Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Hard News: Towards the Truth,

    Watching the watchers...
    I see John Key has announced a new director for the GCSB
    Interesting to note his background is in economic and trade matters not intelligence gathering or defence.

    Mr Fletcher is a New Zealander who has held senior executive positions in Australia and the United Kingdom since 1998.
    He has been a successful public sector chief executive in Australia in his current position, as the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland State’s Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation since 2009.
    Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive and Comptroller General, Intellectual Property Office in the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2009 and Managing Director, United Kingdom Trade and Investment for three years
    Mr Fletcher was the Principal Private Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service for two years.
    “Mr Fletcher has extensive policy and operational experience particularly in relation to international economic and trade matters. He has been appointed for a five year term and is expected to start the role in early 2012,” says Mr Key.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4849 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music media: The song remains…, in reply to bob daktari,

    Supplemental as anything...

    ...alongside all the other entertainment, housing, sport, housing, housing, and housing supplements

    I saw the Weekend Herald print and insert extravaganza for the first time this past weekend - talk about over-kill and over-supply, not impressed with it particularly, the type and layout in the Canvas and other weekend magazine thing was clunky and dated I thought and the rest of the inserts were of absolutely no interest...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4849 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Four Years Ago, in reply to DeepRed,

    Move over Buster Bloodvessel...

    ...the Minister for Bad Manners...

    Terry Gilliam's new movie 3 Monkeys ?...

    "I saw no sign of anything," Williamson said.
    "I enjoyed the game, it was an excellent match, there was no controversy and I've talked to everybody that I sat with now, and no one knows anybody that did anything. So where I was - there was nothing.*
    I have no idea what has generated [the story] but all I know where I was [with the] the Australian High Commissioner, several other ministers, I saw nothing, heard nothing, of even the slightest [controversy]."

    (from the Stuff article linked to above)

    *never a truer word spoken!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4849 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Four Years Ago, in reply to Yamis,

    Queuey bono...

    But nobody seems to want to say what created this “unprecedented demand” and why it wasn’t planned for given it was entirely constructed and promoted by central government and Auckland Council.

    I'm just wondering what this unprecedented spike in train users converts to in earnings for Auckland Transport/Veolia?
    And did I hear right in the interview on Close up last night (with the man and his elderly mother-in-law who were stuck on the train and sadly didn't get to the game at all) that the RWC tickets included "Free public train or bus transport" ? and if so didn't the RWC company then contribute to the random factors of numbers travelling by train?
    And also how were those trips costs to be reimbursed to the provider?

    Joyce is impressive at rushing to close the stable doors after the horse has bolted - this friday's game will not have an opening ceremony or downtown harbourside spectacular in the mix, but he'll probably take credit for fixing it when it all goes smoothly...
    Will the TAB be taking bets on this?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4849 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Complaint and culture,

    Sky's the limit...
    Would one register a complaint with the BSA or is there some advertising tribunal to approach about Sky's repeated placement of ads promising things they no longer offer?
    I am talking about the ad with the guy with the leaf blower, where they indicate that there is a fashion channel available, but this is no longer the case - ergo false advertising!
    Gotta keep these people honest...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4849 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Four Years Ago, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    RWC - Rugby With Consequences...

    Meanwhile, in Wellington…
    Don’t sing in the railway station – it’s banned because of the Rugby World Cup

    What next...

    Sorry Pet, ya can't do that either...

    and a couple for Auckland...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4849 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Just don't call it "Party Central", in reply to recordari,

    Rugby onion...

    And did you see those Welsh? Bloody robbed I tell you.

    I agree, those daffy taffies played a blinder...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4849 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Four Years Ago, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Pom de tear...

    Serves England right for wearing that stupid (and budget) jersey.

    The peeling numbers reminded me of the Ark's packing crate in Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark - it's almost as if the numbers were embarassed to be seen on them!
    I wonder what the kicking problem was in that game?
    Is it an aerodynamics issue with the new ball?
    Or some air pressure problem in the closed environment of the new Dunedin Stadium?
    - What would happen if everyone held their breath on one side of the stadium, while everyone on the other side blew out at the same time...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4849 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Tower Insurance Have Some Bad…,

    Down, by the river...
    Press coverage from yesterday's riverside meeting, well attended and good to see it made both One and 3 News coverage as well.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4849 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Tower Insurance Have Some Bad…,

    Well we have a rolling mall...

    You know what? Cantabrians would LOVE to put “12 months of despair” behind us, unfortunately no amount of footy games can make our city magically reappear.

    Perhaps our fate is to become the new Germelshausen (later to become Brigadoon on a Lerner licence....)
    In fact the organisation of the RWC launch last night makes me despair that any Government or Council in New Zealand could organise a piss up in a brewery - what were they thinking after selling this event to the public for the past year (and more) did they think only 12,000 would show up on the wharves - every citizen of Auckland would've been right in thinking I've paid for this new wharf area and extravaganza, thru rates and taxes, and why wouldn't hey all want to be part of it - and police and organisers evinced surprise FFS.
    I shudder to think to think what a cock up they'll make of the resurrection of Chchch... one hopes they'll factor humans and their ways into the equation!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4849 posts Report Reply

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