Posts by Joe Wylie

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  • Hard News: Blog About Cat,

    Bruno Bozetto's ghost kitty:

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  • Random Play: Now hear this . . .,

    So, a genuine question: What do people think you should realistically expect to pay per night in a state of the art youth hostel right in the centre of a huge city? I'd be curious to know.

    Back in the 90s there seemed to be rather a lot of people in Sydney who gave the impression that the most pressing problem in their lives was that they couldn't get takeaway in the kind of containers that they saw on Seinfeld. I suspect that such people would be happy to consider your question in some depth.

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  • Hard News: Music's emerging digital market,

    . . . does anyone remember Man's single 2oz of Plastic With A Hole in the Middle? Or Bauhaus's album Press Eject And Give Me The Tape?

    No, but do I remember this.

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  • Radiation: Lost on Internet Island,

    'Flying Circus' started in 1969. . . It was at the time of 'Dad's Army'.

    They noticed that, too.

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  • Hard News: Still not all that Super?,

    Back in the day I recall hearing:

    This land is your land, this land is my land
    But we can't set foot on our own Somes Island

    Except now, thanks to te tiriti settlements and the removal of the quarantine station, you can.

    Also old hippies never sang those songs, what you're after is old folkies. Folkies just don't have the drug-induced brain damage cred to be genuine hippies. Here's what happened to a young Woody Guthrie-influenced folkie once he discovered drugs:

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  • Hard News: Still not all that Super?,

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  • Up Front: Feeling Like Death,

    The Smiths . . .

    Not your average genealogist's favorite band. Like the Joneses, Taylors, and, I'm sorry to say, the Browns, you can get stuck forever sorting who is and who isn't who.

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  • Up Front: Feeling Like Death,

    She wasn't Caroline Webb née Adams, was she? Because that would be weird.

    Elizabeth Overend, later Moss, née Smith, as it happens. Disappointingly her headstone's vanished from Woolston cemetery. I take some comfort from Ferry Road being long enough, and Christchurch large enough, for a whole heap of things to happen, both sequentially and in parallel.

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  • Up Front: Feeling Like Death,

    Oddly, I was born hundreds of miles from my family's traditional territory, but since then our habitual wanderings after jobs and education and houses have brought me to a point where I now live three blocks from the house where my great-grandfather lived 160 years ago . . .

    That's my story too, pretty much. Not native to these parts, but Bromley, Linwood & Ruru cemeteries are riddled with my forebears. My great-great-granny lived in Ferry Road (not at the Holy Smoke address), and married her second husband in a civil ceremony in the front parlour in 1862. Until a couple I years ago I had no idea who fitted where, and didn't care. Now I do.

    If you're ever possessed by a hankering to find these things out, best to do it while those who recall the vital clues are still on deck. There are a heap of things I now wish I knew that are lost under the sandy soil of east Chch.

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  • Up Front: Feeling Like Death,

    Rob, as Thomas Gray* said"
    "Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree's shade,
    Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap,
    Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,
    The rude Forefathers of the hamlet sleep."

    A passing similarity there to Smif-n-Wessun's
    Bucktown :

    Another murderer, just another prankster
    Rude boy dead 'cause he thought he was a gangsta
    Tried ta live da life of a hood from the streets
    Test da wrong dread, now I'm in eternal sleep

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