Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Summer in the Winter, in reply to David Haywood,

    They say they’re willing to fire Daniel Craig if that’s what it takes to renew your contract…

    Daniel Craig wishes he had those cheekbones.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 21120 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: Te Mātāwai and…, in reply to Carol Stewart,

    I'm so proud that my lad is learning te reo at high school, currently at NCEA level 2, and also doing kapahaka. Brilliant life skills.

    That's great. Te reo should, of course, be part of the primary school curriculum. A lot of schools do it off their own bat, but why muck about? Just make it part of every New Zealand child's education.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Summer in the Winter, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Proof that Roger at least once got a bit closer to the action at Sweetwaters, though this is still either behind or side-of the stage, I think…

    I suspect that's still in the backstage encampment ....

    Lovely picture of you though Ian!

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  • Polity: Custard, in reply to Greg Presland,

    And homelessness is an absolute crisis but Labour did wrong in trying to highlight how bad it was?

    It bears noting that Labour's South Auckland MPs had been working with homeless people in their electorates for a long time before the current wave of stories.

    Soper's column (apart from being as badly-written as usual) is a kind of triumph of not knowing anything.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Roger writes…,

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    A nice story on Roger and his book by Kiran Dass, for tomorrow’s Your Weekend.

    And the illustration page looks fab.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Summer in the Winter, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    Marlon was my last profile at the Herald. I met a lot of wannabes in my time but he has genuine star quality. Top bloke with it too.

    I met him at the Music Awards last year and he struck me as a genuinely very nice young man,

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Summer in the Winter, in reply to Hugh Lucero,

    Good looking on the Cedric Brooks – presumably the Light of Saba LP you reference is that on Honest John’s, and its a beauty alright!

    Yeah, that's the one, The Magical Light of Saba – was racing to finish so I could go out and didn't check the title.

    Thanks for the other tips too!

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  • Access: Disability as a wicked policy problem, in reply to Sacha,

    Education system fails to meet disabled students needs, threatens to prosecute family if he’s not sent to boarding school 3ookm away from home.

    God, this case rings so many bells for me. We had a terrible GSE caseworker who tried to bully us into sending our son to a residential school. She was obsessively focused on his behaviour and seemed to have no understanding of the possible reasons for it.

    I struggle to see what good taking an autistic child – who will be particularly sensitive to unexpected and unwanted change – away from his family and sending him hundreds of kilometres away would do. What exactly will that school do differently that can't be done at an ordinary school? Is there an underlying assumption that the parents are to blame? We certainly copped a bit of that.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: Te Mātāwai and…, in reply to Sacha,

    Brilliant korero, thanks.

    Yeah, it was. And I went into it not quite sure how it was going to go.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Roger writes…,

    A nice little blog post (with pics) from Unity Books on the Wellington launch of Roger's book.

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