians:
(from the Beat Goes On site)
Politics can be boring but not with Tony Amos. Tony chuckles to himself at least 10 times a day as his very active mind comtemplates the goings on of our top politicians. After the chuckles Tony jots it all down and arrives at the studio to present The "Weekly Political Roundup" Somehow through the laughter Tony delivers with his wonderful and booming Solid Gold voice a funny and thought provoking look at the crazy world of politics.
Usually people who chuckle to themselves so much don't get to leave a secure room, let alone be invited onto a TV show.
Running OS X10.6, Firefox, with adblocker and noscript- but all the scripts on tvnz website are allowed. Youtube runs fine. The adobe player initialises - then just sits there loading. Forever.
Tim - I found I have to disable adblocker completely on TVNZ and TV3 to get anything to play, not just allow some items. But I know almost nothing how these things work so there's no doubt a more elegant solution out there.
What Deborah said.
Plus: this hasn't been the only thread that's been filled with posturing recently. Doesn't make for particularly interesting discussions.