Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Hard News: We interrupt this broadcast ...,

    Own Our Future...
    I thought the Greens clip was good positive, people stuff...

    Labour's was good positive, people oriented stuff too,
    but where were the Christchurch MPs or any mention of it,
    it is, after all, something that will affect the whole country
    for some time, and it has the requisite 'struggle quotient'...
    (nice handling of the Lange years and the 'Douglas problem')

    As to the steaming pile that is John Key and National's effort
    well, I shouldn't critique it too much, as I'd like them to keep
    using it long enough to drag them out of sight - where did they
    get that room full of people who all hold their breath, or was
    that hum the fans on all those automatons - Key shows his
    massive disconnect from the populace in his glib patter, he
    talks mostly about money, he milks the chchch earthquakes
    only for its economic impact (I note the only other MP shown
    in the bookending Feelers montage is Bovver Boy Brownlee).
    Apparently selling a 49% stake in only 4 public assets will halve
    our deficit and the next year it will half again and then
    ( Zeno's paradoxes aside) it will "fundamentally be gone!" - Economagical indeed!
    Also National standards is only a 'plain english' report on how
    our kids are doing - so what were those reports we all took home
    in the past about? (Ian could try harder in maths, etc)
    And apparently everyone speaks police jargon, he drops 'clan labs' into
    his spiel on creating more police to protect us - while only naming drugs
    as a driver of crime, no solutions for any other criminal creators then...
    The only extra elective surgery I want is National excised and cauterised!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We interrupt this broadcast ...,

    haunting spectra...

    Believing Is Seeing (Observations on the Mysteries of Photography)

    Heartily recommended, cultural forensics of the highest order...
    My first contact with Errol Morris, the fact that Tom Waits took the only wedding photo he had, tickled me...

    the green kinder garden...

    On the billboards, am I the only one who finds the Greens’ use of children unsettling? Like having kids at a protest…

    I have no problem with it, isn't it the societal imperative to make a future for children and their children and so on - National treat kids and teenagers like they don't realise they are the chrysalises adults come from... adults with memories and the power to change things.
    So why not illustrate a push towards a richer future with what you treasure and are fighting for?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Occupy: Don't call it a protest, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Pryers and priors...

    Stuff, on the other hand, is particularly bad for making significant changes to stories while keeping them under the same URL and headline, and not annotating changes. Things just disappear.

    And they could really do with a 'Related stories' or 'Earlier stories' side bar as well, perhaps instead of the links to the same stories they have in 2 or 3 or more places...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Politics of Absence, in reply to 3410,

    Well spotted and flagged!

    Roger Langston
    Ahem. ;)

    oops! I jolly well over-rogered that
    didn't I... what a complete dick!

    Of course I meant - Richard Langston
    apologies, genuflections and thanks

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  • Hard News: Occupy: Don't call it a protest, in reply to JacksonP,

    Ag + Fish = starch munchers...

    Anyone else missing the book blogs? Anyone?

    What we need is a secondhand blog shop...
    Here's one on Madeline by Gordon Campbell
    and a whole raft of 'em from Werewolf

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Tower Insurance Have Some Bad…, in reply to Sacha,

    Oranges and Lemons...

    Cathedral’s fate to be announced this morning.

    I love a good church fete...
    ;- )

    Orange Zone update...

    Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Cera chief executive Roger Sutton will deliver an update at 2.15pm. (28 Oct)

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  • Southerly: Tower Insurance Have Some Bad…,

    Cells that fire together, wire together...

    and the real Hop Yip Chong (spelling?)

    Hop Yick Cheong and Co... and Gordon Tait's bookshop when it was up the alley beside The Zetland, and a Ringo's Book Exchange on every suburban corner... I can still smell the approach to Mary Grays... and flicking through a book of old Chchch eating houses I see I'd forgotten the Sorbonne!


    Horsing around in the Hippocampus...

    How does an income-less person like me help?
    Indeed, what can I help with?
    I can only deal with memories – going back to 1952-
    and my memories are familial & particular

    Maybe a writing project based on memories of Chchch
    on your own or with others and perhaps photos,
    for the city's collective anectdotage...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Occupy: Don't call it a protest, in reply to Caleb D'Anvers,

    Fahrenheit 451... and bad circulation

    Because regulations prevent the library selling these second-hand, they're going straight into skips. Said colleague says she's found some really rare and notable items just sitting outside, waiting to go into landfill.

    And this is from institutions that extol logic and learning?
    Wanton book destruction should be a crime, if they can't legally sell them they should give them away or make them available to other libraries - maybe people need to create community of interest libraries either in one place or by shared access.
    Gapfiller's little fridge-based exchange library in Chchch is a great public initiative, I just put another two cartons of books in it yesterday...

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  • Southerly: Tower Insurance Have Some Bad…,

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  • OnPoint: PREFU 2011: "What credit downgrade?", in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Jumpin' Jack Flash...

    Which seemed to be the entire thrust of the rather feeble Three piece...

    Maybe, but Key needs to learn how to stall questions better then,
    'cos his body (& actual) language screams avoidance maybe even lying...
    I just don't trust someone who squirms, twists and turns that much,
    and he really does need to work on his memory, that ploy is getting old...


    Gas, gas, gas...
    As an aside - this gas leak thing is a worry, it is showing up our
    infrastructure problems again - 30 year old buried pipe ...
    - if one weld goes what are the others like? and that aerial footage
    of the same pipes just spanning gullies in mid air was chilling...
    one good earthquake and those could be ruptured - and they had
    a 5.2 near Taupo tonight (admittedly quite deep) but all it needs
    is for those pipes to go in a coupla places and the entire upper
    North Island grinds to a halt - maybe they need to reinvent the
    Tank Farm and a few big storage gas tanks somewhere - what
    happened to those old gas tanks in Freemans Bay/College Hill? := )

    and what was that whole thing about the company not being
    insured for this kind of outage eventuality - will the customers/
    taxpayers have to shoulder this as well - scary...

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