Posts by Brent Jackson

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  • Up Front: I Walk the Line,

    Thank you so much for sharing this, especially so elegantly and wittily prosed.

    “My standard reply to “How are you?” is now “Hi.” It makes no difference.

    I can relate to this. In the early 1990's the sales team at my work all went to a training session, and came back using "How are you?” (or variants) as a greeting. After a couple of days, I started to just treat it as a greeting, and reply with a "Hi". It was weird how it evolved so that "Howarya" became a non-question.

    Of course, any answer to "How are you?" other than "good", is always interpreted as an invitation to the questioner to ask follow-up questions. (I'm often tempted to reply "do you really want to know?" or "fuck off", but my politeness doesn't let me).

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  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa, in reply to Brent Jackson,

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    It’s a wee bit broken :- (.

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  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa, in reply to Brent Jackson,

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    And a few weeks later, not only is it no longer blossuming, but it’s having a bit of a lie down, as this photo that my brother took shows.

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  • Speaker: Once in a Lifetime: Unofficial versions,

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I found it extremely well written and an excellent summary of the rebuild to date. I wish there was more than could be done to resolve the anger and frustation that is being felt by many in the region.

    Kia kaha.

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  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa, in reply to Bart Janssen,

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    Something like this Bart ?

    Not sure it shows the branching enough, but it sure is scenic !

    Waitaia Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula. In the background through the tree is Hahei, and Cathedral Cove.

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  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa,

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    Coromandel pohutukawa seemed especially vivid this year. So much so, that I took a specific photo of the redified beach.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: The Vote, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    I must admit, that thought did put me off voting for Whaledump.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    As I heard on the radio this morning : "War - what is it good for ? Absolutely nothing !"

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  • Hard News: Park Life,

    With the current pressure on primary schools in the region, and the proposal to convert Pasadena Intermediate school into a primary school, I went looking for land that could be used for a school. I wondered if there would be room for a primary school if Chamberlain Park gave up a few holes at the end of Sutherland Rd (ie the green blob in the west side of the above map). There would need to be a bridge over the motorway for access from Pt Chev, but there appears to be little other suitable land for siting a new primary school in the area.

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  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies,

    There is a protest against the lack of action in the Roastbusters case, in Auckland on Sat 22nd Nov at 1pm outside the High Court in Waterloo Quadrant (where Symonds St and Anzac Avenue meet).

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