Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Southerly: Village People, in reply to Sacha,

    A disability advisor for the Christchurch City Council Cam Scott says there are no quick fixes to create universal accessibility and unfortunately that is making some people angry.

    This is the same Council who held up consents for small businesses trying to get restarted in tiny premises who did not have disability toilets/access - but it is ok for the Council to override that in its own premises... nice double standards!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5121 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Mega Conspiracy, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    They call me Mr Quay...

    well quell surpreeze, Mr Gitsome used to work for Maersk.

    Quite, his background is in the freight side, not the port side...
    Auckland has a cuckoo in the nest, he is there to dismantle the old Wharf culture and hand it to the shippers on a platter (or in a container), Aucklanders (the owners) will be the ultimate losers, both in cashflow and karma...

    One rates a city by how it treats its workers!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5121 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Roamin' Holiday, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Also, Colin McCahon’s toilet.

    I hear his works on paper fetch
    a pretty price these days....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5121 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: MySplore,

    Arts threadjack...
    Speaking of kiwi arts events, next week in New York City an intrepid band of New Zealand poets will be reading works by New Zealand poets at a live poetry event...
    Tuesday 28th Feb, 6.30pm at Saatchi & Saatchi HQ, 375 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014.

    Who are the Band of Bards from Aotearoa New Zealand?
    These leading performers on the Aotearoa New Zealand spoken word scene are hand-picked rugged individualists, energetic imagineers, who will bring you poetry in motion from far-flung degrees of latitude, with a Kiwi-consciousness-raising cabaret, by turns eclectic, electric, comic, melancholic, idiosyncratic and euphoric. Spiraling out of the South Pacific to stand and deliver stories and lyrics about oceanic love, environmental vigilance, and the dramatic dilemmas of identity, this flying circus of Kiwiana activists, Pasifika scene-painters, fretboard-fingering songsters, acrobatic word-jugglers and megaphone motormouths promises to carry you across the date-line and re-orientate your inner global positioning satellite, all in the course of just one colorful evening.

    The Poets From New Zealand to Perform in New York on February 28, 2012 are:
    Jeffrey Paparoa Holman / David Eggleton / Hinemoana Baker / Sandra Bell / Jay Clarkson / Pamela Gordon (reading Janet Frame) / Otis Mace / Tusiata Avia

    Many other Kiwi poets have lent their voice to this project since its inception in 2009. Several prominent American poets have also participated.

    ...and a lamb lies down on Broadway...
    I believe in conjunction with this that Phantom have even managed to get a Janet Frame poem, The End, up on a billboard in Times Square...
    I'm just hoping one (or more) of our news services will pick up on this story and cover it here, - l'il ol' us talking truth (and beauty) to power in the heart of the beast...
    (heck it could even be a Media 7 filler, nudge, nudge...)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5121 posts Report Reply


    Xtra Xtra, read all about it!
    ah well now, maybe McCully can have a chat with Coleman and arrange to get his emails put through the NZDF’s new $83 million 20 year satellite deal with Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) programme, which is a network of nine military satellites built by Boeing and operated by the US Department of Defence.

    Any unused capacity can be made available to other government agencies.

    Hell at that price you’d think so, too!
    Sheesh, are we operating drones somewhere we don’t know about?
    There’s maybe 300-400 defence personnel scattered about the planet, I’d have thought we coulda piggy backed out on some of the satellites GCSB monitors or at least that the Americans coulda given us a better deal for all the intel we pull down for them (I mean why else would we be listening to all those communications?)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5121 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: One, Redux, in reply to Hebe,

    Corolla corollary drollery...

    Flowers in the Heathcote River, Hansens Park.

    I guess that is what they call the 'Monet Shot"?
    :- )

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  • Up Front: One, Redux, in reply to tim oliver,

    traffic flowers...

    The traffic cones thing is pretty amazing.

    I have to agree, driving today their omnipresence made me smile a lot more than normal, this was in effect the river of flowers that would normally have graced the Cathedral at this time of year...

    The initiative's initiator, Henry Sunderland, is a local, if not national, treasure, many of you will remember him and his twin brother Eddie (sadly now deceased) and their regular spot on an after school TV show back in the latter part of the 20th century, they also put a book out of creative things to do with all sorts of things, Henry has created many 'art cars' in chchch and is a world famous Gnomologist, he is also on the trust that does the Kidsfest each year in Chchch as well as lecturing at the Polytech as Joe pointed out...

    Pete Majendies, who created the '185 white chairs piece' is also an indefatigable creator, an old mate of Michael Leunig back in Australia, he created the Christmas Ark on the vacant Sydenham school site last christmas, and each preceding year he has created large public christmas installations that give people a chance to reflect (usually in Latimer square or The Square) as well many smaller personal artworks, he does a good line in visual puns, too...

    it is these individual initiatives and responses that speak loudest to me and reinforce the place of art as one of the pillars of a balanced society...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5121 posts Report Reply


    makepeace thackeraygun zzzap!
    Vanity publishing…

    Also, is tabloidism largely unique to English-speaking nations?

    there was always the adventures of the three pamphleteers…
    and other light entertainment from libelles epoch

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  • Southerly: Deconstruction and Construction, in reply to Sacha,

    the Marion kind...

    looks like a pilgrim

    a grim pill to swallow...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5121 posts Report Reply


    Archibald Alexander Leach swears by LSD!

    Before the Beatles, Timothy Leary, and Carlos Castaneda, LSD was the drug of choice for a rarefied circle of glamorous elites who ingested it as part of their psychiatric therapy sessions. We’re talking about people as famous and diverse as aquatic actress Esther Williams, Time publisher Henry Luce, director Sidney Lumet, authors Aldous Huxley and Anais Nin, and composer André Previn. Cary Grant never tried to keep his LSD use secret. In fact, he spoke glowingly about it in a 1959 interview with Look magazine, saying that it had brought him close to happiness for the first time in his life. He also said that LSD taught him immense compassion for other people, and had helped him conquer his own shyness and insecurity.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5121 posts Report Reply

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