Posts by Luke Williamson

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  • Hard News: To be expected,

    The danger for Labour, I feel, is that this is just another move in the direction of not defining themselves. They don't have to enter into any formal agreements pre-election but they have to start to stand for somethign. As we get closer to the election, they just look more and more like National-lite. They appear to be terrified of losing the middle ground when, in fact, they have already lost that vital swinging 5% to National anyway - for now. As the saying goes, if you stand for nothing, you fall for anything.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 279 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Language of Climate,

    I too have been mulling over how to approach this discussion Russell but I haven't figured out an answer. Because the process is still relatively slow, on a day by day basis, large storms or floods or earthquakes are the only things that get people thinking about it again. The problem is that the answer lies in demanding less of our planet and no-one is ready for that. The entire world dialogue is about getting back to "growth" so that we can earn more and consume more. Witness Simon Bridges (I think?) discussing the auction of oil/gas exploration licences in NZ – the entire discussion is about drilling, selling and increasing wealth. No-one wants to give up anything. The message comes from the top where our PM has accumulated $50m and wants everyone else to strive for that glorious goal as well. Human's have a defective gene and it's called "greed" and we simply can't help ourselves. I believe more and more that only environmental disaster of one form or another will slow us down.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 279 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Drugs, development and reality,

    The Helena project appears to work by cutting out the 'middle man', i.e. the commodities markets where people like our glorious Prime Minister will trade both sides to death. In any of these cases of alternative crops, they are going to come up against subsidies and protectionism in the countries they need to export to. Thus, one hand giveth and the other taketh away. However, Helena Project shows that it can work at some scale.

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices,

    Charlotte's biggest 'public' problem was to be addicted to attention, in the form of having to be on TV and in magazines, while at the same time being petrified of it and then blaming others, e.g. New Zealand, for not loving her enough. It's little wonder she was misunderstood and very sad that it couldn't be reconciled for her in some way that avoided such a sad ending.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 279 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The First Time,

    Thank God there are a few other ancients here.
    First School concert: Living Force I think.
    First solo real concert: Bo Diddley ( I won tickets off the radio) at Auckland Town Hall which would probably have been early 70s. I had two older brothers who were the perfect chaperones. Aged about 12/13.
    Soon thereafter: Canned Heat at Auckland Town Hall, and Santana/Sky Hooks at Carlaw Park (first experience of others smoking marijuana). I was 14.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 279 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Bring on the Revival,

    We too came through a print background and, while it is still a wonder what content can be found on the web, there is nothing quite like holding and reading a magazine or book. We subscribe to a surf magazine called The Surfer's Journal that survives on subscription and six full-page advertisements - four at the front, two at the back. All of the rest of the mag is editorial and beautifully presented. It can work but you have to have a USA-size market in which to find your subscribers. The amazing array of material available through e-publishing is a wonderful thing but what will we read when the power fails.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Next Kids, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    What a fantastic find.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Next Kids,

    Only just found out this week that George Duke was RIP in August this year. Who?
    Not everyone loves Frank Zappa but I grew up on diet of his work and George Duke was keyboard/vocalist in possibly the best incarnation of Frank's band in the mid-70s. There is no good live version of Inca Roads that I can find on YouTube so this link is just to the audio. Feast yourself on the combined talents in this track and know that I am sad on the one hand but happy at the thought of the jam sessions in heaven now that George and Frank are back together.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 279 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Story, in reply to Danielle,

    Thank you Danielle, that was magnificent and really hit the spot for me on a frustrated Friday.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Story, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Touché

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