Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Just William, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Let’s not forget that the seemingly indefatigable William Dart not only did reviews for Rip It Up (I remember many a deadline with late night trips to retrieve a review from his letterbox)

    Me too!

    I recall the first time I actually got to go inside and behold William's vast basement record library ...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Just William, in reply to Rob Hosking,

    It was the aural equivalent of close reading – making you slow down and notice what was happening in a recording.

    Yes, that's a very good way of putting it.

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  • Speaker: Colouring Girl, in reply to paulhartigan,

    and the history of women in our workforce as cultural creators

    That's what really stands out for me.

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  • Hard News: First Thursdays: Light on the…, in reply to Nick Russell,

    K Road is great but it will never be Cuba Street….

    It doesn't want to be :-)

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  • Hard News: First Thursdays: Light on the…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Great pics Russell … and since you appear to not be dead they can’t have been Cybermen … unless …

    Ha ha. I did enjoy our Twitter conversation on this issue last night :-)

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  • Hard News: First Thursdays: Light on the…,

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    Another one. Down in the basement at Whammy market. Fiona bought the lightning board – $15! – and I bought a small book of erotic poems.

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  • Speaker: Colouring Girl,

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    I’m just going to repost the Ohau Road pic as a comment, so you can see it a bit bigger. Click to see the full size.

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  • Hard News: On the Clark candidacy, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    It is possible that The Maori Party is neither everything to all Maori nor nothing to any Maori.

    Something like that. My impression is that politically-aware Maori want the party to be there and see it as representing something important – even if they're not going to vote for it.

    I would reiterate my respect for both the co-leaders. Not so sure about Tuku Morgan, but it's not my party.

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  • Hard News: On the Clark candidacy, in reply to Sacha,

    Context is important all-round.

    Which is why the boilerplate identitarian response "context isn't magic" always annoys me.

    Well, no, it isn't, although it's often important. But neither is saying "context isn't magic".

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  • Hard News: On the Clark candidacy, in reply to Sacha,

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    That nefarious act of the Parliament of 2004 is comparable to the nefarious acts of the Parliaments of the 1860s.

    I think political context is in order here though. As Tim Watkin notes, Closing the Gaps was worked into a race issue by National – and that was before Brash’s National went full racist with the above.

    The F&S Act appropriated key rights and replaced them with lesser rights. National at the time want to legislate over all rights. And they very, very nearly got the chance to do so. Had Brash become PM things would’ve got very serious – remember, those billboards were the work of John Ansell. As Tim notes, there’s an argument for supposing Clark was seeking the least-worst path and staying in power.

    I still think it was a political failure though. Labour could have done better both before and after the 2006 election. That’s Clark’s failure.

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