Posts by James Francis

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  • Public Address Word of the Year 2009,

    Wouldn'tappearontheprogramme

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Public Address Word of the Year 2009,

    I think the word of the year is 'Sorry" - with a silent 'not' in front of it.

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Still a Scientist at Heart,

    I'd take a lawnmower to that apostrophe, I reckon.

    ...a few years later?

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Standing up and calling bullshit,

    [From the Herald:] A TVNZ spokeswoman, Andi Brotherston... said the creative unit at TVNZ chose Mr English partly because of the pun on his name in the series’ title “Plain English”.

    Ah, the pun. The first refuge of the junior advertising copywriter.

    If you're going to use a pun it's much better if it's a current pun.

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Does My Mortgage Look Like a…,

    I was cautiously inching my way towards the thesis that perhaps in New Zealand it's a product of the drinking culture but, yes, I think that's something destined for the rubbish bin.

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Does My Mortgage Look Like a…,

    Mildly philosophical question.

    Is this sort of behaviour worse in New Zealand? I suspect it's (sadly) universal. But for the better-travelled members of PA, are there places or societies around the world where you're less likely to be harassed if you're a woman or where you're safer?

    Just curious.

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Does My Mortgage Look Like a…,

    erring's OK round 'ere

    Particularly red errings.

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Does My Mortgage Look Like a…,

    James, I take it you were paid by the word. :)

    If only.

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Does My Mortgage Look Like a…,

    Same. I'm imagining something more like the Not OK ads, that taps into male honour and loyalty.

    ALAC did do something like that.

    (Puts tin hat on. Ducks below parapet.)

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Any Port in a Storm,

    Thank you, Emma. That's an incredibly powerful piece of writing.

    My Mum has worked as a Refuge volunteer for over thirty years in a pretty desperate part of the country. They - the volunteers - know these stories but of course they can't tell them. I'm pleased that somebody can.

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

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