Posts by Grant McDougall

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Two Sevens Clashed,

    Just remembered: David said it was filmed on the set of late '70s - early '80s NZ soap (!) Close To Home at TVNZ's Avalon studio. David's the young guy in glasses wearing the leather jacket in the background, btw.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Two Sevens Clashed, in reply to Gabor Toth,

    If anyone can identify the venue, I’d love to know where it is.

    I've exchanged a few e-mails now and again with a bloke called David MacLennan who was a scenester on the Wellington punk / post punk scene and he was there, so I'll see if he can elaborate on this.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Two Sevens Clashed, in reply to Ethan Tucker,

    The NZ charts weren’t quite so flash – top 10 songs of the year:

    So what ? That doesn't negate the fact that there was a plethora of innovative, cutting edge music being made here in NZ, US, Britain and elsewhere. The charts have always been about commerce, not art.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wireless Summer,

    I heard BW was a riot.

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  • Hard News: The Sky is the limit,

    No surplus, Sky City asking "Please sir, can I have some more?" and Mike Sabin being investigated on assault allegations. Hmmm, must be Christmas, time to dump the bad news, it'd seem.

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  • Hard News: The Sky is the limit,

    Joyce has handled this "unbelievably incompetently over the past few days" Hooten has just said on RNZ Nat.

    "Absolute buffoonery, these people are muppets" - Hooten again.

    Crikey.

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  • Busytown: Tell You What: A Nonfiction Giveaway!,

    The best non-fiction I've read this year was Robert Hilburn's magisterial Johnny Cash - A Life. Even if you're not a fan of his actual music, it's a cracking, superbly-written story. A fascinating, warts 'n' all insight to one of the giants of 20th C music and American culture.

    Antony Beevor's Stalingrad was gripping. I just assumed it'd be an interesting, but basically prosaic recounting of the facts. Instead, after a few pages, it became clear it was a lot better than that.
    It really got inside the character and psychology of the Russian and German armies and, especially, their commanders. It clearly and succinctly outlined the appalling conditions and brutality but without being merely gratuitous. Great read.

    On a lighter note, Harry Ricketts' How To Watch A Cricket Match was plenty of fun. His enthusiasm was a pleasure to follow and the anecdotes were always entertaining.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to mark taslov,

    #dirtypolitic’s legacy...

    At the end of the day

    Ho-ho, very clever !

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics,

    Always a fun read, the WOTY reveal. I'm really pleased #dirtypolitics won; it was the biggest story in NZ politics for years and in years to come will taint Key's legacy. It'll continue to linger over the government for the rest of their term - and rightly so.

    Also, it is all encompassing of the times and issues, whereas others like Whaledump and "at the end of the day" wouldn't have been as widely known or existed without it.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Well they sure do seem like something invented by The Onion.

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