Posts by Grant McDougall

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Silver and Gold,

    which has the additional virtue of having provoked Mike Hosking in an Alan Partridge moment

    Could you elaborate or, if there's one, post a link, please ?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Silver and Gold,

    She's So Rad aren't bad, but that song and the one of there's just played on RNZ Nat suffer a lot from having that really shitty '80s Phil-Collins-type drum sound.
    I realize they probably weren't even alive then, but all the same it just grates like hell.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 722 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: My last name sounds Chinese,

    Labour's claims bring to mind - and I'm normally not given to quoting him - what a certain James Brendon Bolger once said in the early '90s about playing the race card:

    "Good news on Friday, bad news on Monday."

    In other words, it might get you some short-term media coverage and support, but basically isn't worth the hassle in the mid-to-long term.

    Just watch when Parliament resumes. When Labour should be hammering the gov't on any number of things, let alone house prices, they'll instead have to spend valuable time a) fending off racism claims and, b) trying to explain their figures, which, as another neoliberal twit I'm normally not given to quoting, a certain GWB once said, "explaining is losing."

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: A night out dancing,

    I saw the Go-betweens just after 16 Lovers Lane came out in early '89 when they headlined Orientation; they were superb.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 722 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Honest Bastards & Dishonest Cowards, in reply to bob daktari,

    I think the single thing labour need do is to offer up a vision of hope, hope to those so utterly devastated by this govt policies and those stuck in the middle watching their lifestyles crumble (but house prices go ballistic)

    Hear, hear. Labour also needs to stick to its knitting. It needs to focus on the fundamentals - employment, welfare, health, education, housing, etc. Instead, there is a perception, rightly or wrongly, that it has been too focused on "identity politics", "political correctness", "minority issues", etc.
    Unfortunately, such things are not vote winners. There is nothing wrong with these issues unto themselves, but they lack broad appeal.
    They may have some appeal in Grey Lynn, but they sure as hell lack appeal in the provincial cities, many of which Labour held under Clark.

    Labour really needs to stick to the basics, not fringe issues.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 722 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Real Fans,

    Well, us Highlanders' fans are pretty stoked. Hard luck, Canes. I was very impressed by how dignified Conrad Smith was at the press conference, too.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 722 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: The overconfidence man,

    I'd like to see the Nats booted out too, but unfortunately they have big numbers on their side. They have a massive caucus and even if they loose a few, they'll still get by.
    Also, the public still - inexplicably - loves them; remember, National won the party vote in every electorate bar three last year.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: About Apple Music,

    RIP jazz giant Ornette Coleman, too.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: About Apple Music,

    The relationship between me, music and Apple is … complicated.

    So, not a Beatles' fan, then ? Don't worry, I'll get me coat...

    So, no Adele, Arctic Monkeys or The Prodigy.

    You say that like that's a bad thing. Putting me coat on now...

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Up the Charts, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Excellent, thanks for clearing that up Simon - great to hear it from the horse's mouth, as it were.

    It was number one in every major centre so that also knackers the chart rig story.

    Given the number of copies Tony Murdoch sold at Vibes in Gisborne, I suspect it was probably number one in every minor centre, too.

    Didn't know it was Hauraki that sparked off the rumours.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 722 posts Report Reply

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