Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Island Life: A simple 'your lordship'…,

    Cold call telemarketers on the other hand still get the reponse "Mr Bloom? he dead", which may get me knocked off their list (I hope)

    Excellent, I shall do that the next time someone phones and calls me "Mrs Partner'ssurname". Certainly being asked to be put on Slingshot's do not call list four times hasn't worked.

    One thing about kids calling their teachers by 'title surname'. Kids can't distinguish between the different female titles. All the teachers just get this slushy thing somewhere between 'miss' and missus'.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Indiana Jonesing,

    I'm not sure they're the same thing at all. They all do photo-ops, but Clinton has had surrogates actively peddling the whisky-drinkin' meme as recently as this week.

    It's part of a new faux personality that included her parading as some sort of gun-rights champion, which was absurd given her legislative record, and most recently the utterly idiotic gas-tax posturing.

    I'd divide between the whiskey-drinking and bowling ('this is the person I am, these are the things I do regularly, just like you'), and the guns and tax thing ('this is what I believe in, what I stand for, how I govern'). To throw away her record, which surely was her main advantage, just so she can claim to be just as dumb as everyone else? Didn't exactly strike me as smrt.

    I have to say I don't much give a shrivelled rat's testicle which one of them gets the nomination. But it sure has shoved McCain out of the spotlight.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Indiana Jonesing,

    Do we just shrug our shoulders and say people like Matt Santos and Arnold Vinnick really are too good to ever be true? Perhaps they are, but if we're never going to demand any better than we shouldn't be too outraged when that's exactly what we get.

    Well, the point was that it was a trope of long-enough standing to be an issue then, not something that's just emerged this year. And I'd like to think we don't, but we're starting to see it here, aren't we? Leaders on both sides pretending to be 'ordinary'? Personally I'm with John Stewart, I want leaders who are BETTER than me, not just like me, but it seems an awful lot of people WANT to see candidates on the back of trucks.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Indiana Jonesing,

    Clinton's logo included the words "Hillary for President", and Barack's using "Obama '08".

    I can’t understand why she’s called Hillary either, and I agree there’s an element of sexism in that too.

    I used to think it was to avoid confusion with a certain ex-president but Bush gets called Bush.

    I think it's a reflection of the Clinton campaign deciding she needed to come across as softer, and the Obama campaign deciding he needed to come across as more professional and authoritative.

    And wasn't that where 'Dubya' came from: to distinguish Bush jnr from Bush snr? Given they were both called George?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Indiana Jonesing,

    I really hate the use of "witch" as term of abuse. It derives from wicca which means "wise". I have known practicing wiccans and they are all very nice people, and nothing like the vile nature supposed by your use of "witch".

    I'll grit my teeth and hand-raise to this. I'm a practicing Wiccan.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Indiana Jonesing,

    How about we just knock off the shitty name-calling, sexist or no? 'Witch' is hardly a detailed policy analysis, is it?

    I'm tired of the pandering from both sides - Hilary knocking back the shots was right down there with Obama going bowling. Remember the episode of the West Wing that deals with whether or not the Hispanic Dem candidate should do the huntin' shootin' photo op? It just seems to be required in US politics. Pandering is expected, genuineness is not.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Supertooth,

    As for dark eateries have you tried the Bicycle Thief in Christchurch? They should give you a white cane on entry.

    Indeed. And Winniebago's and the Honeypot are nearly as bad. They're all low light, board floors and hard surfaces so sound bounces round like crazy. Is this just a Chch thing?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Supertooth,

    Emma, isn't one of those Christchurch ones ground zero for the outbreak?

    Indeed. Now you know where we tip the cows.

    And holy crap, $28 for a chicken salad? Go to Hays, the food is good.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Supertooth,

    There is a Texas Lone Star in Wellington. And it sucks.

    There are two Lone Stars in Chch, and they suck too. The one at Church Corner replaced a Cobb and Co, which was... well, it was cheaper, catered to the kids, and wasn't full of people who'd spent an hour at the bar before going in to eat.

    And what is it with making eateries both dark and loud? I'm probably going old-fogey-y, but I do like to be able to hear my dinner companions.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Track to the Future,

    Plz Mistuh Cullenz, can I haz mah Southerner back.

    (also, if you could see fit to work out why in the new millennium we can't get a passenger train that can go faster than either the old Vulcan railcar or a steam JA-hauled passenger train)

    Heat. Took the Southerner from Chch to Invercargill once. Because of heat expanding the tracks, we had something like a 30k speed limit. Longest trip of my life. Still, when it was running that train was my choice of transport home for the holidays. So much nicer than the bus.

    My family did the Transalpine last year, it was choice.

    My opposite-sex partner and I have a civil union. We had the choice. I should still have had the choice if my partner happened to be a woman.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

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