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  • Hard News: After the Deluge,

    It's nice to see Russell et al at Media7 are responsible for looking after the critical journalism for Paul Henry on Breakfast. Paul can do whatever he wants because if you want to see CREDIBLE journalism you can - on TVNZ7... http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10603462&pnum=3
    Was this part of your brief BTW? Is Paul Henry going to be nominated for the Media Awards this year? Under which category?

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 291 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Miracles just rate better, okay?,

    @81st Those TVNZ staffers are psychic doncha know... maybe one of the stars from Praise Be could offer guidance as well (sarcasm). It would be a lot nicer if in 6 months time they could have Jim Mora pop around with a new garden for Aisling's parents though...

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 291 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Blue Sky Thinking,

    I'd never heard of ARC before so thanks for the heads-up! Now I'm all signed up to his news feed I'm thinking maybe Sky should just hire Jed...

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  • Hard News: Miracles just rate better, okay?,

    I've been to many of the health specialists mentioned here and think the best were manipulative physiotherapists.

    I haven't had acupuncture before. Call it an aversion to needles perhaps. I went to a hypnortherapist and gave up smoking (and it worked). I had a lifestyle change, shifted cities, stopped dancing almost every night of the week, settled down, went to lots of nice restaurants and put on 38kg. The hypnotherapy didn't work for weight loss - but 3 months of Jenny Craig and 4 years of hard exercise did. I took up soccer, circket and karate and became a volunteer fireman, so I had lots of injuries. The osteopaths were completely different in their treatment approaches. the first one I saw massaged my back for an hour before doing exactly what the chiropractor had done. The next time I saw an osteopath was after falling 5 metres of a roof and waking up in hospital. He was great. He firstly just put his hands over where I was sore and talked me into relaxing. I'd been stressed for months and it was the first time in ages I'd been truly relaxed. The pain left and I walked out feeling much better - skipping down the street better. How much of that was about the physical treatment - who knows. Did it work and was it worth $50? Short-term yes, long term who knows.
    If I was really hurt, which I was quite often (2 broken ribs, badly mangled knee, broken hand and about ten twisted ankles, knees etc) I'd go to a physio and it worked. I healed much faster than I would have without going. The manipulative physio seemed from my point of view to offer many of the same services of an osteopath or chiropractor as well as all physio servces at a quarter the cost.
    Hypnotherapy would have been an easier way to lose weight though! :-)

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 291 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Like a punch in the face,

    We never had a chance to really play much sport other than rugby when I was a kid - that would be one of the most positive changes made in the last 3 decades to primary school sport. As a parent of a 5 and 7 year old, I find that I have to pay to let my sons be involved in sport at school though. They have to wear boots and shin pads for soccer and rugby instead of bare feet. Wearing bare feet playing in Taranaki during winter at 9am on a Saturday made more of the kids cry than the actual playing of the game but at least the parents weren't footing an extra and unnecessary bill. With no boots, no-one got hurt. My older brother gave it away when they made us wear boots - even though he was the best player in our province.
    I ended up playing soccer and raised all of the money to outfit the entire club and helped ref junior games etc though didn't have kids myself at the time. We had Wynton Rufer's academy nearby and if the kids were good players they had a path forward.
    My point was that compared to 1976 sport has been taken over by the PC brigade. You need money to involve your kids in sport whereas this wasn't such a pre-requisite before. Our dad was a sports-mad primary school teacher who spent hours playing and coaching sport without pay and had a brief spell playing pro rugby league. Today it feels like he'd be charging $100 an hour for his time and he'd be calling it freelancing. I do know that there are great teachers out there working extremely hard for no thanks. The work load for teachers has increased to the point that they probably just don't have the time that they used to. In a couple of years I will be a lot more expert in this topic but at the moment it seems that if you want your kids to play sport you will be charged through the nose and the kids will be wrapped in cotton wool in case someone gets hurt. There are a lot more options as far as the number of sports you can play goes. I used to play 6 sports at secondary school without it costing me more than $60 a year in subs. Today I'd be up for about $1000. One of my favourite memories is as a 6-year-old playing bullrush with the entire complement of students at Maketu Primary School. Everyone was respectful. No-one got hurt. It was great fun. You'd never see it happen today and that was partly my original point - which was a bit tongue-in-cheek and delivered without thinking it through in great depth I might add. Off the cuff even. Someone should institute a law banning those sort of comments doncha think?

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  • Hard News: Iggy told me,

    Iggy's sooooooooo cool. Only bad-asses need apply! Awesome!

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  • Hard News: Miracles just rate better, okay?,

    The US government has just released studies showing autism is more widespread than at first thought and they have assured the public that substantial government resources are being devoted to understanding autism... http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1927824,00.html?iid=tsmodule

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  • Field Theory: Like a punch in the face,

    I started playing rugby as a 6 year-old. Tackle rugby. No one was badly hurt and it was a lot of fun. Rippa rugby it wasn't...
    http://www.nzrugby.co.nz/SmallBlacks/RippaRugby/tabid/1006/Default.aspx

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  • Hard News: Miracles just rate better, okay?,

    The McCarten Ghaddafi column was awesome. He was correct in that no other media actually reported the speech's content and since his article was published McCarten has been attacked on all fronts. Reasoned debate was shut down in favour of cultural attacks on Ghaddafi. Admittedly the guy did himself no favours by ranting on for 90 minutes but some of the points he made were valid such as the unfairness of the UN Security Council's permanent members blocking anything they don't agree with. The UN is an organisation in trouble - maybe they should have listened to the guy.
    The stem-cell case sounds shonky as. It sounds like a great Media7.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 291 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: In the Game,

    @ Eddie Clark I watched the local rugby league national champ final on Maori TV and some of the Basketball on Maori TV and there is a huge amount that you just can't follow at all unless you speak the language. That's fine for some sport - but not the biggest sporting match in the last two decades that we've spent a lot of money securing the hosting rights to. The fact that most of the small towns in New Zealand won't be able to see it unless they pay for it is the thing that peeves me off the most about the issue though. And the feeling that we are being screwed over by politicians for their own vanity.

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