Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues,

    Cameron Slater has sent me a copy of his letter from the IPCA. It does make me feel sorry for the police.

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    I can remember reading things about Charlotte Dawson in the press that made me ashamed to be a New Zealander. She was hounded out.

    And chief among the hounders was Judith Collins' bestie, Rachel Glucina.

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    Also where is Hides contempt for the men who wanted to ruin his marriage . I would be furious about that, anyone would be.

    That is quite odd, isn't it? Surely the natural response would be to be angry at the people talking about blackmailing you and wrecking your marriage.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    Agreed. But while Slater is odious, Hell Pizza aren’t exactly, er, saints, either. A couple of years’ ago on Campbell Live (iirc) there was a story on a couple that’d bought into the franchise and somehow ended up in dispute with it.

    The franchise responded with some pretty heavy legal threats, etc. It was real “using a sledge-hammer to kill an ant” stuff. Hell Pizza came across as rude, inconsiderate bullies. The couple were very, very pressured and stressed to a completely unnecessary extent.

    Bear in mind that Slater’s vendetta on Blomfield was apparently at the behest of Blomfield’s former Hell Pizza partners, who were still running the business. It’s a very tainted brand, in my opinion. But taking it out on the poor bloody local franchise-holder seems harsh too. I just don’t like the product.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cilla!, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    nah man…I hadn’t seen that list. but there is a Cilla canon swapped among certain types.

    Oh, I certainly wasn't suggesting you'd cribbed!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cilla!,

    Dammit.I knew I forgot something.

    Gary Steel's highly readable memoir of Wellington's In Touch and TOM magazines, for Audioculture.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cilla!,

    Okay, so it turns out there's quite a bit of Cilla, although much of it fits more comfortably under "novelty".

    I'd been thinking "if only she'd worked with Scott Walker" -- and she did! Kinda. This muffled recording of a duet is all that remains of Walker's appearance on one of her Christmas specials.

    It's from a Guardian roundup of unusual Cilla moments, which crosses over notably with Alan's :-)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cilla!, in reply to Ken Double,

    Bless. I remember her Blind Date period well. She was a bit (a lot) of a Thatcherite was our Cilla.

    You see, if she'd just kept hanging out with the Beatles and done loads of acid with them, this would never have happened.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cilla!, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Remember the Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is By My Side that played at the film festival this year? In a weird way, the Hendrix Estate did an interesting if flawed film and lead Andre 3000 a solid by refusing to let them use any of Hendrix’s music. It was quite refreshing to see a movie about a musician where you’re not assessing a ventriloquist act that’s never quite going to come off.

    Yes. In that sense, it obliged the film to make its own way.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cilla!, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    I had a feeling it'd be you who'd bring the knowledge on this one!

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