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!
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?
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...
Well spotted and flagged!
oops! I jolly well over-rogered that
didn't I... what a complete dick!
Of course I meant - Richard Langston
apologies, genuflections and thanks
Oranges and Lemons...
Cathedral’s fate to be announced this morning.
I love a good church fete...
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Cera chief executive Roger Sutton will deliver an update at 2.15pm. (28 Oct)
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...
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...
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...