It's just been a really happy fun summer - and I have no idea why.
It has been a glorious Summer in Auckland, just fantastic. I have hardly been out of the city, and at times thought "Damn I should be up north" but Auckland has been so much fun this summer, for me anyhow.
And I'm not carping Russell, (no, really, I'm not) but in your list of great events, you forget the Big Gay Out, whcih this year pulled in over 10,000, including a gaggle of politicians from the PM down, all out to try and grab the pink vote. It is always a fun and happy day, and we welcome the breeders who show up.
Noting like several thousand queers relaxing in the sun to give you a happy day out.
You just know it's going to be a naff "Party Central" cause it's Key's idea to start with. He's so hip and down with the fans.
Even the most expensive of the plans I've seen is only mediocre, not inspiring. There is no way this development should be dependent on the RWC. And no way that Auckland should be forced to pay for it either.
And as for me, I hope I am overseas the whole time its on.
Wake Up People ! Didn't anyone watch Shorty last night? The whole MMR thing was there as a plot line.
They obviously have some sort of trans-dimensional time machine so they can get their plot lines to tie in to these subjects.
That is the real conspiracy Wishart should be investigating - or maybe Soros is funding Shorty too...
ZOMG Sash ! I'm not doing the BDO but he's nearly enough reason to make me go. Nostaligia for the amazing fun music he did years ago. But he should be playing at the Big Gay Out .
1) I loved it that he came out. Great for young queers to see more variety
2) As Sociologist , who does a little work in the area of sexuality, I'd say that trying to figure out on a statistical basis how many gays there are is impossible. A lot of guys who like a bit of man-on-man action every now and then don't consider themselves gay. I've had sex with married straight men who definitely don't think they're gay (neither do I) but every now and then... they like a change or something.
3)Gay is a self-identifying term, and not a category that can be easily measured. Are we talking about identity? Or are we talking about a sexual contact to the point of orgasm with someone of the same biological gender while an adult?
4) I am pretty sure I recall Fr Felix Donnelly saying years ago he'd counselled an AB over being gay.
5) I'd do Gareth in a heartbeat.
I can't bear Latta's tv style - stupid, jokes based on idiotic stereotypes, all designed to turn himinto some sort of hero it seems.
So I was also worried about him being in this role, but he seems to have done it ok.
And the entire operation cost $400,000, if I'm not mistaken?
Money well-spent by the fiscally responsible govt.
The thing is that the ideas underlying their recommendations are based on pure Monetarism, the belief in the rationality of the market and conceiving of people as "Rational Utitlity Maximsers". All crap, and we saw last year how rational a deregulated market is.
But like any fundamentalists they cling to their sacred texts and claim that they have the truth.
Spike H is a genius.
But in terms of G & S, I can't but think "Poor Wandering One" from Pirates of Penzance might be a good one to use here.
I always lower students' grades and explain why if I find plagiarism. I also show them how easy it is to acknowledge sources. And it is. First years get a sermon and a slap, but after that you're in trouble.