Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Hard News: Autism and celebrity,

    I don't know whether it was because I emailed them (home today, nursing a 'orrible cold) but Jim Mora referenced Russell's thread in his interview with Sewell just now. I suggested that if the conversation strayed from the first purpose of plugging his new album (ever so middle-brow!), they needed to read Celebrity and Autism firstly.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Superstar Economy,

    One up for the Austrians. Could be worse--could be Miss Brat Wurst.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Superstar Economy,

    Timely stuff, Russell. I still hear folk trot out the 'Long Tail' tosh as if it were established fact.

    On another topic, just read an interesting article in Screen Education (Aust) about how some cinemas are now doing special film screenings for sensory-sensitive/autistic children--keeping the lights on, turning down the sound etc. Would you like me to mail you a copy?

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  • Access: Defective, deficient, deviant…, in reply to Sacha,

    Sacha; did you get my message offering to send copies of a couple of interesting articles from Australian journals?

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  • Capture: Still Life in Mobile Homes,

    Lovely stuff, Jackson--especially the projector.

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  • Access: Defective, deficient, deviant…,

    Yes, the Mazengarb Report is quite extraordinary. I refer to it when I teach about moral panics and the students look on with bewilderment, even though I stress that panics about ‘dangerous youth’ persist.

    Josephine and I recently had remarkable insights into how local communities can support —and even treasure–vulnerable people, with the death of my sister Diana Golding in Grey Lynn in March. I knew about her growing up years, in difficult times (being born with club feet and diagnosed as schizophrenic in her mid-teens) but much less about her life in recent decades, when she became known as The Queen of Grey Lynn. We were expecting a few people to come to her funeral (having rung people in her grubby little address book) but there were more than 70 crowded into the room. The Grey Lynn Library closed and all the librarians came. There were local shop-owners, case workers, locals who had befriended her, street people, health workers. The two local policewomen came along to pay their respects. People told stories of her and played music. Indeed, after an hour of people standing up and telling stories, the funeral director was giving us frantic hand signals from the back, to draw things to a close.
    My sister died with few possessions but extraordinary mana in her community. We had to account for her funeral expenses but it seemed a small price to play.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Bought that recently at Vinyl Countdown in New Plymouth. Isn't that ironic!

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  • Legal Beagle: All of these things are…, in reply to Psycho Milt,

    Because their policies are generally a stream of deranged gibberish?

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  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I agree with Ian that the Dunne connection is just a little bit too cosy and old boy network. Are there certain topics prohibited around the family dinner table?

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  • Capture: Autumn lite,

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    The Feijoa Who Came Inside. Haven’t yet achieved another at 500g ; this one is 400g.

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