No shirking tricky treats...
Speaking of books - I see a fine list of Halloween reading in the Guardian's Book section - Good to see a kiwi author amongst Calvino, Atwood, Ballard, DeLillo and Greene, et al...
Well done that man!
…and at most other times he was a cold, ruthless barbarian. His life is practically a litany of deliberate attempts to block progress, almost all of them involving large scale violence.
Happy to let Gandhi starve to death he was a crushing Boer, indeed.
But Churchill ‘Occupies History’ as he also:
… assisted in passing the People’s Budget becoming President of the Budget League, an organisation set up in response to the opposition’s “Budget Protest League”. The budget included the introduction of new taxes on the wealthy to allow for the creation of new social welfare programmes. After the budget bill was sent to the Commons in 1909 and passed, it went to the House of Lords, where it was vetoed.
Where everyone knows your name...
Also, what nomenclature do people prefer:
one seat exception... etc.
(played with firm stools...)
(a game of throwns...)
(killed on a pedestrian crossing...)
The Bullshit Ballot?
(keeps em on their toes...)
(in memory of the Bulgar vote men)
Werner Herzog, maybe. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
showed that he thinks in the long term...
...and in more than 2 dimensions!
At least 4, possibly 5!
in short, he knows the peace of string...
While doing some follow up reading at the Bradshaw Foundation site,
I discovered this connection to another ancient scribe...
Of course we all know that owls can do this, but if asked
to draw an owl, how many of us would depict it like this?
I suggest not very many, if any.
Funny old game, Cricket...
As we have MMP, the reason for voting Greens
- is to insert a conscience into the debating chamber
and by Jiminy they've got my Party Vote...
Re the ACT Party's orthodontal duffers of all ages pitch
they let one thing slip that explains it all - one of them
described themselves as "Were Patriots" - hence all the
howling at the moon, being useless at least once a month
(generally much longer) and probably explains this!
They've let the country and themselves down, then
Own Our Future...
I thought the Greens clip was good positive, people stuff...
Labour's was good positive, people oriented stuff too,
but where were the Christchurch MPs or any mention of it,
it is, after all, something that will affect the whole country
for some time, and it has the requisite 'struggle quotient'...
(nice handling of the Lange years and the 'Douglas problem')
As to the steaming pile that is John Key and National's effort
well, I shouldn't critique it too much, as I'd like them to keep
using it long enough to drag them out of sight - where did they
get that room full of people who all hold their breath, or was
that hum the fans on all those automatons - Key shows his
massive disconnect from the populace in his glib patter, he
talks mostly about money, he milks the chchch earthquakes
only for its economic impact (I note the only other MP shown
in the bookending Feelers montage is Bovver Boy Brownlee).
Apparently selling a 49% stake in only 4 public assets will halve
our deficit and the next year it will half again and then
( Zeno's paradoxes aside) it will "fundamentally be gone!" - Economagical indeed!
Also National standards is only a 'plain english' report on how
our kids are doing - so what were those reports we all took home
in the past about? (Ian could try harder in maths, etc)
And apparently everyone speaks police jargon, he drops 'clan labs' into
his spiel on creating more police to protect us - while only naming drugs
as a driver of crime, no solutions for any other criminal creators then...
The only extra elective surgery I want is National excised and cauterised!
Believing Is Seeing (Observations on the Mysteries of Photography)
Heartily recommended, cultural forensics of the highest order...
My first contact with Errol Morris, the fact that Tom Waits took the only wedding photo he had, tickled me...
the green kinder garden...
On the billboards, am I the only one who finds the Greens’ use of children unsettling? Like having kids at a protest…
I have no problem with it, isn't it the societal imperative to make a future for children and their children and so on - National treat kids and teenagers like they don't realise they are the chrysalises adults come from... adults with memories and the power to change things.
So why not illustrate a push towards a richer future with what you treasure and are fighting for?
Pryers and priors...
Stuff, on the other hand, is particularly bad for making significant changes to stories while keeping them under the same URL and headline, and not annotating changes. Things just disappear.
And they could really do with a 'Related stories' or 'Earlier stories' side bar as well, perhaps instead of the links to the same stories they have in 2 or 3 or more places...
Well spotted and flagged!
oops! I jolly well over-rogered that
didn't I... what a complete dick!
Of course I meant - Richard Langston
apologies, genuflections and thanks