Posts by Luke Williamson

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  • Hard News: You down with TPP?,

    This is one of those issue where no matter how much I read about it (and I know I should cos it sounds bloody dangerous – or not), I can’t seem to get any sensible grasp on what is really involved . Every aspect being discussed seems to be ‘open to interpretation’ and will only work well if everyone plays nice. If the parties involved decide to be naughty, then it appears that the ‘worst case scenario’ is pretty ugly. I believe wholeheartedly that National would sell the country down the toilet for any short-term gain they could manage but what are they chances that they can commit us to something binding before the next election? And where do Labour (or National-lite as I now like to think of them) stand on it?

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Switched on Gardener: to what…,

    The real problem with treating marijuana use as a health issue, rather than a legal issue, is that they then have to deal with alcohol as a health issue and, as we saw with the latest round of suggested reforms on alcohol use and sales, this government has no interest in going there.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Switched on Gardener: to what…,

    They were always going to get convicted for something because they were so overt about what they were doing – and they were breaking the law. Without wanting to go into the comparative harm arguments, one can't help but do a comparison again, e.g. police raid chain of shops selling home brew kits and charge owners with running criminal gang. Some shops were selling home-made beer at the counter and staff were known to drink some at lunchtime in canteens in which fridges had been installed, specifically for storing home brew below room temperature.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Back There Alone,

    Blue spess . . . white clodes . . .
    SJD is Noo Zillund's Thomas Dolby by the sound of this latest effort - I mean that in a nice way.
    All the remixes just make me think that you can't beat the originals.
    I love this track.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Big 2012 US Election PAS Thread,

    Home time for me. Barack has it in the bag. Ya'all don't need to worry.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Big 2012 US Election PAS Thread,

    87% reported for Florida and Obama with 0.5% lead.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Watching World,

    I try not to be amazed at Fran O'Sullivan's weirdness - she seems to have actually toned down a bit in recent years. However, the weekend one was quite astounding for someone who appears to have some intelligence and be somewhat perceptive. To overlook all the idiocy, lies, glossing over and complete lack of detail in the Romney campaign is quite something. I think Bambam has been pretty damn disappointing in his presidency thus far but he is still soooooooooooooo much better than Romney would be. To quote "The Castle" - Get your hand off it Fran.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: And so it begins, in reply to Adrian Humm,

    Also being in a smallish town, I agree with you about the school reflecting the community. If/when league tables appear, I think the school needs to be proactive and use the local press and whatever other means available to point parents towards the comprehensive info available at ERO. Use the media to their advantage and don't give up after only one or two outings. Our high school publishes their monthly newsletter (brag sheet) in the local newspaper and it gets read by a large proportion of the community.
    The information for league tables will be used no matter what so its about coming up with suitable strategies for countering their influence.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media3 starts next week,

    Congrats Russel. You deserve a good and settled home.
    If you're doing Olympic coverage, can we start now? I'm just about tearing my hair out (what little there is) over the poor quality and disingenuous attitude from all but a few of our interviewers at the Olympics. The standard line appears to be, 'So you didn't win - what went wrong out there?' Epitomised by the women's pair in rowing who WON A BRONZE, and the first thing the interviewer said was, 'Gosh, pipped at the line by the Aussies eh?'. They all need a good punch in the face straight after their first stupid and small-minded question. Have we sent all the trainee TV journos up there for experience or something?
    And just because I don't like to be all negative, the chap on the Prime highlights programme with beard and glasses is great fun.
    I guess it serves me right for not splashing out on full Sky package for the Olympics.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Drunk Town,

    Presumably, kids pre-load cos the drinks in bars are too expensive for them and, therefore, they drink less once inside. If alcohol was more expensive outside of bars, reflecting the potential damage it causes, then perhaps there would be less pre-loading as well. (It was amazing this weekend to see one of our local bar owners buying up 20 cases of Corona from the supermarket cos it is much cheaper than he can buy it wholesale.)
    I only get into the city every couple of months for an evening out and I can handle seeing some drunk, raucous people (used to be one) but I don't want to be threatened and have my evening spoiled. Lots of people having a good time is great but aggresive assholes soon ruin a night out.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

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